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I wrote last week, There and Back Again, a Fediverse Journey.

emsenn.net/essays/there-and-ba

It's about Gamma the techbro. Gamma thinks that technology is can solve all social problems, so came to the Fediverse. But without systemic bias, he finds his opinions harshly criticized.This makes him uncomfortable. This new technology trying to solve social problems says he's the problem.

Why, and what happens next?

I'm resharing this because I've seen a truly disappointing number of people who follow me delete their account in response to people like me advocating suspending collaborator instances, and I've been looking and a shameful amount of them have gone back to Twitter.

Imagine "better tech solves things" being your sole ethical principle and then choosing to use lesser tech. They barely have principles and those they have they don't apply. Gross.

(p.s. I recognize that the lede here is different than the articles, technically making this clickbait. I don't think anyone who needs to read it will be fussed by such a minor rhetorical issue and if they are, I'll yell at them for missing the point.)

@emsenn they're definitely showing who they are and whose well being they care about.

@lawremipsum Oh don't be unfair - just because their inaction supports the status quo which is oppressive doesn't mean they support oppression. They're just taking their time to make sure they make the right choice in "does this support oppression."

I mean, sure a bunch of people from all walks of marginalized life, from poor to academic have told them yes, but can we really fault them for not rushing into such a decision, when the costs of moving instances are so high?

(BIG sarcasm.)

@lawremipsum They all had friends on other instances, and they put their allegiance to some ill-defined bastardization of prudence. They placed "doing things the right way," in the abstract, over "not doing things my friends say hurt them," in the concrete.

I think that's a hard thing for me to grapple with. I have beliefs. I have convictions. I've stood with a cop's gun to me and said "No."

But I'd still reconsider quick if a friend said to do so hurt them.

LB: To my fellow late-20s/early-30s (well, mid-30s) white men who have been working in tech for about a decade: Please read this. Please consider listening and not dismissing the criticism you receive when you exit corporate social media. I know getting called out hurts. I know hurt of this kind is a foreign and scary feeling. Please sit with that feeling and realize it is more about you than the people giving you feedback. Even if it's not easy to hear, feedback is still a gift. This is step 0.

@emsenn the same people who say this tend to also say “technology isn’t political”.

Pick, motherfuckers.

@requiem cracks me up when people all about FOSS, a radical rejection of current understandings of property, claim it isn't political.

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