reading this article on how metastasizing corporate social media suffocated community on the internet (in particular art communities like deviantart) artsy.net/article/artsy-editor makes me think that—like learning html and css—learning how to set up and administer and customize your own installation of forum/community software should be considered a basic part of internet literacy

in my experience there was definitely a feedback loop that happened in education around the time that facebook etc gained popularity: classes that had been about learning how to make web pages suddenly became about how to use existing platforms; when github came out, the parts of programming classes that had been about learning how to share/upload/collaborate on code were replaced with "sign up for a github account" etc. (and as an educator i'm guilty of all of this too)

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@aparrish Or ideally, we figure out decentralized social media, and make the clients amenable to tweaking.

...but now that I say that, I realize that I've been using Kotlin and Rust for my experiments in that direction. I should probably be using something like Python that can be edited in place!

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