Behold the tale of a Facebook data scientist fired because he refused to run a little test that his bosses demanded ...
... in which he'd update Messenger so that it drained some users' batteries faster
The data scientist accurately noted that this was unethical as hell -- it could literally endanger people who rely on their phone as a lifeline
As @pluralistic notes, it's part of why "feudal security" -- trusting a big tech firm to keep you safe -- never really works: https://medium.com/@doctorow/when-facebook-came-for-your-battery-feudal-security-failed-c8c1e3beb279
short low effort posts + rapid feedback = twitter
longer more effortful posts + slow feedback = blog
mastodon does not fit in this, despite me being fully on board with the concept :/
so far the only people who do seem to post around here are programmer type people. like hacker-news, but twitter like
so i think the main aspect of social media in general, and twitter in particular is the whole i'm already here for a short quick dopamine hit, but i can also post stuff and get feedback and dopamine
for me i still haven't found on mastodon the same level of engagement that would make me open it, nor do i find the same level of rapid feedback
this makes me want to write longer form and post it on my blog instead
good news is that i'm using the time to focus on longform writing (was going to do so anyways, but now i have a twitter corporation made distraction blocker)
i keep forgetting that toots are longer than tweets. my writing has definitely gotten more short and snappy and this is a good thing.
but i don't need to make each point into a tweet/toot
(i mean like, i myself am not exempt from this shit lol)
maybe we should make meme bots to get people to come and stay?
it doesn't look like my account has been banned nor shadow banned. but it deeply bothers me
makes me regret not posting as much on mastodon
the main problem rn is that most of the people i'm interested in are on twitter and i have no clue how to encourage them to migrate
5. i feel like this stuff should be in a political science 101 book. but at the same time what little political books ive found seem to want to push a square peg through a round hole. forcing a theory instead of looking at the data
my impression of history books is that they try to tell a story. they dont compare between different events
True Believer by Eric Hoffer is a good example of the type of book i want to read. talks about social movements and brings several historical case studies
3. if voting is a tool for gaining legitimacy, then what other ways could we build that legitimacy. e.g. building it based on religion or monarchy or whatever
4. what counts as legitimacy anyways? lack of opposition? willingness to obey and coordinate? faith in leadership?
(the following is my own. not pwang's)
1. i had never considered that voting was a tool for legitimacy, instead of how its usually presented as a tool for discovering and implementing the will of the people
2. this kinda makes sense though. we've had plenty of corrupt votes here and no one could dare challenge the government for it. absurdity is a feature of authoritarian regimes, not a bug. 2 + 2 = 5 and no one dares challenge it, dont stick your neck out
(not sure if pwang is in mastodon or not. that account seems empty
Voting is not a great way to surface the “best ideas” from a group.
The primary purpose of voting is to maintain legitimacy of the regime in the minds of the losing cadre; you get their “buy in” bc they were part of the “process”
It’s not a tool for collective sense-making; it’s a tool for popular control.
Always has been, always will.
If, somehow, some general sense of “the collective will of the people” can emerge from a voting process, it’s a nice side benefit.
Risks to Mastodon with increasing popularity
Interesting comment on Hackernews regarding a possible scenario/long term risk should Mastodon threaten the corporate sphere of social media.
(this toot is a minefield of hazards. but its quiet here so should be ok. nice to experiment)
cookbooks do not feed the hungry. still stuck in platos cave. happy to recieve DMs :D
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