>>226915>You know you can create your own websites and you don't necessarily need to use big corpo bullshit websites like reddit, right? We should be creating alternatives and solutions to the problems now, because otherwise you're just abandoning one of the most valuable communication systems in human history to bourgeois domination.
Why did old forums disappear? Why do new sites never get off the ground? Because the internet has been monopolized to the extent that when people say "the internet" they overwhelmingly mean Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google, Youtube, Reddit and a few other specialized sites like LinkedIn.
Obviously we need to use the internet because it is now the basis of nearly all interpersonal and group communication. But let's please drop the techno-optimism, it's not 1995 anymore. The internet was a commons and it has been enclosed. Now the internet is a bludgeon used effectively against dissent. We can be tracked and monitored everywhere to an extent never before possible, and all internet activity orbits the big social media.
This site leftypol.org is about as fringe as a site gets while still being active, and that's an anomoly that comes out of how absolutely vile and self-censuring leftist internet discourse is, which is a situation not at all related to the form the entire has taken.
And look around this site. It is full of screencaps from twitter, full of links to youtube, full of discussions that center around people whose primary platforms are twitter and youtube and who none of us would have heard of otherwise. I remember bulletin board style forums in the early 2000s, and discussions were not constantly redirected to one massive crowded watering hole. There were a variety of websites and forums for individual topics that you could be sent to or seek out. That was never sustainable as soon as the internet became generalized social infrastructure and was subject to the motion of capital. So the internet was enclosed, and now even on this nominally niche and independent website, at least half of all discussion is oriented around or actively includes reference to what someone is saying on Twitter.
It really is just cope to say otherwise. Use the internet as a tool but don't mistake it for neutral terrain that we can bend to our purposes. Use it to find Post too long. Click here to view the full text.