The Google-Facebook Duopoly Threatens Diversity of Thought

Google and Facebook’s monopoly over online activity means that more than 90% of Americans rely on the two corporations as their major source of news.

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‘A monopoly on the means of communication,” Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson wrote in “Leviathan,” their 1975 novel, “may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of ‘monopoly in the means of production.’ ” Bear that in mind when you hear this next statistic: In 2017 Google and Facebook have accounted for 84% of all digital advertising outside China, including 96% of its growth, according to an industry forecast this month from Zenith, Magna and GroupM.

Those figures should create more than the typical economic concerns about market concentration. Specifically, the tech duopoly’s dominance threatens the marketplace of ideas. Beyond advertising, Google and Facebook control how millions of people find their news. Americans are far likelier, collectively, to encounter articles via search engines and social media than on a news site’s home page.

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4 thoughts on “The Google-Facebook Duopoly Threatens Diversity of Thought

    • Yep. Industrial capitalism is its final phase of capital accumulation and is gobbling up the workers’ limited resources like a vacuum cleaner. Both Google and Facebook receive heavy government subsidies to spy on people, and, in my view, this has played an important role in their rise to power.


  1. Unfortunately, nothing but monopolies exist. Before laws were removed from the books discouraging monopolies, we had choices, now we don’t and that is perceived as a good thing by government. Because as dumb as Americans are, it is so much easier to keep them dumb by making sure that they are limited in respect to where they get their information. And keep in mind that we think we have access to virtually every bit of information that is available when in all actuality, we are directed only to where ‘the government’ allows us to go.

    Remember, “big brother” is watching us at all times and that is why there is a discouragement to use cash as opposed to credit/debit cards because cash transactions are more anonymous than credit/debit transactions. This all plays into the myth that we have all these freedoms we merely think we have when we really don’t have any freedoms at all. So, I am not surprised over any of this. It is just business as usual.


  2. Very apt observation, Shelby. One of the things I am most grateful for since moving to New Zealand is my ability to gain access to alternative information about what’s really going on in the US. I find it a very unique experience not to live in a military empire for the first time. The people of New Zealand feel absolutely no compulsion to be the best at everything (science, democracy, technology, etc). This was one of the first things that struck me on coming here – how easy it is to live a peaceful, contented life without the pressure to be the best.


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