Bad social media gives you an audience: stuff like reach, personality/celebrity, spectacle, anxiety, alienation, competition.

Good social media gives you community: it’s more like voice, agency, discussion, comradery.

I want a community, not an audience.


Hi Neil, well said. That's exactly my motivation for mastodon.

I even noticed that controversies here don't get out of hand most of the time. Compare that to the situation on that birdsite.

I actually think conflicts escalate there more easily, because people feel they're watched by their audience and feel pressured to perform.

Just my 2ct.

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