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Dismayed at the Fediverse

2020-08-18

i have been getting a little dismayed at what i have been seeing on the fediverse lately. i can’t really go onto the specifics, but people seem to be attacking others for fairly trivial and meaningless things. if this sort of behaviour was shown in the real world, i think it would be called out for being pretty immature.

i’m not really interested in seeing people take aggressive and child-like attitudes towards others online. i think it will mean that i have to curate who i am following a little better. i don’t really want to characterise the messages that people are sending to others are ‘stupid’, but in some instances it really is bordering on petty and a waste of time.

you know, it really has soured my experience of the fediverse quite a bit. i seem to be enjoying private XMPP discussions, and XMPP group chats, as well as IRC a lot more these days. of course Gemini really takes the cake for earnesty, integrity, and self-reflectiveness in terms of Discourse(TM).

i am very sorry to feel this way, because the fediverse really has been an amazing gateway to a higher online experience for me. being in a place where virtually everyone is an anti-capitalist, and is interested in free software (of some description) has led me to raise the standards that i demand of people online.

lately, the fediverse has been very immature. i really enjoy shitposting, but when it descends into big network-effect-driven posting storms (as Richard Seymour puts it), i just feel terrible reading all the abuse.

one of the reasons i use pleroma at all is because it is easy to set the character limit above 500, and i can sit in EMACS and compose big messages like this. when people think it is going to win them friends and attention for hurling childish insults and attacking others in (less!!) than 500 characters, for no conceivable real-world consequence, i really reconsider whether it is right for me to be engaging so much on this platform.

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It’s just that the tone that gets me sometimes. It’s low-key triggering, now that I put my mind to it. I really don’t like seeing messages displayed to a large audience asking people to self-flagellate over their thought crimes. More than that, I feel like a lot of the accusations that get thrown around are based on really vague and tenuous, almost word-salad-like claims.

I have been a socialist organiser, and I never really had to sit in on struggle sessions that ground down my will to commit words to action.

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