Google's Culture War
Anyone that knew me in my previous technology related life, knows that I found Google to be pretty creepy. My hypothesis is that Google is a purveyor of what I call “Legitimized Spyware” and “Cultural Manipulation”. For those unaware, Google’s entire business model is this: We will provide you with a bunch of free services, and in exchange we will mine your personal information and sell it to third parties. Here’s what the definition of spyware is: “Software that enables a user to obtain covert information about another's computer activities by transmitting data covertly from their hard drive.” Google found a way to achieve the entire purpose of spyware, and not only is it legal, but people voluntarily give it to them.
Initially, way back in the day, I thought Google was just a great search engine. I remember getting one of the first few waves of Gmail invites as well. I remember thinking, “Man, 5 Gigs of free email storage! What a deal!” Shortly thereafter, I started using Google Reader for my news. Every few months, Google would introduce some new blockbuster service, all for free. I never really asked how Google managed to give all this stuff for free, until many years later when I started working for a rival competitor. Then it came to me:
Google can give all of this away, because they are monetizing your personal information and wielding the levers of culture. You see, what Google does, is they mine everything you do. Every search result, every email, every news subscription, every document is mined and the data essentially sold to the highest bidder. The real revelation of what they were doing came later, with the introduction of Android. Google had essentially created an an entire operating system predicated on the aforementioned business model. Guess what you need to even use any Android Device? That’s right, a Gmail account. From the second you boot up an Android device, Google has it all. Now, one could argue that if you have sufficient knowledge, you can lock the device down and control the privacy levels, but let’s be honest here, very few do. The whole process is quite innocent, create an email, and lets use the phone. Apple does the same thing. The difference being, Apple isn’t in the business to literally make money off of your data. Now, Google is taking it several steps further.
Take a look at how much hardware Google makes now. Phones, Tablets, Routers, Cell Service (project Fi), and computers. Their software is in everything from computers and phones, to cars, refrigerators, washing machines, TVs, and home automation. Literally every single thing available now has some level of software involvement. There’s even a crock pot that’s Wi-Fi now, and Google is involved in all of it. The Google Home device literally listens to every word spoken. Google has successfully infiltrated every aspect of our lives, to say nothing of their search engine, and the biggest video community on the planet, YouTube.
So now, I’m sure some are saying, “Why is this a problem, they aren’t doing anything malicious with this data.” Let’s take a look at some of the more nefarious actions Google is currently taking. As I will show, they are using their platform and massive data operation to quite literally weaponize information, and manipulate the public by the hundreds of millions.
Manipulating Search Results
Google has been fined a record 2.7 billion by the EU for manipulating search results. They repeat over and over that their algorithm has no bias. If this is the case, then why do none of the highest trafficked conservative sites not appear higher in results? Drudge, Breitbart, Infowars, and The Blaze all do far more traffic than the majority of left leaning sites, yet are nowhere to be found in generic politics based searches, yet you will have pages upon pages of left wing sites to choose from. Choose any issue and you will have pages upon pages of sites openly advocating the position of the left, and virtually none from the right. Algorithms are still coded by people, so it isn’t that hard to attribute lesser rankings to certain sites, then claim their hands are clean because the algorithm did it.
Better yet, go to Google News. Their aggregator only uses left wing sites. I visited the landing page every day for some time, and every single story was negative to Trump. All day, everyday. Google executives have donated millions of dollars to Hillary Clinton and several left wing groups, so it’s not a mystery how any of this is happening. It also makes the next point I make even clearer.
This link shows the scope of Google’s complicity with the Hillary campaign. They had everything invested in her win, and even have a lot of crossover with employees, and of course, massive lobbying efforts.
In addition, Google has introduced new real time fact checking services. Politifact and Snopes. Seems like a great idea right? Google an issue and see an unbiased fact check in real time. Here’s the issue, Snopes and Politifact are massively funded left wing operations. Here’s a prime example. Donald Trump says Mexico can pay for the Wall due to fixing the massive trade deficit or use of remittances. The Snopes article admits the cost of the wall is less than the trade deficit, yet they still rate the statement is false, because Mexico doesn’t have the full cash on hand to pay the entire amount of the wall right now. This is an example of left wing spin.
