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mozz Admin , in Can the internet ever be fun again?
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Give it time

The old school internet was fun because we were in charge. No one would put Peanut Butter Jelly Time or Look at My Horse on TV and let it play in its entirety. No one would print rotten.com on paper and sell it at the corner. For the first time ever in a lot of people's experience, you could publish and say whatever you wanted. Then the reality of hosting costs set in, and the government learned that the internet existed and decided what it needed was outlawed encryption, and long story short there was a long self selection process where only the assholes wound up in charge again.

But now it's coming back. I think everyone's a little bit shell shocked back to the Facebook way (e.g. screaming about the mods and how unfair, instead of starting their own instances / communities, e.g. bickering about what "the rules" need to be and when to put content warnings and whatnot). I think it'll equalize as the realpolitik of people generally running their own servers replaces the realpolitik of it being just a bunch of assholes running the servers and us being helpless and no escape from them.

I don't know exactly what culture it will equalize to, but I definitely feel like it will be a big step back towards the old internet. We just haven't gotten there yet.

livus ,

Well said. I think you're totally spot on with this comment.

Also this gave me a chuckle:

No one would print rotten.com on paper and sell it at the corner.

mozz Admin , in What's going on in the other timelines today?
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President Sanders is signing the $30/hr minimum wage into law as he’s looking towards the end of his second term

Since public funding of elections, the normal avalanche of TV commercials and social media bullshit is being replaced with a coordinated YouTube, TV, and Insta/TikTok/FB daily release of a video where the main candidates can discuss a rotating list of major or minor issues in a relaxed format with real time fact checking and anyone who just starts yelling like a crazy person or telling random lies sticks out like a sore thumb

Covid is still a problem, but since the US reacted quickly and decisively we were spared a lot of the worst of the impacts and the resulting science-policy quick response framework is now making some significant progress on climate change. Although there hasn’t been time yet for all the crazy weather to be any different, the heat waves are serving as a firm reminder to everyone of how important it is and is a frequent topic at the mini-debates

Netanyahu’s last appeal has just been denied

Ukrainians are still dying but the front line is holding

Hillary Clinton is still salty that the DNC betrayed her so badly, but as Donna Brazile told her bluntly: Senator, listen. I love you, I want to to win, but at the end of the day it’s up to the voters, and I’m not going to put my foot on the scales for you.

🥲

wizardbeard ,

I’m not going to put my foot on the scales for you.

Fucking hell, that hits hard. I feel like so much of this current shit show can be traced back to the DNC's full court push of Hillary. Winning against Trump should have been a fucking cake walk, but no, lets do this hard mode.

🥲 indeed.

People still were looking for more of the change that Obama campaigned on, and you intervene and force Bernie out for Hillary when Trump's whole campaign was on radical change? What I wouldn't give to know the truth behind that fuck up of a decision...

bizarroland ,

I honestly think pushing Hillary is the whole reason why we have this current timeline.

And it's not just that they were pushing hillary, it's not something so simple. It was the disenfranchisement of voter desire, the feeling of betrayal that so many people were so enthusiastic about their support of Sanders and to have that snatched out from underneath them by the people that were supposed to be on their side that did it.

That year is the only year I voted third party, and I was in a Southern state at the time that voted massively for Trump so my vote didn't really matter, but if it affected me personally then I can imagine it affected many other people, and obviously, collectively, it did matter.

BossDj ,

As a result of the COVID pandemic, people, businesses, and governments have all accepted the value of work from home models. Traffic congestion is still at an all time low and office space is being converted into affordable housing.

Four day work week has been implemented and has resulted in a boost in production. Surveys show improvements in mental health. People have more time to think critically about their leaders and make educated choices in their lifestyle.

bizarroland , (edited )

Side note, there are still many social media pundits who are criticizing president Sanders for his covid response. They're saying that the loss of 7,000 American lives, a number that is twice the number of people that died in 9/11, is proof that following the Democratic pandemic playbook was not enough of a response and that the DNC just does not care about American lives.

These posts sometimes get as many as 300 likes on Facebook, and that number is only increasing as time goes by.

angstylittlecatboy , in Americans, what's the plan if Trump wins the election in November? (serious)

Hope it's not as bad as I think ("as bad as I think" means "mass killings;") What else can I do? Everyone else here seems to be privileged enough to have the skills or plain cash to say "I'll go somewhere else," isn't as worried as they should be, or think they're Apocalypse Badass Man (see: accelerationists.) That's not me. I'm unskilled, poor, I have the self-introspection to know I don't have what it takes to be a revolutionary.

Swedneck ,
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fwiw you don't have to be a revolutionary, just supporting others (who might be revolutionaries) is great.

if nothing else, things become a lot easier to bear when you engage in mutual aid and building a local community.

TheWoozy , in Americans, what's the plan if Trump wins the election in November? (serious)

I'm a govt. contractor. I will retire the day before he's swarn in. I'm not sure what I'll do beyond that. A lot of Americans already retire to Costa Rica or Panama. I'll have to decide whether to run away or stay & resist.

LaoArchAngel , in Americans, what's the plan if Trump wins the election in November? (serious)

I'm a proficient software engineer and have the financial means to leave. I'm staying. 100%. This isn't a fight we can run from. If the US falls to fascism, there's a lot more damage we can expect around the world.

