Censorship in the 21st Century

06/19/201739 Comments

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From search algorithm fine-tuning to social media shadow banning and filter bubble traps, this ain't your granddaddy's censorship. Join James for this thought for the day as he explores censorship 21st century style and what we can do about it

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  1. HomeRemedySupply says:

    QUESTION clarification – Corbett Report Data DVDs
    James will often cite/link to a referenced webpage article when he writes an article.

    Over the decade(s), I often have seen articles or webpages disappear.

    Do these Data DVDs contain a copy of the webpage article?

  2. okgardener says:

    James, I like the idea of using a video platform other than YouTube. I come to watch this video from your own website which appears to use YouTube instead of BitChute. I suspect you have a reason for that. What would that be?

  3. alex.l says:

    Something current from the horse’s mouth

    inc: auto-tech solutions, ‘trusted flagger’, de-rating unliked videos & Jigsaw redirection(?)

  4. Beau Boeye says:

    Hey James,
    Do you have any deals for buying X amount of DVDs? If someone wanted to buy the whole collection of data DVDs, would there be a price break? Just checking! Thanks.

    • Corbett says:

      Thanks for the comment, Beau. Let me remind everyone that there is a coupon code at the bottom of every subscriber newsletter that you can use when checking out to get 25% off any DVD purchase any time.

  5. stephen says:

    I second Beau’s comment. Also, is there a ‘very good year’ of a DataDVD to choose from first? Should we start chronologically, or somewhere in the middle, or the latest year and work backwards? Should we consult a ouija board? Is it possible for Congressional leaders to form a blue-ribbon panel to discuss this issue and provide a consensus for the consumer?

    • stephen says:

      I purchased 2007-2010. I’ll try and get the other years in the hopefully not-too-distant future. I agree, it’s a good thing to have hard copies of this data, and it saves me the process of ‘laboriously’ downloading and cataloging myself. When Skynet goes online, I can review the material in my bunker. Plus, it’s good to support the site!
      That coupon code was quite a bit of savings, too. Thanks for the tip, Beau and James!

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        You are so right!
        The Comparative Value of Corbett Report DVDs is extremely good. Like you pointed out… it saves me the process of ‘laboriously’ downloading and cataloging myself. Besides spending lots of time, a downloader would need to purchase storage capacity.

        These DVDs are top of the line, not the ordinary type DVD which has half the storage capability.
        The raw blank product is definitely not cheap in cost nor in quality… (And some CorbettReport years have 5 discs!)
        Verbatim 8.5 gigabyte dvd+r dl
        James Corbett shows the DVDs here…

        Also notice that Corbett has the discs themselves imprinted with a wonderful graphic label.
        It really does take some time, effort and cost to burn, print, package and mail these.

        Corbett’s Data DVDs

  6. scpat says:


    The question you raised came at a perfect time, because just yesterday I was discussing politics with my parents. The topic of terrorism in the Middle East came up and my mom said she believes the reason why Iranians “hate” America is because they are taught from a young age in schools to hate Americans and to wipe out the infidels and yada yada. I didn’t believe this to be exactly true so I opened up Start Page and typed in something like “are Iranian children taught to hate America.” I was expecting to get mixed results, some MSM, some alt media, etc. but all I got was not only MSM type material but it was Washington think tanks, pro Israel websites, and anti-Islam/get all the terrorists because this is ‘Merica type websites.

    I did find the information my mom was talking about from these pro-Israel websites. Obviously this information is biased, and without doing a lot of further research I can not confirm or deny the statements that accuse Iranians to hate Americans and Jews. Obviously I’m doubtful that they hate just to hate. It is instead a result of America’s intrusive and hegemonic foreign policy. But I was indeed surprised and frustrated by how surpressed any alternative information was.

  7. PeaceFroggs says:

    I’d say its probably a bit more difficult for the up and coming truthers out there to get noticed today than it was 10 years ago because of the algorithms, however if they’re smart enough they’ll find ways to bypass them.

