The Orwellian Internet: A Primer.

I

It is revolutionary because it is anti-dogmatic, strongly innovative and against prejudice. 
For the political problem:
We demand:
a. Universal suffrage polled on a regional basis, with proportional representation and voting and electoral office eligibility for women.
b. A minimum age for the voting electorate of 18 years; that for the office holders at 25 years.
...e. The formation of a National Council of experts for labor, for industry, for transportation, for the public health, for communications, etc. Selections to be made from the collective professionals or of tradesmen with legislative powers, and elected directly to a General Commission with ministerial powers. 
For the social problems:
We demand:
a. The quick enactment of a law of the State that sanctions an eight-hour workday for all workers.
b. A minimum wage.
c. The participation of workers' representatives in the functions of industry commissions.
d. To show the same confidence in the labor unions (that prove to be technically and morally worthy) as is given to industry executives or public servants.
e. The rapid and complete systemization of the railways and of all the transport industries. 
f. A necessary modification of the insurance laws to invalidate the minimum retirement age;  we propose to lower it from 65 to 55 years of age. 
...For the financial problem:
We demand:
a. A strong progressive tax on capital that will truly expropriate a portion of all wealth.
b. The seizure of all the possessions of the religious congregations and the abolition of all the bishoprics, which constitute an enormous liability on the Nation and on the privileges of the poor.
c. The revision of all military contracts and the seizure of 85 percent of the profits therein.
                                                                                         -- The Fascist Manifesto, 1919.

II

Cultural and historical illiteracy is the hallmark of an Age of Propaganda. Arrogance makes the fertile soil, and ignorance is the fertilizer.

Propaganda is the sport of grifters who up their game as they see the world as a giant chess board where people are expendable pawns, but ones who need to be bribed to get sucked into the secret game.

Fascism began as a Left-wing ideology, and it needed to recruit young people into its ranks; so it did what religions did before it: tell their pigeons exactly what they wanted to hear.

In other words, it is a greed scam with a patina of morality.

Place chains around the necks of your suckers, assuring them how this will liberate them.

Because social media made all sorts of implicit promises of fame, fortune, and power through just hammering your uninformed thoughts on a platform long enough and frequently enough, people fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Some people did get rich and had fleeting fame, and it is still rewarding just enough people for others to hold on to the dream.

But social media was never properly cultivated, and Big Tech were making insane amounts of money just selling data to governments and companies all while thinking privacy laws did not apply to them.

Then the American Democrats lost an election and then did what all arrogant and ignorant cowards do: blame someone else, in this case, Russia.

And still do.

Just like an abusive spouse does when their victim breaks free and exercises free will, doing the opposite of what the abuser wants them to do.

Big Tech are limousine liberals: hypocritical robber barons who stomp and crush everyone on the way to the top, but wear a mask of morality by pretending to support moral causes that do not in any way interfere with their bottom line.

The misogyny of Big Tech is transparent, but they see nothing wrong with the Patriarchal and authoritative ways of operating and shutting down anyone who does not buy into their games and says so.

But to deflect attention away from their robber baron ways, they will push around some fringe groups as they use casual language and use censorship in the name of morality.

The same way the fascists spoke about liberation, but employed tyrannical methods that made their regime rich and powerful, as they destroyed anyone who saw that the sermon and the actions didn't align at all.

III

But Big Tech isn't just misogynistic; it is misanthropic. It seeks to control and manipulate in order for the public to be too fearful of questioning its methods, lest they become cut off from it.

It has become as Orwellian as 1984 and Animal Farm, with questionable Big Brother moves, such as Facebook pretending to root out propaganda by teaming up with vested interests. Nato-funded vested interests.

Regulating social media is doublespeak for intellectual oppression, but it is, ironically, a case of too little, too late.

Social media is starting to become boring, and their empty promises are already alienating people merely going through the motions of posting their propaganda posters on Facebook, puking frustration on Twitter, finding cute animals pictures on Pinterest to keep their humanity, and still posting their bad photos on Instagram just in case their aging bodies may still get them attention or their bragging of eating and visiting places will make someone out there jealous of them.

The Internet is losing steam. There is too much opinion drowning out everything else. Big Tech's success was always dependent on doing sketchy things without getting caught all while promising the world to the world if they just stuck it out long enough to become "famous", or at least enviable.

They shamelessly pandered to Millennials since they were children: always telling them how unique and special they were, and how the grown ups in their lives did not understand them, and were holding them back, and they could just Live Out Loud on the Internet, and they would find their own Promised Land through it.

Except it never happened, and we now have a generation who have just reached past their Best Before Date and are as anonymous and ne'er-do-well as the parents they were assured were far lower in the pecking order than they'd ever be.

As Mark Zuckerberg once spewed:

Young people are just smarter.

It was a cagey way of creating an invisible wall between generations. It inoculated children from looking up to their parents who had more experience, and knew the ways of the world.

All of these Orwellian gambits would be concerning except that Big Tech's a weakened monster that has unleashed something that it can no longer control. Traditional old school authority are infiltrating it, but as they never quite understood how this whole Internet thing worked, they now think they can censor people and then everything will fall into place.

Except the thinking patterns have already changed, and they do not align with the old methods anymore.

The Internet may be a Big Brother, but it is more like a Big Step-Brother. We do not look up to the Internet: we now see it as our servant to do our bidding for us. It has not just inoculated youth from heeding to parental concern: it has inoculated everyone from considering anything that does not suit their own personal worldview. It created filters that prevent people from ever admitting they are wrong or faulty in any way, shape, or form. Facts and evidence have fall out of favour for pure self-serving opinion.

Everyone is offended. Everyone is a victim. Everyone is right. Everyone is owed and entitled. Everyone is special. Everyone can use the Internet to isolate themselves from reality.

It is a virtual medium, after all. Not real. Not true.

Just virtual.

Instead of expanding, it constricted.

And now the monster Big Tech created is about to turn on them.

This isn't a world where one Big Brother controls everything and everybody.

This is a world where there are billions of Big Brothers monitoring what they see and are exposed to and shut out anything that displeases them.

Big Tech has now fallen into the same rabbit hole journalism did.

As they relinquish more power in the name of grabbing more, they are playing a game a chess when they created inadvertently created a Go board.

They may try to shut down dissenting voices, but they risk alienating billions of people.

And if they lose a mere millions, they no longer have clout.

Because like journalism, once you anger a segment in public, you lost them forever. They are not coming back, and they are going to find alternatives to you.

Journalists never realized the more people they insulted, the smaller their market became.

And that's what is now happening to Big Tech.

But it took decades for journalism to collapse, and the Internet sped up cycles and condensed them.

It may take mere years or even months for their industry to take a hit from which they can never recover.

And they are being surrounded as they have lost many liberties.

One or two more boneheaded moves is all it takes.

And in an Orwellian Internet where everything is topsy turvey, it doesn't take much to fall the way the fascists did when they thought all it took was deceiving youth with big promises to enter a life of hate and misery.

When reality set in and pushed back, the truth roared through every illusion, and the con was over...