Poppsikle blog

Month: February, 2015

The Wise Jaron Lanier

Jaron at a conference in Victoria, BC

 The Wise Jaron Lanier

I have seen Jaron Lanier derided and this does not surprise me. The voices speaking out against what has been going on, on the Internet, are few and far between – those that criticize that is – those voices who can see the societal problems which have been aggravated there, voices which are intentionally being drowned out by the corporate-backed chorus.

He is very wise though.

This excerpt from a Smithsonian interview, What turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web, is dead-on:

“This is the thing that continues to scare me. You see in history the capacity of people to congeal—like social lasers of cruelty. That capacity is constant.”

“Social lasers of cruelty?” I repeat.

“I just made that up,” Lanier says. “Where everybody coheres into this cruelty beam….Look what we’re setting up here in the world today. We have economic fear combined with everybody joined together on these instant twitchy social networks which are designed to create mass action. What does it sound like to you? It sounds to me like the prequel to potential social catastrophe. I’d rather take the risk of being wrong than not be talking about that.”

It’s a haunting image of speechlessness. A pogrom is carried out by a “crowd,” the true horrific embodiment of the purported “wisdom of the crowd.” You could say it made Lanier even more determined not to remain mute. To speak out against the digital barbarism he regrets he helped create.

The so-much devious effort to cover-up Topix says to me, that there are Interest$$$ out there, who purposely want to foster this digital barbarism, I have proved as much, in my Open Salon posts including: The Dark Ages of the New Digital Age.

But the potential of the People and of Social Media – which Lanier does not like and here I disagree with him – is something very powerful and there is and has been, so much potential there for Change and freedom from the corruption which seeks to control it.

Its an Internet of People, not Things. This is a fact and its the People who love and use it, who will ultimately, determine its Future, and I believe this, and it will be a good future.


What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web?




Poppsikle blog, Twitter hack update

I have taken a brief Twitter vacation, after the latest shadow-banning there.

As I have written on this blog and why this blog was initially begun, I have been fighting the censorship Chris Tolles imposed on me there.

In deleted Tweets, the man has bragged of doing “Whatever it takes” meaning hacking, coding, dirty tricks etc. to “get the job done”. He has also bragged in deleted Tweets about “the power of the hack”.

Twitter is Chris Tolles’ perch, the self-titled Meme Fluffer and talent scout (whatever that means) hangs out there and advances his politics, his views on media, which he prizes so highly and clearly feels need expressing.

Somehow Tolles was able to hire a hacker who enabled certain of my Twitter posts to not show up on the threads I post them to, I can see them there, no one else can. They show up on my profile, but I have had Tweets deleted as well.

Tolles is so scared of me and not hesitant in the slightest to use criminal methods and censorship.

He has been like this all along. From the beginning I called out that Topix was lawless and censored, and those who have defended the site believing Tolles to be some sort of Free Speech hero… have been wrong from the beginning.

Tolles is the biggest criminal in the Silicon Valley and media is his weapon. Don’t underestimate the effort he puts into media, to control it that is.

His politics are what he is interested in advancing, and his inhumanism, his media with “New ethics”.

There are interests who actually covet the man’s inhumanism, his total lack of caring for his fellow human beings, his glee in fact, in allowing life-destroying attacks on them (I have written about this), to allow bigotry like no where else, death-threats, harm, to happen on his site. I bet they also covet his flagrant lawlessness, his ability to manipulate the “law” into his service while not hesitating, to use criminal methods.

That he himself, this Tyrant, is a big crybaby is not unpredictable.

I have learned the biggest bullies are always the biggest crybabies. They have the thinnest skins which accounts for the censorship he uses, including on Twitter which I am pretty sure he controls, his hacker has set him up with the ability to shadow-ban my Twitter tweets – he is clearly my biggest fan – someone should check out his Topix computer set up one day.

Joseph Campbell was right when he said about Tyrants: The tyrant is proud, and therein resides his doom. He was right about that.