Culture War Field Manual
We can fix all of our problems. We can make our lives fundamentally better. By working together. It's what we've always done. It's called culture. But it requires all of us to be better. It requires all of us to better adhere to principles we've known since the Enlightenment. Liberal Values.
The only assumptions are:
- No One Gets the Final Say
- No One Has Personal Authority
For it all to work well, at the personal level, we must encourage greater:
Integrity: We must fight for even the unpopular truths, but also change our minds as appropriate
Curiosity: We must truly want to know what is factual to the best of our ability, in the world and ourselves
Empathy: We must care enough to understand each other and take collective action to improve our conditions
Here's how: The Strategy.
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life outside of Plato's cave is lonely indeed
My name is William Maggos (email). I'm frustrated by our inability to solve our big problems and depressed by how it feels to live a modern life. And I believe these failures exist because of a general inability by the public to understand and embrace what makes cultural progress possible, at the individual level and as a society. We can get back to improving the lives of the most people by fixing that which prevents us from working together better.
People: Noam Chomsky, David Foster Wallace, Sam Harris, Glenn Greenwald
Podcasts: The Joe Rogan Experience, No Agenda, Team Human
Books: Lost Connections, Kindly Inquisitors, The Righteous Mind
Social media is a way to manage our attention, and what we pay attention to changes who we become. So it's vital that any platform we use be as democratic as possible. Open, free, transparent, without algorithms or advertising. We should be allowed total control to follow or block whoever we want. What we experience should be determined by the people we trust enough to follow.
But once we have that, and the #fediverse is our best option yet, with great power comes great responsibility. We play a part in the collective shaping of the entire culture. We must choose to invite in honest perspectives we disagree with. We must learn to filter out bullshit and unnecessary antagonism. Demand a higher quality of art and analysis from everybody.
My vision is that we can then go on to better integrate our curated feeds into all the media we consume and our application interactions. No longer will we give free range to TV, radio and application programmers we don't yet recognize as having been attention algorithms all along. Once all the sources are competing on equal footing, we take back control.
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This business model essentially functions on the honor system so if you have found value in this show/site, please contribute to make sure Culture War Radio can continue. *For now, complexity mostly requires the use of technology corporations to facilitate the financial transactions:
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But someday, it should be decentralized like the #fediverse.
Where I keep the other stuff for now...