TQP 25: Trolling with the Ogre

On this special episode, Jeremy, Ogre and Maddodge talk about Lindsay Shepherd’s scarlet letter from Winfred Laurier University, Google & Twitter censorship and the growing body count of post-Mandalay Bay survivors.

For more on Ogre, visit his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFqrzOry64eXUDvc6yFcsPQ

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The End Of Facebook? [Kevin Strange Joins Minds.com]

As mainstream social media continues its decent into censorship, open spying/data collection and blatant political bias, more and more people are jumping off of platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube/Google in droves.

Social media was always going to be a fad, but for a few years, it was a useful fad. As a creator or marketer, you could get your products and services in front of the eyes of millions for free.

In fact, I built my career partially from the free marketing platform provided by Myspace and Youtube in the early 00s. But as these corporations moved away from grant funding toward profit models, it was those creators and marketers who have suffered the most.

It is well known by now that Facebook, Twitter and Youtube throttle down organic reach, stifling the opportunity for rich, interesting content to go viral naturally. Only with large sums of money can a creator hope to put their content in front of the very people who have chosen to follow them.

Even more recently, these social media platforms have begun rolling out blatant censorship tools under the guise of fighting “fake news.” Fake news of course being any information deemed harmful to the political parties with which the owners of the platforms most closely identify.

Matt Drudge from the Drudge Report, the most influential right wing political website on the internet has called for the public to return to website by website surfing, thereby eliminating the middle-man social media platforms that have become a barrier between users and the information they choose to see.

I took that advice to heart in 2016, shifting 100% of my focus away from social media, parking all of my content here on my website. To say that I’ve seen a DRAMATIC increase in web traffic because of that decision would be a gross understatement.

I learned quickly that directing an audience away from facebook is relatively easy to do. All you need is an easy to navigate website and interesting content that they cannot get from social media alone. It’s really that simple.

But what about those people who are looking for a fix somewhere in the middle between the data mining, left wing social media, and simply bookmarking websites? Those users who still wish to be social online, but without the blatant bias and open spying/data collecting?

I’ve noticed a lot of the liberty movement content creators from youtube moving to a new social media platform called Minds.com. I like Minds because of its focus on privacy and freedom of speech. The website does not take censorship lightly and must be compelled by real evidence of harassment or harm to delete content.

It also has a monetization feature that allows the users themselves to control how viral their content becomes not by being throttled on their followers’ timelines, but by boosting their content to even more users beyond their circles. And simply by interacting on the site, users receive “points” that can be converted into boosted views.

It’s very intuitive and allows for the Minds creators to be a profitable business without having to resort to data mining and content throttling. I have created an account there and will post content that I deem too trivial for this site, but that will give fans the intimate social aspect that they’ve come to enjoy by interacting with their favorite creators on social media.

You can find my Minds account at Minds.om/KevinStrange. I hope to see you there.

Social Media Pageantry and The Death of Weirdo Culture

bizarre-and-weird-people-2When I was a kid, my favorite comic book was The Maxx. Sam Kieth was my hero. Not only was he writing and drawing one of the weirdest mainstream comics I’d ever read, but the mail bag section at the end of each issue made me feel like I wasn’t alone in the world.

This was the early 90s, almost a decade before the internet would take off in earnest and unite strangers the world over. Being the outcast, the weirdo, the nerd, the dork, the loser in your community meant that you were isolated. Alone.

We all coped with this experience differently. For me, it was reading those letters to the editor in the back of The Maxx that made me feel connected to people. My people. Fellow weirdos.

I listened to Art Bell’s Coast to Coast radio and loved the call-in segments. I checked out serial killer books from the library. I read about cannibals. I watched John Waters movies and reveled in the interviews the Dreamlanders did talking about all of the drugs and weird sex they did/had with each other.

I rented movies like Eraserhead. Weird shit like The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow documentary after I saw his appearance on The X-Files and on the Closure video tape of the infamous Nine Inch Nails Downward Spiral tour. Hated, the GG Allin documentary.

