i wrote a blog post about what mastodon is. i know that it's a tired genre, but i think that i did a good job of explaining it in an easy-to-approach way. please read and share!
Just finished “Scientist as rebel” and diving into this next
@kavbojka @wu_lee @fabianhjr Fair enough. I know a lot of housing coops and workers coops that seem to have figured things out for themselves and the founders—presumably exhausted—decided to live comfortably in their walled gardens.
Coop federation is tricky. The Mietshäuser Syndikat in Germany is a successful example IMO: they lock coop housing from being re-sold and require occupants to pay solidarity payments in perpetuity to fund other coops. https://www.syndikat.org/en/
Let's all stop saying 'algorithms' when we just mean 'massive, opaque, centralised, automation'
An algorithm is a step-by-step process. A recipe.
Not all programs are algorithms.
Not all automation is even a 'program' in the usual sense.
Automation might use neural nets! Production rules! A random dice roller! Electrodes wired into a cerebellum of a proprietary, genetically enhanced megasquid! You don't know!
So let's just say 'automation' when we really mean 'we don't know'.
@wu_lee @kavbojka @fabianhjr
That is one of the many reasons why cooperative/collective economic projects should, in my opinion, already incorporate an inherently anarchist approach at the founding level, and options for long-term horizontal scalability via federation with politically and structurally compatible projects shouldn't be an afterthought.
Tangentially related, via @0xMatt@twitter.com
Overall I agree, coops alone not sufficient. My feeling:
- "The Corporation" (book/film) had an insight: institutional designs shape the world, and trumps morals of (replaceable) individuals within.
- Top-down joint-stock (IT) companies toxic as designed, both on personal and global level.
- Our financial/economic system also riddled with systemic badness. (Money accumulates, etc.)
Aid payments are dwarfed by what’s lost to spurious debts, profit extraction, and dodgy invoicing, but help to feed a narrative of the industriousness and benevolence of developed countries.
“...the usual development narrative has it backwards. Aid is effectively flowing in reverse. Rich countries aren’t developing poor countries; poor countries are developing rich ones.”
“...for every $1 of aid that developing countries receive, they lose $24 in net outflows“
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"How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us" https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/january-february-march-2018/how-to-fix-facebook-before-it-fixes-us/
One of the best, most concise explanations of how Facebook and Twitter pose a threat to democracy. Also offers some genuinely new analysis and insights.
I would personally like to apologize for the antispam movement of the late 90s and early 00s. We did more harm than good. Nothing we did reduced the amount of spam significantly, and we created the centralization of email, where not only does your personal email belong to a monopolist, but to have an email newsletter, you must hire another monopolist to send it.
@cypnk The public libraries I am familiar with welcome homeless to use web terminals and to read. Librarians know that for many, they offer the only means of access to the Internet - including applying for jobs or benefits. They see it as part of their mission. Librarians are guardians of civil society in the U.S.
It's worth noting that libraries are the last of the commons and public spaces not currently exploited by the corporations. How long it remains that way isn't certain
Loitering is banned
Panhandlers are persecuted
Homeless are threatened
Without libraries, there aren't many spaces left for some people to merely *exist*
"#SocialMedia Has Hijacked Our Brains and Threatens Global Democracy"
Heidegger actually borrows the concept of Technik from ancient Greek concept of "techne".
Failure to discern between the simulacrum of something real and the real thing is not a problem of actually-existing technology that actually works, it's an ontological problem imposed by force of an epistemic consensus.
The problem at the root of all evils of the anglosphere is the idea that you can make your own reality just by wishing it hard enough.
Like a prayer.
Esta es mi cuenta principal. (Para agitprop / etc en ingles @fabianhjr )
social.coop is a a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]