This quote by Andreas Gal (ex-CTO of Mozilla) sticks out to me: "Brave gained millions of users with 1% of the budget. Mozilla lost tens of millions of users during the same time."
Ideological and philosophical arguments are great, but they don't motivate those who hold the purse strings. Firefox is doing great work on Quantum, Servo, privacy, and a million other things, but they're still losing market share. I just don't see how Firefox doesn't switch to Chromium in the next ~5 years.
The #geekproblem "Engineers at our leading tech firms and universities tend to see human beings as the problem and technology as the solution."
#dotcons "the new digital barons — quickly appropriated and centralized the platforms and servers where that communication took place."
#fashernistas "ended up relegated to the comments section under click-bait stories or, worse, under product descriptions on Amazon."
Best to not see this as a ethical judgment and better to see this as a good move to have space/time to live a more interesting life. Money for most people is directly connected with depressing, pointless, work slavery.
1) Simple spend less on crap.
2) Work less to earn the money to spend on crap.
3) Live life better in the space this opens up.
Don't buy into middle class privilege of "ethical consumerism" instead buy less, buy second hand, live simply. but most importunately engage in making the social world a better place. you can do this in both small community levels and larger political movements, best a mix of all three. Just don't get stuck in the "ethical consumerism" evil death pit "climate change is coming".
Hippy capitalism is back, well it never went away, form bamboo tooth brushes to everything made outa charcoal. its all evil people pushing the same illusions of self control while ignoring the uncomfortable social truths the deluded desire this is based on. #fuckyou comes to mind, just stop buying crap in general.
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- Coming Soon: WORLDS END! https://corporatewatch.org/coming-soon-worlds-end/
TIYBO: Post Modernism
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"We can't engage as communities, unless we have money. I can't even express how angry this makes me."
- an activist group using Facebook. People and organisations who feel this way are our initial targets.
We are launching two new Mastodon instances for activists and campaigners to aid communication of grassroot groups; putting social media back in our hands by providing a free, unfettered home for campaigners, NGO’s and activists to communicate among their peers and beyond.
This project is a way out of the restricted, algorithmic, for-profit mediation and commercialisation of communication we increasingly experience. If you do not pay to "boost" each post, a Facebook page will only reach 3-6% of members. This soon becomes an expensive drain on limited NGO and activist budgets.
Activists and campaigners alike are ready to shift their outreach away from the corporate social networks paid-per-view “walled gardens”.
Mastodon is the worlds largest free open source decentralised microblogging network; it’s thousands of unique, interconnected communities, filled with different people, interests, languages, and needs.
You’re free to join any community you like, or better yet, host your own, on your own terms. It remains possible for members of each to instance to interact with others.
There is no monopoly by a single commercial company, no ads, and no tracking.
We aim to help activism/campaigning groups to make this step now.
A note on Security and Privacy - these take a somewhat different shape within the #openweb. Have a read about our thoughts on the matter.