Robert Brockway’s ICMI2023 presentation – part 2

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Author: Robert Brockway

There
is
another
aspect
to
all
of
this
too.
Big
Tech.

Big
Tech
refers
to
the
big
technology
players
like
Facebook,
Amazon,
Apple,
Netflix
and
Google.
Collectively
these
companies
are
known
as
the
FAANGs.
They
hold
an
enormous
amount
of
power
today.

But
it
wasn’t
always
so.
The
1990s
saw
widespread
democratisation
of
technology.
The
Internet
started
to
compete
with
proprietary
online
services
such
as
CompuServe
and
America
Online.
Many
forget
that
these
services
originally
operated
private
networks.
They
competed
with
the
public
Internet.
Later
they
adopted
the
position
that
“if
you
can’t
beat
them,
join
them”
and
became
Internet
service
providers.

Around
the
world
there
was
countless
small
ISPs
mostly
running
modems.
For
most
the
Internet
was
slow
and
unreliable.
But
it
was
also
free.
I
don’t
mean
you
didn’t
have
to
pay
for
it.
I
mean
that
the
environment
was
not
dominated
by
large
corporations.
Nor,
to
a
large
degree,
was
it
dominated
by
governments.
The
law
was
trailing
the
technology
at
that
point
and
it
showed.
Many
described
the
Internet
of
the
90s
as
the
“Wild
West”.

The
Internet
is
based
on
open
standards.
These
allow
anyone
with
the
skills
to
develop
software
that
will
talk
to
other
systems
on
the
network.
People
can
talk
to
one
another
about
what
is
important
to
them
without
governments
and
Big
Tech
being
able
to
limit
their
speech.

Another
aspect
of
technology
that
really
took
off
in
the
90s
was
free
and
open
source
software.
Most
people
would
just
known
it
as
“open
source”
so
that’s
how
I’ll
refer
to
it.
Adoption
of
open
sourcd
grew
rapidly
during
the
90s.
It
allowed
people
to
use
software
as
they
saw
fit.

I’ve
been
involved
in
open
source
software
since
1994.
First
business
wasn’t
interested.
Then
they
felt
threatened.
Later
they
adopted
opens
source
and
made
alot
of
money
from
it.
In
2013
I
concluded
that
open
source
had
won.
At
around
the
same
time
I
started
to
realise
the
problems
facing
men
and
boys
were
far
worse
than
I
had
previously
realised.
And
so
I
embraced
men’s
rights.
I
aim
to
help
another
movement
to
victory
as
I
once
did
with
open
source.

Ten
years
on
it’s
clear
that
Big
Tech
has
done
an
end-run
around
open
source.
A
lot
of
the
freedom
with
technology
we
had
in
the
past
thanks,
in
part,
to
open
standards
and
open
source
has
been
curtailed.
So
many
people
rely
on
Big
Tech
for
so
much
of
their
lives
that
it
has
become
inordinately
powerful.

We
talk
on
Facebook,
or
Twitter
rather
than
forums
or
mailing
lists
as
we
would
have
done
10
or
20
years
ago.
Modern
social
media
is
a
memory
hole.
I
see
so
much
information
on
men’s
issues
posted
to
social
media
never
to
see
the
light
of
day
again.
Get
the
most
bang
for
your
buck
and
put
your
information
were
people
can
find
it.
We
accept
end
user
agreements
that
allow
Big
Tech
to
analyse
and
even
control
our
data.
We
pay
to
use
someone
elses
computer
systems
to
run
software
that
we
could
easily
run
ourselves.

Even
if
we
do
setup
services
ourselves
we
likely
do
so
using
infrastructure
owned
and
controlled
by
Big
Tech.
Many
of
these
large
providers
offer
proprietary
solutions
that
lock
their
customers
in.
They
become
dependent
on
one
provider.
Moving
to
another
becomes
impractical
due
to
the
expense
and
difficulty
of
doing
so.

If
the
power
of
Big
Tech
continues
to
grow
we
may
one
day
see
the
freedom
of
the
underlying
infrastructure
threatened.
But
all
is
not
lost.
Everything
we
need
to
recapture
the
online
freedom
of
earlier
decades
is
still
there.
We
just
need
to
reach
out
and
take
it.
And
most
of
it
is
free.
This
is
an
area
you
will
see
A
Voice
for
Men
talking
about
more.

