One of the low blows during the recent debate around the lost (for now) vote on the EU Copyright Directive – commonly known as Article 13 – came from Thomas Schmid, and published by Die Welt, a German center-right publication.
I’m referring to this post on his work blog “Sonst unterwerfen sie uns. Warum die EU Facebook, Google, YouTube und anderen Grenzen setzen muss” and this article in Die Welt “Sklaven der Freiheit”; as far as I can tell they seem to be identical. Unfortunately, Thomas Schmid does not have a Twitter, or any other modern way of exchanging thoughts, so I had to resort to a public reply.
Thomas Schmid puts forward a couple of very disturbing thoughts:
- He calls all of us, who do not share his world view, masochistic and our rallies akin to patriotic war enthusiasts
- He thinks that we’re slaves of the of the big tech companies, incapable of independent thought
- He calls for a strong state to curb the tech companies influence and bring us back to order
Let me reply to that:
- Indeed, we are fighting monopolies – the old-school publishers and media agencies (Springer, Gema, VG Wort, VG Bild-Kunst, …) that have put in enormous lobby efforts to convince the MEPs that they’re protecting artists and creators, while in fact they’re only protecting their bottom lines and fighting obsolescence
- We’re neither paid, nor instructed by Alphabet or Facebook; we’re not dependents either
- Most importantly, the very last thing this world needs is more power for the nation states
Dear Thomas – whatever vision you have of a future society, I definitely do not share it!
You claim in your bio that you have lived through the student protests in the late ’60s, but you seem to have learnt nothing; all the law and order fantasies you might have, please keep them for yourself – don’t destroy the colorful society and culture that we have now
Further reading: Why we should trust Apple and Google more than our governments