A few words on ‘Plandemic’

I haven’t seen the video ‘Plandemic’. I did hear about it; and a few people sent me links. Before I could actually watch it, though, the overlords at Facebook, YouTube, and the other tech giants scrubbed it from the Internet.

Based on what I’ve read, it does seem that the Plandemic video contained a mixture of half-truths, wily fabrications, and professional jealousies. The researcher quoted in the video, Judy Mikovits, is closely associated with the anti-vaxxer movement. These are the folks who are doing their best to help measles, polio, and other diseases previously eradicated by vaccination to make a comeback.

The mass purging of online content, though—de facto Internet censorship—does little to reassure me that our betters are not colluding to decide what information we’ll be permitted to see, and which viewpoints we’ll not be allowed to consider. This does not bode well for the future.

I’ve also noticed that in certain liberal quarters, Plandemic virtue-signaling has become a thing. By publicly displaying one’s outrage over Plandemic, one demonstrates that one holds all the correct attitudes and opinions. (So if you’ve expressed your outrage over Plandemic on Facebook or Twitter in recent days, consider this an official pat on the head from me to you. My, my—but aren’t you one of the virtuous ones!)

Plandemic will become a minor footnote to the coronavirus crisis of 2020, and that’s probably just as well, on balance. But like many of the shutdown and quarantine measures put in place over the last three months, the immediate and reactive censorship of Plandemic suggests that a portion of our freedoms have also become casualties of the coronavirus outbreak.

Now that the outlandish theory of Donald Trump colluding with Russian agents in the 2016 election has been thoroughly debunked as well, I wonder if conspiracy memes containing Trump and Putin will also be vanquished from the online space.

Don’t hold your breath on that one, of course.