@sonya @FinalOverdrive Profits from ad-driven revenue models don't count, because ads don't actually work. The advertising industry is, essentially, an extremely long-lived bubble suspended by lack of transparency. Eventually advertising will collapse because sufficiently detailed oversight will exist -- taking down anything with an ad-based revenue model with it.
@rechelon I loved your review of Against the Fascist Creep. Exactly the kind of careful reading it needed. I love how you don't miss the point. Everyone should read that book, short comings aside.
I'm genuinely surprised at how different the mindfeel of a 500 character limit microblog is. It requires an attention span and encourages a longwindedness that twitter definitely didn't.
But mostly I'm dismayed by the fact that mechanical constraints don't give rise to a natural verse structure — a chunky intellectualizing prose-poetry emerged naturally from and became immediately intelligible on Twitter. Mastodon may become florid and vain in contrast.
Not that that couldn't itself be cool.
The fact is, once investors realize it's impossible to make money on the internet, Silicon Valley and Redmond are going to become ghost towns. The election of Donald Trump, with his rhetoric of boosting national manufacturing, will also spell doom for Redmond and Silicon Valley. Neo-industrial capitalism, the bunker state, the mainstreaming of fascism...yeah, I'm going to be pretty fucking political and leftist. Places like this will become important. But later, I'll discuss more.
For one thing, given the previous pattern with Silicon Valley's nonsense (dotcom boom), Twitter and other social networks will likely go under in a matter of time. Why? Because it's impossible to actually make money on social networks no matter how much personal information they sell. However, like with the previous dotcom crash, the real thing crawled out of the wreckage. Blogs, Wikipedia, podcasts, early youtube.
It also took almost a year or two until said bird site went beyond the phase when the fail whale was a daily thing so, really, I think Mastodon is doing fine for something ran by a bunch of volunteers right now.
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!