This is right out of a Brave New World. China is going to be rating people based on their “sociality” using data gathered from every electronic method available to them. It is terrifying. Yet it’s not much different than what we’ve been doing in the United States to ourselves.
If you are a white, cis-gendered, male, you have a very low social score. If you question the science of global warming, you have a very low social score. If you have any issues with the cause celeb of the day you have a low social score. People like Steve Martin get shamed because of a tweet about a person they actually knew and cared about by people who never met her. Down goes his social score.
We’re already doing it but we’re doing it to ourselves. China only took the next “logical” step and codified it. After all, they say it’s done in the hope that it “…will build a culture of “sincerity” and a “harmonious socialist society”. Isn’t that exactly what the PC left wants as well? Don’t want to bake a cake for a wedding? Down goes your social score. Enter the courts. Sociality…codified.
To many, myself included, this is why Trump won the recent presidential election. He slew the dragon of political correctness in favor of “you do you”. Taking offense is easy, taking time to understand what a person actually meant by what they said takes time and effort. Getting to know people is apparently only superficial on the left. Which is ironic of course though I doubt they understand that. I think many people voted for Trump who didn’t care about his policies at all, they just cared that he was saying things that made the gingerbread men on the left quake with indignation.
A culture and a society does have the right to regulate behavior but the left (and right) play a game that leads to laws being passed to control behavior. We aren’t that far behind China so when you shake your head in dismay at their social credit score just remember how it began in our own country. We have gone from men dressed as Indians tossing tea into a harbor to a people who would get mad at the patriots’ use of “red face”, polluting the harbor, and appropriating Chinese culture by drinking tea.
Never forget: today’s social score can easily change tomorrow.
The Communist Party wants to harness vast troves of online data to score people and companies on their behavior.