Social media once had promise. Technology is supposed to open doors, to level the playing field. Yet, its potential has been nabbed up from our average hands, and funneled through the sticky web of corporations and governments. Once again, you can pick your favorite color. You can pledge your allegiance to Apple or Google. Or you can be left alone in a world of helpless third-parties trying earnestly to help, but being left in the dust.
Let’s start looking for other options. The spectrum is so much broader than Red or Blue, yet we’re crippled if we try and move outside the paradigm of dichotomy. With all this technology here to stay, we are finally seeing its potential again. We are finally seeing a model that we can look forward to with some promise. It’s not on the Left and it’s not on the Right. The future is Decentralized.
Perhaps I’m preaching to the choir in this radical sheet, but you’ve probably heard about Bitcoin by now. You may also be aware of cryptocurrencies and their obsequious operation of something called the “Blockchain.” If you haven’t heard of them, go familiarize yourself with the concepts. Deny it if you choose, look the other way if you please, but know that it is here to stay. Its revolutionary way of restructuring ownership, accessibility and egalitarianism in the tech world and beyond is something we can look to as a way to restructure our own Luddite, capitalist top-down mode of operations. As our value in the digital world continues to grow, we are fighting for personal freedoms on platforms that know and own our most personal private property.
I won’t go into diatribes about how it’s not right, but I do feel that our tech is a most overlooked oppressor, and that we had better start tackling the corporate dictators who rule our personal lives by taking ownership of our digital property. You don’t have to buy bitcoin (though you may want to seriously consider it). But, you ought to know where its roots are and how its invention of the blockchain has created a system that is truly leaderless and verifiable while operating solely on the contributions of its community members. It’s a lot of egalitarian tech-jargon that’s over my head too, but the concepts ring true, and the implementation is real. It’s time to move off of centralized media platforms, out of centralized finance, and away from centralized authority. Blockchain principles offer that opportunity to us in a way we have never seen before.
Tech has quickly become our most primary tool for modern life, and that fact is undeniable enough to let it continue to be held in the hands of private control. Our entire digital ecosystem is effectively monopolized by Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook, and “regulated” by our grand ol’ government of senior citizens. I’m not here to plug anything for you, so go find out for yourself. The appeal of the phrase “Google it” is great, but I’ll tell you to go search DuckDuckGo for terms like “DeFi”, “NFT”, “Web3,” and “Dapps.” There is so much promise for our ability to gain autonomy over our digital lives and ultimately independence from warrantless tracking, the oppression of the Wall Street economy, and the ever prying eyes of global corporations who want to profit and gain from our most personal needs and desires. If we have autonomy over our personal information and our communication and unfettered access to capital and financial gain, we have freed ourselves from some of the greatest tactics of division and disempowerment. Stop harping on banks and railing against Facebook and instead start taking action to capture the power of our personal lives out of their profiteering hands.