Recently Mark Steyn and Scott Adams have both offered very interesting analyses of Nasim Aghdam's YouTube Shooting, which I think are worth serious consideration.
First, from Mark Steyn's post, The Grand Convergence:
The San Bruno attack also underlines a point I've been making for over a decade, ever since my troubles with Canada's "human rights" commissions: "Hate speech" doesn't lead to violence so much as restraints on so-called "hate speech" do - because, when you tell someone you can't say that, there's nothing left for him to do but open fire or plant his bomb. Restricting speech - or even being perceived to be restricting speech - incentivizes violence as the only alternative. As you'll notice in YouTube comments, I'm often derided as a pansy fag loser by the likes of ShitlordWarrior473 for sitting around talking about immigration policy as opposed to getting out in the street and taking direct action. In a culture ever more inimical to freedom of expression, there'll be more of that: The less you're permitted to say, the more violence there will be.
Google/YouTube and Facebook do not, of course, make laws, but their algorithms have more real-world impact than most legislation - and, having started out as more or less even-handed free-for-alls, they somehow thought it was a great idea to give the impression that they're increasingly happy to assist the likes of Angela Merkel and Theresa May as arbiters of approved public discourse. Facebook, for example, recently adjusted its algorithm, and by that mere tweak deprived Breitbart of 90 per cent of its ad revenue. That's their right, but it may not have been a prudent idea to reveal how easily they can do that to you.
What happened yesterday is a remarkable convergence of the spirits of the age: mass shootings, immigration, the Big Tech thought-police, the long reach of the Iranian Revolution, the refugee racket, animal rights, vegan music videos... It was the latest mismatched meeting between east and west in the age of the Great Migrations: Nasim Aghdam died two days before her 39th birthday, still living (according to news reports) with either her parents or her grandmother. She came to America at the age of seventeen, and spent two decades in what appears to be a sad and confused search to find something to give her life meaning. But in a cruder sense the horror in San Bruno was also a sudden meeting of two worlds hitherto assumed to be hermetically sealed from each other: the cool, dispassionate, dehumanized, algorithmic hum of High Tech - and the raw, primal, murderous rage breaking through from those on the receiving end.Next, from the transcript of yesterday's Scott Adams' Periscope broadcast:
You can watch Scott Adams' broadcast here:
In addition to these considerations, I thought the YouTube shooting was reminiscent of the assassination of British Labour MP Jo Cox in the run-up to Brexit, which, although carried out by a lunatic, turned out to reflect deeper feelings of more normal people that led to a Brexit win...additionally, the YouTube attack was a reminder of the death by seppuku of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima, which appeared to serve as a publicity stunt for the writer and his oddball ultra-right causes, roughly comparable to veganism and animal-rights issues in the case of the YouTube gunwoman.
YouTube policies of censorship and demonetization have apparently not only endangered the company's reputation and bottom-line, they have seemingly also physically endangered YouTube's personnel and corporate headquarters by triggering at least one disgruntled YouTuber (no trigger warning?).
In an older and more normal world, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki might have lost her job over such a fiasco, but will nepotism, which was once considered evil, prevail in this case, as the CEO is also Google co-founder Sergei Brin's former sister-in-law?