What is 4SOCIAL.INFO?
First, let’s talk a little bit about the history of social media itself.
Social media is really simply the application of new high-tech media to our lives, seen through the prism of our social nature as people.
The word “social” defines interpersonal interactions. In fact, that’s one reason that when you hear people talk about “social policy” you understand it as people-centered work, and when you hear people talk about “social media,” you see that they are often just talking about amplifying human nature on a digital scale. At least, that’s the initial idea – but social media can go to some strange places as a technology that may not yet be fully thought out.
Social media has also shown us why getting humans and machines together involves some significant risks and challenges, and why there needs to be oversight of corporate intrusions into our personal lives. Even such gurus of business as Bill Gates and Elon Musk warn consumers and governments about the need for “ethical IT” and that’s especially important in social media – because, once again, we’re talking about people!
Essentially, social media started out as a blank slate. No one knew what it was going to look like. Remember the early days of bulletin boards in the 1990s? People were independently reaching each other over a newborn Internet, and talking in digital chat rooms that were mostly maintained by local systems administrators on a shoestring budget.
What happened, though, is that one person’s idea came to represent a complete social media monolith, and years later, Facebook is all anybody ever talks about when they talk about social media, although Twitter comes in a close second.
This kind of monopoly is really unhealthy when it comes to any kind of consumer product or service, but it’s especially unhealthy when it comes to getting to the core of what we do as people with each other. There should really be 1000 social media platforms, not just one big one and a few others.
The idea of social media is pretty broad or pretty simple – you have messaging platforms, and ways to connect. You have an interface that’s built in a deliberate way – so that, for lack of a better phrase, people can “be social” on it.
So why haven’t people challenged the dominant paradigm in which everybody and their uncle gets on one universal social media platform that’s controlled by a handful of business folks?
We are! GTKYF TECH Group aims to decentralized social media and provide alternatives in an industry that’s so profoundly lacking in diversity. Join us!
We are Part of a family:
We are people who live our lives with a passion and intensity to create strong families, communities, and society. Addressing issues related to Farms, Food, Families, and Freedom. GTKYF TECH Group is a program of GTKYF Foundation Inc.
With our limited paid staff, and a small army of volunteers we aim to:
- Use the resources that are availible to equip others in line with our parent organizations mission as it relates to strong communities, farms, food, families, and freedom.
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Who is our Parent Organization?
Get To Know Your Farmer, (now known as GTKYF Foundation Inc) has grown to an immense group of dedicated volunteers and a very limited number of paid staff. All actively involved in the ever growing list of programs and endeavors related to farms, food, families, and freedom. In alignment with our original vision and desire to build up and support LOCAL strong communities. We have grown to now be involved in many aspects that while they may not be directly related to our farms, they are related to us following our strong moral compass, and following what we believe are our deeply held beliefs. Even as our founder, “Ethan The Farmer” followed his, going it alone in the early days.
Today, as we continue to pursue what we believe is the right and just way for a society that respects others, our natural environment, and follows their beliefs. The programs we are currently active in fall into these groups. Keep in mind that many of the actions, and endeavors cross between the groups.