Big
Tech
sold
a
message
that
it
was
cheaper
thanks,
in
part,
to
economies
of
scale.
Decades
of
experience
has
shown
this
is
often
not
true.
Jeff
Bezos,
Founder
and
executive
chairman
of
Amazon,
is
now
worth
more
than
$160
billion
USD.
That
money
came
from
somewhere,
and
it
wasn’t
just
from
Amazon
sales

Amazon
Web
Services
dwarfed
the
rest
of
the
Amazon
company
long
ago.
According
to
VisualCapitalist.com,
as
of
July
2022
74%
of
Amazon’s
operating
profit
came
from
AWS.

A
Voice
for
Men
is
entirely
run
on
open
source
software,
uses
open
standards
and
is
portable.
The
systems
run
on
a
medium
sized
provider.
If
feminists
brigaded
the
provider
and
forced
us
to
move
we
can
shift
the
entire
site
very
quickly
because
we’re
using
open
standards.

Related
to
this
I
encourage
men
who
may
be
down
and
out
to
skill
up
in
IT.
There
is
a
shortage
of
certain
skills
in
the
industry
and
this
is
another
area
where
A
Voice
for
Men
will
be
assisting
men.
We’re
all
still
too
reliant
on
Big
Tech
for
search.
This
is
one
aspect
which
I
think
is
not
yet
solved.

The
feminist
historical
narrative
is
an
historical
narrative
widely
believed
by
feminists
and
others.
The
feminist
historical
narrative
is
so
pervasive
that
even
many
non-feminists
buy
in
to
it.
It
is
largely
built
of
lies,
half-truths
and
oversimplifications.

Feminists
love
to
claim
that
they
freed
women
from
the
historical
oppress
of
the
Patriarchy.
What
Western
civilisation
has
really
done
is
dispense
with
gender
roles.
This
is
a
huge
social
experiment
and
it
remains
to
be
seen
how
it
will
turn
out.

I’ve
talked
extensively
about
the
feminist
historical
narrative
over
the
last
few
years.
Anyone
interested
in
this
topic
should
watch
my
presentations
for
ICMI20,
ICMI21,
articles
I’ve
written
for
A
Voice
for
Men
and
keep
an
eye
out
for
my
upcoming
book,
The
Victorian
Fallacy.

Unfortunately
there
are
many
academics
in
the
West
who
are
well
paid
to
come
up
with
waffle
about
The
Patriarchy
and
other
aspects
of
the
feminist
historical
narrative.
Those
of
us
fighting
it
are
mostly
doing
it
on
our
own
time.

Only
independent
researchers
can
truly
be
independent
as
we’re
not
beholden
to
the
public
funds
doled
out
to
those
that
embrace
orthodoxy.

The
problems
in
the
West
are
growing.
Increasingly
these
problems
are
spilling
in
to
other
cultures
thanks
to
Western,
particularly
American,
cultural
hegemony.
These
problems
include,
but
are
not
limited
to:

Gender
fluidity
is
something
quite
new.
This
isn’t
about
sexuality
or
about
a
male
wanting
to
be
a
female
or
vice
versa.
Those
who
are
gender
fluid
sometimes
claim
to
be
genderless,
sometimes
they
claim
to
switch
between
male
and
female
and
sometimes
they
claim
to
be
a
new
gender
entirely.

From
the
outside
it
might
look
like
the
West
has
gone
crazy.
Sometimes
it
looks
like
that
from
the
inside
too.
The
truth
isn’t
so
simple
though.
The
reality
is
the
majority
of
people
just
act
like
none
of
this
is
happening
a
lot
of
the
time.
But
it
is
happening.

Proponents
of
gender
fluidity
would
have
us
believe
that
of
all
of
the
more
than
100
billion
humans
who
have
ever
lived
they
alone
understand
the
true
nature
gender.
Yes
they
argue
that
ancient
cultures
had
3rd
genders
or
whatnot
but
their
evidence
is
weak
and
sparse.
The
concept
of
male
and
female
with
distinct
gender
roles
is
evident
throughout
the
world
and
through
history.
This
is
true
even
of
hunter-gatherer
societies
which
were
arguably
more
egalitarian
and
with
less
strict
gender
roles
than
many
societies
that
came
after
the
adoption
of
agriculture.

