i think that Gemini/smolnet embodies the spirit that I imagine the internet should actually have.
I agree with the charge that smolnet is a bit exclusionary, and that it does have a deliberate focus on technical ability, but it is an incredible experiment that definitely seems to be working.
I think the revolutionary potential, or intrinsic goodness of the protocol is that it is impossible, using this protocol, to foist any of the dross and centralisation evils that major corporate powers can onto HTML.
the amazing thing about it is that it is like a little oasis on the internet of well-meaning and courteous people who share a culture of wanting what is best for one’s neighbour. that is all it is, really.
now that i have written quite a bit, i am reconsidering whether or not it takes a lot of technical ability to get onto smolnet. if you can write a markdown file, you immediately have the ability to get onto smolnet.
mass appeal, and mass uptake is important, but it is the little groups like us online that lead to radical change. so is scuttlebutt! it is the radical vision of small groups like us that is going to change the world. I am rusted onto smolnet because i know that something, even if a small part, of our culture of good-will towards our fellow astronauts on smolnet that will lead to–even though small and piece-wise–some sort of radical mass influence (:
i just read, just now, the argument that is in in fact HTML and the web that is exclusionary. the centralisation of the web has lead to funnelling most of the traffic onto a small number of websites.
i think that smolnet is the antithesis of exclusionary, simply because it does not place any restrictions whatsoever on who you can connect with, and how you can express yoruself.
in much the same way as i argue that ‘speed’ and ‘efficiency’ are actually not concepts in favour of imperative programming, and that technically ‘slower’ functional programming languages like LISP–the power of smolnet lies in its human, cultural element.
shrug i can at least say these things to you openly, and have you (even if sceptically) listen openly (:
thanks for reading (: