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Clinton Freeman @freemancw@mastodon.social

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A nationwide federation of Masto instances at major universities would significantly improve civil public discourse, especially during election season. Local instances that model real world communities would be extremely robust against bad actors, without the need for opaque ML filtering.

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utah jazz head coach or cop from terminator???

cat is intrigued by my everything bagel

I've been hearing a lot of prominent people speak about surveillance and privacy, but when I hear Richard Stallman talk about it, it really struck a chord with me.

"We need a law. Fuck them — there’s no reason we should let them exist if the price is knowing everything about us. Let them disappear. They’re not important — our human rights are important. No company is so important that its existence justifies setting up a police state. And a police state is what we’re heading toward."

To toot boldly where no one has tooted before

BuzzFeed Editor in Chief, Ben Smith, mentions Mastodon as an example of a social network that "comes after the social media empires"

re: rise of Switter: "Perhaps the most striking lesson here was the technical ease of spinning a big, functional new social network up in just a few days"

buzzfeed.com/bensmith/facebook

I realize that the world really took a dark turn in recent years, but it has put the good in the world into stark relief and that makes me really happy and optimistic :)

@nolan I thought this was quite succinct: "They turned all speech into public pronouncements, and thus all conversation into a strange form of activism, part of a zero-sum battle over which ideas will find a foothold in our collective attention."

I believe the most lasting consequence of social media is the trend towards "speech as performance". Whether it's your hobby or a conversation with a stranger, there's an audience to please and a personal brand to build.

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just a photo of me logging on to mastodon dot social

Since Masto seems to need a bit of good fluffness today - here's a variegated fairy wren. They are very pretty :)

yo these hotspots on the snap map are like 1 person

U.S. version of GDPR would be a great step in the right direction 👍

The penchant for authors to conflate open source, federated networks with various blockchain garbage is intensely frustrating... techcrunch.com/2018/03/25/the-

I'm happy that we have all these new people join. It makes me hopeful that the landscape of the web can yet change for the better.

Slowly but surely a decentralized, non-commercial, and open-source platform is gaining a foothold.