Robert Gehl writes if you own the information, you own the world.
If you can control what people see – what they experience – what information they possess – they can be controlled.
To some degree, this is used in advertising and in the mainstream media: Present a product, or service or person as good, or valuable or benevolent, and people might believe you.
But what if almost all of the world’s information funneled through your filter. What if you could control all the information that people receive.
Then you could be called Google.
The technology behemoth percent controls 68 percent of all searches on the internet. So its search results are vital in shaping the national – or even global – discourse.
Google also has an “auto-complete” feature in their search engine. If you’re looking for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe” and you start typing “chocolate,” before you even finish the word, one of the suggestions that will “pop down” is likely a recipe for the cookies.
This – they argue – is the result of an aggregation of what other Google users are looking for. If tens of millions of people type in “Meryl Streep is a bad actor,” eventually, the phrase will be one that’s recommended.
Now, combine that massive power to influence people with Google’s stated political ideology. Their leadership actively campaigned for Hillary Clinton. They recently fired James Damore, a techie who dared to challenge the prevailing leftist notion that all men are equal to all women at all times and in all ways and that the prevalence of men in the technology industry might not be a result of some sort of capitalist-patriarchal-sexist culture.
Toss in their declaration that, as a private company, they have declared their search results are protected by the First Amendment. They are allowed to rank results in any way they please.
UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh wrote in 2012 that: “[S]earch engines select and sort the results in a way that is aimed at giving users what the search engine companies see as the most helpful and useful information…. In this respect, each search engine’s editorial judgment is much like many other familiar editorial judgments.”
In the report, titled “First Amendment Protection for Search Engine Results,” Volokh argues that search engine results that Google and others produce are a form of opinion. Therefore they have the right to choose what goes into that opinion – whether this means excluding certain links entirely or ranking them in a manner that the search engine deems is most relevant to users.
What this means in practice is that Google should be protected from claims others have made that the search engine giant is abusing its power by excluding certain links altogether or ranking results in a way that can harm the business of others.
And Volokh is right. Google and its parent company, Alphabet, are private corporations and are allowed to present information in any way they please.
But that’s beside the point.
As an ally of the left, Google has explicitly and implicitly decided that “right-wing” ideas must be suppressed, while promoting “left-wing” ideas. That’s the left’s idea of “tolerance.” It’s an ideology first espouse by Herbert Marcuse in his 1965 manifesto Repressive Tolerance:
“Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left.”
And it comes to this: Free speech.
You can do this at home. Open a new tab, go to Google and type in “Free speech is” and look at the results you’ll get. The odds are the first recommended search you’ll get is “Free Speech is Hate Speech.”
Of course, this is contrary to American Values, the law and the U.S. Supreme Court, who have affirmed on more than one occasion that so-called “hate speech” is protected by the First Amendment.
The “Free Speech is Hate Speech” trope is popular with the left. They can’t win the war of ideas – an intellectual battle between a “conservative” and “liberal” ideology, so they’re stacking the deck.
Push down conservative thought, reorganize search results so they don’t show up, accuse anyone who questions the pervasive leftist ideology a “racist” or a “sexist” or a “fascist.”
It’s part of the left’s agenda and they’ve got Google, the world’s greatest gatekeeper behind them.
These are dangerous times we live in.
H/T: The Federalist