I’m afraid I’ve been off-putting, but I’ve had an extensive experience with capitalistic social media, and I’d like to have a deeper conversation because I don’t want to mansplain any of you but I still want to warn you about things that I haven’t read elsewhere.
Deprived of cognitive resources, all that remains to agonistic politics clusters on Twitter is a sort of rage that turns into a desperate attempt to oppress either minorities (which works) or oppressors (which doesn’t work, as "reversed oppression" can’t exist). An example of that is the appropriation on these capitalistic crowd media of the expression "men are trash", which seems to only shock men as being disabled, or abused (at home, at school, etc.), or people of color in a racist school system, or questioning their gender and maybe being actually women or non-binary, but re-assigned by this expression to their gender assignation whenever they feel mediocre. I see members of a specific "red" Facebook memes group spending a lot more of energy into shaming other fractions (trotskyists, anarchists, members of such political party or such union) than into sharing cognitive resources or being funny about oppressors.
For ’microbloggers’, publishing and thinking for clout, the term implies that a worthy blog post should be longer. In Mastodon/Pleroma interactions, length in itself can be perceived as an authority argument.
Now the usual microblogging mechanisms are the following:
- Built-in following/followers mechanism,
- clout-related notifications (favs/click-shares/followings), and
- a sort of interdependant federation mechanism (whether centralized or through a protocol).
Emphasis on the word ’interdependant’: the federation mechanisms are meant to create loose fabrics of mutual dependance, that depend themselves on their federation mechanisms. There will always be switching costs with ’microblogging’ services, that will be higher for the most abused, disabled, isolated, dependant, vulnerable people.
I’ll try to get a French research lab in touch with the Bonfire developers instead of pouring this pessimism of discutable quality 😅