What can be done about it?
I don’t dispute that this is a question worth asking, but having read the original comment thread where Mike made that statement, I believe he was referring to Twitter, not Substack (I realize it’s confusing because he said “here,” but he was responding to the sharing of a tweet). Mike is not on Twitter, but he *is* on Substack, and his engagement at Substack speaks to the value he finds in it.
I personally have tremendous gratitude for this platform as it has not only transformed my life and enabled me connect with fellow free-thinkers like you, but it is providing a space where evidence can be freely exchanged and collected. Even though it seems like we are preaching to the choir, more and more normies are waking up daily, and liberating information is waiting here for them when they are ready.
I think your expertise on technology is both valuable and unique, Gabriel, and it is becoming even more important for people to understand how technology is being used to propagandize and enslave us.
I understand the need to attend to other matters and recharge but do hope you will continue to share your important insights and recommendations here.
Gabriel, I know it's frustrating to the point of soul crushing. Watching, despite all efforts, as the juggernaut rumbles along, still perfectly on schedule and undeterred. But YOUR voice is critical to this fight. We need an army of you!
You need to train the next generation of tech users on how to circumvent the censorship, rebuild lowfi net and maintain free flow information.
Sabbatical, for sure. Sort your stuff, reboot and recharge, but then get back to leading the tech charge.😉🙏🙏
Thank you for all you do. MAA is correct, Dr Yeadon was discussing Twitter. All platforms are vulnerable to censorship, but as long as there is even 1 voice in the wilderness, showing an alternative option to the juggernaut, people will resist. #wearememory #wewillnotforget #wearemany #hacktheplanet 😉
I get the guilt feeling. Nevertheless, if individuals struggle to grasp that there's just one person managing a Substack and we bear the entire workload for a fraction of what a MSM journalist might earn for using ChatGPT to produce a subpar article about haircut recommendations or Apple's photo innovations (?), my apprehension about taking a creative hiatus is diminishing.
I am a technology neophyte, so a lot of your work is over my head, but I continue to enjoy reading your work and am trying to learn from it.
Thank you! Another excellent, thought-provoking piece!
If its not now, I'm sure it will be one day
I do worry that if it becomes too big - and it is getting there - governments will crack down of it, or it will be bought out by another big tech company. A darker though is this is indeed a trap where all the dissidents gather, and hence trouble makers can be identified :-(
It is a worthy question of whether Substack is a trap. I've also wondered if it's a noose they're allowing us all to put our necks in, either to pull tight or cut us all loose. Something to keep in mind is that Substack lets you download your subscriber emails. I should make another hard copy of mine. It's something we should all do periodically (speaking to myself).
I've come up against this question many times--do you need to reinvent the venue first in order to use it against the system? I wonder sometimes if it's an ideological purity that makes us ineffective, especially when criticizing each other. If you're James Corbett or Russell Brand (especially now) sure you can take your audience and go it alone. But how does your average nobody find an audience?
I did a lot of work at one point on neighborhood communication networks, trying to start small. I interviewed the creator of Front Porch Vermont, a low-tech predecessor to Nextdoor. I mapped out my town into nested groupings. I built my own email list through block parties and dinners I did for global charities. But in the end, I folded it into Nextdoor--and became a spokesperson on how they manipulate local politics. Couldn't compete.
With my book, I held out for years trying to figure out how to distribute it without Amazon. But, imo, we need the system first that enables us to control our own labor, which is its topic. Then we can reinvent the venues. I think what you're doing, Gabe, is really valuable both on Substack and helping us learn what the alternatives are. I know that's an essential part of all this that's going to come into being when the time is right, and I'm glad you're preparing for it.
Thank you for the work you have put into this. It’s been extremely helpful to me and I reference your articles often. For a non techie person it can and does seem overwhelming at times but I figure if I can implement one of your suggestions a month I will get there. Thanks again! You are appreciated.
I had the very same thought about 6 months a go. Admittedly i was high as a kite at the time, but i thought, jesus, maybe this just exists to corral a large group of dissident voices into one place, and gather info on us. And here I am, proudly bearing my dissident views on a daily basis. It is possible.
But what to do, we’re in a fight to the death in a way and the narrative construct around everything is the most powerful tool in the power structure’s arsenal. It has to be punctured as much as possible.
Don’t quit man. I’ll convert into a paid as soon as i get this first week back at the madness of the English Academy where i teach over. Your work/ideas are valuable.
I try to surround myself with people at least one step ahead of me, and you are one of them. Yeah, I too have been thinking about how tech barons have become a government surrogate in atomizing identity to achieve control, how freedom movement leadership is failing to leverage their megaphones to de-atomize the populace into unified action against tyranny, and how the tyrants can in a moment lean heavily on Chris Best to shut this platform down to 'harmful" "misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation" that in any way "undermines" official state narrative. Leaving one little else but to post vacation photos and pictures of what you just ate.