Maybe I’d better go read the post again.
He articulates the problem well. I don’t know either way whether it is correct whether there really isn’t any agenda or bias in how Twitter is moderated, it might be true, it might not, more likely it is just not that simple because there is push and pull forces at work inside of Twitter ae well and its administration is not just some homogeneous hive mind. But it doesn’t really matter anyway.
I think where he goes wrong is that he seems to indicate that he thinks there is a solution, that will allow gigantic monolithic social media platforms with millions of billions of users to exist with no tension about moderation policies and free speech limits, and all it requires is that everyone on the whole platform just be civil and change how their brains work and suppress their individual cirtlcumstances that led to them behave in manners that are destructive to civil discourse and do it all at the same time.
Well, that won’t happen. Maybe the solution is that we don’t need platforms that are as big as Twitter or Facebook. Maybe the solution is for people in leadership positions at these companies to recognise that humans are not ready to be put into an environment like that. Which basically comes down to societies and nations designing the market incentives to make disintegrating these too-large giants of companies an attractive proposition. Though how that could be. I don’t know. The more immediate solution for Twitter would be, for Elon to buy it for fifty billion dollars, take it private, then liquidate it and tell everyone to go to fedi.
He knew what he’d been taking part in this whole time but waited till his time card was punched and his millions made before admitting it. Too little, too late.
Shipit was especially such an amazing program. Were it not for a friend of mine handing me a disc with an Ubuntu 5.04 CD on it, I may have never gotten a taste of Linux.
He does make good points, but though he mentioned that Pop!OS are rebasing their DE away from GNOME, he didn’t really go into why: that putting your desktop environment together on GNOME extensions is building your house on sand. For individual users doing their own personalisation that’s probably fine, but the GNOME devs seem to be committed to aggressively pursuing their vision, even if that’s at the expense of downstream sometimes.
“Why not signal essay” shows it as the first result.
Zorin is seriously great for anyone who just wants to get their work done in Linux.
I’ve been very happy on Zorin OS 16, it’s basically just Ubuntu with lots and lots and lots of spit and polish (much like Mint, but with a better aesthetic imo).
It seems to me like this ‘cult of thinness’ only ever existed in tech media anyway. You would see it all across reviews, using ‘tank’, ‘bulky’ etc to describe phones more than 8mm thick and praising devices as they got thinner and bendier.
I actually have always much preferred devices that have a bit of heft, though I’m sure the pendulum will swing again, Apple will introduce a Macbook that you can fold into origami with 15 minutes of screen-on time, the tech press will be all on board with ‘thinner and lighter’ once again and articles like this one will become passé.
Honestly, I think I just forget about it. I have never evaluated it and I’m too comfortable with GNOME. I may try it some day, though, it does look nice.
I keep forgetting about Budgie. I wonder why it is not more popular.