In the physical world, college ‘safe spaces’ are slowly blocking out conservatives. Likewise, in the virtual world, search engines, websites, and social media platforms are slowly doing the same.
The key word is ‘slowly’. Its being implemented and liberals are cheering because seeing conservative content makes them cringe, instead of being concerned about the modern form of book burning.
“It’s like slowly boiling a frog who relaxes like it’s a sauna until his organs are cooked to death,” said Pang, a Chinese dissident and internet freedom advocate who fled to Taiwan, but refused to give his full name to prevent authorities’ retributions to his family back in mainland China. “By then, it’s too late for the frog to save himself.”
Communist Chinese censorship, in contrast, comes all of a sudden so it’s obvious. Thus, many Chinese netizens are well aware that certain search results and websites are blocked. In fact, many have accidentally discovered censorship by typing something innocuous, such as ‘89,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh,’ and ‘Christopher Robin.’
“Often, such topics can suddenly incur the wrath of authorities overnight,” said Pang, “and then the next morning, netizens would wake up and soon discover something that was okay just yesterday will no longer be starting today.”
But bad as that sounds, that’s exactly why censorship by liberal Americans is more effective and dangerous. If a Chinese user looked for censored content, the search engine would say ‘this topic is blocked’.
In contrast, American censorship will give no notification on what’s censored. Instead, leftist censorship cleverly drowns out conservative content with liberal ones to manipulate unsuspecting users. Google Search puts liberal sites to the top of its search results so it’s most visible to users while Google AdSense blocks conservative sites from displaying its advertisements to put them out of business.
“This censorship is less obvious than the Chinese one so people will be sucked into an echo chamber, which occurs without their knowledge or even consent, of course,” described Pang, “and if they get too stuck, they’ll never believe the truth even when they see it”.
“The worst part that young people are the most likely to be in echo chambers since they’re naturally more gullible,” he said, “this happens no matter in what country you’re in.”
Indeed, many young liberal adults still cannot contemplate why Trump won the presidency. Instead of seeking out the faults of their ideology and favorite candidates, they lash out by creating violent protest groups, such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter, while banning conservative speakers and organizations.
In fact, it has gotten so bad that Trump has stepped in to defend the First Amendment by “requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research funds.” Likewise, the Department of Justice has supported a lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley for limiting the rights of conservative speakers.
Finally, another difference between the two censorships is history. The ‘Great Firewall of China’ is implemented as a top-heavy order from the Communist Party while, oppositely, American censorship began as a ‘grassroots’ initiative by liberal activists before being adopted by liberal Silicon Valley companies. Thus, in comparison, the added danger is that the humble origins of liberal censorship makes it seem genuine, popular, and rather benign.
“Both Liberal American and Communist Chinese methods are brainwashing because they’re censoring something useful for people to see and think about,” Pang said, “but the biggest difference is that, in America, the liberals are doing it more smartly and that conservatives are still around to fight back.”