Make Them Push You Off the Battlefield (UPDATED)

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Make Them Push You Off the Battlefield (UPDATED)

by baldilocks

Julie Kelly at Amer­i­can Great­ness:

If you are some­one on the polit­i­cal Right who might quit Twit­ter because it just banned Jesse Kelly, here’s my plea: Don’t.

After the shock­ing news spread Sun­day night that Twit­ter had depla­tormed the con­ser­v­a­tive influ­encer for unknown rea­sons, some con­ser­v­a­tives are threat­en­ing to leave the social media site. Glenn Reynolds, a.k.a. Instapun­dit, a law pro­fes­sor and writer who runs a news aggre­gate site, deac­ti­vated his Twit­ter account hours after Kelly (no rela­tion) was banned. Other crit­i­cal voices on the Right, includ­ing Salena Zito and Mol­lie Hem­ing­way, said they might fol­low suit. (…)

[D]espite its flaws, the real­ity is that Twit­ter is ground zero in our ongo­ing polit­i­cal war. Hav­ing utterly failed to infil­trate the country’s one-​sided media behe­moth, or hold news orga­ni­za­tions respon­si­ble in any way for their egre­gious polit­i­cal bias and dis­hon­esty, the Right has no choice but to fight back on Twitter. (…)

It is the only pub­lic forum where you can instantly call out a jour­nal­ist for lousy news cov­er­age or con­demn a politi­cian for bad behav­ior. In just the past week, Rep. Eric Swal­well (D-​Calif.) had to walk back his tweet threat­en­ing to use nuclear weapons against dis­obe­di­ent gun own­ers, and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-​Hawaii) had to delete a tweet that sug­gested the use of tear gas at the south­ern bor­der vio­lated inter­na­tional laws on chem­i­cal weapons. With­out Twit­ter, those ridicu­lous com­ments would have gone unanswered. (…)

Twit­ter can quickly unite polit­i­cal allies in a way no other space can.

I agree with this, in spite of the fact that it has long been obvi­ous that both Twit­ter and Face­book shadow-​ban my more sub­stan­tive offer­ings — espe­cially from this site and from my own. I’m not influ­en­tial enough to be suspended.

Peter formed Da Mag­nif­i­cent Seven exactly five years ago and it has been our aim to have our own ideas and opin­ions read and com­pre­hended — and to have these serve as coun­ter­point to the Left-​shaped nar­ra­tive long pushed by the main­stream press. It’s a war out there and you can’t win a war with­out engaging.

Sure, Twit­ter is the enemy’s bat­tle­field. And, in fact, that’s what makes it more chal­leng­ing and more fun.

Happy war­riors, remember?

Some­thing else: the fact that Twit­ter sees fit to take out the high rolling per­son­al­i­ties — like my friend, Thomas Wic­tor, who was sus­pended in Sep­tem­ber, IIRC — shows that the Left is afraid.

You want your ene­mies to be afraid.

There­fore, it’s up to each one of us low rollers to step into the breach that our high-​rolling friends no longer occupy and make the fear­ful keep trem­bling. Take it to them.

I’m ready. What about you?

AFTER­THOUGHT: Down­load your social media data about once a week. Now would be a good time.

UPDATE: Jesse Kelly’s account is restored, even though Twit­ter orig­i­nally said that it was a per­ma­nent sus­pen­sion. Some US Sen­ate inter­ven­tion?

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012. Fol­low her on Face­book, Twit­ter, and Gab.

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Update: The 1st Insta­lanche we’ve had in a while is a very nice 10th Blog­ging anniver­sary gift. Thank Ed. Wel­come folks take a look around. Thurs­day we cel­e­brate our 10th blog­ging anniver­sary with posts by sev­eral of our writ­ers. Check out Chris Harper’s take on stay­ing Catholic (like myself) Inter­ested in what’s going down in Louisiana, Check out Pat Austin’s lat­est on their Dem gov prepar­ing for re-​election, or John Ruberry on Chicago and of course my own two cents on what’s going on with twit­ter con­cern­ing free speech even for rad­i­cal social­ist fem­i­nists like Meghan Mur­phy, Why they Ban con­ser­v­a­tives at Twit­ter and why they don’t mind risk­ing los­ing money Tina Brown style.


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by baldilocks

Julie Kelly at American Greatness:

If you are someone on the political Right who might quit Twitter because it just banned Jesse Kelly, here’s my plea: Don’t.

After the shocking news spread Sunday night that Twitter had deplatormed the conservative influencer for unknown reasons, some conservatives are threatening to leave the social media site. Glenn Reynolds, a.k.a. Instapundit, a law professor and writer who runs a news aggregate site, deactivated his Twitter account hours after Kelly (no relation) was banned. Other critical voices on the Right, including Salena Zito and Mollie Hemingway, said they might follow suit. (…)

[D]espite its flaws, the reality is that Twitter is ground zero in our ongoing political war. Having utterly failed to infiltrate the country’s one-sided media behemoth, or hold news organizations responsible in any way for their egregious political bias and dishonesty, the Right has no choice but to fight back on Twitter. (…)

It is the only public forum where you can instantly call out a journalist for lousy news coverage or condemn a politician for bad behavior. In just the past week, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) had to walk back his tweet threatening to use nuclear weapons against disobedient gun owners, and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) had to delete a tweet that suggested the use of tear gas at the southern border violated international laws on chemical weapons. Without Twitter, those ridiculous comments would have gone unanswered. (…)

Twitter can quickly unite political allies in a way no other space can.

I agree with this, in spite of the fact that it has long been obvious that both Twitter and Facebook shadow-ban my more substantive offerings — especially from this site and from my own. I’m not influential enough to be suspended.

Peter formed Da Magnificent Seven exactly five years ago and it has been our aim to have our own ideas and opinions read and comprehended — and to have these serve as counterpoint to the Left-shaped narrative long pushed by the mainstream press. It’s a war out there and you can’t win a war without engaging.

Sure, Twitter is the enemy’s battlefield. And, in fact, that’s what makes it more challenging and more fun.

Happy warriors, remember?

Something else: the fact that Twitter sees fit to take out the high rolling personalities — like my friend, Thomas Wictor, who was suspended in September, IIRC — shows that the Left is afraid.

You want your enemies to be afraid.

Therefore, it’s up to each one of us low rollers to step into the breach that our high-rolling friends no longer occupy and make the fearful keep trembling. Take it to them.

I’m ready. What about you?

AFTERTHOUGHT: Download your social media data about once a week. Now would be a good time.

UPDATE: Jesse Kelly’s account is restored, even though Twitter originally said that it was a permanent suspension. Some US Senate intervention?

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Gab.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar for his new not-GoDaddy host

Or hit Juliette’s!

Update: The 1st Instalanche we’ve had in a while is a very nice 10th Blogging anniversary gift. Thank Ed. Welcome folks take a look around. Thursday we celebrate our 10th blogging anniversary with posts by several of our writers. Check out Chris Harper’s take on staying Catholic (like myself) Interested in what’s going down in Louisiana, Check out Pat Austin’s latest on their Dem gov preparing for re-election, or John Ruberry on Chicago and of course my own two cents on what’s going on with twitter concerning free speech even for radical socialist feminists like Meghan Murphy, Why they Ban conservatives at Twitter and why they don’t mind risking losing money Tina Brown style.


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