After watching the superb TV Series “Start Up”, I became fascinated with the dark web. I had previously dabbled with Tor but didn't really understand much about it.
I am a bit of a privacy freak though and the thought of securing my laptop and online presence against peering eyes certainly appealed. The heat of the Spanish summer had led me to the cool air of indoors. I had time on my hands.
The definition of doomscrolling, according to Urban Dictionary is:
When you keep scrolling through all of your social media feeds, looking for the most recent upsetting news about the latest catastrophe. The amount of time spent doing this is directly proportional to how much worse you're going to feel after you're done.
An interesting and thought provoking post that got me thinking about my own digital lifestyle and how I can improve it's health. Unconsciously, I have already taken steps but there is more to do. Here's some rantings and ramblings .....
There no doubt that my interest in creative writing has surged recently. I used to do a lot of it in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Then my interest in writing slowly waned as the traditional social platforms took precedence and finally took over.
But, there's a problem with this scenario. These social giants then control all your data and even how you can get to view it or even how to access and download your own data. Not fair really is it?
With all the recent scandals regarding privacy and of course the fact that we all know they make billions selling our data, it seems correct to me to move back to our own platforms rather than them.
I don't particularly like the way BigTech has taken over, hence my recent moves towards the decentralised & federated social sites. In my opinion the “big” social sites of Faccebook, Instagram etc have had their day. It's so old school. Our data is our data. Right?
There is room for alternatives that are open and transparent and don't sell our data to the highest bidder. Decentralised and Federated social networks are the future. I've had good experiences with MeWe (better than Facebook) and Mastodon (similar to Twitter).