Imagine powerful images of rows of mindless, obedient subjects at a Chinese Communist Party Congress being brainwashed by an all-seeing tyrant.Governments face the danger of losing authority over the social contract as social media and algorithms become their own power base.The narration ominously chants: “Today we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of an information purification victory, a garden of pure ideology…we are one people with one whim, one resolve, one cause…we shall prevail.”I’m not trying to spin larger-than-life, surrealistic film noir.But a 61-year-old, ailing Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo, is very close to death.Liu’s tragic predicament shows how China’s economic leadership in technology will become more difficult and complicated, because uncontrollable forces have been unlocked.
Kanye West has accused his friend and former collaborator John Legend of trying to “manipulate his free thought” by getting him to reconsider his pro-Donald Trump stance.Earlier this week, Kanye made headlines when he gave his most supportive comments about Donald Trump yet, in a string of tweets that had the whole internet talking.Following this, John posted a thread alluding to the controversy, and later reached out to Kanye privately over text message, which the rapper later posted screengrabs of on his Twitter account.In the text message, John, who was one of many celebrities who unfollowed Kanye during his Twitter storm earlier this week, wrote: “I hope you’ll reconsider aligning yourself with Trump.You’re way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for.“As you know, what you say really means something to your fans.