by Scott Creighton
“Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” Ingsoc
Joanna Rothkopf is a cute young writer, just starting out in life, with a cat apparently. I wish her well.
Joanna writes for Salon magazine, the same place another propagandist named Glenn Greenwald got his big break after his career managing ‘Hairy Studs’ website petered out (hee hee)
She recently wrote a glowing article for Salon dealing with the recent news that Google is going to impose a “truthiness ranking system” on information in their web-searching program. She seems to like the idea that Google is going to silence the anti-vax crowd, the global warming critics and all those other “conspiracy theorists” out there on behalf of what Google (and the CIA) decide the truth is.
What is a “truthiness ranking system” you ask?
Well, according to Joanna, it’s just a fine and dandy way to keep misinformation and “conspiracy theories” out of the public eye and the hive mind. Because we all know what kind of damage they can do.
I tend to disagree.
Though the technology is new, the idea is as old as the hills. They used to rid society of bad thoughts by banning books. They would have big bonfires where right-thinking people like Joanna would stand around and cheer when the contradictory information went up in smoke thus insuring the rightness of their belief system would continue uncontested.
The more things change…