Technology has made deep inroads into defining the merit of individuals. And not always for the better as this simple screenshot of my rebuttal – flagged as spam – to the love-affair with a democracy demonstrates. The seriousness of this seemingly lighthearted example is what I want to highlight.
In this case, the arbitrage of my comment detected my comment as spam, perhaps simply because the subject I commented on did not appease someone else, or maybe because the company that manages the comment forum (Disqus) flagged my comment as spam.
I leave it up to you to judge. Would you consider my rebuttal to “A Guide to Restoring Faith in Democracy” spam if you read it?
The human wants expressed by a democracy do not line up with human needs as defined by nature, hence a democracy is an evolutionary fallacy.
The very nature of democracy should stipulate we all have a voice. Yet, those voices are silenced by people and algorithms unable to discern and embrace dissenting viewpoints as the impetus for much-needed change. Hence the change needed to improve the operating-systems of humanity is silenced by those who revel in, and no doubt benefit from the outdated structures of the past.
Our right to freedom of speech is now held hostage by people who fear change and debate. And that is how technology violates the very foundation from which we derive our misplaced prowess. To improve our democracy, we must subjugate it to a dynamic meritocracy based on nature’s first-principles.
I have abandoned Disqus as the comment platform for The Venture Company blog for this reason and for violating the free-market principles of a meritocracy that would assign merit to dissent. Nor will I comment on any article using Disqus as its arbitrage in the future. That is indeed the end, Disqus, as you so poignantly referred to in the footer of the comment.
Let’s be clear, technology, in general not just Disqus, deploys infantile and mediocre constructs, disproven by years of vetted analog discoveries, aimed to benefit technology companies as opposed to the people it proclaims to serve.
I am passionate about the propensity for technology to do good, but not in the hands of people who do not know anything about how the real world works, in the words of Ricky Gervais from his Golden Globes 2020 speech.