    In fact, if I were you James, I’d scour the Internet for any newbies that you think may have something to say about certain issues, and give them a little exposure by having them on the CR. (you probably do this already)

    As far as shutting down the Internet, I don’t believe that’ll ever happen, they can’t, however if someone wanted to bypass the 21st century digital censorship and the Internet altogether, I guess one could use a 3D printer in order to print and label info records and sell them…not very practicable…just a thought.

  8. n2abstract says:

    On the thought of playing by “their” rules, where “they” control the narrative, how feasible is it for “us” to have an “alternet”? A place where information/communication can flow and reside freely? A “net” running parallel to what we currently have to offset the so called sensorship.

    Are there any IT or software engineers out there amongst our midst who could comment on this? Why should we look only for scraps at this “table” when we could start a new “table” (like James had every so often mentioned)?

    • herrqlys says:

      We’re at best renters on the internet. I think we’re actually prisoners because we have no real rights at all. The internet, combined with mobile telecommunications, is the Mother of All Addictions.

      I’m not a pessimist by nature, but I see insurmountable obstacles to the idea of alternative “freedom” internets, or to use your term, alternets.

      The infrastructure for the internet we (are allowed to) use was built at huge cost, involving massive initial capital outlays, and is not publicly owned. The digital switching installed in the 80s and 90s, and then the fibre optic networks afterwards, were built to serve both the telecommunications corporations and the security agencies first, and then create portals for business. That’s why the roll-out capital for this scale of infrastructure was readily made available.

      We were allowed in early, and sort of for free, to provide “foot traffic” and some revenue streams as technology and content was developed, and to groom us for our principal role as consumers, and get us hooked in for the surveillance state. The up-front capital investment was huge, and it took a long time before there was any appreciable revenue. There is still a long way to go before the original investors see a decent, consistent return.

      So I think there would be, as a minimum, very high user fees charged for traffic on the existing infrastructure by competing, renegade alternatives should any even emerge. All the legal underpinnings to the current internet hardware and software infrastructure would be against competing internets. Even if the defending positions weren’t all legally bulletproof, the vested interests in the current arrangement are so large and powerful that they would see to it that the status quo was enforced anyway.

      Imagine what it would cost to create a truly independent parallel internet: satellites, intercontinental undersea fibre optic cables, terrestrial fibre optic networks, wireless signal towers plus the rest, and (unfortunately) an administrative bureaucracy. Furthermore corporations like Intel, Microsoft, Apple, Cisco and so many others know where their allegiance must be, so their cooperation and support would probably be withheld.

      • n2abstract says:

        Herrqlys, I understand the immensity/scope of the current internet and the expense in putting it together, not to mention the time it took. However, as are most things getting “heavy” under their own weigh, I believe in the near future “decentralization” maybe our answer.

        For the life of me, I came across a website about 7 years ago reading about such a thing. All I can remember now in what were proposed was that the parallel network be formed around nodes put together from each individual community. It won’t have all the “wizbangs” but would be resilient. At any rate, the idea is not to duplicate what we currently have but to build an alternate to safeguard our data and communications should “they” decide to place more sensorship, or kick “us” off.

        • mkey says:

          The way I see it, you don’t even need the global internet. Just move all the “sane” people (about 10000 or so) to a new location (probably best somewhere in Switzerland) and setup a simple local network, decentralized, based on web torrents and mesh networks. Easy-peasy. Why go through the bother of laying untold kilometers of fiber cable just to be able to connect to, pardon my French, a bunch of sheeple?

          • herrqlys says:

            I can appreciate what you guys are saying, but to achieve the same hygienic conditions for internet freedom that are used in treating infectious diseases must somehow overcome many difficulties. In my opinion the current state of things leaves us a long way back for overcoming the present reality.

            “…the idea is not to duplicate what we currently have but to build an alternate to safeguard our data and communications.”

            My point is that the current communications facilities are already privately owned and so significantly compromised for this to be properly effective.

            Current telecoms would either have to be securely duplicated, or would require some independent, equally private technological breakthroughs that can work through them.

