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rap rap (@rap) on Pinned comment
I'll try to make this my last rant about toptopic shutting down. Maybe I misunderstood the article I read about the idea behind toptopic but I believe it started out with the awesome idea that there wouldn't be advertisers (as has been suggested in these comments), and corporations riding off the backs of regular people.

In these times, people all over the world who have used Twitter and Facebook in the past to have their voices heard, share media that mainstream media does not report on, and to connect with one another, are discovering the massive censorships and shutdowns of dissenting voices by those in power.

Of course, making $ is necessary. It's another reason I chose to join toptopic. But it is the 2nd reason. Not my first. I already post to Twitter, and make no money and am not proud to be posting on a platform that suppresses others at their whim or at the whim of corporate powers.

I wish I were business brilliant and could come up with an awesome plan to maintain this site...

Thanks to each of you who have taken the time to post and to participate in the posts that I have submitted. I really appreciate the respectful attitudes that I have experienced during my short existence here.

I've earned a few coins during my short stay. Thanks! What is the best way to spend them at this point, since the site is shutting down? Should I (we) pass these coins along to said and the staff at toptopic?

Peace and kindness to all.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
On the second reading,
You may not have to close toptopic site.
Keep it open but with some changes made, less staff time is spent on it.
-For example stop paying for articles that will eliminate lots of hours spent supporting those options.
-Post advertisement, etc.
Why keeping toptopic open?
Because toptopic site is the voice of the Iranian.com site, they complete each other.
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MohammadAla Mohammad Ala (@MohammadAla) on Pinned comment
It cost money to run any business.

I was registered, used my real name, and purchased coins. Many people who posted did not do these, especially purchasing coins. $300 to $500 vs. $50 to less than $100 will not run a business.

I like this site and participated and posted when time permitted. It was useful and entertaining. I am also sorry to read that it will be shut down in few days.

It was good to meet some of you. I will write and participate in other forms. Keep in touch and cheers to all of you.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to Mohammad Ala (@MohammadAla) on Pinned comment
I also contributed coins but unfortunately not enough to keep it going. I loved the site and its healthy and civil interactions and will definitely miss all of those that I got to know through their posts and comments.
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rap rap (@rap) replied to Mohammad Ala (@MohammadAla) on Pinned comment
As a brand new member to this site I followed the rules and although I couldn't afford to purchase $300 - $500, when I attempted to do what I could afford which was $50 to less, it wouldn't go through. I tried twice before even posting content. After my first approved post I thought I would attempt to purchase coins again however I needed to make sure that the other 2 purchases that didn't go through promptly were not alive anymore and I had no way to find out. I searched and searched for answers and decided I'd try purchasing once I had $ to cover the previous ones that didn't register in my toptopic or bank acct.
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themedipedia themedipedia (@themedipedia) on Pinned comment
Just want say that Toptopic been a great website to share and read storis worth reading. Thank you. Prayers for you.

Regards,
Haseeb Ahmad
Editor
techooid.com
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Toptopic is shutting down.
What's to be done?
Moving forward towards Iranian.com site, that's the way to go.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
As a result of the Trump Administration racist policies no group of people, beside the ones who are trying to seek asylum in the United States, are hurt more than the Iranian people in general and the Iranian-Americans in particular.
Yes it's been a shock to all, there's a time to be shocked by the unforeseen happenings and then there's also a time to shake off the blows and start acting.
All politics are local.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
His own account should be the first to go.
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Shaft1963 Shaft1963 (@Shaft1963) on Pinned comment
Tell me this... What the heck would Saudi Arabia know about Democracy and or the protection thereof? This is a nightmare not a solution... The Blind Leading the Blind!
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
The civilized Western powers announced their disapprovals of the Palestinians 'dying' and shipped more money, ammunition and political support to Israel.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
No one should be surprised. This has been going on for quite some time.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
There is a possibility that those thousands who go to the border with Israel every Friday, there is a possibility, that they know they may die like the Vietnamese monks burning themselves to wake people up 'look what they are doing to us!'
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Actually, Michelle Wolf was very polite talking about this degenerate gang of racist bullies occupying White House.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Mainstream media is morally bankrupt. In addition to the deliberate misreporting of the protests in Gaza, the major networks/outlets largely ignore reporting on the worst humanitarian crisis in the world; Yemen.

Some 10,000+ civilians are dead, 17 million more are in crisis or emergency water & food situations according to the World Food Program. Also, The World Health Organization estimates that 14.8 million people lack access to basic health care.

The lack of media coverage/interest on the human suffering and daily Saudi bombing by America's ally & leading arms client is nauseating.

From a recent article I bookmarked: "They (media) give themselves the right to judge about good and evil, morality and immorality and even about right and wrong. But despite that their pointer fingers are just a clever staged diversionary tactic, which serves the true interests of the involved governments and the multinational corporations behind them."

Below is Google search data displaying the disparity of global interest for events in Syria vs those in Yemen.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
"They told of reporters covering beats such as science, culture, and foreign affairs being judged not on their work’s merit but on their ability to meet targets of 500,000 or 1 million page views per month." Well, go figure...click-bait. Helps explain why their Iran coverage has suddenly turned noticeably more hawkish.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
There's also an extensive choice from alternative, grassroots based media, such as Democracy Now, The Real News Network, Independent Media Centers,..
Corporate media conglomerates have traditionally dominated the scene.
However with the rise of Social Media we're facing a hitherto unseen phenomena in which fake news is increasingly playing a prominent role, leading some countries to banning and subjecting it to fines & legal action.
Advanced technology also makes for advanced conundrums!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Nicely stated by TechCrunch columnist Taylor Hatmaker:

"If you’re still using Twitter, you probably won’t be surprised by the fact that the company retains its right to impose its own rules selectively — after all, it’s been doing so for years. Calling for Twitter to take an ideological stand in order to prevent a social media-spurred international nuclear conflict is a nice thought, but considering how deeply committed tech companies are to the illusion of neutrality — which happens to dovetail nicely with the spineless art of self-preservation — it’s not a very realistic one."
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
An engaging take on why we ought to treat reading news with lots of caution.
Also a compelling comparison between overabundant food (and the subsequent problems; obesity, diabetes,..) and the ever flowing news stream, we're faced with 24/7.

The author cites these ten reasons:

News kills creativity
News makes us passive
News wastes time
News works like a drug
News inhibits thinking
News increases cognitive errors
News is toxic to your body
News has no explanatory power
News is irrelevant
News misleads

What do you think?

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