Why the Left Is Desperate to Control Online Speech

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

They know the younger generation is ignoring the mainstream media so it is imperative to control online speech.

A rather silly article on how Leftist moron Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat incumbent party boss Joe Crowley does inadvertently reveal why the internet is so intent on censoring Conservative speech.

The basic thesis of the article is that Ocasio-Cortez beat Crowley largely because she used the internet better. This is “the Left’s” means of winning.

Really? A young stupid Democrat beating an old entitled Democrat in a Congressional primary proves something about how “the Left” can win?

I can think of a bigger example of online prowess helping someone win an election: the Septuagenarian Donald Trump!

Youth had nothing to do with it and the Left fears memes. Don’t forget it.

K. T. Nelson writes at Vice, “Owning People Online Really Is the Left’s Path to Victory.

Joe Crowley, the incumbent congressman in New York’s 14th District, had $3 million, much of it from corporate interests, in his reelection war chest. He had key endorsements from Senator Kristen Gillibrand and New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio. He had gone unchallenged for the better part of two decades. Still, on June 26 he lost the Democratic primary to Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had raised less than a third of what he had by relying on small donors. She is now on her way to Congress to replace him in no small part because she owned him online.

I first met Ocasio-Cortez at a bar in the East Village in the fall of 2017. She was very charming and extremely knowledgeable, but

I remember thinking that her campaign would probably end up being a long shot. But then I noticed people posting about her. I saw her incredible video campaign that went Extremely Viral. People were posting pictures of themselves pounding the pavement in the Bronx and Queens for her. And of course, being a millennial she commanded a much stronger grasp of social media than Crowley, and on more than one occasion garnered some attention for that king of posts—the vicious own. She was and is a true daughter of our extremely online generation. While a great deal of credit […] should go to her team’s […] hard work, we shouldn’t underestimate what social media did for her.

According to recent polling, a staggeringly small portion of the 22-to-45-year-old demographic watches cable news, and in fact almost 50 percent of young people do not watch traditional TV at all, instead opting to get their content from online streaming services, social media, and the like.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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