            The relatively small posting community at The Corbett Report, for example, is spread all over the globe, and must use the present somewhat cost-effective infrastructure, with all its privacy pitfalls.

            “Just move all the ‘sane’ people (about 10000 or so) to a new location (probably best somewhere in Switzerland) and setup a simple local network…”

            Even if I was to be somehow certified ‘sane’ I don’t have the wherewithal to move to Switzerland, or anywhere else far afield. And by the way, Switzerland – which allowed the sovereign state of the Bank of International Settlements to be created in Basel – is a very expensive place to live. And I don’t think it was all those explosively pre-wired mountain passes that were the reason that Hitler’s Reich didn’t invade that country.

            I’d like to be proved crushingly wrong in my current view, though. Keep the ideas coming, people.

          • mkey says:

            Firstly, I joked about the move to Switzerland. Forced relocation is not the way I picture freedom. If there was such a community I would consider joining it.

            The reason I specifially mentioned that country is because of its perceived neutrality, something one could hope to leverage and make use of. Also, when one is starting anew, local prices do not matter much.

            “Sanity” litmus test: would you or would you not agree the government is lying to you practically at all times? Criteria: those that attack, verbally or otherwise, the interviewer fail to qualify. Interviewer should be an unknown person as to not slant the criteria through personal relations.

            I was very literal about the last bit. Why bother? There will almost always exist commercial networks and point to point connections are hard to stamp out. The only real problem remaining is the access to the network, but there are ways around that as well. Like a solar powered wireless transponder dropped on a building in range of free (as in free beer) wifi.

            • herrqlys says:

              Fair comment about point-to-point, mkey. I’ve also learned something about wireless mesh networking from HRS’s link, below, to a previous Corbett Report episode. Perhaps there are other methods, already-explained elsewhere, that can be paid more attention to. This is a sunnier view than I had before.

              I’m more pessimistic about the trending in legislation, as also discussed in that TCR episode. US presidential Executive Orders now seem to be the go-to for enactment of regulations, and this emasculates both houses on Capitol Hill. Then it’s up to the unelected judicial branch to be the brake on EO edict. This isn’t how representative democracy was intended to function, yet Congress and the Senate just bend over instead of demanding their rights.

              I’ve found that dealing intensively with serious subjects can dull the senses at times. In fact I entirely missed your sarcasm re: Switzerland, so that was a wake-up call. Anyway, I’m still skeptical that there’s any real globalist neutrality there. Nestlé, Sandoz and, obviously, the banks have a lot of clout in the Swiss Confederation.

              • mkey says:

                I see both Switzerland and Belgium as a kind of globalist forts. I mean, if you went right ahead and spread havoc all around Europe, wouldn’t it be great to have a safe heaven? Of course it would. What better way to observe a mass slaughter during winter but from your Château in the mountains? Yodeling sounds a lot better than mortar shells.

                Not stating there is some sort of monolithic conspiracy going on there, just a convergence of various interests.

            • HomeRemedySupply says:

              …a community based on cooperation, exchange and friendship.

              My brain fluids really start churning with some of Corbett’s thought provoking concepts, such as Catallaxy and I, Pencil (“the invisible hand” and Economics in One Image as mentioned on this Corbett Episode What Are You Going To Be When You Grow Up? and linked in the comments.

              Actually, “growing up” fits with …a community based on cooperation, exchange and friendship.
              For any family or group, there is an active creative development. It is actions, not just thoughts. It is nurturing.

              One aspect in creating a Catallactic community based on cooperation, exchange and friendship, would be to not only find like-minded people but also to strive towards “making” like-minded people.

              Sure, there are those who are awake and actively involved with their awareness. These like-minded folks often run into each other on forums and in life.

              But if we take no active role in helping to educate and wakeup others (little-step by little-step appropriate for the individual), then we lose and “The Powers That Shouldn’t Be” win.
              After all, the entirety of their psychopathic control is banked on manipulating an unaware public.

