No matter which social network you're on, following a diverse group of people helps you taking a peek at the other side of your personal filter bubble.
You don't have to agree with everything and everyone, but please, at least try to listen to people and their opinions.
It will help you appreciate your own life, and may just make you a little wiser.
@fribbledom this is so true!
I've learnt so much since I started diversifying my follows.
I'm wondering how to support this by software design.
Since there is the federated timeline, ones stream is just one click away from diversity.
Yet I don't like to use it much in it's *current* design.
What is bothering me, that it's difficult to find, what I'm wanting to listen the most to. And it is, what has a significant importance to the one posting it. I want to listen to their opinion on things that really matters to them...1/
...but I don't want to listen to everything. I also obvious can't.
Which in it's current design leads towards listening to those that write 'the most' or being more reboosted, will be the once drawing my attention.
I've shared here some thoughts how this could be changed:
@fribbledom I agree.👍
Thanks for the reminder! While being a goal of mine, I absolutely should do that more
Thanks, but I feel great in my filter bubble ;-)
Agree to that
@fribbledom This is so true!! It’s so important to learn about other points of view!!
@fribbledom I'm wary of this kind of posts because sometimes they mean "you should listen to bigoted opinions" (Homophobia, racism, etc...)
But you probably don't mean that.
No, I really don't mean that! Do not follow assholes by any means!
But explore the unknown, get to know people from other regions and of various cultures in the world. Open up and embrace other opinions, life-styles and choices!
@fribbledom I'm very glad to read that 😀 👍
@fribbledom a great perspective.
@fribbledom Hey as long as your not using diverse to mean what third generation SJWs call diverse, then sure diversity all the way.
@fribbledom and that is important. Have you seen the TED talk about “bubbles?”
@fribbledom not really. On FB and Birdsite there are simply too many astroturf accounts. Curate your feed carefully there. Find better ways to see what other people are using for information.
@RandomDamage I didn't say "follow random idiots". When it comes to diversity, though, Birdsite is big enough to be as diverse as it gets.
@fribbledom the challenge is following people who disagree with you *and* have a sense of editorial integrity.
No matter what your personal philosophy, those people are rare.
Better to just read HuffPo and The Federalist if you need some diversity and aren't hanging out with a diverse group in meatspace.
@fribbledom I actually like that Diaspora* gets me in contact with some pretty hardcore right-wingers for this reason.
I have democratic ideology flowing in my veins.!!
@fribbledom I'll give you a "yess, but."
Yes, but it is okay for people to need and have comfort zones where they can relax and NOT constantly have your brain stretched.
In my case, Shop is a largely a comfort zone for me, and Quora is the site where I seek out people with differing view points to follow and learn from. This way I have somewhat control over how much brain stretching I get in a day to suit my mental health, which is really important for self care.
@fribbledom No word is more appropriate than "TOTALLY!" - My goal is to move away from the useless parade of self-promotional exhibitionism on Instagram, the sharing memes of Facebook, and the... well you get it. Let's get into the further reaches of the galaxy!
@fribbledom When I lecture from time to time at UBC something I like about it is the chance to give a differing perspective to students. Not The True One. Not claiming to be the representative of any specific group. But to provide a concrete example of a distinctly different perspective. Not better or worse. Different.
Because. Unquestioned their perspective is NOT the only one in the world. That lesson seems valuable. To me at least.
@fribbledom just be careful you don't fall into the paradox of tolerance
@fribbledom I agree in practice, although here we are getting into the philosophy of what a social network *should be*.
Shouldn't social networks strictly facilitate and reflect real-life social networks and all that that entails? The moment we start nudging people toward being their best selves -- away from tribalism, embrace other cultures -- we are making and enforcing value judgments on a natural system that evolved over millions of years.
And if not, who does the deciding and enforcing?
@masyukun i am not serious.
It didn't evolve in millions of years, we've lived with internet for a few decades.
Naturalistic fallacy, obviously. And there are plenty of reasons to disdain tribalism. It allows for dehumanization of others and thus violence.
Also it is simultaniously "nudging" and "enforcing" pick one..
Some of the uses i see suggest more intimacy(using the word loosely) and others more a general forum.
In some ways this is all very public and intimacy is very visible.. It's probably okey, if you want something which is really for a tight-ish knit group.
@fribbledom I try to do this within normal bounds. For sanity sake have to filter out the fringes on both sides...
@fribbledom I think this is true but the ability to do this depends on the diversity available on the network itself. i'd like to "follow" people who don't use computers at all.
@fribbledom this sounds neat and all, but not exactly practical when you're trans and/or LGBTQ+ or something that often faces endless harassment in social networks. Even if I find something unique or inspiring, I don't want to have to wade through thousands of opinions about how I don't deserve to exist to get it.
@fribbledom Amen to that! :)
@fribbledom yes i true word
@fribbledom I feel like this is only possible on a site that explicitly removes any participants who are y'know actual fucking Nazis.
@imsimong I'm really not suggesting to follow random assholes online. But if you join another social network just to stay in the same circle of friends you already got elsewhere, you're gaining nothing.
@fribbledom I think that's easier with a curated network is all I mean. I'm happy that I can literally pull up any instance and find folks to interact with (like you for example)!!!
This is cool and better that the birdie
@fribbledom wise sentiments.
do people have the time? or have the time but feel as if not?
..or is it that there's something in the way data operates, the speed, that might induce a feeling of being harried? move on, move on.. and inevitably, listen less?
@fribbledom Oh god don't do this "if you are truly open-minded, you will befriend people who want to see you dead/burning in hell" bullshit
@revereche I've never said you should go and befriend assholes.
@fribbledom Without context, it's really hard to tell what you're getting at with this. I see this wording used to push tolerance for Nazis and violent homophobes a lot.
@fribbledom I usually never block people.
@fribbledom yeah! This is what I’m thinking!
It’s tricky at first. but. also. expands yr mind!
@fribbledom I agree with the sentiment, however chaos social sometimes feels like a comfortable filter bubble too.
@fribbledom I agree, this is the best strategy for developing a healthy, broad perspective: source a wealth of competing opinions.
This works, however, only when the will for civil debate is mutual. It's a symbiotic process.
I have tried no end to reason with people on twitter, FB.
I think the way a social network is modulated deeply affects discourse on it.
Twitter is marginally better than FB, allowing a civil society to exist. But many abuse it to reinforce their ego, and hurl insults. 🤔
@fribbledom at least when you have tried to fully understand someone elses viewpoint you can say no or yes more clearly
@fribbledom In the same vein: If someone with different views to you follows you, try not to knee-jerk block them if you can. Some may be employing the above and want to learn, grow, empathize, and understand.
@fribbledom is reddit a social network
@fribbledom Although I do agree 100%, it is seriously difficuilt do to that. Even if you force your subscriptions into opinions you find disturbing, most social networks work based on popularity bases making sharing any neiche oppinions almost impossible. Not even to mention that I am on Mastodon simply because sharing my oppinions anywhere else would be account suicide.
@fribbledom And damn. This network is defended by layers uppon layers of loli. So we're save from any casuals seeing anything in here for now.
@fribbledom Meh. I know what their opinions are. I’ve heard them 1000 times. They don’t change. I could sound like them if I wanted to. So why would I need to expose myself to more?
@fribbledom exactly! some ppl just don’t want a variety of different opinions on their timeline.
@fribbledom even if they're flat earth theorists..? >_<
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