a direct way of measuring the age of a tree is to record its birth and subtract it from the present date. since this is impractical, we tend to measure the age of trees indirectly, for instance by taking a sample and counting the rings that are formed as it grows.an indirect way of measuring freedom
is by looking at the measures used to evaluate and protect it.
lots of people claim to care about your freedom, but then you have organisations like reporters sans frontières crop up to talk about specifics. these organisations do have their own biases and limitations, but they often produce useful data about the worst censorship and oppression we know about.
people creating propaganda (like china, or feneas.org) tend to spell out freedom in positive absolutes-- idiots still claim there is "no censorship" on diaspora. this is laughably false.
people who care about freedom dont say there is "no censorship"-- they rate censorship in relative terms. mastodon is worse than diaspora, facebook is worse than mastodon in certain ways. twitter, mastodon and facebook compete on levels of censorship-- i know people from each one
who are good people who were censored and lied to. it deserves to be called propaganda when its built on lies. "no censorship" is propaganda. its bullshit
. and the people promoting the fediverse that way are liars
, not activists.