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shoq

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I'm @shoq from ExTwitter. Self-appointed evangelist for the #fediverse, working on open source projects that can help it become the communications backbone for the planet that Twitter might have been.

#fedi22 #opensource #sidetoolz #USpolitics #liberal #invention

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Twitter.com/shoq, @shoq; @shoq:sidetalk.net

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Not many read this back in February. It’s quite consistent with my own calls for an Urgent Reforms Movement. Everyone should find some time to read it.

Biden Must Reinvent What a Presidential Campaign Is - Simon Rosenberg

https://newrepublic.com/article/178433/biden-must-reinvent-presidential-campaign?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

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I remember back around 2011 when every other pundit with a PC was bringing us their deep think pieces about what drove social media engagement and behavior. Almost none of it has held up. The fact is, they didn’t know diddly then, and most don’t know diddly now. Today many of them are writing about MAGAs for the major newspapers. And they’re just as full of shit about that. So it goes.

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I’ve spent 15 minutes trying to find out where the channel guide, or any way to toggle from live TV on an android tablet. It’s the dumbest interface ever. Anyone know how this works without a roku device?

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This is as unsurprising as it is concerning ⏵

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@joeo10 I confess, I’ve wondered if I too was sucked into a Meta master plan when I took a “We’ll not beat ‘em, we may as well join ‘em and make it work” stance. There was an unsettlingly swift mass adoption of their plan by the key influencers they’d need. They plied many with inside knowledge, invites (and probably $) so they’d say the right things. (Just like 90% of the tech press did since the introduction of the iPhone.) Only a few (like @mmasnick) seemed immune to it.

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Just because I think Threads may be impossible to stop, might get some things right, and that we might make the best of it vis a vis the fediverse, does not mean I think it’s a good thing. Supposedly educated and astute journalists giving Meta that much power over them and the rest of us is one of the most monumentally stupid dick moves in human history. And we’ll all pay for it. Just a matter of time.

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Back home after a very busy week in San Francisco. I spoke with @caseynewton, @mmasnick, @harrymccracken, @laurengoode, @chrismessina, @Markoff and so many others. In an age where the old web is gradually getting killed off by AI, there is still hope for the future in the shape of the fediverse.

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That’s a pretty potent group of notables. Any other takeaways to share from the confab?

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If you thought we could survive all of this madness, think again. We’re at war with stupidity on a previously unimaginable scale.

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This post has gotten more traction than anything else I’ve posted all day. Here, on Bluesky, and Xitter. Threads? Flatline. It’s the algorithm. And it’s terrible.

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@GGMcBG Diet Coke would be health food to them. Recalculate.

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In some respects, these modern MAGA muttonheads are a direct result of some liberal orthodoxies. We made “do your own thing” a prime directive for 2.5 generations. So their grandparents did. And their parents did. And now they do. And here we are.

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With the humidity index, it’s 106° in Fort Lauderdale. We used to get maybe 5 days a year like this. Now we get 10 a month. #WhatGlobalWarming?

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I’ve now had 3 conversations about the nature of “trust” in the last 2 days. Lots of people think about it. But I still haven’t heard of a credible way society might restore much of it to journalism, broadcasting, government, and public interest missions and agendas of all kinds. I don’t think it’s impossible, but I do think it will be a fairly elite pursuit of a very small group of people for a very long time.

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This election should not be close. The Right has spent 50 yrs pushing a myth of a “liberal media,” when they’ve owned or controlled most presses for decades. We’re paying the price for our negligence in allowing that to happen. How do we fix systemic disorders of this scale?

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Yes, a popular take on the fediverse. But I’d argue that it’s more what NPR should have been. Like PBS, it’s an institution created in a public interest era that we took for granted, and which hasn’t had a new idea (or much support) since the ’70s.

Such institutions came about because a collective spirit nurtured or amplified public service in all forms. We’ve allowed an extreme-right worldview to poison most of that spirit.

They hate the Enlightenment and everything in it.

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Good morning. And despite the Republican clown show epidemic, I really mean that. (You need to trust more.)

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It’s quite exciting when all this shit works. It still astounds me that we can’t make the rest of the world see the value of Indieweb.

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@film_girl @manton @jean Christina is talking about the complexity level of starting blogs (or any web service), just in time for my 4 o’clock where we’re discussing exactly that with a hosting company. Thanks! ::back to taking notes :::

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@manton @film_girl @jean Thank you for that event. It was very heartening to hear indieweb discussed like something that is actually happening after so many years of conceptual spadework. A question came up in my meeting about the why Micro.blog is not open source. Assuming you considered it, what drove the decision to not go that way?

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Bo Burnham is the latest [white] musician asking (by video) why he should vote for Joe Biden?

Are these kids all that stupid? It’s not about who we “prefer.” It’s about the FUCKING ALTERNATIVE? It’s just NOT complicated.

They need to put down their phones, read a newspaper (if they can find one), and figure it out. While they still can.

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I think everyone has to remember that that tech-press was a big contributor to the mess that became social media. Their priorites are not the same as ours, and their observations and conclusions can take years to be exposed as completely billionaire fluffing horseshit. I respect a lot of tech writers, but others should be trusted about as much as ChatGPT. Which is to say, not much.

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@rticks And spoil all the fun when young people get skinned and turned into lampshades? Why would I want to do that? Anyone who thinks any one single issue matters more than halting this encroaching Trump-led fascism is either grossly uninformed, or not a rational actor. Complexity demands compromise. Those who don’t get that will always get fucked, and take the rest of us with them to the event.

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Today is the day! #microcamp kicks off later today and I'll be having a convo with @manton and @jean at 12:00pm PT! https://micro.camp/

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This event is starting now.

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Dear Gen-Z:

Hitler was elected with 33% of the vote and he was quick to put your age group to work. You can’t sit out this election. Not if you want any chance of a decent life. Yes, a lot sucks now, but it can suck a whole lot worse if Trump and his many snakes slither back into power.

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@nus In my experience, “direct action” is typically a euphemism for “sit on my ass and tweet ugly things at Democrats.”

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@OvoDoCampo @rticks Bo is that dumb? I guess so.

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