Reality Sandwich 2.0!

2_0Reality Sandwich, a magazine curating content for transformational culture, is expected to launch a fully redesigned site early this week.

Curious about what to expect?

For starters, more community participation: upvotes, downvotes, videos, news streams and more.

Here’s an interview that co-founder and editor-in-chief, Ken Jordan, did with Zoe Helene at Huffington Post:

 

What are some of the major changes on the new site?

We’re continuing to do all the things we currently do on Reality Sandwich — the long articles, the essays, the different features. I like that most people think of Reality Sandwich as a place to go for a full range of long, in-depth articles about transformational culture, so that will stay the same.

We’re adding a way to post a lot of short, newsy little posts from our editors and the community that creates a continual stream about what’s happening in the scene. We’ll still have our writers, but we want to add a special community area where anybody can post and the community can vote up or down when they find something they think is interesting. What rises up gets attention, and our editors will keep an eye on that. If we see something there that will resonate with a broader readership and fits our editorial mission, we can promote things from the community area into the curated areas.

You’re curating.

We’re curating Reality Sandwich and editing some, but for the most part we’re expecting a lot of people who have been following Reality Sandwich to write more quick informational posts and share more news links. Some people will be putting up a lot of stuff, and the community will start to learn who those people are. Some of those folks will get a lot of attention, and we’ll notice them and then we’ll ask them to become regular writers and maybe we’ll bring them onto the team. We’ll have a lot more of a flow that’s coming straight from the scene.

I’m anxious to get my hands on a more community driven social news platform, similar to Reddit, but dedicated to alternative media and spiritual counterculture. But, how about you? What are your thoughts on the relaunch? Please share below.

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  • Daniel Gill

    I want th upvoting and downvoting removed so that if someone has controversial or different to say they don’t get blasted by scene kids upvoting all the typical normal shit . you can’t have interesting news and people upvoting whatever floats their myopic idea of things they already know. news has to be challenging to be informative .

    • http://www.evolutionarylandscapes.net/ Jeremy Johnson

      Hi Daniel. Good to see you here. I too have mixed feelings concerning the upvote/downvote nature of Reddit and other social news site – yet I am inclined to give the R.S. and consciousness community a chance. Perhaps out of naivety. But also out of the desire to keep pushing for more participatory tools and methods to get out there in the world and be used, hopefully, by wiser and humane purposes. OK, maybe it does sound naive.

      If there’s one thing I’d do, it’d be to remove downvoting. IMO, many successful subreddits have done this over at Reddit.com. There are still problems with this method, but I find that it helps quell the group-think and social bullying that can take place. Let’s hope that R.S. readers, like the large demographic already part of TEN (The Evolver Network), use this tool differently than elsewhere on the web.

    • http://www.evolutionarylandscapes.net/ Jeremy Johnson

      Weird, I don’t think my comment was posted. Well, my point was that I *get* your point. If it were up to me, I’d probably remove the downvoting option. But I want to give the R.S. community a chance with this. I’m hoping that TEN (The Evolver Network) and other members will use their voting powers responsibly. We will see. :-)

  • Daniel Gill

    I also dislike that community because they’re onto altered states via drug use which I really vehemently disagree with. The most fascinating cultures I’ve ever studied to do with enlightenment and magical powers don’t use any drugs whatsoever. They’re encouraging people to numb themselves instead of enriching their minds with the authentic shit

  • HCE

    All I care about is if there will be 100% less Pinchbeck.

  • Ted Heistman

    Basically fuck being a writer unless you like writing for free. That’s what the online situation seems like to me. Basically own a website and get other people to write for you and not make much money at That, or write for free for other people.

    I wish there was some other way. I mean what am I missing?

    • http://www.evolutionarylandscapes.net/ Jeremy Johnson

      Isn’t that the case here too, at Disinfo? Writers are in a dilemma today.

      R.S. has been planning to implement some kind of patron system for each author.

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