Thought Maybe is an online archive of documentaries and films which focusses on addressing issues concerning modern society, industrialisation, globalisation and many more acutely relevant topics of our time.
The fantastic thing is that it’s 100% independent, non-profit and completely bypasses using and communicating with corporate “communication networks” such as Google, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Thought Maybe host the films themselves and you are therefore further relinquished from outside micro-manipulation, data farming and other sociopathic tactics of the aforementioned corporations, which are designed with no other purpose in mind than sales and market research.
There is a little bit of a grey area as to whether their service is legal or not, but as they do not take donations or payments and their mission is to spread and inform, then I still think it’s viable to make this post. Many of the documentaries on here are also on Youtube and a good few remain on Youtube after they have been requested to be taken down from Thought Maybe as is outlined in this interview with the team from Thought Maybe.
In any case viewing content away from services like Youtube means you are also free from bigots, keyboard warriors and trolls, view counters affecting your perception of quality and algorithmically chosen “recommended videos” ultimately designed to bounce you around different topics in order to keep you engaged - and of course no advertisements.
If you’d like a personal recommendation to get you started, watch one of my all time favourite documentaries HyperNormalisation by Adam Curtis.
Websites like this are of great help because they offer a reliable place to stay aware of our global environment, its history and its future and gives access to such education to people who cannot afford a Netflix/HBO/Amazon/etc subscription. They help us maintain our validity as members of a global community and they allow us to access the information without selling our souls, patience and identities, just like a library!