work in progress, last updated Jan 14
Social Media Must Be Reborn
Social Media is dead. The big ones have been taken over by a cult of oppressive technocrats, their platforms transformed into heavily censored echo chambers for mainstream right think. Brutal deplatforming and silencing of any meaningful dissent (be it “left” or “right”, or, heaven forbid, something really independent) has become the norm. You challenge the Covid narrative? Poof. Gone. You support a politician they don’t like? Welcome to the black hole full of burned books, forgotten people and murdered thoughts.
Any participation in the mainstream social media prolongs their existence and gives them legitimacy. So don’t be a pussy and get out of Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and the rest of the shit show.
But where to go?
Many of the emerging new platforms are either technically junk, run by the criminal “intelligence community” as honeypots and data mining operations, or lack the critical mass of users that is essential for any meaningful discourse. Most of them still are centralized platforms, which means whoever controls the servers can censor and delete, attacks from the outside (“hackers”, state actors, …) are potentially devastating.
Platforms that use censorship-resistant technology (p2p, darkweb, blockchain, …) are still rare, most of them provide a terrible user experience and are suitable only for nerds, and basically all of them lack a powerful marketing strategy that would pull in a relevant number of users.
I have no solution, and people like Kim Dotcom talk a lot, but so far do not deliver.
In the meantime I am evaluating some of the current platforms that are not entirely shit, and use them for my limited needs to publicly expose myself.
Feel free to join (or “follow”) me in these experiments – or not.
My Social Media Profiles
I will start to publish more in the near future, mainly on this website, and accordingly will ramp up my activities on various social media platforms that do not instantly make me puke.
Active Profiles I currently use:
Gab – the very christian green frogs sometimes make me roll my eyes, but they are extremely tolerant and REALLY “pro free speech”, for everyone. They also overcame massive opposition and hostility, are still around, alive, kicking, and building. If the recent madness brings in a wave of more diverse (in a positive way…) users, they currently have the best chance to reach relevant numbers – unlike Twetch, Pocketnet and others which are clearly small niches. My Gab account has been dormant for over a year, but will see more activity in the future again.
>>> MartinTheWanderer on Gab.com <<<
Minds – Basically a Facebook-Replacement. Better suited for long-form rants or blogging than the others. Currently just a placeholder, but I will likely use it more in the future.
>>> MartinTheWanderer on Minds <<<
Parler – financed by weirdos with a history of selling data, run by weirdos like fake “ex”-intelligence dude Bongino. Technically incompetent. Collecting phone numbers and ID even for basic features. Obvious honey pot. (Update: oh, and they got “hacked”, how unexpected, LOL)
…to be continued…