Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
But it's also undeniable that our user base has been ageing, dying off, and not being replaced by a younger cohort.

Like many other specialist websites, this site was hallowed out by the social media era. The "next generation" never knew about this site in the first place.

Remains to be seen if some form of these sites will come back in another form; the impetus is there with facebook being abandoned by most and twitter devolving since that guy bought it.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Wed May 17th, 2023 at 02:28:06 PM EST
The profit-driven internet will eat itself, repeatedly.
But we should not expect a return to the "old days" : remember, a certain level of computer literacy was required then, and the amount of content available on the internet was many orders of magnitude smaller : someone could google some obscure subject, and come across Eurotrib.

The libertarian approach won't cut it; what is required is publicly-funded non-commercial social media.

My preference is for the European Union to provide it. (Content moderation policy should be fun.)
Well, who would YOU trust to provide a neutral platform?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed May 17th, 2023 at 03:24:25 PM EST
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I can't see any public body wanting the hassle of content moderation, much less trying to develop content moderation policies short of outright libel, defamation and fake news.

However if sites could be be self-moderating with comments and even diaries disappearing if down voted sufficiently a different view might be taken.

Back in the halcyon days of ET meetups I suggested looking for EU funding for a multi-lingual multi-thematic blogging platform aimed at helping to create an EU polity/demos and policy debate space. It could have had separate "rooms" for different languages and policy areas. Even areas for vlogging, videos, poetry, cinema, music and the visual arts.

I think the EU Commission would have bought the idea so long as they could disclaim all responsibility for content. It would have had to be run by an independent multi-national board. The problem was at our end  - we didn't have sufficient people with the business/marketing/editorial experience and time/energy to make it work. Too much undergraduate fissiparous argumentation, and not enough can do/make it work maturity.

But that possibility is now well past its sell by date, although the need is perhaps still there. Has any other site adequately filled that space? Could link ups with universities have rejuvenated our user base? We shall never know now.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed May 17th, 2023 at 07:42:05 PM EST
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