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I am interested in the idea that the fediverse should be working towards tools for online communication that are not only decentralised and anti monopolistic, but also allow for different social spaces than we have in the mainstream networks? I sometimes find Facehook a really difficult place to be, not only because of the way the algorithm works and the agenda that is coming from the owners but also because the social structure of it seems to encourage excessive groupiness and egoism.

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If life is a river:

- you can't push the current.
- we need our meanders.
- don't build on your mental flood plains.

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I guess I should introduce myself as well. I am a geek, free range philosopher and occasional coder who lives in the North West of the UK. I am not sure how to describe my interests, but it seems to involve thinking a lot, which is generally something I like to do. Sometimes I even like to talk to people, which is what I am doing here. ;-)

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Researcher turns down free Google money because of that whole firing-ethics-people-for-doing-their-damn-jobs thing: cnn.com/2021/03/24/tech/google

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Super-AI defeated by Baudrillardian post-modernism. "Have you ever had a dream, Siri, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the world with paper labels all over it and the real world?" PsAI-Ops.

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There are two types of people in this world.

Avoid them both.

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I am interested in the idea that the fediverse should be working towards tools for online communication that are not only decentralised and anti monopolistic, but also allow for different social spaces than we have in the mainstream networks? I sometimes find Facehook a really difficult place to be, not only because of the way the algorithm works and the agenda that is coming from the owners but also because the social structure of it seems to encourage excessive groupiness and egoism.

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If life is a river:

- you can't push the current.
- we need our meanders.
- don't build on your mental flood plains.

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An example of what I mean might be that the interface would make it easy to invite people to ad hoc, time limited groups where people would know who they were talking in front of for the duration of the conversation (which could be several days or weeks), and then the conversation would be deleted rather than left on public record. In other words a bit like putting out an invite for some friends to come round to your house for a party. Different conversations might happen in a space like this?

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An example of what I mean might be that the interface would make it easy to invite people to ad hoc, time limited groups where people would know who they were talking in front of for the duration of the conversation (which could be several days or weeks), and then the conversation would be deleted rather than left on public record. In other words a bit like putting out an invite for some friends to come round to your house for a party. Different conversations might happen in a space like this?

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I would like to see the fediverse and other alternative networks working towards creating online social spaces that move away from the idea that everything has to look like a stream with followers and towards something where there are a variety of different social spaces that might be suitable for different people and different purposes, not just in their content and membership but in their social / technical structure?

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Also I have an idea that it is hostile to people with neurodivergent ways of being in the world. As someone who has a history of getting hurt in social groups and doesn't naturally understand human interaction very well, I find Facehook a difficult and sometimes painful place to be. So there is a way in which the design of the social space includes some groups of people and excludes others?

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What I mean is that it is a strange kind of hybrid public / private space where people are talking in front of a large but often unknown (on a friend's stream) group of people, yet still having the illusion of a friendly conversation with a few people. I think this creates weird social dynamics where people are more inclined to talk in a way that projects an image they identify with, and less likely to talk about sides of their lives that go against that.

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I am interested in the idea that the fediverse should be working towards tools for online communication that are not only decentralised and anti monopolistic, but also allow for different social spaces than we have in the mainstream networks? I sometimes find Facehook a really difficult place to be, not only because of the way the algorithm works and the agenda that is coming from the owners but also because the social structure of it seems to encourage excessive groupiness and egoism.

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At the centre of a planetary nebula lies the central star. This is the remnant of the core of the progenitor star, now no longer undergoing fusion. Once the nebula dissipates, the central star will become a white dwarf. (M57-The Ring Nebula, shown)

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A spaceship landed in the park. An alien emerged, carrying a foldable chair. They set the chair up on the grass, and settled down.
"Ah, hello," a dog-walker said. "Shall I take you to our leader?"
"Why would I want that?" the alien said. "I came here to get away from mine.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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There are 2 kinds of people in the world; those who need closure,

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All I can do is kindly ask that if you are inviting people to Mastodon on other social media, Telegram groups or whatever else, please please use the joinmastodon.org page instead of linking to mastodon.social specifically. Thank you

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TIL:

The word quarantine comes from quarantena, meaning "forty days", designating the period that all ships were required to be isolated before passengers and crew could go ashore during the Black Death plague epidemic.

It followed the trentino, a thirty-day isolation period.

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Housebound advice from a long-term housebound person, boosts ok 

I'm going to post a long thread on how to cope better if you're stuck indoors at the moment. I've been housebound by disability for a long while now, and sporadically housebound due to depression and agoraphobia before that. These are things that have improved how I deal with that. This is not gonna make houseboundness painless for you but it might help you cope. Disabled comrades are welcome to share their own advice to this thread.

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