Activists must be prodigious, rapid-response curators

Online activists preserve and share (through relentless broadcasting) important information that powerful interests want to keep hidden from the public. To the uninitiated, this sounds like - at best - an exaggeration. But if you've spent a few years as an activist, you've probably seen this for yourself.

Editor pulls story because readers might come to their own unapproved conclusions

In February 2015, The Toronto Star published an investigation into vaccine injuries that may have been caused by Gardasil, titled "HPV vaccine Gardasil has a dark side, Star investigation finds."  Within days, pressured by the Pharma/medical lobby, the editor pulled the story, citing concern that many readers might think that the "investigation had uncovered a direct connection between a large variety of ailments and the vaccine." [1]

When journalism gives in to pressure for self-censorship, it no longer serves the public interest by asking important, difficult, unpopular questions and digging out the truth. Instead, we are left with cheap propaganda masquerading as fact and illusion of informed opinion.  One of our most important jobs as online activists is to serve the public by not allowing truth to be disappeared.

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.

– James Madison, 1822

Autovist prepares us for rapid-response curation

Autovist helps us preserve the truth by building a database of tweets and keeping critical archives in reserve, easily accessed when needed.  Here is how easy it is:

When you find an article that will be just as important to know about 5 years from now as it is right now, plug it into Autovist.

Create tweet

The Archive url field is where we store copies of content that might be disappeared. There are two excellent, free services to use and many other ways to archive documents, screen shots and other images. I'll explain this in more detail in an article about how we archive all kinds of different content. Having stored at least one archive URL with the tweet, you are prepared for rapid-response curation should the story be disappeared. You can effectively bring it back by replacing the original URL with the archive URL.

After creating the tweet, Autovist will soon broadcast it - and then broadcast it randomly for years to come.


Rapid-response curation with Toronto Star's disappearing act

Here are the live stats for this tweet. Test them out for yourself by looking at _________ date and making note of the URL clicks. Click on the tweet URL above, refresh this page and note that the clicked count increased by one.