              It’s a pioneer family…
              We can “birth” more folks for our community which actually helps the community to better survive. By waking up others, we are more causative and in more control of our destiny.
              The anti-thesis of “birthing new awakees” feeds “The Powers That Shouldn’t Be”.

              There is a reason “The Powers That Shouldn’t Be” disperse and direct attention towards matters of non-substance. The Censorship in the 21st Century is for reasons which include don’t wake up.
              …don’t have communities of awake individuals.

              That classic movie “They Live” comes to mind.
              (3 1/2 minutes)
              Joe Bob Briggs says “Check it out.”

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        James Corbett QUOTE
        “I’ve talked before on The Corbett Report about wireless mesh networking as an alternative to the existing internet backbone. Although this technology truly does offer the promise of an alternate infrastructure that evades the current NSA track-and-control matrix and could be configured to be as neutral (or not-neutral) as its users want, the idea of a wireless mesh network that could truly rival the scope and penetration of the existing internet is not realistic in the short term. In the meantime, though, mesh networking could still be used to harness an already untapped potential of available bandwidth: unlicensed spectrum, i.e. the wi-fi connections that remain locked away behind passwords by their owners. As Peter van Valkenburgh writes in a compelling Wired op-ed, the combination of bitcoin micropayments, traffic encryption, and peer routing could create a mesh network that would in effect be a ready-to-go competition to the broadband monopoly giants. In effect, a community of interest could set up its own broadband network by pooling together the resources of its constituent members. The best part about this plan? It’s the peer-to-peer economy at play in the process of providing peer-to-peer connections through a peer-to-peer network itself. Talk about Inception….”
        (taken from https://www.corbettreport.com/net-neutrality-or-how-to-regulate-the-internet-to-thunderous-applause/ )

        Episode 262 – Solutions: Pirate Internet

        • n2abstract says:

          Thanks for pointing that out, HRS! I did see that episode come to think of it. ;P I will definitely give it another review. I’m just curious (as I posed that question originally) as to how feasible it is. Will we able to do it within 3,5,10 years, etc? I realize it would probably take a movement with lots of folks with similar mind frame to get going, perhaps from an awakening much like 9/11 did.

        • herrqlys says:

          After watching Episode 262, starting at 31:30, I learned that mesh networks were originally developed by the US military for battlefield-condition communications. How appropriate to the world of modern privacy issues.

          James, when you get too far ahead of the curve we can miss out on some good info 🙂

  9. Mark K. P. says:

    Hey James, good discussion.

    Maybe you and others like you (I’m thinking of Newsbud in particular, and the various organizations attending the impending RedPill conference) should collaborate to produce (or contract production of) alt media oriented search engine(s) which tweak the user AWAY from MSM products.
    I guess we’re all subscribers here and I’m planning to purchase most of your data DVDs eventually. Would be money well spent from this contributor’s point of view.

  10. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Directing Attention

    “Attention” is necessary when an individual receives or sends communication.

    “Directing Attention” gets lumped into a bad rap, because sometimes it is utilized by con artists, hustler salespeople, The Powers That Shouldn’t Be, Big Pharma, etc.
    We certainly are seeing “Directing Attention” in this decade by the MainStreamMedia and the internet of things (e.g. YouTube, Google, Amazon, etc.) Manipulation by directing attention. A hijacking of an individual’s potential interests.

    But “Directing Attention” in itself is not a bad thing. Each of us use “directing attention” all the time. A teacher uses it, or suffers mayhem in the classroom. An honorable salesperson uses it to point out the benefits of the product or service.
    A Parent uses it to get a small child back on track. (Example: A parent can sometimes stop a crying toddler just by pointing to interesting objects in the room with “Oh! Look! Wow! See this!” )(I often use this technique in the grocery store when the kid is making a big ruckus.)

    When we communicate an idea, we are “directing attention”.

