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.


Andrew Odlyzko. Stewart Brand. Howard Rheingold. Doc Searls. Scott Alexander. Biella Coleman. danah boyd. Clay Shirky.

Some of these tend to the idealistic. The California School especially thought that bringing the Minds of the World together would bring nothing but good. I find that view ... optimistic.

Clay Shirky: "I study social media. Which is to say as a first approximation: I watch people argue."

What happens when you make it easy for anyone to talk to anyone?


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