Why it is important to use and support alternative media platforms that still value the individual. Below are a few good reasons why they need your support:
If you are aware of these restrictive and anti-social trends, then you should be very concerned for all self-determination loving people everywhere and especially for your kids and future generations.
Why do we have these anti-individual symptoms listed above. The primary answer is the megalomania and greed of those in the social control businesses such as politics and the big data or information companies, who all employ propagandized marketing techniques to mold and conform the public into consumer driven data points for the sake of monetizing our attention and time.
Another obvious answer would be that the raw power and potential of the internet is the perfect target for individuals looking to control the narratives and thus the thoughts of the masses, i.e. public control by social engineers for ego and profit, as in billionaires know what is best for us "ordinary" people.
Unless we wake up to how the internet has been annexed by a handful of big tech companies backed by anti-democratic ideologists with deep pockets, our information bubbles will get smaller and more stuffy by the day. We can all see how the major news channels have become sound bite mouthpieces for very specific socio-political agendas. Where is there in depth fair and balanced journalism today?
A perfect example of how big tech micro-manages your online success is the ever-evolving Google search algorithm. You can even subscribe to Googles "Think with Google" newsletter where you are regularly advised (read told) on how to think the way Google wants you to think if you are to have any chance of success with your SEO efforts. Hopefully you get the full significance of this situation as Google controls 95% of all search.
All the popular news, TV and media outlets have one purpose and that is to entertain you to death. The end of self-deterministic individuals is the goal, the desired individual is the other directed one with shallow group think ability. Let the elite do the heavy lifting for you, kick back and relax as they smooth life's ride for you.
Unfortunately many originally alternative channels have now become just as restrictive. They have also become single minded in their worldview and actively censor content and contributors in line with the mainstream PC dictates.
These alternative channels are now peppered with pseudo counter-culture rockstars that give the illusion of active debate and options to the mainstream narratives. Many famous talking head YouTube podcasters demonstrate this fact very lucidly, their loosely knit ideal is to become an alternative elite of experts that we the masses can tune into. Attracting followers and eyeballs that generate ad spend kick-back on their channels is the other main ideal for them.
Tempting is it not, to let the designated experts tackle the messy and dangerous and challenging things in your life. If the Covid-19 pandemic and economic collapse has taught us anything at all, it is that the powers that be are all clueless when stuff hits the fan.
If we as aware and free thinking individuals do not proactively engage the enemy at the gate, then we only have ourselves to blame when we find ourselves totally locked out of the public debate with no means to influence it or anything else. If you can't do anything on your own, then help and support the individuals, platforms and services that are countering these trends and striving to preserve variety and true freedom of choice in the public domain.
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