Cultural Manipulation via YouTube
YouTube recently released a blog post on how they are working to combat “terror”. Ask any of the major conservative YouTubers what they think of this policy, and they will all tell you the same thing. “Terror” and “Hate Speech” is code for any deviation from leftist talking points. YouTube has brought in a group of prominent left wing agencies, such as the ADL and a group of far left progressives called the Creators for Change, that they empower to outright censor any “controversial” opinion. Most prominent right wing channels have been demonetized and delisted, which in essence kills any chance of visibility on the platform. No comments, likes, or recommendations. So, you essentially have a group of progressives determining what is “hate speech”. There is no mystery where this is going to any conservative. This will not be used to combat ISIS, but to censor conservative viewpoints. So why is it a problem that the Anti-Defamation League, an organization there to stop hate speech, is involved? Yet again, the ADL is a left wing organization. They have a cartoon frog listed as “hate Speech”, and they’ve listed prominent New Right commentators like Mike Cernovich and Brittany Pettibone next to actual Neo-Nazis. Even Jewish Senate candidate Josh Mandel has denounced the ADL.
I mentioned “cultural manipulation”. What does that mean? Well, I’m about to get really disturbing here. I recently stumbled upon one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen. I ran across the hashtag “Elsagate” on Twitter one day. Elsagate is a scandal that has largely gone unnoticed, except by a small group of conservatives online. Someone put “Frozen Elsa” into YouTube and turned up all manner of disgusting videos. Frozen is one of the most popular kids movies of all time, so it’s very likely to be typed into YouTube by little kids. If you type Frozen Elsa into YouTube you will find all manner of animated and live action depictions of Elsa and popular superheroes particularly by groups like BeepBeepTV. These include, but are not limited to, drug use, feces and urination, pregnancy, and all manner of sexually suggestive acts, and significant violence, pushed to little children. What’s even more disturbing, is that collectively these videos have literally millions of views and subscribers. Seriously, I’m about as jaded as it gets and I couldn’t even make it through a few of these. In addition, no one can seem to find out who is behind these videos and companies, everything seems to be a dead end.
So what we have here, is blatant cultural manipulation. So you’re a conservative that has a problem with mass immigration, or legitimizing transgenderism to kids, you’ll be labeled hate speech and delisted, but show animated kids being mutilated, urinated on, or getting pregnant, which is also a Disney copyright violation, and you’re good to go. This is cultural manipulation. Taking something vile, and normalizing it, while repressing perfectly reasonable conservative positions. All done on the biggest video platform on the planet, by one of the biggest technology companies on the planet. When you manipulate searches, news, and videos across literally billions of devices, you are engaging in cultural manipulation. Along with Hollywood, education, and the Media, the Progressive agenda is being inserted into our culture under the radar.
Google has essentially become the propaganda arm of progressive orthodoxy. The progressives lost the last election, but they still control the major levers of culture. They control media, Hollywood, and education. So, it is in their interest to groom the next generation in progressive ideology and normalize even disturbing things to the younger generations. Make no mistake, this is happening across all of our technology to varying degrees. Facebook and Twitter routinely ban with a hair trigger over the slightest deviation. The left has managed to take perfectly reasonable positions, and do the mental gymnastics necessary to twist them into hate speech, then use that as the basis for censorship. I actually received a 12 hour ban on Twitter for suggesting that 10 year olds shouldn’t receive hormone therapy to change their gender, because my opposition to this is considered Transphobic, and hate toward the LGBT community. I was reported by a few leftists and there you have it. This is how the left is operating these days.
As Dinesh D’Souza outlines in his latest book, the modern Progressive is perfectly fine with using fascistic tactics that even Goebbels would be proud of. They don’t do it in your face, they do it behind your back, and are supported by all the major levers of culture.
Any conservative reading this should be under no illusions, we are at war. This is Culture War 2.0, and conservatives better figure out how to fight it. They lost the first culture war, and this one represents even more dire consequences if lost.
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Steve is the author of Forging the Iron Mind, and is the founder and CEO of Americana Prime.