The Threat of Online Censorship: Maintaining Community in the Digital Age

In today’s digital age, the threat of online censorship poses a real and ever-expanding danger to our freedom of speech and association. Before the Internet, people relied on in-person social networks within their communities to connect and organize around shared principles and purpose. Local organizations, such as moose lodges, union halls, and community clubs, provided a sense of community and belonging.

However, with the rise of the Internet in the early 1990s, the way we connect with others has drastically changed. In-person interactions have been replaced by online social networks, as people navigate the digital world for social networking and organization.

As a child of the ’90s, I still remember the early days of the Internet, using America Online (AOL) and the dial-up modem. Chatrooms were unfiltered and new, providing a tool for fun and connection without the influence of online censorship or addictive algorithms.

While the Internet has brought numerous benefits to society, it has also contributed to a sense of loneliness and disconnection. Instead of engaging in organic conversations, we often find ourselves glued to our smartphones, living in a self-imposed digital prison.

The Loneliness Epidemic: Bitcoiners Seeking Connection

Loneliness is a widespread issue in America, where nearly 50 percent of the population reports experiencing feelings of isolation. This epidemic of loneliness has a mortality impact equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Within this group of lonely individuals are countless bitcoin enthusiasts. As early adopters, Bitcoiners often find themselves isolated from mainstream conversations and unable to relate to pop culture or trivial small talk. Their worldview, shaped by the understanding of the flaws in traditional monetary systems, can be isolating without like-minded friends.

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Seeking connection and a sense of community, many Bitcoiners turn to online platforms like bitcoin Twitter. While these platforms offer interaction and connection, they cannot replace the personal experience of meeting fellow Bitcoiners and engaging in real-life conversations and experiences.

If bitcoin is to succeed in the long run, it needs a real-life sense of community. An online-only community is more susceptible to control and surveillance. Establishing strong local communities of bitcoin enthusiasts is essential to demonstrate the benefits of bitcoin as a superior monetary system.

Building the Social Layer: Resisting Censorship

The social layer of bitcoin is what gives bitcoin its power to change how we interact with the world. While centralized platforms like Twitter have played a role in its growth, it is time to embrace freedom tech to avoid increasing censorship.

Nostr is a freedom tech platform that Bitcoiners are encouraged to use as an alternative to centralized platforms. However, the Orange Pill App provides the best opportunity to build the social layer within your local community, strengthening the bitcoin movement.

By engaging in face-to-face interactions, Bitcoiners can form friendships, create business partnerships, and support each other, even in challenging times. The government cannot censor these personal conversations and connections. The Orange Pill App provides a simple and easy-to-use platform to connect with fellow Bitcoiners and host local events.

Don’t let loneliness keep you isolated. Join the Orange Pill App community and experience the power of real-life connections.

An orange pill a day keeps loneliness away!

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This is a guest post by Robert Hall. Opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or bitcoin Magazine.

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