Makes sense! I couldn’t find those discussions anywhere, that’s why I asked. Also, I assumed that since I was confused others might be too. I guess I’m just a bit embarrassed because for months people have been asking me about my thoughts on CHT and I’ve always said “my favorite part is their community hub,” and “they do seem committed to growing a grassroots movement,” and I hate to find out I’ve been wrong about what this group even is. Beyond that, I’ve spent countless hours here (for over a year now?!) and I feel a bit duped when I find out that a network or channel I’m using isn’t what I thought it is. I’m genuinely conflicted: On the one hand, not a big deal. On the other hand, kind of a big deal.
Also, I’m trying to tease this all apart for profoundly selfish reasons, that I might as well just spill, in the spirit of radical transparency. Basically, I’m thinking about spinning up a social platform (powered by Readup) for attention activists. From my perspective, the main issue with social media - what makes it so inhumane - is that people don’t take the time to think before offering their opinion. Readup solves this problem by (1) anchoring all conversations to source materials (anything from NYTimes articles to blog posts) and (2) requiring people to fully read things before they can join conversations about them. In addition to all of this, it facilitates fully distraction-free reading experiences (no ads, no links, no vanity metrics, no endless scrolling through a slot-machine feed) all without ripping off your privacy. It’s a complete revisioning of what social media could be.
For a few days now, I’ve been imagining a new hub “Humans Reading” or “The Attention Activist Reading Club” or something like that. Reading is a proven way to get people up to speed quickly on a topic. In other words, I think I have the machinery ready to expand this movement, I’m just not sure how to move forward.
I’m talking to folks at CHT (including David Jay) and also to folks at Team Human (Douglas Rushkoff’s org) and I’ve bene in touch in the past with others (Cal Newport, Maryanne Wolf). These groups need to join forces!
How do we get the movement to catch fire?!
I’ve been driving across the country in an RV, talking to everyday people about tech addiction, etc. – people are genuinely frustrated/concerned/confused and we need a more fully-fleshed out hub. Not necessarily a “working group” but just a place where people can gather, share, learn and organize.