Season 1
Episode 2
The
problem
with
Freedom

America loves freedom, but nobody can ever agree on what the fuck it means. But the one thing we can agree on — at least the half of us who aren’t getting our “facts” from Uncle Dickey’s Freedom Fighters Facebook group — is that our collective freedom is in real danger.

Keep scrolling to learn how we can (maybe? possibly? hopefully?) save our democracy.

Fight for the facts

Misinformation is a massive threat to our democracy. The only real way to stop it is to force social media companies to make aggressive changes in how they do business. Look alive, Zuckerberg! Congress is now looking at regulating these platforms — and the recent testimony from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen seems to have united both parties toward actually doing something. The question is what exactly we should do to stop it, and how long it might take. (Hint: years and years.)

Attacking the press is a classic move from the Dictator Manual, right up there with aggressive facial hair choices and wearing earth tones. Though the U.S. hasn’t yet reached the level where the government is jailing reporters for critical coverage or murdering them, in 2020, reporters in the U.S. faced a record number of attacks. A less robust media makes it harder to fight creeping authoritarianism and paves the way for fake news to run rampant. This is all very bad news for freedom!

Take action

When it comes to protecting the truth, ideally we’d all throw our phones into the sea (note: AppleCare does not recommend) and only read news created by independent journalists on old-fashioned paper. Short of that, the best thing we can do is to fight for strong regulations on social media platforms and to vigorously defend journalism. Here are a few of the organizations fighting on these fronts to get you started:

Committee to Protect Journalists

Freedom House

Electronic Frontier Foundation