Brendan O’Neill has a piece, as ever well worth reading, in the Speccie putting to the sword the absurd idea that Cambridge Analytics has destroyed the world by brainwashing voters using their facebook data:
We’re meant to believe that Donald Trump won the presidential election and Brexit was victorious in the EU referendum because sinister rich and right-wing people trawled social media, harvested our inner-most lives, and then planted messages that ‘mind-fucked’ us into voting for things we shouldn’t have voted for? This is straight out of the David Icke school of political thought (I say thought…) where it is always assumed that faceless malevolent actors are puppeteering public life and secretly controlling people’s minds and behaviour. This might be the moment when the paranoid style of thinking went mainstream
However this blog is convinced that, certainly in the UK, there is one organisation at least abusing users’ faith in it and working to twist and form the electorate’s opinions in a leftward pro-EU direction.
That is of course the BBC, which has mutated from the essentially decent bumbling pro-British but even then somewhat earnest and well meaning media organisation of my childhood into a vast highly politicised instrument of the Common purpose cultural marxist wing of the political “elite”.
The BBC has been absolutely relentless in pushing its anti-Brexit, ant-Trump pro-Global Waring agenda, that is a demonstrable fact, and is in contravention of its founding principles. It has not been above lying and coercion in order to do so.
Lately the labour left (whom Stalin himself would have purged as being too extreme) have been complaining about something called hatgate in which the BBC have apparently published a photo of comrade Corbyn looking like Krushchev, and clamouring that this is proof of political bias.
Could be a good moment to agree with them then get the whole rotten mess shut down.
Paging Mr Ecks!