Hopefully this will spur Conservatives to start up their own platforms for disseminating information, bypassing the totalitarian Left entirely…
Media pioneer Matt Drudge is vindicated after warning InfoWars founder Alex Jones — purged by Silicon Valley’s largest companies Monday — in a rare 2015 interview about the pervasiveness of corporate power over American life.
In a wide-ranging interview with Jones, the Drudge Report founder sounded the alarm about Facebook and Google’s influence over the media and greater internet landscape.
“I am not on Facebook. I don’t do the socials. I have that little Twitter thing — even that is kind of disgusting,” Drudge told Jones. “You know, I have been doing the Internet as long as you have been doing this radio show, Alex. Literally every day… And I’ll tell you, I was there before Facebook. I was there before CNN.com. I was there before mostly all of them,” he added. “I have a very clear perception of what the Internet is in my mind. I am free.”
Drudge touted his independence from financial institutions and major internet giants, noting he doesn’t need capital or web traffic from either.
“I am not defined by what they say the Internet is. Meaning Goldman Sachs, meaning who they invest in for the latest startup. Meaning the latest BuzzFeed or Salon or Gawker — well, Gawker is more independent,” he said. “But there is a lot of corporate makeover of the Internet that I have not adapted to, simply put.”
“I have completely remained independent from all of them. All of them! I am not influenced by any of them,” Drudge added. “I need no traffic from Google.”
The new media pioneer also criticized Silicon Valley for “ghettoization” of the Internet, while lambasting multinational corporations for turning the Internet into their own “playgrounds,” void of creativity and individuality.
The reason there’s so much anger online, also, is a newspaper like the Washington Post will leave a comment section. They don’t care what you’re saying. They don’t care what you’re thinking. That’s why you get this anger, that, “oh, I’m out here as a citizen and I’m operating in their playground.” Make your own playground! The reason I’m here, Alex, is you’ve made your own playground.”
You get famous on YouTube… you’re playing in Google’s hell pit. Make your own place. The Internet allows you to make your own dynamic, your own universe. Why are you gravitating toward somebody else’s universe?