We are living in peculiar times, but times that were fairly well predicted.
Conspiracy theorists have called this phenomenon “predictive programming”, and, to some extent they are right: We, as human beings, are more likely to engage in behavior that we’ve seen before. We draw our idea of what “the limits” are based on the lessons of the past.
For instance, any time that a nation is as divided politically as America is in 2020, the solution seems to be civil war. The event itself, the American Civil War, has been drilled into our heads from the time that we were schoolchildren, and thus, here we are slowly poisoning our minds with the foolish idea that it could happen again.
This isn’t the only large-scale example of “predictive programming” either. In a tragic twist of irony, George Orwell’s seminal work 1984 has come back to haunt us as well.
Orwell meant the terrifying tome as a warning to future generations, but it appears as though YouTube believed they were reading an instruction manual on how to rule the world.
YouTube will remove any new videos alleging that President Donald Trump lost the US 2020 election to Joseph Biden because of fraud or errors, Google‘s massive video site said Wednesday on its YouTube blog. Essentially, YouTube now categorizes Biden’s victory and Trump’s loss as historical fact, and so it will crack down on new misleading videos alleging otherwise.
YouTube noted that its policies already prohibit videos alleging that fraud or errors changed the outcome of a historical US presidential election, but “in some cases, that has meant allowing controversial views on the outcome or process of counting votes of a current election, as election officials have worked to finalize counts.” Now that enough states have certified their results to determine Biden is president-elect, YouTube will remove any piece of content uploaded Wednesday or afterward “that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 US Presidential election.”
This is the enforcement of “right speak” come to life, as YouTube attempts to curb the spread of any information that goes against what the “media” is already saying.
In doing so, YouTube will become nothing more than artisan cable television, with only contest approved ahead of time by a team of curators who might as well be cable executives who’ll only pay you if you make them a bunch of money first.