This article by Douglas Murray continues the conversation about the intellectual dark web that was the subject David Fuller’s documentary, giving the term a point of origin with Eric Weinstein, brother of Bret Weinstein, the biology professor who was hounded from his job at Evergreen University for questioning leftist social justice orthodoxies.
Murray predicts the end of the mainstream media as we know it, because it tries to keep the conversation within an outdated left-right structure. He says that increasingly the real division is between those who believe in allowing full and frank discussion about issues and those who don’t.
“For any public intellectual or thinker the experience of a Newsnight or Channel 4 News studio is always the same. The evening is wrecked by having to travel to a studio where you will be given a maximum of three minutes’ airtime to correct a set of false presumptions which the presenter has already gathered against you. ‘So what you’re saying’ could be the epitaph for this form of journalism. There is no opportunity for nuance, not much opportunity for correction and very little to recommend it to anyone but the producers. Certainly not to viewers or participants. News broadcasts and political discussion shows have largely become a carousel of closely scripted talking points by people with predictable views.”
The mainstream media and the universities are hand in glove in their attempt to control what it’s permissible to talk about and what is heretical. Their audiences seem to be outnumbered by the audiences for these new media, yet they continue to have a kind of cultural authority, especially among the most educated people in our societies. If that power and authority are fatally undermined it will be interesting to see what will rush into the vacuum, and what will happen if the intellectual dark web comes into the light and becomes authoritative. Will we see the usual dynamic of political revolutions, with the outsiders becoming a new orthodoxy and behaving as despotically as their predecessors? Who are the outsider intellectuals who operate beyond these shifts in the political landscape?