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No More 'Medium' for me

By Diomedes | Robert O'Reilly | 4 Jan 2022


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Medium sucks. Pay five dollars a month to a billionaire, (Even Williams, worth 3 billion) and be a needle in a haystack, all the while getting paid pennies for long compositions while 98 percent of their audience read you for free on Facebook and Twitter. But Medium controls the money. Yet they publish ten articles a day telling you that you're going to be rich and famous, if you just keep giving them all your intellectual wealth. Then they hold monthly contests to suck out your best efforts. But the judges are invisible. The prizes go only to a favorite list of sycophants and moderators, their real names never revealed, a group of losers and thieves. And their bots and algorithms keep sucking you in with fake claps and followers.

I quit, or rather, was kicked out, (and I'm proud of that) after the pleasure of calling a few of their live moderators "morons", after their algorithms kept finding fault in my picture citations. Those would spit out the whole editorial code, highlight eight irrelevant offences, stop my posts and never name which rule I broke, ranging from pornography to plagiarism. I know those are two "P's" but it covered A to Z. Then some real, low paid slave would review it and let me post again.

The third time it happened I commented on this criminal and dictatorial behavior of theirs. It's called slander, without a point or a chance of rebuttal. Basically it's handing someone a violation ticket with nothing written on it, except that you're fired. So that fired me up to give them tit for tat. It was Kafka's "The Trial" happening to me.

I found out my sin was for incomplete picture citations, so I did some research.

Look up 'Mona Lisa'. Getty wants to sell it to you in varying sizes for lots of money. They happen to make 2 billion a year off images that belong to everyone, except suckers.

I'm glad I did get kicked off, not for the wasted time in some ways, but because it wasn't wasted completely. I've moved my works to my own site and review and improve each one as I do.

I've learned never to trust large sites. They control the world. The president couldn't stop Facebook or Twitter or Google. They are bigger than Telecom companies. The future is all information and a very few people control it, for now.

I predict that system will fall like a house of cards, along with gross wealth inequality. Maybe a pandemic or maybe a simple virus will do it, and I'm planning for the day it does.

This sixties saying still has relevance:

"Turn on, Tune in, Drop out".

I was idly perusing the front page of another stupid Medium article with tips on how to become famous and rich immediately, when I happened upon this advice, this phrase "Don't use fancy words".

I don’t want readers. I want intelligent readers, what they call literates, or literati, to be fancy. The rest can go down their path in total blindness:

 

Early or late

They stoop to fate,

And must give up their murmuring breath,

When they, pale captives, creep to Death.

James Shirley, from 'Death, the Leveller'.

 

I’ll use all the most fanciful, erudite, recondite language I can, because it teaches me to think in such words and they expand my thoughts, convey my points precisely and cushion me from the homogenization and humiliation going on in these times, the devolution of the human race and its ability to think clearly, or reason sanely, through the constant bombardment of ubiquitous, trivial, repetitive media slogans.

Read something that makes you think, something challenging. On the subject of economics start at the beginning, Adam Smith, 'The Wealth of Nations', or 'Theory of the Leisure Class', by Veblen or for contemporary thought 'The Reckoning' by Jacob Soll, or many of the articles on this site. Or read a 'Norton Anthology' or any 'Penguin' classic if you want to go back further, to discover the roots of our present society. I have and my readers might have to resort to a dictionary once in a while, get up and pull a volume from a shelf.

One smart person said it over two hundred years ago (and it sums up totalitarianism and communism perfectly, the world we’re entering), in a single phrase, long before either of those words were invented.

They used the word ‘levelers’ back then for the few people who thought all should have equal wealth and rank and privilege, just like Marx did, when wealth still had one last longshot of equalizing the classes. But he was a dreamer. Kings were replaced by dictators as the Russian revolution proved. And it's only getting worse, far more subtle and complete in its control over us with the mighty aid of technology.

It was a nice dream, I have to admit, a perfect world. But no two people are created equal or have perfectly equal talents. No two perform equally, but all who try should share equally.

So he said:

“I have only one problem with levelers. They always level down”.

What a wonderful world this would be if we could possibly 'level up'.

And a few of us can, by reading intelligently at times. Spend the rest of your free time studying 'HTML' and learn to use your internet to 'level up'.

I'm new to this site, just four days old. But I'm warming you up with my background, my intelligence, because who listens to an uneducated fool?

You'll be hearing some alarming and radical ideas I have in this time of crisis, on the eradication of wealth inequality. The Wall Street protests did nothing. It's time for another 'French Revolution'.

I think this can be done with cryptocurrency and this might be the moment, when society is in disarray because of the virus.

The giants must fall. I ask for anyone with ideas on this topic to join in this conversation and whether you agree or not you actually contribute.

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Diomedes
Diomedes

B.A. in Latin and Greek from U.C. Berkley. Writer, Blogger and retired Electrician.


Robert O'Reilly
Robert O'Reilly

I am educated in the Western Classical Tradition, B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Latin and Greek, English major, one year at U. of Toronto, studied under Alain Renoir and Northrop Frye, read most classics full time for many years after university in French, English, Latin and Greek to the modern day. I am interested in the near future of technology, what changes it imposes upon our heritage and character as humans. Short stories and Essays are my medium.

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