This is fun

But despite the recent attention, some say the rise of Parler fits into the larger history of American conservatives and their relationship with the media.

“This follows a pattern of what the right wing has done [since] the rise of talk radio in the ’80s, and then through live cable TV, and then the rise of social media,” Lawrence Rosenthal, the chair of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies, told Recode. “In each case, what you found is that the right wing gives up on participating in mainstream media and creates an alternative universe.”

Parler is just the latest iteration of this phenomenon, Rosenthal explained.

I guess that’s one way to put it.

As it’s grown, Parler has become a way station for hate speech and misinformation that Twitter and Facebook wouldn’t allow. The site is also where many Trump supporters are spreading the false narrative that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. The burgeoning influence of Parler is part of a broader trend of fringe outlets like One America News and Newsmax hoping to reel in an audience of Trump loyalists, especially after he leaves office.

Another might be that as the Woken SS take over a place then normies go off somewhere else.

29 thoughts on “This is fun”

  1. University of California Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies

    Marvellous! Come and look at the world through the wonderful prism of wokeness.

    But wait:

    In order to save money, the Vice Chancellor for Research Office has decided to close ISSI, the parent institute of CRWS. ISSI and CRWS affiliates are fighting the closure and have developed this website to showcase the value of the Institute and the widespread support for it.

    Horrors!

  2. “Another might be that as the Woken SS take over a place then normies go off somewhere else.”

    I think both sides have an effect on each other. The wokies try and take over what’s there, but also, if there’s new opportunities, the anti-establishment move into those and leave the old media alone.

    Like, the revolutionaries in drama are making films on iPhones or dSLRs and putting them on YouTube. They aren’t fighting to be theatre directors or to work at the BBC. Which makes it all the easier for the wokies to be theatre directors. But then, they’re getting to take over what, exactly? Those platforms are pretty much dead, or attracting an ageing audience. The average viewer age of BBC1 is 60.

  3. What’s entertaining about Parler is that Bongino’s immoderate and often uncompromising language nettles the lefties in to spluttering fury – incensed by the very idea that they’ve no control over content and that their mobbing antics fall flat – I don’t care for it (Parler) but the bile spewed by the woke in that direction is the best sort of word of mouth advertising …

  4. @ BoM4
    A lot of those over 60 – including most of those over 70 – grew up with the BBC being a trustworthy and trusted medium; however many have been repelled by the “woke” BBC2 so they congregate to BBC1.

  5. john77 / BoM4

    Yes, the audience is an older demographic and this probably holds true for Radio 4 as well but this older demographic doesn’t thrive on edgy dramas and challenging interpretations of the classics.

    I gave up BBC a while ago but am not enchanted with the alternatives. I am currently experiencing the purgatory of The Fall on Netflix which is endless and endlessly tedious. Set in Belfast it has the feel of something that got a worthwhile grant to give ulstery thesps a billet. Sustaining interest in the thing is like lighting a barbeque too early and then tying to keep the thing going till the bloke with the sausages turns up.

  6. Parler has become a way station for hate speech and misinformation that Twitter and Facebook wouldn’t allow

    They do allow hate speech and misinformation, just not the stuff they disapprove of

  7. Dear Mr Worstall

    “… hoping to reel in an audience of Trump loyalists, especially after he leaves office.”

    There’s planning for you, as far as 2025.

    DP

  8. @ TMB
    Yeah “challenging” seems to mean “challenging the OED’s meaning of English” and “challenging Newton’s physics” and “challenging the idea that Churchill and his Conservative supporters opposed appeasement while Lansbury and the Labour Party demanded disarmament” and …
    So anyone old enough to remember does *not* thrive on the woke ideas of “challenging”

  9. “Yes, the audience is an older demographic and this probably holds true for Radio 4 as well but this older demographic doesn’t thrive on edgy dramas and challenging interpretations of the classics.”

    There’s really no reason to go re-interpreting the classics. Maybe change language or setting, but the stories have endured through endless fashions because they say something about the world or the human condition.

    “I gave up BBC a while ago but am not enchanted with the alternatives. I am currently experiencing the purgatory of The Fall on Netflix which is endless and endlessly tedious. Set in Belfast it has the feel of something that got a worthwhile grant to give ulstery thesps a billet. Sustaining interest in the thing is like lighting a barbeque too early and then tying to keep the thing going till the bloke with the sausages turns up.”

    The Fall is a BBC production, on Netflix. The problem with BBC productions is they really don’t care about storytelling. They hire some good actors, they do lovely costume and scenery work, but the writing and direction are shit. They use the same themes over and over: career women balancing family, surrounded by useless and/or toxic men OR something about race and/or gays.

