blainehansen

The internet town square doesn't have to suck

The solution to broken social media is obvious: democratic cooperative ownership.

published: October 29, 2022 - last updated: October 28, 2022

This is short post, because I've already made most of my arguments in other places. But in light of recent... events (cough) I thought this idea had become particularly salient.

I'm going to be lazy and just make my point in the form of bullet points, feel free to ask clarifying questions.

Despite this solution being obvious, it's still quite difficult. In the above linked chapter about cooperatives I detail how the biggest roadblock to their success is lack of access to startup capital, and how we need to improve our governmental systems for supporting public goods so things like cooperatives can thrive more generally.

Nevertheless, cooperatives get started all the time! The startup capital problem is definitely solvable and could be addressed for a cooperative social media network, but I personally am not very good at building crowdfunding campaigns or applying for grants. But I'm happy to get on board if someone capable wants to lead the way.

We could totally build a functional internet town square! The market isn't going to fix this one, at least not in an acceptable way. We shouldn't wait around for profit-seekers, their solutions will never be truly aligned with our needs.