The internet wasn't a fad. Bubbles had burst and Bitcoin was a thing, but the net had staying power. Many would celebrate its continued growth. Many would feel it heralded the decline of civilized society. There was indeed a Venn Diagram and the overlap probably wouldn't surprise you.
When 2016 arrived, nobody seemed any more confident there could be a consensus of which group was closer to the truth. For every fundraiser helping a family in need, there was a family having SWAT called to their house under false pretenses. For every teenager finding a support network to cope with a bad environment, there was a teenager harassed for being different from their peers. For every positive message received from a stranger, there was an obscene photo meant to intimidate someone into silence.
Madness; that's all that has been sufficient to describe this era of the internet.
Who We Are:
Amala Network is currently a one-person operation run by Colby Klaus. His writing can be found on his website and Apple News. Input Delay, the podcast about in-depth reviews on video games, can be found on SoundCloud.
What We Write:
Long-form essays and coverage are our forte. We write examinations of video games that go deeper than simple mechanics to give stories and themes their proper shake. Politics are discussed with the truth in mind that not every story has two sides--especially when lives are at stake. Analysis and explanation of events in the world of social media are undertaken with the mission to confront the imbalances of power which often result in minority voices being silenced.
Why We Care:
Amala Network aims to share the stories of the invisible, the downtrodden, the oft-forgotten; these are not the voiceless, but rather the voices drowned out by negativity and fear. We strive to re-focus conversation on topics to the people at the core of the choices we make as a result of these discussions. Punditry and outrage always include a human cost that many of us have been expended to satisfy. We can make sure the voices affected are always at the forefront of conversation, reducing unnecessary suffering from our words to our actions.
Colby Klaus can currently be reached through Twitter, on Facebook, or via email.