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Getting Accurate News on the Internet is Hard; From the Web It's Even Harder

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Summary: We need to detoxify the Internet in order for it to be useful again; at the moment the Web seems like almost a lost cause (for reasons we've noted many times before) and Gemini already provides a bit of a safe haven, an escape from what the Web has become

THE corporate World Wide Web is no longer a reliable source of information. This has been the case for a while now, as there's a strong correlation to the collapse of newsrooms and news operations in general (due to lack of funding, which was a coordinated plot by financial entities). The vacuum leaves room not necessarily to monopolies; it leaves lawyers to lie unchallenged and all sorts of cranks to spread harmful disinformation, even in sites like YouTube.

"Thankfully, some alternatives do gradually emerge."As someone who has posted news on a daily basis, especially on technical matters, I can really tell the difference. As noted this past weekend, a decade ago we still had some proper investigative journalism, including on difficult topics such as patents. Nowadays I see a lot of misinformation from mainstream media, especially the BBC with its misinformation about Ukraine and everything when it comes to public health (it's motivated by the government's agenda; reporting/data is made to match the policy instead of policy being based on evidence/facts/data) and there's almost nobody in "the media" writing about important technical news, such as important releases of GNU/Linux distros. A few blogs may mention it for a day or two and that's about it...

"Gemini Protocol is intentionally different. It's not designed for clickbait (there's no "sidebar" in Gemini because it's strictly linear/serial, hence no "trending" and other distractions)."Where does this end? At the moment the general population is severely misinformed, distracted, or both. For instance, there's abject gaslighting and absence of coverage about the seizure of Afghan money at a time of famine (media watchdog FAIR has done a media survey, showing in its assessment that lack of coverage was deliberate and politically-motivated) and social control media gets optimised for warhawks through clickbait. Cui bono?

Thankfully, some alternatives do gradually emerge. There's more and more to be found in Geminispace, including detailed weather forecasts, manpages, social control media and so on. Gemini Protocol is intentionally different. It's not designed for clickbait (there's no "sidebar" in Gemini because it's strictly linear/serial, hence no "trending" and other distractions).

"With at least a million pages in Geminispace (and growing fast) there's no lack of material, only a lack of time to explore it all."The ambiance in Geminispace is very different from the Web's. There are archives of mailing lists, online profiles, collection of files (much like Gopher but over Gemini instead), a big number of "just a blog" capsules, family stuff, a hub for a whole bunch of things, including Mastodon account, code, and personal updates. There's even a full Gemini Wikipedia mirror (conversions) and a growing number of people who use it to manage/share photography. For a lot of people it's a place to share news they like (or find interesting, worthy of archiving). "I am also mirroring things I like or care about," this one capsule says. With at least a million pages in Geminispace (and growing fast) there's no lack of material, only a lack of time to explore it all.

In the video above I suggest some ways to collect information through gemini:// and I focus on two graphical Gemini clients.

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