I started following Nancy Pearcy on Facebook, and it has proved to be a great decision. Very lucid analysis on what’s going on all around.
Here are her observations on news coverage of the child sex abuse accusations of the Catholic Church.
‘“Rapid-onset gender dysphoria” among teens and young adults may be a social contagion linked with having friends who identify as LGBT, an identity politics peer culture, and an increase in internet use, finds a study out this month from a Brown University professor.’
Social Contagion - the spread of affect or behaviour from one crowd participant to another; one person serves as the stimulus for the imitative actions of another.
if a sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, is a sufficiently mundane technology indistinguishable from its context?
ex: nobody thinks of language as a technology but here we are with a decentralized system of overlapping transient protocols that we use to hack each other’s brains because we literally cannot imagine a society without communication
“anarcho-#communists”: “We are against the State but also want to use the State to make everyone give us all their stuff” 🤣🤣🤣
253k new Mastodon users today? That doesn’t sound accurate. Anyone know what’s going on? https://bitcoinhackers.org/@mastodonusercount/100642613129013180
So, great work fediverse, you've shown you can be as toxic as the site you're making so much fun of.
As Mastodon is growing, it becomes clear that many of the problems that we face in social media aren't solved by simply replacing monolithic corporate-owned infrastructure with a decentralized one. That - it seems - was the easy part. The hard problems appear to be sociological. How do you protect an individual from an angry mob? How do you find out if the mob's anger is justified or not? We can't hope to answer these questions with technology.
America is one of the few cultures with insults for smart people | The Japan Times
"Europeans make fun of dumb people. Americans elect them to high office."