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The Mind Works Better With All Social Control Media Turned Off

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Summary: My expectations have been exceeded; there are no regrets about leaving social control media and in fact the only regret is not doing that a lot sooner because life becomes a lot more productive (exposure to abuse and misinformation is also significantly lowered)

"Edward Tufte notes that when he used to read the New York Times in the morning, it scrambled his brain with so many different topics that he couldn’t get any real intellectual work done the rest of the day," Aaron Swartz wrote many years ago.

"Disengage from all social control media (no need to delete anything; just discard it all, abandon the routines) and try something like Gemini for news."In my experience, this is even more true when it comes to social control media, which is a stream of random bursts of consciousness, mostly disconnected and unorganised. Some are meant to provoke.

One week ago at almost the exact same time that I'm typing this article I left Twitter, Diaspora, MINDS, and various other 'social' networks where my 'firehose' of thoughts had pointed [1, 2]. I've since then focused on Gemini posts, spent more time in IRC (our network is growing and there are many new ones), and saw our capsule's activity growing considerably (about 17,500 page requests per day this month). There are many new capsules found all the time (about 5 new ones per day) and they have none of the webspam issue (corporations buying videos and articles).

As I said in the video above, give it a try. Disengage from all social control media (no need to delete anything; just discard it all, abandon the routines) and try something like Gemini for news. If you like it, you can keep it. If it's not for you, then go back to what you did before.

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