Why Are You Here? Reading This is True, I mean. I’m going to take a stab at answering that question.
Sure, a lot of readers just like to laugh at the stories, and don’t look any deeper than that. That’s probably not you, though, since you were involved enough to read this. You are probably tired of social media manipulation — both by the companies themselves and the people, companies, political parties, or foreign governments who spend big to push divisive agendas there. Hell, you’re tired of divisive agendas in general! (Hey, who cares about tearing society apart as long as you support their narrow cause long enough to click “Like” or “retweet” or otherwise get counted?!)
You’re tired of “us vs them” because you realize all of us are… “us.”
This is True is about thinking; — not “what to think,” which is where so many sites try to lead you these days, but rather how to think on your own so you can come to conclusions that work for you. That’s why True is non-partisan, and if it’s “anti” anything, it’s anti-obliviocy. I believe that if humans in general would be more thoughtful, we can get past an amazing percentage of the problems in the world.
Frankly, That’s a Very Lonely Place to be. Huge media companies like Google and Facebook (and make no mistake: they are “media companies”!) thrive from conflict. I’m trying to forge a path that’s better for you, and for the world. They get huge advantage by selling your information to others: that’s why when you look at some product, you suddenly see ads for that same product everywhere you go. Except, of course, on True’s site: I refused to be part of that, and removed ads from there, and readers pledged to make up the difference. And since I started my publishing company in 1983, it’s been my policy to never sell your personal information to anyone: that’s not what you signed up for.
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