In this documentary by David Fuller, we see a discussion of the “intellectual dark web”, a phrase coined to describe people like Jordan Peterson, Joe Rogan, Bret Weinstein, James Damore and others who are not running the standard liberal script and have been widely vilified for it. The reality that liberals these days are not doing much in the way of thinking for themselves came to the world’s attention in a dramatic way when Jordan Peterson debated Kathy Newman on Channel 4 about the ‘gender wage gap’, and she tried to so hard to force him into a position that conformed to her worldview that she ended up looking stupid.
Fuller, a former Channel 4 journalist, says in her defence that she does a lot of interviews every month and is working with a TV infrastructure that’s based on the soundbyte rather than the conversation. The research she did for the interview would have been fairly cursory, and she could have easily got a mistaken impression of Peterson because his opposition to the the liberal/left wing viewpoints that dominate the media has made him some strange bedfellows on the right.
That doesn’t excuse her ideological blinkeredness entirely, but it does dramatically show how, as Peterson says, YouTube might end up killing TV. People are hungry for real-talk and real thinking, and Joe Rogan and Dave Rubin et al. are giving it to them. A Joe Rogan podcast runs for three hours, and contains a real in-depth conversation, not a stage-managed one that’s edited for soundbytes.
The left’s response to their chastening in the Kathy Newman interview has shown once again the fraudulence of their stated values of tolerance and diversity. They didn’t pause and say, “maybe there’s a different perspective here that we need to consider.” They tried to change the story to one about their victimhood at the hands of rightist bullies, by inflating the seriousness of a few hostile comments Kathy Newman received on twitter after the interview, even though Peterson had been the recipient of far more hostile attention from their own ranks.
The intellectual dark web is dominated by white males, as is the field of outsider intellectuals that I’ve been archiving in this blog, and the reasons for that are only partially clear to me. European intellectual culture has historically been their culture and it’s under attack these days. I’m sure there are more people than I know who belong in this category who are from different demographics, but I just haven’t come across them in my unsystematic wandering through the web. When I do I’ll post them.