Another part of this is the importance of *visibility* for targeted minorities or underprivileged groups. Before the Internet, the dominant strategy to disempower groups was to deny them media access, and to erase them from past and present media: to remove them from the narrative. 6/?

That is much harder to do now, and I would suggest, part of the reason why attempts to reverse advances in justice are much more difficult (and potentially much more vicious) than before. Ask anyone who was caught in the infinite loop of "We need more X in this industry! Hey, welcome to all the brave new X who are joining us! We need more X in this industry!" before X were able to keep logs of their own. 7/?

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What does this have to do with fighting Nazis? Well, some of the suggested and understandable solutions I've seen, consist of sketching out ways to deny Nazi's access to the public parts of Mastodon. I think it's worth thinking about this, but I also want to flag the price: it's easy to work out ways that also default to being closed to anyone in the wider public space; to accept less visibility as a compromise for protection from the Nazi gaze. 8/?

The price here, is that you own the *private* space, but you erase yourself from the public space, you cede that to those who have the confidence and privilege to stand out there without you. I think this can make tactical sense, but may be a bad strategy long-term. All the gains made in creating safe spaces, and most importantly *letting people who need them know they exist*, involve some element of being visible and public. 9/?

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@moonman yeah the pointed personal story is far more compelling than the statistics. This is part of the problem too, but I think orthogonal to the point I'm making though

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