Ezra Klein, “TikTok May Be More Dangerous Than It Looks,” New York Times, May 8, 2022.
Ezra Kein, in an opinion piece in the New York Times, observes that social media platforms largely control what we collectively pay attention to.
He draws attention to the dangers posed by TikTok, a Chinese owned company subject to the dictates of the Chinese Communist Party, and the ways its algorithms may be manipulated to further Chinese propanda goals or to sow division among American users.
Significantly, China does allow its citizens to access the Western version of TikTok.
Klein notes that currently Tik-Tok algorithms strongly favor Chinese propaganda views on the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.
The Chinese have been working on mind-control techniques for many decades, as exemplified in the classic 1951 movie The Manchurian Candidate.
Klein urges the Obama administration to finish the job the Trump administration began, forcing a planned sale of the company in the U.S. That sale was canceled after Joe Buden won the 2020 election.
Klein’s column points out just one more way the consciousness of the Eighteenth Century mind is under attack.
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