24 jan 2018
I’m reading via WSWS and Jonathan Cook that the billionnaire bosses of US (anti-)social media sites are hiring these days, but don’t get your hopes up. Most of those jobs (if ,indeed, they are even located in the US) will probably be no more highly paid than the remaining supermarket cashiers in order to perform, if I stretch things a bit, jobs not that much different.
You want to pass through the check-out counter? You better have some cash or, more likely, in too many cases, enough credit remaining on your plastic, to make it to the exits. Or maybe I should have likened these new jobs to the armies of gropers we find infesting the airports these days. I doubt their pay is much different.
So what are these new jobs all about? They’re about checking to see if what you post on “their” media is okay with the US government. They’re about being “good little Eichmanns” for the “good big Eichmanns” who have decided to basically operate as sub-contractors, enforcers if you will, for the surveillance state. Eric Prince comes to mind.
Personally, I don’t use any of that stuff. Yeah, I use a computer. At the moment, it’s a hundred sixty euro Lenovo ideapad, bought new last year when my last Mac went dark for some still unknown reason. I use it for the net, email, and writing stuff, some of which I put up on this blog. And yeah, I have a portable telephone which I use for telephone calls and receiving messages from the train company here so I can buy my tickets online so I don’t have to have a printed ticket. The train guys may, or may not, scan my “senior” card. But I’m good to go and have nothing to throw away when I arrive at my destination.
But I digress. For the few of you who stop by here, I figure you don’t need this warning anyway. You’re probably not addicted to (anti-) social media. In fact, I’ve got a correspondent in Spain who doesn’t even like the telephone. My kind of guy. Slow com, like slow food, is always worth the wait. If I want to visit him and his wife, I’ll probably just ask around his town and knock on his door.
And still I digress. Anecdotes keep getting in the way.
What amazes me is the fact that all, or most of, the sites that publish rants against our media oligarchs and their pernicious platforms continue to use the very platforms against which they rant. They know that there’s a good chance that (if it hasn’t already happened) their sites will, in one way or another, be discriminated against if not outright disappeared, kind of like all those nasty socialists (and other anti-capitalists) in various countries the world over who were, in some cases, pushed out of airplanes or helicopters over the nearest ocean at the behest of the various US agencies with whom our billionnaires now collaborate, and from whom they collect hundreds of millions of dollars in “finder’s fees”. Why these sites continue to use the near equivalent of Saudi head-choppers is beyond me. Have they never heard of the BDS movement? Have people forgotten how to write a check? Or is that no longer allowed? Or are our keyboard warriors too lazy to get off their asses to go down their local (hopefully, if any still exist) bank and cash them?
If people are so pissed off at the billionnaire media masters, why continue to do business with them?
For example, the quality of the baguettes at one of our neighborhood bakeries went south a while ago, and we changed bakeries. I stopped by the other day for a different kind of bread, and the woman behind the counter remarked that she hadn’t seen me for a while. Had I been out of town? No, I replied, it was just that the former quality of their baguette had gone missing, and we had been buying elsewhere. Had they changed baker, flour supplier? Yes, she answered, and I wasn’t the only one who remarked the difference. She offered me a half baguette and hoped that we would find it up to their previous standards. As it turned out, it wasn’t all that bad. A bit short of their former quality, but not bad at all.
Granted, you can’t walk into the offices of our billionnaire head choppers and demand that they leave you alone, any more than you ask the same of any of our politicians or any of our so-called security agencies. They’re all safely walled off in any number of physical or virtual nether worlds whose boundaries seem to know no limits. The only way to reduce their power is to stop feeding them. Is that too much to ask?