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Feb 27Liked by Insanely Free

It is heart-warming to read the comments below. I have forwarded the article to practically everyone I could possibly think of, especially ready preys to technology or people with youngsters who could be in that category. It is possible that most of the people I know cannot hear the urgency of it. I can only pray that more people will wake up to realize the system we are in and choose to take a committed step toward transforming it. 🤩🍀🌈

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I feel the same.

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Thank you so much!

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Feb 27·edited Feb 27Liked by Insanely Free

Thank you for writing about the dangers of this immersive technology. Every point you made about where humanity will be heading as a result of embracing it is correct. Those of us who see through the technocratic agenda(s) know that what you describe is what is coming for us, unless we manage to break free.

Your advice re unsubscribing from everything is 👌🏾!

I barely have any paid subscriptions to large tech companies (not counting some good writers on Substack); have gradually been weaning myself off them the last 5-6 years. Amazon Prime, Netflix (have sometimes been given access to a kind friend’s account though), Spotify. Not had a TV in decades, so I’ve never paid cable charges (bonus: I was not brainwashed in 2020).

However, recently I’ve found myself considering whether I should get a YouTube subscription as I crave listening to my favourite albums in their entirety and I can also get podcasts. I particularly cannot abide the constant interruptions to the music flow by the obnoxiously chirpy ads. I’m a musician and I’ve been telling myself this last month that I could perhaps allow myself to have this luxury, just the one. However not only do I detest the thought of making YouTube — one of many big tech companies that have zero qualms about abusing the 1st Amendment — richer by $18.99 a month but I also own most of these albums on CD and could, in theory, listen to the digital versions. Except I can’t easily do that as I cannot save the tracks on to my smartphone.

Even though it’s going to take a while to figure out (hopefully they still make MP3 players?) and will require me to buy the albums I don’t possess (which is fine as I want to support the artists, something we all used to in the old days, about 10 years ago), I’m going to strive to do it the less convenient way.

I currently pay for an annual Adobe Premiere subscription as I’m a filmmaker too. Actually, I pay for the whole Creative Suite since I use Photoshop and many of the other apps frequently. I think it used to cost about $300 to buy Premiere, but after Adobe switched to the subscription model, I’ve probably given them thousands of dollars over the last decade). As of this year, I'm learning DaVinci Resolve, which, if you buy the Studio (aka pro) version, you only pay once (again, as was the case in the old days when you could pay for something and it was yours, for life; you even got a certificate of ownership), so that I can eventually leave that company behind too.

It’s never going to feel convenient, but one by one, slowly, over time, each of us should strive to let go of all these corporate subscriptions and realize how much better life is not being a slave to these companies and their rental products.

We will own whatever the hell we like, not give them our money and, for sure, ultimately, we will be happier.

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Thanks, and well said. Indeed, portable MP3 players are a decent alternative. Check out my "living without a smartphone" piece for some suggestions.

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Will do, thanks!

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Feb 27Liked by Insanely Free

I too am on the journey of "unplugging from the matrix". I have a handful of subscriptions and accounts to close and then I'm free of it. I needed a solution to listening to podcasts on a smart phone. Even though it has Graphene OS installed, I want to leave my phone at home most of the time. As a solution, I recently purchased a secondhand ipod classic which I'm in the process of modding. No payment or connection to the (poison)apple corp!

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You don't need to subscribe to youtube - use https://invidious.io/ as alternative

You don't need Spotify - use alternatives: https://fountain.fm/ or https://podverse.fm/ or https://www.wavlake.com/

And finally use Bitcoin...

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Great info, thanks!

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Feb 27Liked by Insanely Free

Musify is another option. FOSS app for android that works like spotify but free (but a reduced catalogue)

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Thanks! Will check those out 🙏🏾

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Thanks for these super tips! I needed them 🙏🏾

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Feb 27Liked by Insanely Free

May I recommend the Ublock origin browset extension? You can use YouTube and have zero interruptions. It makes a world of difference.

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Thanks! I will try that. 🙏🏾

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Feb 28Liked by Insanely Free

watching that apple vision pro "demo"? made me feel disgusted. I used to be trapped in the apple new thing trap for years. Feels so good to see this shit for what it really is now. Sats sent as usual Value4Value

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Thanks!

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PS your article inspired me to write my own last night (and I linked to yours): https://open.substack.com/pub/sanefrancisco/p/vision-pro-is-definitely-not-pro

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Just checked it out, great read!

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