‘We are moving into a new, controlled society worse than old totalitarianism’ – Zizek on Google leak

RT – Aug 17, 2019

Modern censorship is more dangerous than open totalitarianism, it being concealed and incorporated in our daily routine, says Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, commenting on the insider leak detailing Google’s news blacklist.

The intellectual told RT he’s not advocating for online anarchy, comparing it to snuff movies in hardcore pornography – some regulation should be in place to block harmful content on the internet, he says. But hiding political motives for suppressing voices online is what worries Zizek the most.

“We all know we have to censor things at some level, but the main rule for me is that the process should be transparent. Not in the way – I’m talking about the developed West – it is done now, when all of a sudden somebody is prohibited and you are not even allowed to debate it,” Zizek explains. The “false choice” between politically correct censorship and radical liberalism is a trap, he believes.

This week, conservative transparency group Project Veritas published documents it received from an ex-Google employee. The documents appeared to confirm that Google can boost or de-rank news sources based on a seemingly biased set of internal rules. Calling the practices “dark and nefarious” the whistleblower, Zachary Vorhies, also leaked a doc detailing Google’s “blacklist” that lists nearly 500 websites, including both conservative and leftist media outlets.

Zizek believes the Big Tech’s practice of blacklists and shadow bans could prove an opportunity for right-wing activists to show themselves as a group fighting establishment politics and targeted for their opposition. The philosopher thinks this tactic will actually backfire against liberals by giving “the new populist right a position where they can say: you see, we’re the true alternative, we’re the true oppressed.”

Google is likely not the only tech megacorporation with a tight grip on their users’ digital menu, Zizek argues – but “the process isn’t some kind of a dark plot,” rather an inconspicuous slide “into a new, controlled society.”

What’s terrifying about it is that we don’t even experience it as something controlled. We just use social media, buy things, go to a doctor – and all the data about us is out there. But those are the things that we perceive as our freedom. So what we perceive as freedom becomes the very way we are controlled.

One doesn’t know anymore “if there is secret police following you or somebody reading your letters,” and this in Zizek’s mind is what differentiates it from the totalitarianism of the past. Modern control is hidden and undeclared, Zizek says.

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6 responses to “‘We are moving into a new, controlled society worse than old totalitarianism’ – Zizek on Google leak”

  1. Do not be concerned , Google will not be able to hide the Truth.
    The grapevine is working overtime.

    Luke 12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that
    shall not be known.

    The faithful witness(Leader of the True Believers)

    ” Believers Information Network “

  2. It’s eerie how so many blind sheeple think they see, like Duke.

  3. Alison Chabloz has been…

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    Banned from France!
    And the chosen ones were all cheering
    They declared me
    Banned from France!
    I was kept out for not believing

    Singing on foreign ground like a sparrow
    Playing in far off purgatory
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    You know that Truth has got me…

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    And the chosen ones were all cheering
    They declared me
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    Oy vey! Quelle merde!
    Oy vey! Quelle saleté de merde!
    Je Me Souviens bien
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    Truth has got me…

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    And the chosen ones were all cheering
    They declared me
    Banned from France!
    I was kept out for not believing

    Oy vey! Quelle merde!
    Oy vey! Quelle saleté de merde!
    Je Me Souviens bien
    Je Suis de La Nouvelle France

    Truth has got me…

    Banned from YouTube!
    Couldn’t follow community standards
    They declared me
    Banned from facebook!
    I was told I was antisemitic

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    They declared me
    Banned from WordPress!
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    Truth has got me…

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  4. Thank you Auntie, you said just what I was thinking – Duke is the only regular here who regularly posts idiocy.

  5. @ Aunty Semite

    Extract from the letter to all my friends:

    -1L-
    I am also aware of the discomfort that those of you,
    who are members of the organized church, suffer.
    The time has come for you to stand up,
    to let your light shine.
    Should they ban you from the church, be glad,
    for the Son of man told you in advance that this will happen.
    -21-
    ” They shall put you out of the synagogues;
    yea, the time cometh,
    that whosoever killeth you
    will think that he doeth God service. ”
    -22-
    This letter is addressed to you,
    the converts of this world.
    I know they condemn you because they say:
    ‘you are not a Christian, that you are lost,
    because you are a Moslem,
    a Hindu,
    a Jew,
    or a Buddhist.’
    They are wrong my friend,
    because what they say
    is contrary to the message according to the Gospel.
    -23-
    ” And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:
    they also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice;
    and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. ”

    The faithful witness

  6. Only morons or masochists continue to rely on Joogle. Those who continue to patronize Joogle, knowing what we know, is like helping forge the chains of your own enslavement.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I hate their fucking guts but, as a corporation, Joogle can blacklist or promote whatever they wish, as long as they don’t libel, slander, or otherwise violate law. One could maybe make a case about Joogle engaging in fraudulent practices, but it’s rather like Budweiser claiming to be the “King of Beers” in that anyone with a functioning taste bud and/or above retardation level can tell it’s more akin to bottled goat piss, so we laugh about it and take it as a sort of ironic joke. We are not forced to use Joogle, so people need to just stop using it. Joogle is a business, a very nefarious one, but a business, so starve it of customers and it dies.