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@kurtm @rey @Erin @mxsparks @tastymochafox

I am disinterested in disputing "the best". I am, above all, interested in what *I* like, followed by what family & friends like (eg, present company), and then most broadly but of only practical interest because it dictates availability, what "'people" like.

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I must not tweet.
Twitter is the mind-killer.
Twitter is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my tweets.
I will permit them to pass over me and through me.
And when they have gone past I will turn the inner eye to see their path.
Where the tweets have gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

(Apologies to the memory of Frank Herbert.)

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The fundamental freedom to fork and the ability to federate are complementary.

Forking establishes a divide, federation is the set of techniques for communication, collaboration, and navigation across divides to create a whole that is distinct from and often greater than the sum of the parts.

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I do actually think that one of the most dangerous facts of the social media-fication of our internet experience is that our news looks like our jokes looks like our propaganda looks like our updates from friends and family, as if it's all equally important and true.

alas I've got to shut down this tootstream instance so I'll see all y'all elsehow

ok, nice. things look to be running smoothly again with

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angery. misgendering and stuff. asshole atheists. idk. i'm fucking pissed. 

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Tech enthusiast: "I want smart lights, smart tv, everything, and connect them all to my digital assisstant!"

Tech worker: *looks wistfully into distance* "I should get a small place in a little town, with a garden, make my own furniture."

this is the sort of thing that chaps my hide about Wikipedia deletionism: Someone bothered to write a page about the tildeverse, but the only thing that I can find about it is this snippet preserved in a duckduckgo search > The Tildeverse is a loosely affiliated set of shell providers, who agree to operate on a shared IRC network [when?], and offer the common feature of SSH-only logins, internal email among users, and a web space prepended with the tilde character, per historic UNIX conventions.

ok yes I do still need to upgrade the desktop

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Mozilla just laid off 70 fantastic people. If you can help them - open positions, offering helpful conversations and references, anything else - please say so.

Use #MozillaLifeboat as an umbrella tag for easy finding. (It's already flowing on the birdsite.)

If you've been affected, I'm happy to chat directly. Also have some open positions (see rest of this thread). But doesn't have to be today - take time to recover if you can.

Most of all: thank you folks for making the web better.

apparently not. Question is, wherein lies the problem.

och, looks like pip here needed an upgrade before it could upgrade tootstream

by no means should we try to learn from these everyday enemies of Our Brand™

nor should we build any common cause with them, whatever hollow and illusory mutual benefit ephemerally tantalizes us into the attempt

We should know better than to ask these inconvenient people why they do the annoying, dangerous things they do. We must reject them. We cannot countenance a divisive challenge to the good work that Our Brand™ does for everyone it serves.

We know that Our Brand™ loves everyone, though. If the hard-to-love people in our lives question the bedrock truth of Our Brand™ we have a humanitarian duty to defend those people from these attacks against everyone Our Brand™ serves!

And if Our Brand™ mediates our interactions with family, friends, neighbors, random people on the street (if, even, we are ever even *on* the street anymore, anywhere) what of it? They are awkward and imperfect. They cannot meld themselves with our changing desires to accomodate every projected dream or fear we have. They're just weird people with weird desires and tastes, often inconveniently so.

Our Brand™ is our only friend. If you don't do things like Our Brand™ then you are the enemy, you are wrong, you must be told you are wrong, people must ask why you are so wrong, people should be encouraged to mute you and block you, or watch you closely to try to keep you from hurting anyone.

This pervasive consumerism inherent in otherwise ostensibly user-centered advocacy rises from, and supports, a narrative in which Our Brand™ stands with each person, alone together, against the whole world.

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