Hey Twitter! Unrequited Loyalty Has an Expiration Date

I have been booted off Twitter twice. My latest incarnation has seen me posting over the last year; however, I have had to resort to heavy self-regulation to ensure I don’t get thrown into Twitter Jail again. The last time that happened, the jailer threw away the keys–with no articulate explanation–costing me tens of thousands of followers. My years of toil–grinding out content and engaging with other members–were not enough to spare me the wrath of the Twitter Gods. My trolling and my memes were too dank. 

For Twitter, it is easier to tear a man’s tongue out than to prove him a liar. 

With the introduction of Web3 and decentralized social media outlets (we are looking at you, DeSo), legacy social media will begin to deteriorate under the limits they place on free speech. Those of us living the crypto lifestyle are a sovereign and inquisitive bunch; if we are deprived of our capacity to deeply interrogate the beliefs of others or restricted from having our views aired (and our presumptions intellectually challenged), we will move to where our genius is appreciated. 

Legacy social media, your time is done. Web3 has arrived in a check-mate moment. 

More Debate, Not Less

In a world where ideas should and must often be dangerous, censorship is nothing more than a fearful confession of impotence and treachery. That which is deemed controversial should be aired far and wide so that it may be thoroughly debated and dissected—to be put to the test of truth and summarily discredited if it is lacking in probity. Freedom of expression is more effective in battling truly harmful ideas, in unmasking the truth once and for all, than censorship could ever hope to be. The answer to “dangerous” opinions and speech is more speech, more exposure, more debate, not less.

To censor is to endorse. Ideas receive attention in ratio to their provocation: the more they are suppressed, the more inquiry they receive. Removing certain subjects from public discourse out of deference to those who may be offended merely stimulates the attention and inquisitiveness of the intellectually curious. Even the most average minds understand that the more something is secreted away behind the iron walls of censorship, the greater likelihood of its veracity. (Something tells us that there are a lot of less-than-average minds at Twitter.)

While books, music, film, and art may be destroyed, and decent men and women incarcerated or executed for “wrong-think”, ideas do not go to jail.  The wise know the world is enlightened not through the obvious or the accessible; but through that which is hidden. The truth may be forced to loiter, for a time, in hushed oblivion; however, ultimately, it emerges from its exile and jubilantly steps into the bright light of day. This enlightenment will never originate on Twitter, but it will on Web3 social media platforms.

It’s Not Twitter’s Decision. It’s Ours

If liberty means anything at all, it means that all members of a society have the right to tell people what they do not want to hear without being censored or canceled. We are social animals by nature; our happiness is measured in proportion to the ability to express ourselves. Curtailing freedom of speech (arguably the most fundamental of human rights) results in a society incapable of exercising proper restraint or discretion, where the only way to disseminate or promote controversial ideas is not through debate and discussion but the immediacy of violence.

While Twitter continues to censor and stifle its users who too fiercely challenge the integrity of their blue checked deities, those of us living the crypto lifestyle have started to move our attention and our business to decentralized social media platforms. The Blockster community is full of autonomous and sovereign thinkers, who refuse to surrender control of social discourse or grant Twitter, or any other obsolete legacy social media platform, a monopoly on determining what is sacred or profane.

Under the banner of the crypto lifestyle, a free market of ideas will destroy the monsters of centralized social media. Understand this Twitter: We are ready to move on. Our fealty has run its course. Our loyalty is swiftly approaching its expiration date.

William Laurent is Blockster’s Editor in Chief. Widely published throughout his career, Will is regularly featured in American Banker, Foundry, and Tech for Good to name a few. He’s advised over 30 Fortune 500 companies across North America and Asia on content strategy, data visualization, and digital/cultural transformation. He is an influential educator, writer, artist, crypto dad, and husband. His artwork and NFTs are sought-after collectibles. Connect with William on DeSo and LinkedIn.

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