How to Escape the Progressive Filter

Jon Del Arroz recently wrote for the Federalist:

The Big Tech giants of Silicon Valley have overreached in pushing far-left positions, sending a message to conservatives: you’re not welcome. It became patently obvious yet again last week when executives from Google parent company Alphabet essentially said conservative viewpoints are illegitimate.

This is, in fact, one of the primary motivations for the creation of The Yawfle. But the oppression of the liberal media is only part of the problem. Take for example, this Google search:

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It could be that Google is burying thousands of wonderful conservative leaning tech news sites on page 20 of the results. This isn’t a crazy thing to think, given that that Reddit link is to a two-years-stale thread with a dozen responses and Mother Jones comes up on page two.

But the fact is, there just aren’t that many technology news sources that are conservative, or even that make a consistent point of bucking the consensus. And of the ones that do exist, they are most often single-topic blogs. This isn’t a bad thing, necessarily. Anthony Watt’s climate blog Watt’s Up With That? is a significant player in the climate science wars and a deep source of information on climate and related issues.

John’s article gives us a good list of alternative sources for browsing, searching and news. Let’s take a look at them and see if we can add a bit more. All the links are collected in the linkbox to the right or if you’re on mobile, below the article.

Browsers

Jon recommends Brendan Eich’s Brave browser.

Founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, Brave is the first browser created with the user in mind instead of what data can be mined from its customers. Like most modern browsers, it blocks ads, but it also stops trackers from getting data from what you browse. It’s made to streamline websites so they load faster, and even keeps a running tally of all of the ads and trackers that it’s removed.

Which is all to the good, and I’ve been experimenting with Brave for a bit now.

Another browser that takes a slightly different approach is Epic. Built on Chromium’s source, it is similar in feel to Google’s Chrome browser. But, and importantly, all the Google tracking has been removed. Private browsing is the default with Epic, and it includes an encrypted proxy. My son uses Epic almost exclusively.

Search

Duck Duck Go is the obvious choice for search. They don’t track, don’t collect your information - and therefore, have nothing to share with anyone else. You can make Duck Duck Go your default search engine in any browser, and on mobile. Go to their about page in your browser, and you’ll be shown how.

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Duck Duck Go is excellent for general search. However, I find that I end up going back to Google for two kinds of search: images, and for deeper technical subjects.

Another useful service is the Webster’s Writer’s Dictionary. It’s the original Webster’s dictionary, and one of its best features is that you can just start typing - and you’ll see all the words that start with what you’ve typed. Almost like opening the physical dictionary and browsing words. There’s an iOS app as well that earned a place on my home screen.

Something you might find interesting as well is Counter Search. It’s a curated search engine created by Devin Helton. It works like a regular search engine, but instead of pulling from the whole internet, it pulls your results from a curated list of sources. For example, a search on minimum wage serves this up:

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It’s certainly a fun toy to play with - and occasionally very, very useful.

Social Media

I can only second Jon’s advice here. Aside from the generic advice to avoid facebook, twitter, and reddit, the only real social media forum that isn’t wholly owned by the Cathedral is Gab. (And The Yawfle Forums, of course.)

I’ve managed to avoid two of the three, but I can tell from personal experience that Gab is vastly superior to twitter in every way but one. Twitter supports autoposting, which is a feature I devoutly wish that Gab would provide.

Reference

The only non-converged reference source that is broad enough to be truly useful is Vox Day’s Infogalactic. Jon’s summary is on point:

Infogalactic launched as an alternative to Wikipedia during the height of the toxic political climate of 2016. Wikipedia moderators at the time began deleting information that could paint conservatives positively, and replaced those articles with information from editorials with notorious left-wing biases. Vox Day, founder of Infogalactic, said these problems stemmed back to Wikipedia’s beginning.

When asked what he thought triggered the company’s censorship, Vox said, “anything ideologically or politically controversial. The 538 thought police, or ‘active admins’ as they are called, are hard core SJWs deeply committed to policing the Wikipedia content. For example, three of them squat on the page about me and will respond within minutes to remove anything they deem excessively positive.”

When Infogalactic’s perspective filters come on line in the near future, I think that will be a game changer. In the meantime, it’s The Yawfle’s policy to link exclusively to Infogalactic except in the very rare instances when Wikipedia has an article that Infogalactic does not.

Tech News

There are a few general news sites that have a conservative slant. Drudge, Townhall, and others. For broad coverage technology news, there are really only two: this very site, and Infogalactic’s Tech News Page. (They also have a general news page.)

So there you have it. Read Jon’s whole article - there’s some good stuff there and he goes into more detail on why he recommends the things he does. Check out all the sources mentioned here in the linkbox.

The Yawfle stares and stares and stares... at tech news, without the SJW shenanigans