For years now I kept reading that when it comes to Social Media, if you are getting it for free, you are the product.  Now that Elon Musk is thinking about charging a fee for access to X/Twitter, the same people are screaming about “ZOMG! dEatH Of  fREe sPEech!”

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

3 thoughts on “I am confused.”
  1. You ain’t wrong.

    I mean, obviously, some people are just curmudgeon’s and don’t like changes. They’re used to the ‘free’ stuff and don’t want to pay for what they’ve been getting for free. Even if the ‘free’ was actually being paid for by selling their privacy. Or, especially if, they didn’t realize what they were using for free was actually a massive propaganda/opinion shaping operation.

  2. OK, I am really surprised that you are confused.
    These people are the very same ones that support social media censoring any voice they do not agree with, but will scream and yell about how “free speech will end” of a social media platform allows people to speak freely.
    I mean, look at these people.
    They will swear up and down that an 18 year old is not mature enough and does not have enough life experience to understand the long term impacts of taking a student loan.
    But, a five year old boy who says they want to be a girl OBVIOUSLY understands the life long impacts of that decision.
    Yep. Surprised? Nope. I fully expect these types of reactions. What they said yesterday, or heck, a few seconds ago, no longer exists. The here and now is all the reality they need.

  3. At least the free software folks emphasized “free as in speech, not beer”. The clowns hating on Musk prefer “free as in beer”, and don’t give a rip about “free an in speech”. If they took a moment, they’d realize there was never a mandate that printers run anything people take to them for no charge.

    They also miss how paying for the service changes the dynamic. YouTube has been censoring even innocent content for not being “advertiser friendly” — you can bet a good portion of the motivation for censoring on all social media platforms is to keep the ad dollars flowing. But if you pay for the service, the company has an interest in keeping you happy, and less dependency on the good graces of blue noses and Mrs Grundys.

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