Welcome to the machine- Where have you been? Its alright, we know where you've been. I doubt Pink Floyd really knew how predictive that statement was, or the impact it would play in our lives. Why did you come here to @MINDS? I know why I came here. Back in 2014 I was a facebook warrior, trying to talk to people (mostly my own friends) about stuff in the news, about science and of course consciousness. I would pick up my land line telephone, and ask my friends and family if they read my post today, and they said"what post?" Yep 6 years ago, and the sales and marketing team at F.B. had allready cornered the attention market, and unless the people I was closes to could stop scrolling pictures of food and selfie's for a few minutes, they would never had known why I communicated at all. The machine was complete back then. @MINDS was just starting, and @maxkeiser and @stacyherbert did a Keiser report on internet freedom, and the trend in attention economics. It was New Years eve 2015 and I read the new terms of service for F.B. (i know right?) and I said thats it. I'm free, I want social media that is too! I posted Im leaving F.B. on F.B. and never went back. I have never missed a single thing about the service. And in making the change, I actually was able to particpate in the evolution of social media. No trackers, No names, and all the people here actually talked (typed) to each other. We would have posts frequently with one or two hundred comments. Real discussions and opinions, not bots trying to steer awareness. It took a long time to get to 100 subs. It took forever to get 100 tokens saved. I met friends here I still cherish today. They have been with me talking about now and the future they see. There are too many to list, and there are many I miss and wish would say hi again. The point is, its a Social Network of people. They can be anonymous to each other. They can speak their @MINDS about true feelings, instead of self censoring so their family and co workers don't clue in about sensitive topics. The rise and fall of the majors turned into the machine. It became with us or against us, and it led to many many migrations of nations of people, and demonitized people. Most came to freedom with anger for their displacement, but over time became rational participants in the root of democracy, true intellectual engagement about things that matter at home. Now Google and Apple just flat out censor us for being, free. They make @MINDS write special code so as not to offend anyone, and have colluded with the F.B. group of media company's to shadow ban our very presence. Only by providing separate versions of the system were we able to kiss the ring again. Well guess what, "THATS WHY I CAME HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE!" I wanted people to talk and learn from each other. I wanted a safe place for people to experience each others beauty, instead of how tough they must present themselves in the real world. This place took on the biggest goals. Monitization, secure and encripted private communication and chat, and never using the model for data harvesting for sale. What has that brought to our little home? every possible attack known to the internet. By being first we became the test bed for attack, because we opened to the world, for the world to see itself. What did it get used for? Manipulation, and the test bed for how to break systems, so the companys were in the market with can launch sophisticated systems to break the public sentiment of the user base. You just cant imagine the immense pressure on the founders to stand up to the propaganda arm of govt and corporate interests. When I think of the attacks @ottman @jack @john @mark have faced over the years, I cant help but be amazed at their resilliance. To still try and make it work, to still try and make "The Machine" do what it was meant to do. Were supposed to have a place to share, a place to hire each other and pay each other. A place to educate each other, and a place to bring our art and let it be our life style. What all the advancements to that have brought are attacks, and constant reconsideration of process, of being made bad for trying to bring the freedom revolution we all came here for. Why? why always try to break something that works? Is it the American Way? Is it what Gordon Geko said in "Greed is Good?" How does that help anyone, to simply try and game something opensource that is made stable from hundreds of hours of coder work. Patches fixes, they have their purpose, but it should not be about sophisticated bot networks harvesting creativity because it can. Welcome my friends, welcome to the machine. You gotta see the effort here, not to gamify our attention economy, but to hold a creative commons for mutual benifit. There have been many good people who had problems, and many great accounts that have faced unintentional account issues, but thats just what happens when A I starts infiltrating a human system. It has no discernment, it simply works at the hands of its coder. You could say were fighting for our ability to keep in touch, to see truth in information, over the disinformation that runs rampant over the internet. Its going to be up to you to see the best of us, or the worst of us. To be involved in maintaining the few bastions of communication we have, or to express the victim in all of it. I'm still gonna try and make you feel good, and to use the art within me to stimulate the art within you. To the people who made this place and support my efforts, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. @MINDS.COM It's what we make it! I Love You
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