2018 was the year I concluded that any system whose purpose is to measure, capture, and monetize human attention is immoral and inevitably leads to the erosion of the commons and society itself. In 2019 I'm committed to helping dismantle these systems by all possible means.
Concretely this means supporting nonprofit alternatives like mastodon, blocking all ad tracking (sorry, people whose livelihoods have been captured by that industry), and doing whatever most damages the attention industry.
@jplebreton Amen. Fantastic goals.
@jplebreton Excellent post + attitude – thank you!
@jplebreton I see where your going with this, commend it however you have extrapolated the cause from the root, given enough time even Mastodon will find itself heading down the same path as Facebook, Google or Twitter (never say never) I'm pretty sure the current extrapolated result of each of these was not the dream or the original elevator pitch. What would be far more adventurous to the industry would be how do you stop a Mastodon becoming a Twitter ?
@mightywomble @jplebreton It's impossible for Mastodon to become like Facebook or Twitter, but it *is* possible for Mastodon to become like email with Google and Microsoft having a large chuck of the userbase.
But then, it is still possible for various Fediverse services to become consumed by the Data Mining motivation, but because of ActivityPub as a back end I would hope it would be more resistant.
@lesbianhacker @jplebreton in most cases I think your absolutely right, convenience wins, I am back on WhatsApp because trying to have my family understand the implications of using it was like herding cats.. life's just too damned short.
I also think that mastodon is now and has the future potential to end up just like twitter/Facebook neither of those were datamining the way they do now for a long time, it's investor driven.
If investors take over an instance then people can switch instances. It's exactly like email in this regard. That doesn't mean people *will* change instances, but the ability to switch (and still communicate with people who don't!) is why I insist that it won't end up like FB or twitter.
And Facebook was absolutely an awful mess from the start.
@mightywomble @lesbianhacker We'll always be fighting a losing battle against the Facebooks of the world - and convincing their users, eg our non technical family members etc - in terms of consumer convenience. We have to frame it in terms of ethics. These business models are unethical and do real damage to society; they are the fossil fuels of social communication (and thus social change) processes.
@hypolite sorry, when words like can't and impossible are bounded around in this thread I smile, someone once told me it would be impossible for Microsoft to embrace Linux/Opensource.. it's pure self indulgence to make a statement like that. if someone wants to start adding the code and data mining software it will be done. ok today no, however Devs gotta eat. I appreciate your stance my personal opinion is it's shortsighted. #sorry
@jplebreton I'm starting to work towards that myself, starting with Google at least.
@jplebreton yes yes yes, good on you!
@jplebreton Good move.
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