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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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A poem I wrote a few years ago about the sides of mainstream social media that I am wary of.

- Social kneejerk -
Words bounce around my head,
balls in a pinball hyper maze.
Memes fly past in a broken haze.
Social displays.
Always on stage.

Pointed words interlock.
No room to move.
Points to prove.
Forgetting the feeling bodies heard through the wire.

...

Let us friend the algorithm.
It will make a place for our minds to live.
After a while, we won't even notice the blinkers.

Words bounce around my head,
balls in a pinball hyper maze.
Memes fly past in a broken haze.
Looking for the ways
out.
- Summer 2018

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For a thousand, a lone artist finds their fans.
For a hundred thousand, a million minds possibly interested in health drinks.
For ten million, an election.
The algorithm knows us to feed us.
It knows we love to feed the algorithm which knows us.
But can we see them weave the algorithm?

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Here I stay because here we all stay. Perhaps we can play a different way in this space?
To escape the churn and learn to avoid those too easy rabbit holes.
Yet behind the screen, the code's intent is twisting our dreams.
Our eyeballs are marshalled, sold unseen.

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Do my like clicks on your word pic blip your heart?
When twenty like clicks blip my heart, how does that pump my schtick?

A flurry of pictures promise love and wisdom.
Many are lonely, looking for a way to find the way.

Thirty likes on a sorry Tuesday and I am smiley.
No reply to a post with my heart in and I am desolate.

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A poem I wrote a few years ago about the sides of mainstream social media that I am wary of.

- Social kneejerk -
Words bounce around my head,
balls in a pinball hyper maze.
Memes fly past in a broken haze.
Social displays.
Always on stage.

Pointed words interlock.
No room to move.
Points to prove.
Forgetting the feeling bodies heard through the wire.

...

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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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