I like living in cities. I lived in Paris, the EU's largest city for a year and also Birmingham (second largest in the UK) and now London (Europe's largest, but on a technicality).

What all these places have in common are being outside my native country and being intensely alienating places where I've struggled to meet anyone, advance my career, or build meaning in my life.

Large cities are awful and I love them for it.

I will never leave mastodon.social

Cities ranked:

Paris: best bread
Den Haag: Best audiences
Birmingham: Best curry
London: best queer scene
Oakland: best music
Portland: best bookstore

Paris: Most difficult music scene
Den Haag: Most boring
Birmingham: they say its gotten a lot better…
London: :endless_screaming:
Oakland: Fucking awful cops
Portland: Segregated

Uh, I moved around while I was studying at different institutions and then for work at universities.

At least one person was offended by this thread and I want to express regret for that as it was not my intent.

A good apology includes an understanding of the problem and a commitment to avoid repetition, so this post is an invitation to comment as I have some gaps in my process here.

I feel like my comments about Portland were too casual about what I saw as a very serious problem in that city. I haven't actually lived there except for one summer more than 20 years ago. My family moved there after I emigrated. I don't really know what its like there now to be honest.

I was also unaware of the most recent reasons people have been calling for defederation. I don't have the whole story yet. I should have looked into it before joking about it. Ableism is bad. I've seen people physically flinch at ableist language.

I feel like, especially because I'm a teacher, this is an issue I need to be aware of and not perpetuate.

Many students have hidden disabilities or loved ones with disabilities and its very important that everyone feel welcome and valued.

Why instances are considering defederating with m.s 

@celesteh The beginning:


The mod doubles down:




That's why some instances have suspended m.s, others silenced, and more are pondering.

Why instances are considering defederating with m.s 

@porsupah @celesteh I have been on Mastodon.Social since I joined Mastodon* and have not noticed any significant problems. A few, sure; I am also on Twitter and it's difficult to scroll through any trending topic without seeing something awful. I block and report as necessary.

* As mentioned somewhere in this discussion, I joined Mastodon.Social because I didn't know much about instances and this seemed like a good place to start.


Why instances are considering defederating with m.s 

@porsupah @celesteh A while ago I noticed that I interact with several people on another instance, including their moderator, quite often and have been thinking about creating an account there.

Given that Mastodon (in general) was my Plan B in case I am ever completely fed up with Twitter, I'm now considering a second Mastodon account on that other instance. Plan C?

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