this crumbling network, blah blah 

I don't know enough about the history of the mastodon dev process to comment on the bulk of that article's content, but calling mastodon "apolitical" is both careless as an observation of what happens on here *and* a deep misunderstanding of what it means to be "political"

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this crumbling network, blah blah 

@aparrish it's the idea that unless discussion is like turning two tvs running cnn and fox on at full volume (strictly uspol) you're apolitical

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i stopped reading the article half-way bc. I think it's bull.

this crumbling network, blah blah 

@aparrish It's pretty clear the author of that article didn't actually spend much time on Masto. There were good points to be made but she spent most of her time in the bushes screaming at rocks

this crumbling network, blah blah 

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Wait WTF? Who said Mastodon is crumbling?

this crumbling network, blah blah 

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Oh great, kiwi farms have now linked to it :blobangery:

uspol, food, ableism mentions re: this crumbling network, blah blah 

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Honestly, it's the example that makes it so embarrassing. It is hard to pick a more completely worthless criticism of Trump and his policies than his buying a table full of fast food burgers and misspelling hamburger - there, are, like, literally only two reasons to care:

- people hate Trump and want to mock him for having the "wrong" food preferences (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder? supertasting? what are those?)
- people hate Trump and want to mock him for being "stupid" (motor control issues? learning disorders? dropping out of school due to persistent bullying? anyone?)

The fact that /that/ is what the article picked as proof that Mastodon doesn't care about politics is just ... 😑.

this crumbling network, blah blah 

@aparrish Yes. The particular use of the word "political" in that article is concerning. It is also very difficult to define the culture of something that is, by definition, fragmented and dispersed in thousands of sub-groups, that can't even be circumscribed to the instances where they found home. I think that most articles that will try to define Mastodon will hit that barrier.

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