We Need New Social Media
We need new social media.
Enough of Facebook, they’re destroying democracies across the world.
Enough of YouTube, they stifle radical discourse to the point boredom.
Enough of Twitter, it’s a threat to one’s well-being.
Enough of Instagram, the ads get in the way of my socializing.
Even Vimeo has gotten lame with its strict copyright algorithms.
It feels like everywhere on the Internet is slowly morphing into a centralized control.
For example: All the social media platforms have that audio waveform detecting algorithm — any music uploaded on any social media will get flagged; your private data is secretly collected & monetized in ways that ultimately hurt you; fringe dialogues of all stripes are increasingly banned; monetization no longer seems feasible. It just feels lame & repetitive.
We need new spaces to be free: A new video streaming service, perhaps utilizing blockchain or torrent p2p technology. A new social media platform, perhaps based on state-of-the-art encryption.
The online world is quickly becoming a monolithic digital mall. This will express itself in an equal & opposite underground.
I believe it’s inevitable we get new cool digital social spaces. The question is whether they’ll still be on the Internet, or a new technology like virtual reality.
Of course, unplugging from the Internet is the easiest solution. But as society becomes more atomized & lonely, as the 21st Century unfolds in its crises, the urge to escape will get deeper. We will reflexively dive into our immersive virtual existences to disconnect from the stress of the real world. We do this because it is simply cheaper & less stressful than socializing.