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Note From Glenn Greenwald on Some New Developments
SYSTEM UPDATE is now available in podcast form; improving the nightly transcripts into article form; changes to our format to permit more written journalism; and more:
Our migration from Substack to Rumble and Locals has been reasonably successful (we explained both the motive and mechanics for our move here). The majority of our paid subscribers here have signed up for their full-access membership on Locals (to which paid subscribers here are entitled, free of additional cost). Locals is the community-based platform purchased by and then integrated into Rumble. Our audience size for our nightly live show on Rumble, SYSTEM UPDATE, continues to far surpass our expectations, growing rapidly each month. I am genuinely excited about the new audience we can now reach with our journalism.
But given that a significant minority of subscribers have still not transferred their subscription to Locals — something I fully understand: it's inherently annoying to have to move and change platforms — I wanted to provide a few updates to make all of this easier and more efficient for my long-time readers and subscribers to follow:
Starting immediately, every episode of SYSTEM UPDATE will be available on Spotify, Apple and all other podcast platforms the day after the episode airs live on Rumble. Although our program is designed for a visual medium — it uses a fair amount of on-screen graphics, charts and other documents — most of the show consists of my monologues and conversations and interviews with guests, rendering the podcast format a reliable means of consuming it. Many have requested its availability in podcast form and we are happy to accommodate that request. Just follow our podcast on your platform of choice and you will receive notifications of all new shows.
The transcripts for each program continue to be published on our Locals page the day following the program. These are available exclusively for our subscribers — paid members on Substack who have activated their Locals account. But to access them, you just need to activate your Locals membership by navigating to my page — here — entering the same email you use for your Substack subscription, and then click “forgot password.” Locals will send you the password that will enable you to log in, and then all the transcripts to each program will be automatically visible. Those who already activated their Locals membership can begin reading past show transcripts here. For any help with this process, please reach out to email@example.com for a quick reply.
We now have an editor who is working to make the transcripts not only more readable but also to conform more to the style of our written articles. We are removing any unnecessary language that creeps into oral speaking but not carefully written articles, and will, over the next few weeks, ensure that those transcripts resemble written articles more than verbatim transcripts of the program.
When we began our nightly show on Rumble — which airs every Monday through Friday at 7:00 pm Eastern — our idea was to do an interactive after-show on Locals immediately following each program, in which we would take audience questions, respond to feedback, just in sum interact with our audience. While the Rumble show itself is fully and freely available to the public, that after-show on Locals is available only to paid subscribers. What we found is that doing both a one-hour nightly show on Rumble and a nightly after-show on Locals is very time-consuming and left insufficient time for my written journalism, which I still intend to be the anchor of our work.
As a result, going forward: SYSTEM UPDATE will still air nightly on Rumble at 7pm ET, but we will have our interactive after-show on Locals immediately following the show only on Tuesday and Thursday night. That will leave far more time to produce the written journalism I remain excited to publish, on top of the new video program and the transcripts we create from it.
We have a request of our readership. Several months ago, I was locked out of my Instagram account after a password issue. That account is followed by more than 300,000 people, and thus remains a valuable platform for us to use to communicate with people. Every attempt to regain access to it — including using the platform's AI programs that are supposed to authenticate the user's face — has failed. If any of our subscribers works at Meta or Instagram and can help with this problem, we would be very appreciative.
We are very grateful for the understanding and patience our readership has shown as we complete this move. As I said, I know it can be annoying to have to navigate changes of this sort, so these latest new plans are designed to facilitate that transition as smoothly as possible while providing more content to our audience.