Top 10 best-seller on Amazon (it was briefly at number one earlier this week), putting her tome in the storied company of Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’, Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’(which has just been made into a BBC drama) and the ‘Twilight Saga’ author Stephenie Meyer’s latest offering.
It also rocketed straight into third place on the New York Times’ bestsellers list, sandwiched between Obama’s ‘Becoming’ and Erik Larson’s ‘The Splendid and the Vile’, a study of Winston’s Churchill’s leadership. And hey Google, guess what? It’s in the non-fiction list.
‘Plague of Corruption: Restoring Faith in the Promise of Science’, retailing at $17.91 plus shipping, is now temporarily out of stock, following an enormous surge in demand prompted by the outcry against the banned clip of ‘Plandemic’.
No doubt the media and big tech will chalk this one up as a ‘win’, because the clip is now unavailable on their platforms, but one imagines the royalties from her spike in book sales will cushion the blow for Dr Mikovits. She certainly seems happy, judging from her tweets. She is also now one of the most famous scientists on the planet and receiving even more coverage (some of which you are reading right now) – because her censorship has become the story.
There is a term for this type of occurrence: it is known as the ‘Streisand effect’. The name comes from a case back in 2003 where the actress and singer Barbra Streisand sued photographer Kenneth Adelman for $50 million to remove an aerial photograph of her California home from his collection of 12,000 publicly available photos documenting coastal erosion in the Golden State. Before the ‘Funny Girl star’ brought the action, the photograph of her home had been downloaded from Adelman’s website six times – two of which were by Streisand’s lawyers. After the case became public, the picture was downloaded more than 420,000 times over the course of a month, and Babs lost the case anyway. Oops.
As surely as what goes up must come down, and as inevitably as a homophobic preacher being caught short surrounded by rent boys and amyl nitrate, censorship of something will always lead to more people looking at it. It is, therefore, not only morally wrong, but as counterproductive as trying to dry out an alcoholic by locking him in a liquor store
Dr Mikovits isn’t the only person whose star has risen thanks to Covid-19 inspired censorship by tech giants. David Icke had barely been mentioned as anything other than a punchline since the mid-1990s, until YouTube pulled his channel when he started sounding off about 5G causing coronavirus.
Outside the realm of Covid-19, InfoWars’ founder and living, breathing meme Alex Jones became more famous than ever after Silicon Valley unilaterally banned him from every major platform and social network. Outspoken right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos dined out on being “too dangerous for Twitter” for at least a year before offence archaeologists found an old comment that derailed his career.
Silicon Valley needs to accept that people are going to think, say and post whatever they like and should be allowed to do so on their platforms.
The alternative is that they take the same responsibility for what goes out on their platforms as a publisher does, and face the inevitable libel suits.
The middle ground they are currently inhabiting in order to maximise profits while still pandering to their liberal, globalist, metropolitan agenda is unfair, untenable and disingenuous. It has to stop.