Vox has an important post up noting that the tech giants have the ability to shut down any speech they dislike, because they control the popular platforms. As he puts it, “stop fighting on their ground.” It’s important to reach the public beyond an echo chamber, so it’s not necessarily wrong to engage on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The problem is those platforms are strongly converged and in no way believe in unfettered free speech. So if Christians, American traditionalists, classical conservatives and libertarians are going to continue to have a voice online, they are going to have to have alternative channels.
In other words, it’s time to break the monopolies.
I’ve already gotten into the habit of using DuckDuckGo for my online searches. (In an era where “google” has become a verb, this has been an interesting exercise in habit-breaking.) This avoids the way Google skews search results, and also denies them my traffic and data to track. I strongly urge all my readers to do the same.
Other alternative platforms available and/or in development:
Instead of Google’s Chrome browser, try Brave.
Instead of the socially leftist Wikipedia, use Infogalactic for encyclopedic information.
Instead of YouTube (owned by Google), develop and view content on BitChute.
Instead of Twitter (which recently purged a number of conservatives and broke up a number of members’ “following” communities), try out Gab.
Instead of Facebook, look into Minds.
As time permits, I’m developing a presence on each of the above, and will eventually update the header on this blog so those who are inclined to do so can find me. I’m still active on Twitter, but with the awareness they can shut me down at any point just like any other voice they want to silence. The alternative sites listed above have publicly committed to free and open discussion. What a concept.
Our use of a given platform is what gives it power and influence. Stop feeding the tech giants who have already proven themselves hostile to anything short of Leftist conformity. Support the efforts to break their stranglehold on the public conversation. It will take time — and the breaking of deeply ingrained habits — for these alternatives to pose a threat to the stifled communities they are trying to supplant.
The rise of the Internet broke the information chokehold of the legacy corporate media. It’s not surprising The Powers That Be have spent time and effort to reestablish that grip. With your participation — and, more importantly, spreading the word — this new effort to break the monopoly again can flourish.
And so can the free exchange of ideas once more.