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EP 2: The One About Media And Stuff


This week on Valley Drag, we try to drag centralized media services and federated media services. But honestly we just end up dragging ourselves.

Show Notes:

Why centralized social media sites can be good:

  • Information Source
  • Concretely, during Ferguson, twitter played a big part in letting people see what was happening.
  • #BLM
  • #ILookLikeAnEngineer
  • Essentially gives folks who may not be apart of a certain demographic a view into another part of the worlds culture.
  • Allows people share experiences, break up traditional media’s hold on publishing.
  • Unbundling of media content.

Reasons as to why they can be bad:

  • Bitter Brown Femmes episode where they have a bit talking about organizing online using facebook and twitter
    • Essentially that it’s horrible but because of how American education and such is, these centralized services are the only way a bunch of folks find out about their own ethnic and cultural history
  • Censorship of “controversial content” like videos by LGBT creators (but hatespeech is continually supported by both twitter and youtube).
    • Essentially whatever raises stock prices is what will be ultimately protected and prioritized.
  • Facebook, twitter, et al turning over information to law enforcement (using facebook to organize BLM, protest, resistance events is not safe).

Content Creation:

  • Getting paid for content creation is hard.
  • No good open source kit in a box easily deployable solutions for it.
  • Ethical ad markets
    • An ethical ad market would allow for people to still make money off of advertising while also respecting users privacy.

Open Source and Decentralized Alternatives:

Social Media:

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