A QUESTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS?

When it comes to sources of information, I do a regular weekly news update series with James Evan Pilato of MediaMonarchy.com, where we examine three news stories that are sometimes trending, sometimes news stories that go under the radar. But at any rate, we try to draw attention to them and put them in the right context. MediaMonarchy.com has daily radio streams in which he [Pilato] goes through news, information, music and other such things.

Ryan Cristian over at The Last American Vagabond, who also works with Whitney Webb, for example, does some excellent and important work synthesizing information on his daily wrap-ups on a regular basis.

Derrick Broze over at The Conscious Resistance Network is spearheading some of that exit-and-build strategy, which is essentially what I’m talking about when it comes to the idea of creating communities of interest and finding like-minded people.

Iain Davis is writing excellent articles.

Off-Guardian.org has excellent articles.

ActivistPost.

Blacklisted News.

There are many places to go to get valuable information on a regular basis. Perhaps even more fundamental than that, rather than sources of information are platforms of information, platforms for disseminating information. And obviously that should be a huge concern for people in the current information space given, again, the incredible censorship crackdown that we are seeing right now, which I always take as a positive sign because it does speak to the fact that I think the powers that shouldn’t be are very afraid about what you think and what you do with your brain. And that is displayed in the fact that they go to such incredible lengths to try to censor voices like ours.

And so of course, I had my YouTube channels purged in 2021, 600,000 or so subscribers just completely gone overnight. Oh, well. My secondary YouTube channel also got struck and then randomly returned to me, whatever. I don’t care. I don’t post to YouTube anymore. It is a controlled, censored information platform. Do not look for news, valuable news and information there.

So what are the alternatives? Well, currently I’m posting to Archive.org, BitChute, Odyssey, Rumble, Rokfin and Substack, and I host every single MP3 and MP4 file that I produce on my own website from my own server as well, as another backup.

But, beyond that, I recently had an edition of Solutions Watch where I was talking about the concept of decentralized communication—because this is that other edge of the double-edged sword of technology. The same technology that can be used to clamp down and censor and create these controlled honeypots of centralized social media activity can also be used to create the genuinely free and open internet, which was supposedly the promise of the information superhighway, at least that’s what I was sold back in the 1990s. I’m not sure we’re there yet, but there are lots of people working on projects that promise to offer some version of that, and they’re in various stages of development right now. There’s Qortal.org, there’s Bastyon.com.

There are open source ideas coming out—like nostr for example, which can be tied into other social media platforms like Minds.com and others but is itself, this type of portable social media identity essentially that you can carry around. You can choose where you post your information and it will be automatically disseminated to those various places. And no one can scrub that or take it away from you, you essentially own it forever, so you can never be censored in that sense.

There’s a lot of innovative ideas that are coming online, but unless people are aware of A, the need for these ideas, and B, that they exist at all, then how are we ever going to solve the chicken-and-egg question of how to get people over to these new networks so that they can be not only rivals, but really supplant the existing centralized controlled platform paradigm? Because it really didn’t take long before the anarchic spirit of the early internet and the early worldwide web got centralized into these hubs of centralized identity and discovery, which are truly the anathema of what the internet was promised to be.

The technology exists for us to connect in peer-to-peer, open source and decentralized networks in ways that are truly, truly, electrifyingly empowering for people who know the importance of the revolution that we’re living through—the information revolution. Unfortunately, I just don’t think enough of the public is really cogitating on that.

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