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Updates: #1 Troll, London calling, trash talking censorship
I’ve been quiet this week due to being pretty unwell. Unfortunately, a bad cold has slowed me down considerably.
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining The Aussie Wire team in London later this year for the inaugural Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC) forum. From ARC, “The forum is being established as an international community with a vision for a better world where every citizen can prosper, contribute and flourish.”
ARC’s advisory board includes luminaries Jordan Peterson, Bjorn Lomborg, Michael Shellenberger, and Baroness Philippa Stroud, as well as former Australian Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott. My primary goal is to provide fire content for The Aussie Wire. My secondary goal will be to get Douglas Murray’s autograph, as I have heard he will be in attendance.
Last week I joined The Aussie Wire team in Melbourne to prepare for the trip, and we caught up on camera for a chat. Watch below to meet your London reporting team… and find out about the second best thing that happened to me the day Topher Field called to ask me to be on the team! (Total video length 36 mins, queued at 6:15 for my bit)
I also joined Topher to discuss the expansion of the Censorship Industrial Complex Down Under. Click through to watch (14 mins).
Trash talking censorship is fast becoming my niche, and I’m very comfortable with that. I joined Rita Panahi on Sky News to talk about the ACMA bill off the back of my article for the Brownstone Institute, Australia’s Misinfo Bill Paves Way for Soviet-Style Censorship. This is a very condensed explainer of what the misinfo bill proposes and the potential consequences if it’s passed into law.
Being that I’m neither a celebrity nor very hyperbolic, my segment isn’t clipped up as a feature on Sky’s website, but you can still watch the Friday 25 August segment of the Rita Panahi show on Flash or other streaming services (I’m right at the end of the show, after Douglas Murray), or listen to the podcast of the show, here.
Finally, I joined Dean Mackin on TNT Radio yesterday, which you can listen to here. We talked about how my X (previously Twitter) account has been throttled since the ‘speech not reach’ visibility filtering censorship policy kicked in.
They say that speech that is ‘lawful but awful’ will be labelled transparently, but a good many people on X posting about things that Big Pharma et al. don’t like have experienced a drastic drop in reach on their posts in recent months, including Jessica Rose, Jikky and The Stark Naked Brief.
Censorship has become more sophisticated in the last few years. Rather than outright banning you, they’ll visibility filter you into oblivion til you get sick of posting to no one and decide to log off of your own accord. Most of this appears to be done secretly, without the knowledge of the user. It’s a much more PR-friendly way of keeping the advertisers happy.
Video producer Matt Orfelea recently experienced this on his YouTube account, as covered over at Racket. Personally, I’ve been shadowbanned on Instagram for most, if not the entire time I’ve had the account. You have to type @dystopiandownunder in full to find my page. It’s a wonder I have any followers at all, but it appears people just can’t get enough false information.
I hope to be back in form next week with more stories - I have some good ones lined up! Wishing you all a great weekend.
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