The internet is often praised for speed, instant communication.
We use things people said online to crucify them. We talk of futures we fear or delight in, but it is all in the past.
The internet is far from instant. People change every moment. We have to stop condemning each other.
I'm not against debate, but remember we're all suffering and the below each side of an argument is someone suffering.
"Buy our CD!"
Nah. I'll just download via iTunes where you get a fraction of a penny for every 10mil downloads.
"Buy my book!"
Is it on Amazon where they get 30-65%?
"We have to act on #ClimateChange now!"
Ok. Where do I get a badge for my avatar.
I am not asking you to sign yet another petition, or to join yet another march. I do not want you to feel good about yourself because you carried your banner down the road, or because you clicked a link and typed in your name, or because you donated to a well-known organization to "save the rainforest".
All those marches and petitions, have they ever changed a thing? Carbon emissions were still growing back in 2019, and the COVID exception won't last (neither did the 2008 banking crisis exception).
All those attempts to "save the rainforest", has there ever been a single year from 1950 to today where the Amazon rainforest gained a single square kilometer in extent? Delaying defeat is not the same as winning the fight.
If the rules say you can protest only this way or that way and "voice your opinion" where your voice is not heard, stop following the rules. You cannot unfuck a broken system by playing by its rules. You have to break the rules.
I am asking you to revolt. I am asking you to step out of your comfort zone to prevent what is destroying us from happening. I want you to glue yourself to the company gates in order to stop the delivery of that coal shipment. I want you to camp on the drilling site to keep oil and gas in the ground. I want you to stop paying your taxes if those taxes are spent on fossil fuel bailouts.
The rules are always designed by the people in power, and designed to keep those people in power. Forget petty politicians. What I'm talking about are the big fish. The billionaires. Those who have so much money they cannot possible spend it in a hundred lives.
They tell you what to read , what to want  and even what to think , in order to make even more money off you as if they didn't have enough of it already. Sounds like a conspiracy theory? Think again:
1: Who owns the newspapers you read, and the TV channel you watch? It's publicly traded, you say. Who is this "public"? Half of all US stocks is in the hands of the richest 1%.
2: Ever wondered about why you keep seeing all those ads everywhere? It is big money spending small money to make you give even more money to the big money. You say ads don't work? Psychologists (and company balance sheets) suggest otherwise.
3: This is the greatest danger of all. Facebook (also owning Instagram and WhatsApp) has built a digital monopoly the likes of which the world has never seen before - and there are other companies such as the Google empire (including, f. ex., Youtube). By collecting data on every single click you make, they can figure out your greatest dreams, and your worst fears. And they employ armies of behavior analysts in order to figure out how to push your buttons. Algorithms are designed to keep you hooked to the site, in order to generate even more revenue. Filter bubbles have invented the self-deepening rabbit hole. With the "right" algorithm, they can put right under your nose what they want you to see, while burying contrary evidence. Truth itself, it seems, has become relative in the age of Trump.
This illustration from Maria Stoian is 3 years old and it says so much about #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis and how we have done so little in the last 3 years. We are doomed by greed and #capitalism.
It's a post about the one day only (today!) 50/50.
a lot of people ask me how do you stick with alternative social media such as #mastodon when all of your friends are elsewhere. If you expect all of your friends to move here and mirror your interactions there it won't work.
Think of it this way, you don't interact with the same people and the same way in different commercial networks.
and think how you started using the ones you use regularly. There was some content you wanted to or needed to interact with.(1/3)
This whole #Mozilla Rally thing reminds me of Ghostery.
"Hey, here's a plugin to block trackers! Brought to you by a company that tracks you! Now your data is kept from our competitors and you feel safe."
It feel like signaling, not helping. It is the organic label on an apple in the produce store.
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