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Roundtable Interview: JP Sears on Big Tech, Social Media, and the Joys of Discomfort

JP Sears explains the principles behind the anti-censorship social media network Zion.

As controversy roils about social media companies' relationship to free speech and censorship, Youtuber and comedian JP Sears and developer Justin Rezvani founded a Bitcoin-based social network that aims to address issues with other platforms. They joined Roundtable at Bitcoin Miami to discuss Zion, the censorship-resistant social network built on the Bitcoin lightning network. 

In this segment, JP Sears explains the ideas of freedom underlying the Zion project.

Sears notes that our continued reliance on centralized media platforms has normalized self-censorship over time.

"We've surrendered our freedom an inch at a time," he said. "We don't really notice it, but we wake up after 15, 20 years, and I'm censoring myself in order to stay on YouTube. That's me doing it to me."

Because social media runs on its users' content, he notes, there's still the possibility of change. "We're putting all our eggs into the big tech basket," he says. "We've created the problem, which means we can stop creating the problem and energize a new paradigm."

That new paradigm includes a renewed openness to external challenges.

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"A real sovereign individual isn't one that runs like a coward from their own feelings or own sensations," Sears says. "A real life warrior someone who's free to minded is willing to feel sensations of discomfort. I don't think you can have a good life if you're always seeking comfort. So I think we need to surrender the allergy to discomfort."

Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

JP Sears, Youtube and comedian

Justin Rezvani, Founder, Zion