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The Sinking of the USS Twitter | OnlySubs with James Lindsay, Ep. 105

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New Discourses Logo  fiber_manual_record  Aug 31st, 2022

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If we think about what's taking place in the world today as a new form of warfare, and we think about the various instruments of that warfare in analogy to, say, naval vessels, we might come to think of a social media platform like Twitter as a kind of powerful battleship for the Enemy forces of today, the USS Twitter. Drawing back to the previous World War for inspiration and insight, in 1941, the Allied Forces sank the German ultra-battleship, the Bismarck, sort of. In that sinking, in fact, Allies critically wounded the ship with a torpedo dropped from a low-flying airplane, and the Nazis sunk the ship themselves from within to prevent its capture. Is that what explains Twitter's behavior with rampant censorship, bans, lockouts, suspensions, and its open announcement of "fortification" of the upcoming election today? This raises other questions. Do we really need Twitter? Can conservatives strike a mortal blow against one of the Enemy's most formidable weapons? Join me in this latest episode of James Lindsay OnlySubs, my subscribers-only podcast, to explore some of these issues with me.

-James Lindsay

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