07.01.20

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Social Control Media Will Not Exist One Day

Posted in Google at 2:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

So everything you put in there will cease to exist and you have no say on the matter

Samsung Star Trek: I have 1,300,020,000 friends and 2,000,000+ followers; You offended my momma, I filed abuse report; Oh, you didn't! Account terminated

Summary: Digital obsolescence and Internet bitrot — that’s what Social Control Media is really good for; as many Google+ ‘users’ (useds) found out, they’re just being ‘farmed’ for their ‘content’, which is neither valuable nor resilient (definitely of no value to Google)

THE one thing I agree with Linus Torvalds on (we agree on many things) is that Social Control Media is basically crap. He said negative things about Social Control Media not too long before Google zapped his Social Control Media account (along with everybody else’s).

It doesn’t matter much if Facebook blocks/mutes/bans you.

The same is true for Twitter.

One day both sites will be offline. They’ll no longer exist. In effect we’ll all be ‘banned’… one day. Anything you ever wrote there (or responded to, or read, or interacted with) will be gone too. For good! I saw that with identi.ca (after the controversial ‘overhaul’ which dumped all the old ‘content’).

“It doesn’t matter much if Facebook blocks/mutes/bans you. The same is true for Twitter. One day both sites will be offline.”When the ‘owners’ of the ‘platforms’ call people (with thoughts and feelings) ‘users’ who produce ‘content’ or ‘generate’ ‘actions’ you know you’re dealing with livestock mentality.

You’re nothing to them!

What about self-hosted Social Control Media? That’s just like having one’s own site.

Without connecting to a whole network of sites (federation) it’s not Social Control Media. It’s just a site. Like Richard Stallman’s personal site with his political notes (personal views, which nobody can block or censor or down-vote).

“When the ‘owners’ of the ‘platforms’ call people (with thoughts and feelings) ‘users’ who produce ‘content’ or ‘generate’ ‘actions’ you know you’re dealing with livestock mentality.”One day Social Control Media will explode in a big way, with or without major advertisers initiating boycotts. We look forward to that day. The impact on Techrights will be zero because we’ve all along rejected/dismissed Social Control Media as a bad concept. People who pushed me to participate in identi.ca over a decade ago actually decreased productivity in Techrights (my Twitter account was set up later only to mirror my identi.ca posts) and now that I'm leaving Twitter behind (it’s 100% a phantom account), more so than other Social Control Media, I find a lot more time to read, write, and research.

Let’s say it again; if you’re not in Social Control Media, do not get started! If you’re on it, find ways to reduce that. It’s more likely that you need it a lot less than you’ve imagined. It’s addictive by design. When all this Social Control Media hype blows over we hope that people will return to RSS feeds, blogs, and maybe even news sites (if anything is left of those).

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