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@allison @djsumdog monopolised, centralized social media is a monoculture where mind viruses can spread unchecked.

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Perhaps there is no perfect way to convey how absurdly obscene it is that a single person can "have" over a hundred billion dollars.

But "You Are Jeff Bezos" is damn close:

Also, perhaps there is no perfect way to satirize .

My little parody of the aforementioned game is definitely not even close:

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Personal project - :

Web circumvention using technologies implemented in any modern browser.



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Personal project - Scary Data:

Graphing coronavirus outbreak globally using John Hopkins University data.



Self care is not a waste of time. Self care makes your use of time more sustainable. ~ Jackie Viramontez

say it with me: 👏 crpyto 👏 currenency 👏 is 👏 not 👏 decentralized 👏

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@deutrino @benjaminpaikjones the problem is that crypto is being embraced by such institutions. Worse yet, it's been subverted into a boring investment medium by grey-minded financial Capitalists, which is one of the main reasons so many people are interested in it now.

The radical ideas behind a decentralized, bankless currency system have all but been subverted already by a centralized banking system and financial investment institutions.

@rysiek @starcide Completely agreed. I’m most commenting in reaction to the kind of cyber communities that have taken an all or nothing approach, as discussed in the book.

@starcide @rysiek There’s a concept that I drew from Buddhism which is finding people “just as they are right now.” No one is perfect. If you demand cultural or ideological purity or perfection before someone can participate in your culture, or at risk of being expunged, then you won’t have enough people left working together to make a resilient community.

"“Name the colors, blind the eye” is an old Zen saying, illustrating that the intellect’s habitual ways of branding and labeling creates a terrible experiential loss by displacing the vibrant, living reality with a steady stream of labels. It is the same way with space, which is solely the conceptual mind’s way of clearing its throat, of pausing between identified symbols."

That’s quite an interesting thing to consider while having coffee under the morning sun. Also, good morning.

Visiting a friend in Odessa, Ukraine, and finally started an Instagram account with help of friend. As with my experience of Turkey, being on insta *is* being online here 🤷

Also interesting to be on a platform with 1Bn users (yes, I (still) have a fb acc, don't use), feels very exposed/public compared to here 👤

Oh, every 5th post is sponsored, i.e. 20% ads 😳 weee

Interested to hear of any other experiences of people trying to bridge the social media gap

@vortex_egg @rysiek I've passed by this book alot but this all sounds interesting! the essay Exiting The Vampire Castle by Mark Fisher sounds like a similar take that I've read.

My rough personal take: education in the first few instances of mistakes or even malice from people who are otherwise 'fine'. Then obviously working up to just disconnecting from those people/groups if they seem highly toxic / unwilling to change. If they are actively working to harm others, direct sabotage is good.

@rysiek Yes agreed, we are already seeing it begin to form!

Self-care, and community care too. Drawing from mutualist ideas.

Blocking and deplatforming does absolutely work as a counter tactic to the hate and abuse. But I am trying to reconcile that tactic with the idea of also accepting people as they are and allowing them to grow and learn from their mistakes. I haven’t quite figured out the alchemy yet.

But she also makes the point that you can’t out-transgress nazi hipsters. You can’t beat them by adopting their coded language and ironic use of memes, and style of out-grouping “normies” from whatever your online community happens to be. It just ends up supporting their cultural current.

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Nagle also impresses the point that the response to the utter liberation of transgression (in the alt-right, 4chan, fash, manosphere, etc) cannot be puritanical moralizing and more identitarian politics, as that was already the historical cyber-movement to which the alt-right was a reaction. It has to be something new.

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Finished reading Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right by Angela Nagle. It’s a quick read and very accessible. Learned a lot about parts of cyberculture that I didn’t know, and got a new awareness and perspective on the ones I was already familiar with. Overall the book is a call to action to abandon the stale cultural ideas of transgression as a good in itself because it supports the rise of the far-right in totality, and to build something new.


In 20 mins come hear & explain how critical it is for the EU Digital Markets Act to require that big tech silos interoperate: opening up the Internet again for players both big and small! Coming to you live from Matrix:


@kev Hello Admin, that Mastodon post was really good. Do you mind boosting some of mine? In exchange I'll ask one of my friends on s.c to boost some of yours.

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