twitter is a place where i had a lot of fun and met a lot of important people in my life and i have few actual complaints with the ways in which that service enriched my life
that said it has also been a source and enabler of various toxicities -- including but not limited to amplifying wildly corrosive voices and warping our political discourse further and further -- and for this and other reasons using it felt more and more unethical and damaging (to me)
@helldude good thing: there's not a bunch of self important media and celebrity types here
bad thing: you can't dunk on a bunch of self important media and celebrity types here
@helldude Honestly, whenever I check it I miss some people and am like, "God this is such a firehose of shit"
@helldude this site has, in general been a healthier alternative for me (although the last few days have been a pain) and though I check back in on my Twitter account here and there, as long as mastodon keeps chugging and doesn't continue getting too in-fighty I think I'll probably do away with the Twitter account altogether.
@helldude I basically share most of those thoughts.
@helldude people ain't got no chill
@helldude the lesbians live here and thus so do I haha. But I agree with all of this.
@helldude much like the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the Balkanization of Mastodon led to both conflict and hreater autonomy. In this essay I will...
@helldude I think of it kind of like voting or vaccination. Yes, me voting won't elect my choice of politician, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't vote. And me getting vaccinated won't end that disease, but I should still do it.
So like, yeah, each person leaving twitter isn't going to end the site, but we still should? I don't think anyone is bad for staying or that I'm good for leaving, but I still think it's good to encourage people to leave.
@helldude today, you're the swell dude
@helldude The drama over he-who-shall-not-be-named was real dumb to watch, but it did show an interesting thing. People aren't happy with the way eugen and the admins on .cloud handled things, so people moved.
It's annoying that on the new instances they have to rebuild their followers/following, but they have that freedom to act in a way that benefits them and not the owners of the instance.
@helldude tweet ramadan turned out to be good practice for going cold turkey on the bird site
@helldude It misses you, buddy
@helldude Same. My bird account was locked down; I had a carefully-cultivated friends list; I was invisible to trolls. But yeah, being on there feels like a tacit endorsement.
@helldude I kind of look at it like CFA: as a married cis lady, I am not directly affected by their shitty homophobic stances, even though I’m MOST DEFINITELY bi. But it would be unethical as hell for me to give them my money. So I don’t.
@helldude I’m not proud of this, but i think I was addicted to being really angry at people, I’m trying not to do it here
@helldude agree on all fronts, this place and the community here calls on a long time desire for me to be less cynical (and I've felt better for it since). Its weird how I feel more comfortable here because it feels more anonymous yet more connected to the community at the same time. Since joining I challenged myself not to tweet again and since the "gone tootin" tweet I've made good on that. Not looking back.
The fact that the game of social media telephone can allow harassers to accuse people like you and I, and some people actually believe it, is wild to me. Twitter really is awful, for enabling that kind of toxicity.
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