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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Goliath owns the slingshots

Ten years ago this month, Glenn Reynolds published "An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths."

His point was technology would level the playing field between big companies and small entrepreneurs.

If you haven't read it, please do so. It holds up well.

For the most part, what he said has come true. Amazon and other retailers have grown. eBooks are replacing traditional books. Print media has succumbed to online competition, with Craigslist stealing the newspapers's cash cow -- classified ads -- and Google scooping up other ads. Newspaper managers are idiots for putting up firewalls, but they are stuck in the 1980s when money was rolling in and even the tiny Charleston Daily Mail had a bureau in Washington.

The Davids used the technology of the slingshot to smote the Goliaths. There was peace at last in the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

But a decade later, the same forces of evil that turned newspapers and other media outlets into leftist crap are now taking over the slingshots. Lord Zuckerberg at Facebook has abused people's timelines, and now Twitter is canceling accounts of conservatives who dare use the tactics of liberals to get their messages out. EVIL.


  1. Liberals are the Borg. You will be assimilated. - Elric

  2. Lord Zuckerberg has been threatened by ISIS for deleting/freezing more than 125,000 Twitter accounts which were being used to spread Islamic radicalism. Similar measures being taken on Facebook. Re-read those two sentences again and tell me how Zuckerberg and company are evil. Canceling accounts of conservatives. Another neo-con falsehood.

    1. Thank you for self-identifying.

    2. Zuckerberg doesn't have anything to do with Twitter. He is the developer of Facebook.

  3. The commanding heights of our culture, government, and economy are dominated by politically correct elites. Changing this is not something I believe can happen incrementally. When it happens, it will be in a flood none of us will be in a position to control, and the outcome of which will be indeterminable. That doesn't mean we can't try to make it something we can control, and the attempt at least offers consolation.

  4. We are now at the point of Peak Facebook and Peak Twitter. They have had their 15 years of fame. They are on the cusp of being replaced by something newer. They just don't know that yet.

  5. Google has changed their slogan from "Don't Be Evil" to "Define 'Evil'".