I’m highlighting so many insightful passages having to do with #rationality, #logic, rules of discourse, merit vs chance, etc. And it is the more timely for me as I’m right now pondering the value of debating ideas with strangers, and of #SocialMedia more broadly.
I shall share many quotes and thoughts on a blog post when I’m done, as I’ve done with the previous two books.
“When you demonize those who #disagree with you, you invite treatment in kind. When you refuse to engage in political #argument and resort to performative #moralizing, you make it clear to any neutral observer that, for you, there’s only one side, one #opinion, one conformist crowd.”
“I wasn’t anticipating […] the mental and emotional effort of opposing the hegemonic zeitgeist. This is something that has taken a toll on my happiness and mental health. It would be easy to bow to the majority and return to the fold, to avoid #arguments and #fights, but I think I would feel bad about myself for intellectual dishonesty. […] One thing is the ideas you have and another is that you do not want or can dedicate greater efforts to supporting them in opposition to almost the entire society. I will focus on educating my children in the values that I want to see in the world. […] I will dedicate #SocialNetworks only to the topics that interest me […] and I will reduce ideological topics.”
I’m thinking of giving up #microblogging, at least for a while.
(Yes, they are both horrible opaque tools with no respect for user #privacy, usability or web standards that we wish we could ignore altogether but we can’t because they are so popular. I mean apart from that.)
Answer: in both cases, one can hide a good part of their profile and their activity by tweaking the settings appropriately and by not giving in to threats of missing features in a passive-aggressive tone.
Bring back self-hosted blogs, reinstall a feed reader, make your feed icon prominent on your blog. Blogs + Atom/RSS is the best decentralized social media system we've ever had!
And yes I am saying that as co-author of ActivityPub: self hosted blogs is the best decentralized social networking we've had
I don’t think developers truly appreciate the fragility of software until their first run-in with an obscure file format for which the only converter in existence was written by one guy in college in 2003 and released as source only with no comments and requires applying a patch to a library to compile, but it’s not for a release version, oh no, it’s for a very specific SVN revision from a long dead server
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