It has come to my attention that Mastodon, and/or OSocial, and/or the Fediverse, are no longer what they once were. They're being flooded by Normals. Or People who Don't Speak my Language. または私のアルファベットを使用しない人。

It's becoming like ... birdland.

Or worse: Facebook.

So, here's a thought for you: Facebook was once literally Harvard.

And whatever you think of FB or Harvard, it most certainly isn't any more. Which is a thought you might want to keep in mind. Because change.


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What, exactly, is the power that others hold over us -- me or you, or another user, say -- in the context of this platform?

Compensatory power might attempt to buy influence to say (or not say) something based on reward. That would be /inducing/ participation of a particular type, generally. In other online media, advertising and propaganda are the main exemplars of this.

Condign power might attempt to /suppress/ (or more rarely, compell) content based on direct or indirect threats.

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