Hypothesis: Truth is knowledge that (a) rationally connects values > assumptions > conclusions, and (b) effectively predicts outcomes.
Not sure how that model is impacted when assumptions are easy to falsify. Can you falsify enough to accurately predict/manipulate outcomes?
Thinking about the implications of perfected puppeting and voice synthesis.
When (and I mean when) we reach the point where it's nigh impossible to tell what has been recorded and what has been generated, then we can really talk about post-truth.
Or, maybe I haven't thought about this enough yet, and there's some kind of solution.
I've observed a lot of conversation on the topic taking form of one or more of these arguments, as if they're the same argument. Or rather, as if failing one of these conditions is enough to accept the censorship. (Paraphrasing) "1st Amendment protects against government censorship, not corporations. Ergo, there's no problem with the censorship."
Is the censorship good or bad? Four lenses:
1. Do platforms have a legal duty to free speech? Obv. not, 1st Amendment doesn't apply.
2. Do platforms have an ethical duty to free speech? IMO, no. We accept platforms can control for pornography, spam.
3. Does censorship violate MY view of what the platforms are? Personally, yes. I value neutrality in Twitter and YouTube.
4. Is the censorship likely to have a positive effect? IMO, no, it's repressive, will worsen effects of conspiracy theories.
Did a podcast with some normie friends on the topic of Alex Jones being scrubbed from major social media.
Values, I hold: Novelty, curiosity, opinion, doubt, humility, repeatability, things that get better with age/use.
I expect: Honesty, compassion. That's it.
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