By Gonzalo López Martí - Creative director, etc. / lmmiami.com/
“Beware those who want to save the world,
most likely they just want to control it.”
- Mark Zuckerberg is under pressure to weed out fake news and fake ads from his platforms.
- He was grilled with gusto by members of Congress a few weeks back.
- His line of defense: Facebook retains a group of independent fact checkers who filter content uploaded by media outlets, advertisers and users.
- Freedom of speech notwithstanding, it sorta makes sense for a private company such as Facebook to try and stay clean of hate speech, pornography and other forms of inappropriate content.
- Where should the line be drawn though and by whom?
- What should we do, for instance, with pseudoscience enthusiasts such as flat Earthers?
- Should we censor their websites and ban their conventions?
- Everyone in their sane mind knows the Earth is round, right?
- Well, strictly speaking it is not a sphere: it is a “geoid”, a geometrical shape that kind of looks spherical but is flattened at the poles.
- From a rigorously scientific POV, claiming the world is round is arguably a false statement.
- Should Zuckerberg’s army of fact checkers crack down on me if I claimed so on some post or other?
- Would I be lying if I said the vaccines are a global conspiracy by the pharmaceutical industry?
- Is it a lie if a sufficient amount of voters &/or consumers believe it?
- The crusade against fakeness is a dangerous rabbit hole.
- Of course, politicians love it.
- They can’t get enough of it.
- It allows them to overact virtue and self-righteousness.
- It gives them fodder to cry wolf and hyperventilate on cable talk shows and social media.
- It justifies their existence and their salaries.
- The very chance of becoming the arbiters of what’s true and what’s fake makes your garden variety politician salivate like a St. Bernard in a steakhouse.
- Because, naturally, we the people are a bunch of gullible idiots who don’t know shit from Shinola.