The stupid, it burns. And unfortunately, it is widespread. If you go over to Twitter now, the newest trending hashtag is #1984IsHere. The MAGAverse is distraught because its deity can no longer use the Twitter pulpit to proselytize his whims of the moment, so they are claiming that we now live in a totalitarian regime. Which means Twitter is the government, when the more apt analogy here is that Twitter is like the Christian bakery who didn’t want to make a wedding cake for the gay couple. But you can’t say that to a MAGAt or their eyes start to roll and smoke comes out their ears like Robby the Robot frying his circuits when given a command which contradicted his basic programming.
People who have actually read “1984” and who know how the First Amendment works are giving a tutorial.
Donald Trump’s genius lies in the fact that he knows how stupid most people are because he’s that stupid himself. He doesn’t know what the First Amendment says, either and it’s a cinch he’s never read “1984.” He thinks that he should be able to control Twitter, because Twitter dares to call out his lies and not play both sider with his enemies. He said as much in his executive order dated May 28, 2020.
Twitter now selectively decides to place a warning label on certain tweets in a manner that clearly reflects political bias. As has been reported, Twitter seems never to have placed such a label on another politician’s tweet. As recently as last week, Representative Adam Schiff was continuing to mislead his followers by peddling the long-disproved Russian Collusion Hoax, and Twitter did not flag those tweets. Unsurprisingly, its officer in charge of so-called ‘Site Integrity’ has flaunted his political bias in his own tweets.
Here’s another piece of sublime irony.
When Trump first showed up on the scene I cringed because I saw him for who and what he was immediately and could not believe that others couldn’t. Now I’m beginning to understand why. I had read “1984” and seen both versions of the movie. So I knew what I was looking at. But the MAGAts didn’t. And they didn’t even know what Hitler was about, either. Those two factors combined allowed a clown like Trump to come to power via the only standard of information and credibility that both Trump and his base do know about –television.
Apparently Trump is the true and proper representative for 74,223,744 Americans, 46% of those who voted. I will go to my grave utterly horrified by this truth. But I won’t go surprised. I grew up in suburbia and there were a lot of homes where the only reading material was TV Guide. The television was the babysitter, the tutor, the entertainer, and the companion. It was actually more like Brave New World than 1984. Books weren’t banned, it was just that nobody wanted to read one.
Television became its own element and it spawned its own demon. I understand a lot of things now that I didn’t in 2016.