    Urban Farmer Curtis Stone talks about HOW TO CRUSH IT AT THE FARMERS MARKET!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqfZnN-73z4
    In the above video, he gives pointers on how to direct people’s attention, not a shyster but as an alert, free, prosperous individual.
    Urban Farmer Curtis Stone YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/urbanfarmercstone/featured

    My point:
    The keynote is the intention behind “Directing Attention”.
    A psychopath is gonna try to use it to further psychopathic ends.
    A sane, caring individual will use it to better conditions.

  11. herrqlys says:

    We need a constantly updated list of trolls that could be layered over our browsers when we review the important comment sections (important for my tastes) on truly independent sites. I’m not holding my breath for any such thing to appear, but it would be nice in a theoretical sort of way. It would be impossible to create such a truly effective list anyway.

    Truth-telling sites are being targeted technologically, and at an increasing rate, and even ones that remain somewhat pristine are corrupted by the more pedestrian use of insidious trolls. Under the auspices of the benevolent concept of freedom of speech, hateful and usually ad hominem comments and outright lies are used to confuse the more naive.

    The real value in trying to propagate ideas, particularly concerning truth and justice, is in reaching the newer, younger audiences that need guidance in critical thinking, and in receiving factual information on all knowledge. After those, the target audience can be the more intransigent who have already been subtly indoctrinated for ages. Preaching to the choir can also be useful for filling in informational blanks.

  12. herrqlys says:

    There are different forms of censorship. It can sometimes be downloaded to individuals to do their own. Authority figures are to be believed and then obeyed. Do not question.


  13. herrqlys says:

    Censorship my omission.

    “…much of the partiality towards Israel makes its way through congress with little or no media coverage lest anyone begin to wonder whose tail is wagging which dog.”


    This is the major form of censorship used in legacy media today. Either a topic is avoided altogether, or if it must be discussed, it is subject to ridiculous cherry-picking of fact in support of an editorialist view. The public majority’s lazy reliance on sound-bite news is thereby exploited.

    One classic example of censorship by omission is the media treatment of Ron Paul’s presence in the 2012 presidential election campaign. The contortions exercised to ignore his name in poll standings, or to skew and denigrate his campaign with polls that were statistically invalid, would seem unbelievable but that is in fact what did actually happen. But there were even more pernicious aspects to media ‘coverage’ as Paul’s name was detoured whenever possible.


    The first 8 minutes, which highlight Paul’s speeches, is only the preface of hope before the tragedy that is described after that point in the video.

  14. Jopa says:

    Doing search engine comparisons on just this topic, I have isolated exact cases of censorship. Many are guised under copyright violations. Though the filter bubble is also a huge issue that is very real.

    Rather than show exact cases I will give my tool set for comparison and isolation.

    If you suspect your search engine is corrupted with the disease, there are indeed search engines that are not on the google algorithm to compare and get another opinion.


    These are different simpler algorithms, neither are as hasty to censor results and they give options to show filtered results, more like the google of olde.

    Try entering a domain name you know is censored on google into either of these sites and you will be pleased to see a difference. Unfortunately you also get more spam results to self navigate through.

  15. wingsuitfreak says:

    It’s late, so I didn’t get a chance to read through all the comments; but I thought I’d post an event I immediately thought of when you asked if we had an experience with 21st century censorship.
    I remember a few years ago, I was trying to follow up on the time that Baxter Pharmaceuticals tried to “accidentally” kill off the entire country of Finland around 2008. I had to literally wade through at least ten pages of totally unrelated garbage before I got to the first article on it. It took me long enough that I had begun to believe they had “scrubbed” it from the internet completely. This wasn’t my only experience, but it was the one that stuck out the most. By the way, am hoping to start building my own DVD collection of your show. That should help fill up that extra half hour of free time I get a day! Thanks, Jim

  16. wingsuitfreak says:

    I was just watching a Susan Lindaugh video and Chelsea Manning’s name was brought up. It was then that I remembered that when his trial (even by military standards THAT was a kangaroo trial) began, Cassie Anthony came back in the news again. From the very first day of the trial to the last, all of the air time was spent on Cassie Anthony. I’m sure it was just a coincidence.

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