Rather than providing a neutral public space for citizens to debate ideas, tech giants are now intervening to promote their own opinions and silence contrary voices. I rarely watch documentaries, but am looking forward to The Creepy Line, which examines their growing control of the public discourse. You can view The Creepy Line documentary at this link. (It’s free for Prime members.)
Social media is a critical component of the democratic process. The major tech companies functioning as monopolies, so we really need to consider regulations to ensure equal access for all. Though with Big Business and Big Government being natural allies, it’ll be a tough lift.
Ironically, the title of the documentary comes from a quote by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. According to Schmidt, Google’s policy was “to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.” He was referring to intrusive, skeevy data practices. With Google now creating a censored search engine for the Chinese Communist Party, I’d say they’ve blown past the creepy line… (And let’s not even discuss their defunct motto: “Don’t Be Evil.”)
Ponder for a moment that Google is working with the murderous, autocratic Chinese Communist Party, but refuses to work with the American military. That is about as hypocritical as it gets. The creepy line is no longer visible even in the rear-view mirror.
Peter Schweizer wrote the documentary script. He’s president of the Government Accountability Institute and a former research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. More interestingly, it features Jordan Petersen, author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos. Peterson takes the documentary up a notch — he’s one of the most provocative thinkers on the current intellectual scene and always entertaining.
The film debuted at Cannes this year and is getting a U.S. release on September 17.