Quoting Nilay Patel: Welcome to Hell, Elon

Posted on Fri 28 October 2022 in Dispatches • Tagged with social media, tech, twitter • 1 min read

The whole article is 🔥 and well worth a read, but this part of the conclusion hits the crux of Musk’s new dillema.

The essential truth of every social network is that the product is content moderation, and everyone hates the people who decide how content moderation works. Content moderation …


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Riding the Mastodon

Posted on Sun 26 November 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with mastodon, open source, personal, social media, twitter • 7 min read

Reader, I did it again. I joined another social network.

I know, I know. I should know better, right? But this time feels different. There’s something special about this one. Maybe it’s simply the contrast from Facebook and Twitter that makes it so appealing, but I can’t …


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If Your Website’s Full of Assholes, It’s Your Fault

Posted on Sat 28 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, facebook, gamergate, mra, social media, twitter • 1 min read

This old post from Anil Dash has been making the rounds again this week, and for good reason.

As it turns out, we have a way to prevent gangs of humans from acting like savage packs of animals. In fact, we’ve developed entire disciplines based around this goal over …


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