I'd like to hear about examples where someone observes a broad political conflict as a truly complete outsider and notices the patterns of communication dysfunctions…

I'm sure it's similar (but not identical) to a therapist mediating an interpersonal conflict.

I wonder how much people who do have such outsider experiences still fail to map any insights onto political conflicts where they are insiders…

Came across yet another example in the countless list of cases where:

I witness two people I am certain have good faith in engaging on some political topic have a completely dysfunctional interaction online because of accusations of bad faith.

I have no doubt this is vastly more common than actual bad faith (although with billions of people online, the bad-faith examples are still in the millions, unfortunately)

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@alxcndr @gabe @mayel @jjg @vfrmedia
the problem with using the word "capitalism" as the shared devil is that it means *vastly* different things to different people. Dymitri gives the definitions he uses as a preface to his talk about #VentureCommunism, in an attempt to bridge this gap:

@cwebber how can I follow you but see only the small fraction of your massive quantities of postings that are generally applicable to FLO, politics, or I dunno, remarkable…? Your stream is just such a high quantity of stuff that overloads everything else I might follow…

Perhaps there are hashtags you suggest I follow that you often use?

P.S. archive.org/details/snowdrift- will be on Snowdrift.coop homepage soon…

A quote from somewhere that I like and have been referencing lately:

“It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking, than think your way into a new way of acting.”

(sorta like fake-it-til-you-make-it with less sense of dishonesty)

@strypey @emi @Matt_Noyes @wu_lee @LeoSammallahti

pinging those who discussed problems with AGF… I think I have the solution!!

(will write in detail later)

drop AGF in CoC, but add "*act* in good faith".

Then, like any other suspicion of CoC violation, if someone suspects bad faith, they must take action from options for addressing violations (discuss separately and/or report, etc)

AGF not as mandate in general but as requirement for continuing to engage directly on a topic publicly…

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In case you're wondering: the #EU just voted to impose filters on all the text, audio, photos, videos, etc you might post. If you think this will help photographers or other creators, you don't understand filters.

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How can I, a public university employee at the bottom of the totem pole, start working today to try and end the University's dependence (read: wholly ensnared state) on proprietary, corporate owned/backed software?

Anybody know of any orgs that work on this, or have any experience fighting this kind of thing?

It makes for a very depressing state of affairs, being so reliant on these capitalist structures.

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I'm involved in an app called Wobbly that will help workers to mobilize according to principles.

The founder @KingMob has himself been a Deliveroo courier, and his experiences sparked the idea for the app.

We seek to make the app into a multistakeholder coop when it's launched.

Everyone is welcome to join our discord group (discord.gg/kZaXpu), also feel free to message me.

We're looking for a , so please retoot!

Here's an article about it:

This pair of podcasts is supremely inspiring:



It's interview (story then discussion) with Daryl Davis, the black American musician who built personal relationships with KKK members and got them to give up their membership and start on the path toward tolerance and understanding.

Deep, deep wisdom here.

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And this effect is what caused the economic models positing humans as utility maximising machines to be so damaging.

Especially as they were taught to future business leaders.

(overly-science-focused) intro to significance of social expectations: npr.org/sections/health-shots/

Some lessons from this:

• expecting good will and potential in others is likely to bring that out (and vice versa with lacking such expectations)

• it's worth making *extra* effort to hold positive views and expectations of those you may have biases against — and to push-back against widespread unfair pessimism and prejudice

• [59 more toots-worth of insights possible but I'm out of room here]

I just learned that a friend does not use a clipboard history manager!

Computing without one is much more painful. Get one TODAY.

IMO, in priorities for every computer user, a clipboard history program is second only to using a good privacy/adblocker like @better or

(FWIW, I use KDE's Klipper, and I've tried Diodon on Gnome, and there's options for any system out there…)

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‘How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet’


“They told me that Facebook had revolutionized scamming. The company built tools with its trove of user data that made it the go-to platform for big brands. Affiliates hijacked them. Facebook’s targeting algorithm is so powerful, they said, they don’t need to identify suckers themselves—Facebook does it automatically.”

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/how-facebook-he

I wish clicking the permalink of a post did the same as "expand status" from the … menu instead of opening the link in a new browser tab.

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Finally finished my two blog posts on why I’m weaning myself away from Twitter in favour of Mastodon:

What’s wrong with Twitter?

What is Mastodon and why should I use it?

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