This wired article ( https://www.wired.com/story/join-mastodon-twitter-alternative/ ) about Mastodon is mostly good. It covers the basic features and talks about a shift from Twitter to Mastodon.
It confuses one key issue though, and that’s the “culture” of Mastodon.
What we’re seeing now across the Fediverse are the first adopters. The fringe. The queer. The hackers. The staunch individualists. The communal care takers.
As Mastodon becomes more mainstream, the “culture” will shift.
If you’re here for the culture, be wary... 1/2
Mastodon at it’s heart is a software application wrapped around a federated protocol.
Anyone can use it. Spin up an instance by thenselves or join one they like. It can federate with any other software application using ActivityPub. It is decentralized. HIGHLY resistant to censorship.
And this last part is key.
This platform is IDEAL to users that espouse unpopular viewpoints: fascism, hate, calls for violence, illegal content, etc. 2?/2...
While the culture is of first adopters and is open and affirming right now. Nazi’s and Fascists and $BAD_ACTOR’s will move in once they realize they can’t be censored or kicked off their own instance.
Those who left twitter because Jack didn’t ban folks there are going to be sorely disappointed when they realize that (while folks can be banned from one instance) they can’t be banned from their own instance. 3/2
There is no technical possibility for tolerance through /globalised/ intolerance of intolerance. All culture here is localized. Watching to see if that really sinks in with folks...
Which there isn’t.
Instead, as you said, we have to make decisions, voice opinions, & act, if we are to build tolerance as a culture.
Our point is that Mastodon the software application is not culture. Rather, the communities/ instances, and groups within the Fediverse are culture.
A Mastodon instance for info/cyber security-minded people.