Social Media Giants Choking Independent News Site Traffic to a Trickle

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 Whitney Webb is a staff writer for MintPress News and a contributor to Ben Swann’s Truth in Media. Her work has appeared on Global Research, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She has also made radio and TV appearances on RT and Sputnik. She currently lives with her family in southern Chile.

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One thought on “Social Media Giants Choking Independent News Site Traffic to a Trickle

  1. The dependence on social media has always been a bargain with the devil. Before it was trivialization and superficiality which posed a threat — traffic does not always equate to informed and dedicated readership — but now all pretense is being discarded and the monopoly on media traffic will just cut the feed, at least the flow to the masses of everyday distracted and ADHD citizens.

    This doesn’t spell disaster but commends what it has always commended: more focused and effective messaging, more ingenious and valuable content. If we build it, they will come, at least the ones who we want to arrive at our doorstep. Until they totally cut us off from the internet, it still can be powerful and decisive. TGP is down to 20,000 a day? If those 20,000 are truly paying attention and are engaged, galvanized, and actively spreading the good word, who needs 40,000 more who are just scanning and speed-reading, getting their left-wing fix for the day, but not motivated to actually do something? I’d much prefer killer tomatoes to couch potatoes.

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