The plan is to increase the rhetoric and efforts already in place, but hopefully with more participation, as people (hopefully) slowly wake up to reality.

I had a buddy once in a previous job who didn't vote in 2016. His stance was that the system was "working as intended", and voting was equivalent to condoning the system. Not voting was his way of exercising his freedom of speech. I disagreed with his logic but I understood, mainly because I couldn't verbalize a valid and logical counterargument. Today I can.

My buddy was right. The system is working as intended. But you can't say that without also stating that, at our best, more than ⅓ of eligible voters don't vote. Couple that with a system meant to disadvantage large populations, and, yeah, the system is working as intended. I believe that our best option is to stay and fight by being politically active and encouraging others to do the same.

I also do believe in our fellow man. Trump has plenty of supporters, but I honestly believe they're outnumbered and endangered. This doesn't make them less dangerous. Probably moreso tbh. And even though they're outnumbered, the only way to truly push forward is to keep up the fight and not underestimate them. We need to be louder, fight harder, and make our voices heard when it counts. ie, vote.

chiliedogg ,

I'm staying. Just like I've stayed in Texas.

But I also don't have kids. My sister left Texas when she decided to start having children and I support that decision 100%. This is no place to raise a child.

HowManyNimons ,

My sister left Texas when she decided to start having children

Those forced childbirth laws aren't working as intended.

KillingTimeItself ,

This isn’t a fight we can run from. If the US falls to fascism, there’s a lot more damage we can expect around the world.

saying that it could be similar to germany during that one thing they did would be an understatement, considering how much bigger the US is, and how much more influence it has.

It would be global, if not near global. The only good thing would be the fact that china and russia exist, and exist in significant capacity to do something about it (though it's debatable that they would) oh and india.

I also do believe in our fellow man. Trump has plenty of supporters, but I honestly believe they’re outnumbered and endangered. This doesn’t make them less dangerous. Probably moreso tbh. And even though they’re outnumbered, the only way to truly push forward is to keep up the fight and not underestimate them. We need to be louder, fight harder, and make our voices heard when it counts. ie, vote.

it's important to remember that the right is incredibly fractured right now, every party in the right hates each other. Unless everyone somehow collectively agrees, they will likely deconstruct themselves in part.

mozz Admin , (edited ) in If you are a Libertarian and hold liberty as your core value, why do you not believe in universal healthcare? Nothing impacts liberty more than sickness and death.
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This is the problem with "ism"s. At whatever point you decide that philosophy X is the answer to everything, you start being wrong about a lot of the world, because whatever it is, there's at least like 30% of situations (and potentially a lot more) that your particular ism actually isn't the answer to.

Libertarianism or anti-imperialism or ACAB or socialism or pro-the-Democrats or anarchist or whatever it is, it's never always the answer. Trying to hold a debate about, well is it philosophy X or philosophy Y that's always right about everything, or any other discussion that feeds into the basic wrong premise, is just compounding the imaginary non-situation-dependent way of looking at it.

Although yes some of them are wrong a lot more of the time than some others.

Kalcifer ,
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Before applying any of these so-called "isms" to the collective, the most important step, imo, is to ensure that there is synchronization on the collective's ideals and principles. In general, understanding all extremes, their benefits and drawbacks, is the best approach forward. One must be rooted in their ideals and draw from diverse pools of experience to round out one's beliefs.

crusty , in Canvas Ended. Who is this?

That's the ultimate arch-wizard, the number one mage in axel! Otherwise known as crazy explosion girl

RBWells , in If you had a short time to live what would you do with your final days or years?

Like if I wouldn't outlive my savings? I would travel for as long as I could, then come home and party for as long as I could, then see if I could have a comfortable death.

RBWells , in Do you run the water while soaping up in the shower?

I do. But if I am washing only my hair, face or hands, not literally taking a shower, that I turn off while not using it.

HubertManne , in Those of you who don't vote, why?

I have missed a few in the past but I don't expect that for future as my state as mail in and I signed up for it as did my wife.

RBWells , in Ex Redditors of Lemmy what made you come on over? What happened at Reddit that you made the switch?

It just got too busy and corporate for me. The pace of Lemmy is better and more manageable, and I believe its structure is more resistant to commercialization.

Whitebrow , in Ex Redditors of Lemmy what made you come on over? What happened at Reddit that you made the switch?

They killed the standalone apps. The desktop version redesign was/is crap. And the official mobile experience is less pleasant than having the clap.

PenisWenisGenius , in Ex Redditors of Lemmy what made you come on over? What happened at Reddit that you made the switch?

Kept getting banned for no reason. Last straw was when I was getting constsntly harrased and threatened by this massive dipshit who had been following me around for months. So I reported it to admins and I was the one who got banned for "inciting violence".

intensely_human , in What's going on in the other timelines today?

In many of our nearby parallel neighbors, people are accusing Trump of a false flag attack after his supporters died in the shooting at his rally. In many others, Trump’s funeral is tomorrow.

This is only 1 out of our nearby cluster of 375 universes where Trump was struck by the bullet but not killed.

Seriously though, millimeters in either direction and that bullet sends history in another direction. The bullet grazing his ear is not only a ridiculously unlikely event, it’s one that’s impossible to plan without a superhuman sniper.

Kimdracula , in Canvas Ended. Who is this?

I've seen her doing lots of wholesome stuff online, but I don't know the character

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