I guess the question that occupies my mind a lot these days is:

Can we build a healthy, positive, life-affirming Internet?

I feel like large parts of our Internet infrastructure are toxic to mental health and social freedom and were designed that way on purpose, because the system seeks money, and you get more money by controlling people than by allowing them to flourish and reach their full potential. This has always been capitalism's big problem (and socialism's too).

But: apart from the problem of 'active engineering of our information and communication environment for short-term concentration of massive oligarchical wealth, leading to mental addiction and social collapse as unfortunate but mostly irrelevant side effects',

I think there are many other possible failure modes of networked personal computing. Many of them probably emergent effects.

I guess I want computing to be emotionally and mentally uplifting... and my frustrations come when it isn't.

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In fact a lot of the things which I get constantly angry about in today's computing environments, which all seem to be 'tiny, trivial things'... like dialog boxes which steal your key focus, or laggy keystrokes, or system messages that don't give you time to read them...

All these things maybe aren't actually trivial. They're all signs that I am not the customer, that the experience is not being optimised for me.

I think that's what I worry about a lot. That computing is leading us, but where?

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@natecull i sometimes wonder if the reason for this is that programming is more accessible, and app dev has become more of a production line. focus is more on shipping fast than ensuring that the software is any good. companies have been making software for a long time, but outsourcing customer facing apps to software sweat shops is a more recent phenomenon.

@natecull Computers and networks are the means of production.

Things ended up more in common than they otherwise would be because of the foresight of some of the technical founders of our current computing and network systems, as well as the practical needs of our military and academic institutions. However, there's a strong systemic force towards enclosure of our public property into private property. It has to be resisted or it will happen.

Linux is communism! :ac_amazed:

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