There
is
growing
intolerance
to
alternative
viewpoints
in
Western
nations.
We
see
political
partisanship
in
which
followers
on
each
side
of
politics
are
intolerant
of
the
others.

We
also
see
attacks
on
free
speech
with
younger
people
being
more
likely
to
argue
that
speech
that
offends
can
legitimately
be
censored.
This
is
particularly
dangerous.

Free
speech
is
an
often
misunderstood
concept,
especially
by
those
who
would
seek
to
curtail
it.
The
concept
of
free
speech
gives
people
the
ability
to
express
ideas
publicly
without
fear.

Free
speech
does
not
mean
anyone
has
to
listen.
Nor
does
it
free
a
person
from
the
consequences
of
their
speech.
Most
countries
place
some
limits
on
free
speech.
In
particular
incitement
to
violence
is
often
not
protected
as
free
speech.

Free
speech
isn’t
some
abstract
idea
dreamed
up
by
people
living
in
an
ivory
tower.
It’s
a
practical
need
and
in
a
very
real
sense
the
only
defence
we
have
against
tyranny.
I
say
this
to
people
who
want
to
limit
free
speech:

  • If
    you
    can
    do
    it
    then
    so
    can
    others
  • They
    might
    just
    be
    better
    at
    it
    than
    you
    are

Censorship
is
another
growing
problem
in
the
West
with
government
increasingly
seeking
to
block
ill
defined
concepts
such
as
hate
speech.

Governments,
though
are
not
the
only
ones
that
can
censor.
Any
organisation
capable
of
sufficient
control
of
the
disemination
of
information
can
censor.
Thus
a
media
monopoly
could
censor
even
though
it
may
be
a
commercial
enterprise.

The
mainstream
media
pushes
a
woke
narrative.
Interestingly
comments
sections
on
media
publications
over
the
last
10
years
have
seen
a
dramatic
reversal.
Years
ago
there
would
have
been
a
lot
of
support
for
the
position
espoused
by
the
media
organisation.
Now
there
is
rejection
and
anger
at
their
position.

This
is
clear
evidence
of
a
growing
divide
between
the
media
and
the
community.

Young
men
are
disengaging.
Between
2008
and
2018
the
number
of
men
in
one
age
category
who
reported
not
having
had
sex
in
the
last
12
months
tripled
from
10
to
28%.
These
men
were
under
20
in
2008
and
under
30
in
2018.
In
contrast
the
protion
of
women
went
up
about
8%.
Regardless
of
one’s
views
on
premarital
sex
a
sudden
demographic
change
like
this
should
be
cause
for
concern.

A
2023
Pew
Research
study
found
that
twice
as
many
young
American
men
describe
themselves
as
single
as
do
young
American
women.
A
few
explanations
have
been
proposed
and
there
may
be
multiple
causes.
The
single
most
plausible
seems
to
be
that
young
men
and
women
may
simply
be
using
different
definitions
of
the
word
’single’.

Feminist
women
have
never
understood
the
male
psyche.
Despite
what
feminists
claim
the
vast
majority
of
men
are
adverse
to
harming
women.
Men
who
do
harm
women
are
very
much
in
the
minority.

Feminists
expected
a
backlash
but
it
never
happened.
Instead
men
simply
walked
away
because
to
do
otherwise
would
be
to
risk
conflict
with
women,
which
most
men
find
abhorent.

Feminists
now
like
to
claim
there
is
a
crisis
in
masculinity.
Rather
I
think
the
crisis
is
being
caused
by
how
men
are
being
treated.

I
believe
that
most
men
do
not
buy
in
to
the
misandry.
Rather
I
suspect
they
see
straight
through
it
and
are
angry
as
a
result.

Men
and
boys
are
facing
certain
issues
in
Western
countries,
and
in
other
part
of
the
world.
Some
of
these
problems
occur
everywhere,
while
others
are
country-specific.

Western
men
are
increasingly
responding
by
disengaging.
Given
the
situation
young
men
find
themselves
in
their
actions
are
entirely
rational.


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in
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3.

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