Once again, a poll has come out that reveals almostt half of Americans support government regulations of social media. They don’t know it, but what they’re really supporting is Gov Social, as opposd to Big Social (which, to some degree, relies on Gov for protection from Small, or Alt Sociaal). The poll was conducted by
This poll followed a Harvard/Harris Poll that shows that 49% of those Americans that were asked favor government regulating social media and search engines, while only 51 percent were opposed.
Before I go too far, let me issue the caveat that polls can sometimes be as much about engaging an authentic mood of an aggregate (the aggregate of the “American people”), polls can also be manipulated to attempt to lead the mood of the targeted aggregate. Bear that in mind as you continue on.
I’ve written about this extensively, how the state-aligned media and the state itself (and it’s happening worldwide) will be working diligently to advance narratives that lead people to support Gov Social.
This poll shows that 49% of Americans support government regulations on social media (they want gov social) and 47% want Social Media to govern itself. It would be interesting to investigate the division among the 49%, which is something the poll did not reveal. I suspect the division exists between those who fear another Russia Fake News bot infusion to undermine their progressive dream candidaate, while others fear the throttling of their dream conservative voices on the social media platforms, but, since the breakdown was not provided, I can only hazard a guess that this is what might account for such a high percentage of people in the ‘land of the free’ supporting Gov Social.
57% of those polled feel that the method through which news is delivered on Facebook is broken, which indicates that at least some of that percentage favor self corretion, and not government intervention.
58% of those polled say, even with the spread of information, it is more difficult to stay “well-informed.” 54% of respondents belive social media has a negative impact on the news, while 70% still get their news from social media either frequently or occassionally. Interestingnly, TV still holds the top spot as the #1 source (in plurality) of news, while internet websites come in second. Among those aged 18-29, social media is number one, while the internet is second.
If more polls come out along this line, then what will follow is not too difficult to predict for those of us that understand the nature of coercive associations and why social media is such a fundamental threat to their ability to control, manipulate, and contain the thoughts and ideas of the people they must continue to exploit to enjoy their elevated status in the world.
I predict what will come out of this is some broadly written legislation intended to protect Americans from fake news and foreign influence. Soon, right behind that legislation, will emerge a whole new federal department dedicated to monitoring social media and controlling the pro-government narrative on these platforms. And the lefties will welcome it because it will protect their next Hillary from Russians. And the righties will welcome it because it will protect conservatives from being unfairly censored on these platforms.
Neither one of those hopes will come to fruition. Rather, the only reality that will emerge is one in which the Federal government can now more openly do what it has most likely been doing for a long time, tracking our every move on social media.
Now, it wants to go beyond that, beyond even what the state-friendly media can do right now, it wants to alter algorithms, in the name of keeping us safe from misinformation and the Russians, to assure their narratives get the most views, narratives that are, by objective standards, surely ‘fake news.’