There are so many quotes to choose from to express ourselves in this, or any other time of great turmoil, authored by our long-time friend, George Orwell.
We all probably know by now that oppressors of free-thinking people will eagerly try to mess up with their perception of reality, hoping to make slavery look like freedom, ignorance like strength, and of course, war like peace.
There’s another quote that may hit you even worse – or better – as your overall experience of slavery, ignorance, and war may be: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
In any case, that’s one of the slogans attributed to Orwell, that his fellow-citizens, London Real, are now using to promote their media outlet that’s suddenly come under considerable Big Tech pressure.
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And if you thought London Real’s sentiment was purely drawing from the local experience, think again: the overarching message here is that from the Gettysburg Address, about “a government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Democracy, in a word.
The UK-based website and its founder, Brian Rose, have announced their own way to getting there: a new digital freedom platform that will livestream content major Silicon Valley giants, such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, no longer allow.
The whole thing was set in motion recently when – in the midst of uncertainty, fear, and censorship surrounding the coronavirus pandemic – the outlet aired “a now-infamous interview” with David Icke that got hammered with bans on mainstream social media.
It’s not about whether or not you agree with a point of view, London Real argues – it’s about whether you think unique and informed voices should be allowed to be heard at all.
This platform believes the latter to be the case, and appear to find themselves somewhat perplexed at coming under attack nine years into providing content that never attracted so much attention from censors before.
“We don’t believe you need to be told what you can (and can’t) watch and we are firm proponents of the principles of free speech and freedom of the press,” they say.