The Right to Amplify

Ben Thompson offers interesting and informative scaffolding for deplatforming hate speech on the Internet in the wake of the Dayton and El Paso shootings.

“None of this is easy. I am firmly in the camp that argues that the Internet is something fundamentally different than what came before, making analog examples less relevant than they seem.

“The risks and opportunities of the Internet are both different and greater than anything we have experienced previously, and perhaps the biggest mistake we can make is being too sure about what is the right thing to do.”

Ben Thompson

To my eyes, Thompson is correct. The Internet is fundamentally new: the price to amplify your communications is almost zero. Historically, publishing was an expensive endeavor, its gatekeepers mostly understood its responsibilities.

The gatekeepers are gone now, disintermediated into a new profession. The game has changed.