I read magazines like Bizarre. Relished the articles about alternative lifestyles. Scarification, branding, suspension, extreme piercing and tattooing. When the internet did go mainstrean, I hung out on sites like Rotten.com and BME.com.

I listened to bands like Skinny Puppy and the Genitorturers, Pigface and Ministry. Weird shit. Shit for weirdos.

What the fuck happened to weirdo culture?

Social Media happened. More importantly, social media pageantry. The first social networking websites were great places to connect with like-minded people. Whether you were a weirdo like me who could rattle off a bunch of random facts about Ed Gein or HH Holmes, or if you were a conservative Christian looking for bible study church groups. Those Yahoo chat rooms, Myspace, Livejournal, IRC and eventually Youtube. These were great places to connect with people all over the world with similar interests.

And then Twitter and Facebook happened. Hashtags happened. Trending topics. Social networks became Social Media. Social Media became corporatized. Monetized. Then it all became political.

When I got into weirdo fiction around 2010 it was already called Bizarro fiction. I fell in love with it instantly. This was people just like me. Sick weirdos expressing their subversive obsessions through fiction. I found titles like Adolph in Wonderland, Abortion Arcade, The Ass Goblins of Auschwitz, Cripple Wolf, The Baby Jesus Buttplug.

This was my scene. This was where I belonged. Offensive literature that didn’t give a fuck who it pissed off. Didn’t pull punches and didn’t cater to mainstream publishing interests.

Only by then, Social Media had already taken hold. By the time I got my foot in the door in the weird fiction scene in 2012, everything had changed and the pageantry of social media was already in full force.

They weren’t called Social Justice Warriors yet, but they were already ripping through the internet subcultures enforcing rules and ruining the lives of anyone who didn’t meet their particular social agenda. Suddenly the same people with bright pink dreadlocks, dirty band shirts and facial piercings whom I’d grown up with and grown to love were spouting off the most intolerant, anti-free speech shit I’d ever heard.

From 2012 to now I’ve watched every deviant behavior performed by my heroes like Howard Stern, Marilyn Manson, even GG Allin and Divine be condemned by the extreme left. I watched in horror as lynch mobs of angry social media users found the home addresses of people’s mothers and brothers. Found out where people worked who dared to express social or political values different from their own and get them fired.

Social media became a weaponized tool for so-called liberals. So-called feminists. The SJW culture is neither of those things but unfortunately many well-meaning people who grew up just like me, who were into the very same things I was into, who consider themselves social outcasts just like I do have labeled themselves liberals and feminists and whatever else the trendy hashtag of the moment is because Social Media Pageantry, because virtue signalling is a REQUIREMENT in today’s online culture.

We don’t have to fear right wing Christians anymore. They’re as scared as us. Corporate social media is run by their enemies and those enemies look for any reason they can to delete social media accounts, humiliate families and get those who don’t fall in line with their narrow view of their world fired from their jobs for expressing opinions that go against current trendy politics.

Gone are movies like Retardead. Gone are books like Ass Goblins. You don’t see that kind of boundary pushing subversive art anymore because people are SCARED. They’re scared of the social media weapon and the militarized mob of puritanical SJWs who police your social media and mine.

Those are the people who are going to share this link with you. Who screen-shot private messages and publicly humiliate their peers for the very same activities they held in reverence just a few short decades ago. The same activities that these people perform in the privacy of their bedrooms. They’re hypocrites cut from the very same virtuous cloth as child molesting priests and politicians who push anti-gay legislation and then get caught in glory holes. Bad people. The worst people. Modern inquisitors. Salem witch hunters.

Gone are personalities like GG Allin. You won’t see anyone like him. You won’t see a modern Divine. You won’t see brazenly offensive movies or literature because we live in a socially censored culture terrified of exposing the darker sides of ourselves for fear of being pulled from our virtual homes by the cyber mobs who get off on exposing our families and our workplaces to the very same behaviors that we expected from our idols before Social Media pageantry ruined everything.

Weirdo culture is dead. We live now in hiding. Waiting for the day that we can be free to be truly weird once again.