Quiet! Shhhhhhhhh! They're coming.
People.
People?
I don't have very much time. This may be my last transmission. Can you hear me? Hello?! ALTERNEWZ to people? Whoever is out there, know that you are alone!
Tonight I am reporting on a story about censorship in which the word censorship is never mentioned. But TERRORIST is! Many times. SO, YES! we are told. Censorship is good for us. And we can do it for you really well! You are not a hater. You are maybe a dissenter. But probably you are not even a dissenter. You are just some who is is willing to agree to disagree. Your are very civil. You were brought up very well. You are feeling sleepy. Very sleepy. Look at the light reflected on my swinging watch. . . You are sleepy, very sleepy, very . . . .

http://www.hbo.com/vice

December 6 episode with a Technology Segment, "The Terror Filter" (You can't find it on youtube for free.)
FACEBOOK TERRORIST CENSORSHIP IS OK! BESIDES, IT WON'T EVEN WORK!!!!
VICE News finds out more about current ExxonMobil CEO -- and potential Secretary of State -- Rex Tillerson, and heads to Wisconsin to tag along with a Clinton-recount volunteer.

We hear about a "Terrorist [software] patch"--launched is by a female reporter as not being effective software--that is the reporter's pitch--and in any case the program, and then the second, male relay reporter interviews and records the guy who made the patch saying don't worry--I am against it--and it doesn't work, but don't worry, because even if it is effective, even if it does work, the software program was made by people who have thoughtfully considered the difference between hate speech and dissent and so TERRORISTS CANNOT BE HATERS ANYMORE! EVER!

[Ed. Note. UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!! BECAUSE ONE MAN'S HATE SPEECH IS ANOTHER MAN'S DiSSENT. R U KIDDING ME?! THAT IS WHY HATE SPEECH IS PROTECTED SPEECH. mutters . . . .]

Had a very paranoid moment when I saw the segment. What's happening is always happening in the margins--like a political thriller (the "paranoid is right! film" began in the 1970s) and has been discussed by Frederic Jameson in The Geopolitical Aesthetic. Not the lead story--just kind of in there as filler. Yet it is the most important story of the segment by far.
What I find particularly disconcerting is that it a very soft sell of --censorship! It's for the good of the country!--not as loudly as the discourse I am paraphrasing and exaggerating, "I AM PATRIOTIC! NATIONAL SECURITY! 9/11 CHANGED EVERYTHING!!! TAKE THE FRENCH OUT OF FREEDOM FRIES!!"back in 20003-07. Still, the soft shellacked don't panic attack that it is presented as normal is even more disturbing. Investigative journalism as ratings approval--worry, don't worry journalism.
I think VICE is on to something in the way combines news genres and edits them. It is particularly worth watching because it is by far the most paranoiac inducing news source except perhaps for hearing about what Trump just said. Or watching the latest South Park episode in real time.
Uh, oh. They ARE coming. I have to go. Mike drop.
Bass drop.
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