One of the coolest social experiments were those livejournal fanart spaces where everyone always posted anonymously. No accounts. No trackrecord. Every post was your first. You’d expect thise places to become 4chan yet all of the spaces that I was in were so friendly, everyone was just trying to make each other nice stuff.
I mean, Mastodon is nice but I still get far more shit here than I ever did there. I was too young to pick up on how they made that magic happen but damn, that was something.
The ‘producing content on capitalist owned platforms’ versus ‘having a laugh and being yourself on the fediverse’ binary seems weird to me.
Lots of people are having a laugh on corporate owned social media and some of us were bloggers before big social media even started cause that’s just what we like to do?
Corporate media harvests your data, it’s not that into making you produce quality content. People so into an online ‘career’ that they think of themselves as Brands seem like the exception
My take on the mastodon.cloud stuff:
I think we should definitely defederate from instances owned by ‘a small company, owned by some people we know’.
Sure, that’s not as creepy as a mega company, but many small start-ups became that over time. Can you tell the difference? I can’t from the ‘press release’ from their ‘head office’....
Let’s not open the door.
If, out of all the ways you can host an instance, you choose through a company, accept that anarchist instances will avoid you. Simple.
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I encourage everyone that follows me to defederate with mastodon.cloud, /any/ and all corporate incursion to our space must be soundly rejected.
considering the months of planning, you'd have thought The Independent Group would at least have bought a domain name lmfao 😂 this website is gold
"Despite International Humanitarian Law, arming Saudi Arabia to bomb Yemen into the Stone Age is very important to us...Lobby politics is great. The Iraq War was the best thing that ever happened. Rupert Murdoch is a man of our values."
Is it just me or is constantly using the word 'Zionist' where 'pro-Israel' would have been accurate kind of counterproductive in terms of communicating that it is the actions of the state that are the problem, not some global 'zionist' conspiracy?
Just saw the Israel Defense Forces described as 'Zionist Entity' and like.. we know the IDF is shit. We know which murderous state the IDF belong to. There's no need for the vague 'Zionist entity' shit and it sounds like a dog whistle this way.
Re-posting from the bird site:
"A brief, free, guide to the entire unworld: articulated, mind-blowing and unflinching, Darren Allen's "33 Myths of the System" confronts realities and extremities in a great piece of anarchist literature -completely free!"
https://semantikon.com/StealThisBookbyAbbieHoffman.pdf gonna leave this book here for folks to read, not the sort of thing you need to read cover for cover but certain chapters may be helpful
As a multiply marginalised middle age person that finds lots of barriers to establishing bonds with people, I find this article really validating, and I wish this was discussed inside queer spaces more often. This idea now is mostly expressed by the aro community, but amatonormativity is a key facet of allocishet capitalist normativity and deconstructing it allows all of us to better support ourselves and keep all of us alive and thriving.
Some of the most annoying people among anarchists are those who get a smug sense of superiority from not caring deeply about anything and just shit(post)ing all over serious online and offline conversations.
Like, relax, you're not enlightened, you're not the new Diogenes. You're the same kind of insufferable as those New Atheist bros.
Caring about shit fucking rocks.
Old but very very good, still super relevant!
On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant
by David Graeber
There's two kinds of optimism and they relate to politics in different ways. On the one hand there's passifying optimism. This is the veiw that things will get better. It looks at progress as inevitable. This can have the dangerous side effect of people resigning themselves to not do any of the work of making things better, because everything will just work it self out. Steven Pinker is a good example of this.
Then there's motivating optimism. Not the view that things *will* get better, but that they sure as heck *can*. This is the optimism of Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Angela Davis. It's the veiw that you can actually win, but you have work for it. It won't happen on it's own, you have to make it happen. Most positive social change has been driven forward by motivated optimists. Motivating optimism getd shit done.
The more I realize that online environments less hostile than Tumblr, twitter and facebook are possible,
the more I get a tendency to simply refuse to interact with people who seem intent on purposely misunderstanding me, irritating me or just not engaging with me on the assumption of good intentions and the desire for mutually enjoyable contact.
& I'm still learning how to treat others like that and checking myself for the harmful behaviors that I have learned on social media.
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Y'all the Alt-Right Playbook series fucking rips. It explains fascist thinking so well when no one else dares to, and knowing the motivations behind their bullshit is so vital to not falling for it
Plus, check out this episode about why the Democratic Party sucks
I’m kinda put off by user-run instances because of the amount of responsibility that brings.
Some people treat instances like homes, where ‘the community’ lives. I see them more like bars, where we can connect with people of likeminded communities. And it is fine if a collective of 5 people run the local anarchist bar as long as they kick out the bad guys.
I can not invest a lot in every space I visit. I like being able to just chill in some places, knowing that someone is watching the door.
A mastodon instance for anarchists and libertarian socialists.