‘Waldenponding’ for liberty

Tell someone who just woke up from a 30-year coma that billions of digital messages and posts to “social media” (?) are exchanged, created, and commented on every day in America, and he/she will think the condition of public discourse in the Land of the Fee is stronger than ever.

If only.

The evidence is overwhelming: Electronic gatekeepers are suppressing, not enhancing, free speech.

As the president put it earlier this year, “There’s no precedent in American history for so small a number of corporations to control so large a sphere of human interaction.” Yesterday, tech titans testified before Congress, and had to face tough questions about their blinding bias. From suspending the Twitter account of Donald Trump, Jr. “for posting a viral video of medical doctors talking about Hydroxychloroquine” to labeling videos by pro-life activist Lila Rose “false,” social-media platforms pick winners and losers in the battle for ears and eyeballs.  

Differ with the ideology/narrative of Silicon Valley oligarchs, and your content faces deletions, suspensions, shadow bans, and instant “fact checks.”

A major way to fight this deception? Unplug.

Venkatesh Rao disparagingly calls it “Waldenponding” — “retreating from technology akin to how Thoreau extolled the virtues of retreating from social contact and leading a quieter life at Walden Pond.” But it’s a sound strategy to escape what is becoming, more and more, a monstrously one-sided digital Ministry of Truth. Pray. Meditate. Walk. Talk to your neighbors. Volunteer for a good cause.

When you do engage online, limit your exposure to the left’s favored platforms. Cast a wider net. For example, here is the video of the presentation by America’s Frontline Doctors that tech overloads don’t want you to see. (Whether you agree or disagree with the medical professionals’ claims, the decision is up to you — not Silicon Valley’s censors.)

Locally, KIVA and the “Rock of Talk” (broadcasting, streaming online, archived audio/video, or links provided here) bring you data, ideas, and perspectives you simply cannot obtain from newspapers, television “reporters,” and radio stations that spend more time on “Tiger King” than the deliberate destruction of New Mexico’s economy.

The game is rigged. This we know. But there’s no reason for despair. Alternatives are available — and they’re the tools that will be used to save us from socialism.

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