If anyone is interested, I am doing a live stream on YouTube Saturday night. 10:30 PM Eastern. You can access it here. Or watch below.
You guys are incredible! I got way more responses to the survey than I thought I would, you guys really came through. Lots of mixed opinions on how long and how often.
We're going to go with once a week to start (3 times a week came in a close second, but we're going with once a week to save money). There is a tie between 30 minutes and 60 minutes for length, so I'll aim for somewhere in between. This is a good thing because it will allow me to use the free version of the podcasting site until I can determine whether or not it is worth boosting it up and paying. The price of the site isn't cheap, so a good test period will work amazingly.
I have a few more kinks to work out, and then it should be good to go. A few links:
You can access the podcast here, and you can subscribe and listen to it here. You'll be able to listen anywhere, obviously.
If you want to suggest news articles or find something interesting online you'd like me to discuss, you can obviously send them through the site or any of our social media, but we're focusing on using the Discord server to collect stuff. You don't need the app to post there.
Please keep in mind, I won't do podcasts tearing apart other podcasts, videos, or blogs. I know it's huge at places like YouTube to tear people's videos apart, but I really don't do that.
You might notice under the "More..." section above that there is a link that says podcast, and if you click on it, there isn't much there. I am setting up to do a Podcast right now, and when podcasts get uploaded, they'll load to a player right there. You will also be able to subscribe to an RSS feed for the podcast and listen to it on either Apple or Android where ever you may be. But I need your help.
I'm not a big podcast listener. Just being honest. So I have a few questions for you folks about how this thing should play out.
The basis of the podcast is going to be my Run Down videos from YouTube. Basically, I want to take that concept and podcast it instead. The stories discussed might not be the biggest stories of the day, but they will be ones that I want to discuss. Sometimes they will, obviously, be the big stories of the day. It won't always be super serious, either.
Just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all have fun today, and I hope there is peace around your table. Enjoy your family and friends!
OK. Here's the deal. Most of the social media platforms out there are systematically erasing accounts. I've had my own issues that have already been covered here.
I hate the idea of having to move to alternative platforms. A lot of people have been calling for conservative social media platforms (they don't need to be made... they exist... just use them). My problem with that is that it just creates another echo chamber where we are preaching to the choir.
Yes, I know. Liberals just come in to conservative pages and spew the same talking points (like the girl on Instagram who has actually accused me of limiting the free speech of anyone I don't agree with, but got choked off and didn't know how to respond when I pointed out that she was still there and has been there for almost a year), throw insults, refuse to debate, etc. They are, of course, met by responses of the same talking points, throwing of insults, and refusal of valid debate. No, the non-leftists are not immune from this, either. I'm sorry. I do, in fact, read every single comment on every single social platform I have this page on. This is a disease that affects all sides (and there are more than two).
What most social platforms are becoming at this point, though, are liberal echo chambers where anything that challenges their thought process, ideas, or opinions is deemed hate speech and must be destroyed. And our response is to create conservative platforms that do the same thing.
While this ensures that we can keep our voices online, it does not ensure a return to debate or civility. It does not allow us to be challenged by opposing views. And we're just dropping our own thoughts and opinions on people who already agree with us and will nod along. It will reach no one who is looking for ideas, is researching, is curious, is on the fence, or who may be up for having their mind changed.
Why are we not fighting to bring back civil debate? It can actually be achieved.
Case in point, Facebook. Not too long ago, I had two liberals come into the page before we hit a major growth spurt. They did what a stereotypical liberal does... they began attacking and insulting. I let it go for two days. I know the tactic... they want me to ban them so they can play victim and wrack up their martyrdoms by adding my page to the list of conservatives who "silenced" them by banning them from the page. How intolerant it is of us to get sick of being called names all day long! Instead of banning them, I posted a note directed to them but readable publicly stating that we didn't mind alternative views on the page, but we did ask that they actually contributed to the conversation instead of just playing big man online. It actually resulted in one of them leaving on his own, and the other guy actually began engaging in debate. He was actually a friendly guy.
That isn't going to happen all the time, although I have come to realize that when you don't ban them, but choose to ignore them instead, they do eventually tuck tail and run because they want victim points, not discussion or challenge. And when I don't ban them, they get no victim points, so they move on to someone who will give them the points instead.
However, the idea of segregating people by opinion doesn't sit well with me. It doesn't accomplish anything, it doesn't change anything, and it doesn't bring anyone to your side. Throwing insults and being a childish piece of human trash doesn't, either. But when we segregate by opinions, you don't get your ideas challenged, you get them echoed. And that isn't good for the USA.
Yes, I do have the page on alternative social media. I'm not dumb, I know my Facebook and Instagram pages are on borrowed time. As much as I want us all integrated and taking part in civil debate, we have gotten so far from that that we may never recover. We've been completely torn apart. And these social media platforms have fallen victim to this as well. They want a certain kind of thought out there reaching the masses, and they are afraid of different ideas reaching those people because it might challenge their belief system and cause them to stop doing what they are told.
So if you have abandoned mainstream corporate social media, or if you click on ours one day and they are gone like so many before us, links are below.