internet gryphon, they/she

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Cake day: Jan. 28, 2022


to avoid confusion, i’ll remove this post now since we have a thread covering the new information on this incident.

i believe we’ve previously had a discussion on this here, but alas i cannot find it right now.

this is an objectively bad thing for basically everyone, kanye especially, but in the moment all i have to say is: i can’t believe candace owens has actually found someone to offload this stupid fucking grift project onto, much less someone of as much cultural importance as kanye west

goes without saying: this is bad! practically speaking though, what is the utility here–is it the same principle as remote-controlled bombs that some PDs have?

a much necessary step both for the community but also generally: it is absurdist that we have entire sections of police for schools when 1) it demonstrably contributes to worse outcomes for everybody and 2) the conflict mediation and intervention generally needed in schools is something we don’t train cops for and simultaneously have entire professions dedicated to.

it’s that time of the year for this fun bit of levity. the week is only halfway done and runs through the 11th.

my general experience with this: i didn’t get one until 17, and the only time it was inconvenient was when i needed to schedule a pick-up time for the bus stop with my parents, since i’d have to rely on someone else’s phone. beyond that though, didn’t really have an issue not having a phone; even now, i mostly just use it when we go out and it’s not my primary mode of communication.

amusingly, one of the groups musk was using to fund this deal backed out earlier, so i’m not totally sure who he’s going to replace them with–but as expected this acquisition is a huge mess.

This looks like a trainwreck in many ways.

the way they implemented this has been so bad–i have no idea what they thought was going to happen, and i’m glad they’re scrapping it but arguably the damage was done here already.

catastrophic and awful (and seeing this happen in other countries really underscores how anomalous the US is because we’ve had several with comparable death tolls)

their core ideas:

nobody has gotten it quite right yet

we think existing platforms have some good ideas, but no one’s managed to create one without profound flaws. we’re borrowing liberally from other sites, but we want to build cohost into something that works well and serves its users rather than just another clone. there is value in being in the same place as everyone

on a web without functioning search engines, blogs and friends-only sites may be okay for some, but they leave people who are scraping by on public visibility and word of mouth in the lurch. …but nobody wants a digital panopticon

on modern social media, there is an ever-present fear that someone will see your post, have their own bad faith interpretation, and decide to ruin your day over it. platforms are often built to encourage this sort of behavior to drive up engagement, but they don’t have to be. metrics are ruining our lives

modern social media is designed around a vicious feedback loop that keeps users Engaged at the expense of their mental health, all in order to make their executives more money. the value of social media is its posts

we aren’t the ones providing the most important part of cohost — you are. cohost exists to give you ways to express yourself and stay in touch with your friends.

my suspicion is this will not be “successful”, but i am interested in it because it feels like this kind of stuff–which is closer to how stuff on the internet used to be–is the next “innovation” in social media to be had.

i think these are generally and baseline good ideas, yes. i would emphasize the necessity of curating a space for yourself in particular through liberal use of filters and blocks, if possible; there’s really no point in engaging with people who make you feel miserable online!

Advertising has a habit of grabbing any available space where we look, and if train windows are available, I’ll bet it’s going to happen any time soon. No, I’d expect it would not happen on those beautiful Alpine railways… But on dreary subway trains, oh yes! Maybe a nice use would be to display passing Alpine scenery on a subway train?

i’m reminded of the ongoing, piecemeal adoption of advertising screens on glass doors in supermarkets, which is a particularly cynical and dystopian, egregious example of this. i fully expect similar to happen with train windows if an opportunity arises.

oh, how i wish jacobin would just stick primarily to stuff like this, because it really is where they excel as an outlet. pretty short, to the point, and not overly complicated; this feels like something i could quote to someone who isn’t really politically involved and they’d nod along.

Wake me up when the cryptocurrency community decides that these scams are a bad thing and something needs to be done about them, so far it looks like that community is more than happy they happen, as long as it helps provide liquidity to the space.

i’m reminded of how when dan olson did his big video on crypto at the beginning of the year he found the community more or less encouraged basic financial fraud schemes like pump-and-dumps and how if you made an NFT project–heavily tied to cryptocurrency–artificially inflating the value was a prerequisite to show you cared about your investors. the whole ecosystem is really just a nesting doll of scams, lol.