Many of you who have been following Canadian Politics may have seen people like Raging Humanist (lol) trooning out over bill C-11. It’s supposedly this enormous curtailing of freedoms and koshervatives are absolutely posting fear porn nonsense.
Let me transcribe this for you.
From Warren Kinsella of all people..–” Bill C-11 tries to deal with the same issues as Bill C-10 — but actually removes some of its meagre protections on the regulation of user-generated content. Section 4, in particular, should be a big concern for anyone with a substantial following on social media — your words and images will be regulated under this new law. Full stop.”
I guess were all going to jail if this passes.
Your first clue as to the non-issue this is should be Warren Kinsella whining about it. And that goes for the rest of koshervative media. Not to be outdone, Macleans kicked the fear porn into overdrive.
Referred to as the Online Streaming Act, Bill C-11intends to highlight and promote Canadian content—CanCon in the world of streaming—and would put online content under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). This would require streaming platforms to showcase Canadian content more than they currently do.
That means that platforms like Netflix would have to recommend more Canadian-made shows like Schitt’s Creek or other Canadian-made content ahead of non-Canadian content.
This is a worry for content creators on YouTube in particular, where its algorithm curates and recommends videos based on feedback from users based on everything from how long a video is viewed to how quickly it is skipped.
Canadian YouTuber J.J. McCullough has 782,000 subscribers to his channel. He spoke at a Parliamentary hearing earlier this month to oppose the Online Streaming Act and its introduction into Canadian law and shares his thoughts on the experience and potential impact of Bill C-11:
The hearing was revealing. I’ve never been part of a parliamentary committee before, so I put a lot of effort into trying to come up with a powerful opening statement and people responded quite favorably to it. I took the process seriously.
They show us this shot of JJ McCullough, and I got this weird feeling. Didn’t I write about this queer before?
Turns out yes I did. He was seething and dilating over the French Government demanding migrants learn how to speak French. Truly this is the sympathetic figure we’ve all been waiting for.
What this means is that the CRTC is going to have to come up with some sort of criteria for what is good Canadian content and then YouTube is going to have to live up to its legal obligations to promote and recommend that content.
Overnight, creators are going to wake up and find the kind of content that has previously been successful in an unregulated YouTube is no longer successful in a regulated YouTube.
Unregulated YouTube eh?
That’s funny, because I recall being censored multiple times on this “unregulated YouTube.”
As a result, they will either have to change the nature of content that they make in order to make it more overtly Canadian—whatever that means—or they could possibly be at a disadvantage. That could mean their viewership, and thus revenues, take a hit. That’s something that I think is quite worrying to a lot of YouTubers.
This is why I had to categorize this as e-drama. None of this actually matters. We’re all censored from YouTube, Twatter, Facebook, Reddit, you name it. This alt-lite QAnon tier “Ohmjeebus da nazi censorship,” stuff is just tiring. It’s just a bunch of fags finding a reason to pretend to be upset about a thing that doesn’t matter.
You’re not going to jail because of this bill. You might go to jail for your speech, but this bill has nothing to do with that, especially because you don’t have a social media account anymore. It’s not 2016. Everyone who is cool is already off twatter. And while I still have a YouTube channel, it’s on two strikes, and it’s only a matter of time before it gets oven’d. Not by the government, by (((Google))).
But there’s one thing that this queer said that was accidentally quite insightful.
The thing that really struck me from the parliamentary hearings—and this is just a personal insight—was that when witnesses are testifying, you would think they’re the center of attention. But when you’re there in-person, almost none of the politicians seem to be listening at all. Everybody is just on their phone. It was incredibly upsetting and disrespectful.
It felt like whistling in the wind.
That’s because in Fake Democracy, the people don’t matter. The will of the people is something to be at best managed and dealt with. All of these hearings are just for show. No one who actually matters cares. All the decisions are made by the people who give these politicians money, and they can’t even be bothered to pretend otherwise.