Here are a few stories that highlight the problem. I find this trend troubling as American companies seem to be willing to trade our freedom of speech for their financial gain. After all who is pushing the ‘Culture Wars’ really?
Is it the government? Not really, it’s companies who seek to benefit the most by exploiting and creating outrage and anger. Cashing in on people’s fears and the keyboard warriors of the world creating click-bait in order to feel mad and compelled to respond. Distilling and filtering our information to keep us on track to hate each other for no reason.
Is this a symptom or a cause? It’s hard to know at this juncture but it isn’t good. Someone is laughing all the way to the bank at our expense. Look at Hong Kong, now think about these stories and a picture begins to emerge…
From the story:
"“We apologize,” Rockets star James Harden said in Japan on Monday. “We love China. We love playing there. I know for both of us individually we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most support and love. So we appreciate them as a fan base and we love everything they’re about and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as an organization.”
Apologize for supporting Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedom struggles? WTF?
There’s more, if you want to find it. It’s a little understandable that China would be doing this, after all they are an abominable communist state looking towards it’s self interest. But American companies selling our souls to make an extra buck and us being none the wiser should scare the hell out of us.
I have been saying for many years that we should tell China to go to hell. We can get any number of countries to make plastic toys for us and they won’t steal our intellectual property. Africa, for example, is ripe for investment. China saw it and is forcing its way in. I am sure many of those countries would rather deal with us. But, it may be too late.