Is Cancel Culture Decentralizing The Internet? -Acropolis News Network Exclusive
By Trevor Brown
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All Information in relation to time are as of September 10th 2021
Right and left is referred to as factions in the culture war not the traditional enlightenment paradigm of the past 400 years.
From the bottom line of fortune 500 companies to benign cat videos doing cute things. Social media has impacted all our lives. We depend on them to hang out with our friends and loved ones, protest unjust actions of governments, and boycotting businesses for transgressions. What happens when boycotts shift from entities like businesses and governments to individuals? What happens is something not to dissimilar to a Maoist struggle session. A form of public slander for failure of orthodoxy/ ritual public shaming. A truth while hyperbolic is nonetheless accurate.
That reality while tragic may eventually transform the internet. Imagine if one day popular YouTube personalities like Pewdiepie, Game Theory, and others had their channels deleted because they were canceled. The audiences would desire their content from somewhere else, but those channels would be deleted. The audiences of those channels would naturally desire the content that no longer exists on that account. Furthermore, what happens if people from those same audiences found out that those content creators were on other platforms? Would those people join them?
While determining the actions of tens of millions of people is rather difficult, it is however not difficult to analyze the about pages of political YouTube channels and determine how much non-Silicon Valley tech platforms they are on. In this case study we here at Acropolis News Network have analyzed both the latest video and the about pages of 9 of these YouTube political personalities from both the left and the right. This is our findings.
Starting with the left-wing channels (Vaush, HassanAbi, Destiny, the Serf Times, ContraPoints, Lindsay Ellis, Philosophy Tube, hbomberguy, and Three Arrows). We checked their about pages on YouTube and have found no non-silicon valley platforms. Twitter however was found on 7/9 channels, Instagram was found 3/9 times, Facebook was found 4/9 times, and Patreon was found 8/9 times. The right on the other hand was much more diverse (Akkad daily, Tim Pool, We Are Change, Lauren Chen, The Officer Tatum, Salty Cracker, ShortFatOtaku, Aydin Paladin, and Steven Crowder). Minds.com was mentioned 3/9 times, Rumble was mentioned 4/9 times, and Odysee was mentioned twice. In the description from the latest videos from the left only one channel contained a non-Silicon Valley platform, and that platform was Odysee. The description from right wing videos was once again much more diverse. Minds.com was mentioned 3/9 times, and Odysee was mentioned twice.
Unfortunately, these findings cannot determine a few things. 1. If the right is fearful of cancel culture and 2, if any of these channels left and right simply don’t plug their other platforms. In-fact 3/9 left wing channels only have one link in their about page and one right wing video description plugs no socials. However, it does determine something else. The Internet is becoming decentralized. Gone are the days of someone having one maybe two social media accounts in active use. I myself have 6 social media profiles and that is just what is not Silicon Valley. As previously mentioned, the internet has impacted all our lives and I think that is about to happen again. Maybe just maybe the right has become tired of Silicon Valley and their proprietary/ predatory algorithms, rules for the but not for me terms of service, and so much more.