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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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This is an article I have written, based on my personal experience, about how the way the mental health system is set up as an institution can put service users in a difficult position in one way or another. It is called 'Some Catches of the Mental Health System'. I am talking about things which I suspect most long term service users would recognise but which other people might not realise from the outside are an issue. recoverynet.ca/2021/07/05/some

In this version I say a bit more about where I am coming from in writing this piece, and also describe another 'catch' service users can get caught in - not being believed by others.

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Thanks to Kevin Healey at recoverynet.ca for publishing this longer version of the article. A shorter version was originally published in the UK based print magazine, Asylum Magazine. asylummagazine.org/

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This is an article I have written, based on my personal experience, about how the way the mental health system is set up as an institution can put service users in a difficult position in one way or another. It is called 'Some Catches of the Mental Health System'. I am talking about things which I suspect most long term service users would recognise but which other people might not realise from the outside are an issue. recoverynet.ca/2021/07/05/some

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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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