This is a two-part series on the censorship claims of Facebook’s Libra. Part One will discuss the importance of ‘freedom’ in a information and social media-centered world, and how Facebook is using Libra to act as the gatekeeper of the world.
Freedom. Facebook. Fact. Fiction.
These are interesting times, aren’t they? We live in an era where everything around us is taken for granted. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear and even the way we interact, everything seems to come so easy for us. What if all of this were to disappear, or change? Would we be able to survive?
My guess is we could. We are perpetual beings, slave to the times; and if the times change, we will as well. We will adopt other necessities, adapt to the change in environment, and even acquire different skills. That’s what makes us human.
But, what if nothing changes and everything remains as it were, but one being emerges. A controller. A gatekeeper. A policing force that while keeping everything as it is, maintains the supply of this resource pool. What if one had to seek permission from this gatekeeper, only to acquire the necessities of life.
Welcome to 2019.
In the current day-and-age, the power to destroy any entity stems from the power of control. With that, comes the conundrum of the ‘ability to restrict.’ Countries are embargoed, companies are regulated and banned and citizens are censored. In that matrix, we all find a place, either through victimhood or interaction.
The micro-pillar of this ‘ability to restrict’ draws from the ability of companies to censor an individual, and restrict any output of their being. To reiterate, this ‘ability to restrict,’ at first,