Submitted by wormcore in anticapital

i'm not sure how to word this - i feel as if social media and the like is so submerged with consumerism and capitalism that i don't know how to engage digitally anymore in a way i feel more comfortable with. id like to keep in touch with people and updated but i just detest the current surveillance and data collecting feel that social media has. i'd honestly like to navigate the internet like it's the 90's still, lol. i've found forums help satiate this a bit - does anybody have any input? thanks =]

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terpene wrote

Your use of the internet should be individual to your own interests so try to find certain sites, blogs, creators that you like and use hyperlinks to discover content. You know how on Wikipedia you can just click links and get between topics while learning and discovering all in a very intuitive manner? Thats what surfing the web should be like but corporations have taken control and made the web into a horrible hostile place.

Use RSS. Listen to podcasts. Never scroll through a "feed" again if it's been created by an algorithm. Try out mastodon cause social media has some benefits and

Create your own website or blog about anything and meet friends online and talk to them with Matrix.

Most of all be intentional of your use. Make bookmarks, search for specific content and reshare what cool things you find online, share links with friends.

wiby.me is a nice search engine for finding indie websites without all the horrible JavaScript and bloat that is on so much of the web nowadays.

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wormcore OP wrote

thank you so much!! this is v helpful and exactly wht i was looking for :)

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videl wrote (edited )

Look into RSS-Bridge on GitHub

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I find that even social media without advertisements, like Mastodon or Diaspora (both fully open source) or IRC, leads to doomscrolling. I think the whole concept is somehow addictive, even when the people behind it have no intent to advertise or sell or hook users.

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