|Paris in Las Vegas, 2012-5|
Ian Corzine today did a livestream “How to Prepare for the End of Social Media”.
Mr. Corzine is covering points that I have discussed on my own blogs at various times in detail particularly since the spring of 2018.
Corzine gives two major reasons that social media as we know it may not be sustainable: One is polarization and special interests (especially “The Left”) changing the perception of free speech as something that is gratuitous and damaging to marginalized groups (along with critical race theory especially) . Two is the strengthening of enforcement of copyright. That picked up in the EU with the Copyright Directive and Articles 13 and 17 (including even a “link tax” which could seriously undermine blogging, although I haven’t heard a lot about it lately.
Another big reason is that Section 230 is likely to go away as we know it now. That could make it much riskier for social media like YouTube to continue gratuitous amateur content that don’t make money (even mine), and even for hosting companies to host likewise personal content without legitimate business purposes. Hosting companies might be able to get around these changes with common carrier-like measures, and there hasn’t been a lot of discussion of that yet.
He recommends that people who do have content to sell that people will pay for, to set up paywalls or to use Patreon. Since I have an inherited trust to manage, I personally believe that I cannot ask for donations.
Other ideas are to set up locals or substack accounts. Alison Morrow and Karlyn Borysenko, both libertarian-leading YouTubers (opposing the radical Left) like locals. A problem here is that a user can reasonably subscribe to only so many. Tim Lee left corporate media and is trying to make a living on substack (Fullstackeconomics).
He recommends people set up email subscription lists, which Blogtyrant was emphatic about. I think it is problematic to the extent many people fear spam and malware so you need something specific to sell to people to get them to follow "just you".
I am making big changes this winter and will get into that in detail as the time approaches.