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@humanetech Yeah, I'm saying it facetiously and it's not just the Fediverse (I set up a co-op in 2016!)

It's more like I've found my people. And they're not funded by VCs 😂

I never feel so powerful as when I am walking around Costco with my headphones in, music turned up to 11. Today’s insight is brought to you by the most basic dad in Denver.

I really do love stop podcasting yourself. This episode in particular:

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interviewer: can you explain the big gap in your employment history?
me: can you explain the big gap between what your CEO gets paid and what your workers get paid?

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Fedi things I’ve noticed since I’ve joined:

1. There’s a lot of unique people here that are utterly different than me. NB, on gender journeys, furries, a kaleidoscope of sexual orientations, and many of them prefer Linux.

2. They all are having more fun, more real candid conversations, and bonding digitally than anything I observed in my decade+ on birdsite.

3. They seem to be fulfilling the original promise of the internet here in these verdant e-valleys while so much of the rest of discourse and networking is scorched earth on its way to ash.

4. I like it here.


How to ShitProtest:
* Choose your meme/idea/image/video of choice as your own “spirit animal.”
* Choose your target:
* Hashtag
* Political Figure
* Concept (CRT, “Pro-life”, etc.)
* Post as much as you can, making as little sense as you can.

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It would be like the K-pop Stans taking over hashtags (h/t @StevenSavage) but it would be targeted at specific individuals and ideology.

Anywhere that misinformation, misogyny, or fascistic sentiment exists, so too will the “Shitprotestors”. They will make your Twitter incomprehensible. They will make your Facebook feel like a foreign land. They will use their understanding of how to build followings and hijack conversations to make them into nothing but noise.

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What if the only way to combat misinformation on dominant online platforms is to make those platforms utterly unusable? What if the only way to combat right-wing extremism is to recruit a literal army of young people who understand their own memes and hyperbolic media saturation and simply have them respond to any message from a given target with a torrent of nonsense.

After creating my full Birdsite archive on GitHub ( and paying for a Tweet Deletion service to clean out everything, I have now changed my Banner Picture to the following. Does anyone have any other good/better examples of protesting via (now) defunct Birdsite profiles?

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I wonder if we need to have an “identifying and combating misinformation” class in every high school. It seems like we would be able to help inoculate a generation against fascism by teaching the modern (eternal) skill of critical thinking.

You know that moment when you’re listening to dashboard confessional in the car and screaming as loud as you can to the lyrics you learned when you were 16. And you start crying super hard so you have to pull over next to a park where your youngest of three sons had a soccer game earlier in the same day. That.

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That's a super long answer but I wanted to acknowledge I see it.

There are multiple things on my timeline but we all need to be looking to organizations like Planned Parenthood and NARAL to help the immediate, talk to as many people as you can about showing up at protests, marches, demonstrations, etc. I think economic boycott action may be required.

We also have to work to get more people voting. We are in the majority but haven't voted like it and now the GOP controls far too many state legislatures.

Fight disinformation, stay unified with fellow people who feel like you do, and expect a serious fight.

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Hiya, I'm Stephen Downes, I've been a member of Mastodon since 2016. I'm probably best known for my OLDaily newsletter about online learning and new media. I'm also known for my work on MOOCs, on learning networks, on open education, and variety of related topics. I tell people that I work at the point where philosophy, journalism, education and computer science intersect. My degrees are in philosophy and I have worked for the National Research Council of Canada since 2001.

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I love Griffin McElroy. This idea of how our past impacts our future is powerful.

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