    I give a BBC thing one episode and almost without fail, I’m off. Oh, here’s the intelligent independent that woman no-one listens to, what’s the odds she will be the one who saves the day? ZZzzzzz. Fleabag was the only series I got through, which was pretty good.

  10. This strikes me as “How *DARE* The Daily Mail exist, everybody should all be reading the Guardian, there’s no rational need for more than one newspaper.”

    Talking of which, I counted no fewer than 26 different women’s mags in Asda earlier. Slightly amazed the market supports so many titles.

  11. BoM4 – What!!? I was watching a BBC show under cover? I agree with you and john77 about the formulaic nature of drama: these are tired and over-used themes¹ and there’s more fun to be had from watching Gillette ads for ‘The Best A Man Can be’.

    BiND – yes, where IS Ecks? And what has happened to m’Lud? Has someone given him a brief and tied him up with The Penge Bungalow Murders?

    Still we have BiG back after a break, so there’s that, and Dennis is sprouting new handles so spring can’t be that far off.
    _____
    ¹ Apparently now also called “tropes”

  12. Talking of which, I counted no fewer than 26 different women’s mags in Asda earlier. Slightly amazed the market supports so many titles.

    You ever met a women? They’ve always got their heads buried in either a phone or a magazine, the only definition being their age / attitude towards tech.

    “Talking of the ranting right, Mr Ecks has been missing in action for a while.”

    Chinese flu?

    Can you catch something you don’t believe in?

  13. Another might be that as the Woken SS take over a place then cancelled normies go off somewhere else

    FTFY

    imo Gab is better than Parler

    @BoM4
    “BBC use the same themes over and over: career women balancing family, surrounded by useless and/or toxic men OR something about race and/or gays”

    +1 Agree. Plus global warming and now slavery in everything

    @TMB
    Almost everything you could want is on Bitchute, Vimeo, Youtube etc and Torrent sites. No need for woke TV licence, woke Netflix…

    This is good for me:
    How Britain Worked MARATHON – All Episodes | Guy Martin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD6pPu0UgKM

  14. Talking of the ranting right, Mr Ecks has been missing in action for a while.

    Mr Ecks commented at Hector Drummond blog (now abandoned, sadly) yesterday. Edward Lud also there on the 21st.

  15. A lot of those over 60 – including most of those over 70 – grew up with the BBC being a trustworthy and trusted medium . . .

    They grew up imagining the BBC was trustworthy.

  16. The problem with BBC productions is they really don’t care about storytelling. They hire some good actors, they do lovely costume and scenery work, but the writing and direction are shit. They use the same themes over and over: career women balancing family, surrounded by useless and/or toxic men OR something about race and/or gays.

    This clip is terrific (haven’t seen the whole show) but they just couldn’t help themselves, could they; not even when they go to such efforts to realistically portray Edwardian England (albeit under Martian attack).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXUFHimIEP4

  17. “Parler has become a way station for hate speech and misinformation that Twitter and Facebook wouldn’t allow

    They do allow hate speech and misinformation, just not the stuff they disapprove of”

    Leftist retard or 77th Brigade shill?

  18. Lefties: How dare they pollute Twitter with their opinions. It’s good that Twitter censors them. It’s a private business it can do anything it wants.
    Lefties: How dare they setup a private business that does anything it wants. They must shut down the business.

  19. Twatter is censoring any links to Sidney Powell’s sit which collects eveidence in her ongoing civil cases against voter fraud on behalf of We the People.
    For those curious to find out what the msm and social media regard asright wing conspiracy

    https://hereistheevidence.com/

    Have fun scrolling through!

  20. ” Parler has become a way station for hate speech and misinformation that Twitter and Facebook wouldn’t allow. ”

    Both Twitter and Facebook have outsourced a large part of their decision-making over what constitutes ‘hate speech’ to the ADL ( Anti Defamation League); a Jewish ethnic-activist body which uses the totally non-existent influence that Jews absolutely don’t have over politicians, large corporations and the media to silence people who peddle in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories i.e that Jews have influence over politicians, large corporations and the media.

  21. ‘what you found is that the right wing gives up on participating in mainstream media and creates an alternative universe’

    The Left considers reality to be an invention of the Right to confuse people.

    “no fewer than 26 different women’s mags in Asda earlier. Slightly amazed the market supports so many titles.”

    Most are hobbies, not businesses.

  22. If that were true a disproportionate percentage of Jewish folk would be US billionaires or dual nationality politicians……

    Impossible.

  23. Capitalist sets up something new, providing what they think people might like.
    People like it, it grows.
    Socialists notice people liking it, disapprove, take over and make it do what they think people ought to like.
    Capitalist sets up something new, providing what they think people might like.
    Repeat.

    Notice what doesn’t happen – socialists creating something.

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