Now imagine all of the fake news, trolling, and negativity amplified a 100 times.
— Rajiv Abraham doesn’t want to see the toxicity of the Closed Web spill into the Open Web.
This is a valid concern and should certainly be on the mind of both the community as a whole and those who make the software upon which blogging lives.
However, the Open Web and especially the blog-based sections of it already have years of experience in dealing with these problems; a good example is the aforementioned Micro.blog, as an alternative to a commenting system is quite brilliant in its elegance — now as individuals we do not have to manage the comments on our site, whilst those who are either writing for a site in a group or employed to do so can either choose to manage the comments or not… or even better, turn to something like Micro.blog where the comments are a lot less likely to be poisonous from the get-go.
Of course this is also dependent on the development of platforms like Micro.blog; it could go either way. The point here is that we all know more now than we ever did and it is upon those of us who care to actually go to the effort to have community standards, including codes of conduct and active moderating where it is needed.
There is no doubt that the vitriol from which the big Closed Web media companies have been profiting is a different kind of beast from what we once so naively referred to as “Internet Drama”, and we should be vigilant lest it spreads entirely across the web but we have hope like never before be it from the experienced crowd of web users, the bright new minds of so-called digital natives, or those of us who have adapted to the ever growing blend of physical and digital. We are determined to not so easily lose this world before it has barely begun, certainly not to the likes of those who clearly care not for the people who have built their success whether that’s Mark or Jack, and most certainly not to the people who use their work to wreak havoc in our lives.
We can do better. And I think we will.
The past couple of weeks have been an increasing number of stressful events, growing slightly up until the point where I realised that I haven’t written anything for the blog since… January? Something like that. I feel bad and in a good way; I’m annoyed at missing out on it, as opposed to any weird social pressure-type reason.
So that’s good.
However, it’s time to be truthful; I’m not going to post for at least another week. We’re moving in the next few days and time is very much up for my attempts to spend any serious time on thinking about a subject, let alone writing about one.
In the meantime I’ll likely be active on Micro.blog since it’s such a good reprieve from the chaos of moving home, as well as life in general. I encourage you to join, it is a lot of fun.
In 1999, David Hyde Pierce said this:
The greatest honour the Academy has ever given me, is to put me in the same category with John Mahoney.
LP – Muddy Waters [Audio]
I keep coming back to this song. It just hooks into my mind somehow, you know, in a good way.
I’ve made a few updates over the last few days and as much as I’m enjoying working on the site it’s unlikely that they’ll continue at this scale; after all, my focus is on writing and I’ve got other projects in the works.
Here’s a rundown:
- A new page listing all of my available feeds.
- Major edit to properly activate the page, covering what I am currently doing.
- Recommended Reading widget
- About widget (“Hi”)
- Extended for an up-to-date status.
The other decision I’ve made, tied into some of these updates, is that I’m going to use my hosted Micro.blog as a pure Twitter (and general social media) replacement. Whilst some of my micro blog posts on here go directly through to Micro.blog, with the full posts going through as a feed, I’ll also be posting exclusively to the Micro.blog blog itself.
These posts will be incremental status and general social updates, much more of a moment-to-moment version of my Now page. There is a great community growing on Micro.blog and it has been a fresh of breath air for me to have access to such an alternative to social media, also blending as it can so well with my blog.
There’s more about how my new social feed works alongside my blog on the Now and Feeds pages. In the meantime, I’ll be back with more posts soon.
Kesha — Praying
An uplifting end to the week. 🙏
I encourage you to click the button at the bottom of this post and help Aleksandar Todorović break the law.
Becky Hansmeyer’s thoughts about keeping old posts made me think of the posts I have written over the past few years and failed to save. Now that I am focusing much more on my own site it has become clear just how infuriating it is that I was so casual with the things I wrote.
Fortunately I have a few posts from the recent past saved so I’ll post those over the next few days. It won’t necessarily do much to subdue the annoyance at my past-self but at least it’s something.
Great post from @cdevroe in which he interviews @manton about Micro.blog. A good way to introduce people to the platform.