Twitter, It’s Time to End Your Anything-Goes Paradise
This should be the case for ALL social networks. You have the right of free speech, but your voice doesn't necessarily have equal grounds with every other.
"Twitter’s founders always talk about the service as a kind of public square, where everyone should be able to have a more or less unfettered voice. That’s a misguided analogy, because it misses the nuances of the real world.
Even a real public square imposes limits on how people can behave. Sure, the sign-wielding crazy guy is free to stand up on a crate and spout his nonsense — but you’re free to ignore him, and if you do, he’s not allowed to marshal all his acolytes (or to invent new ones) to follow and harass you. More than that, in the real world, we have many ways of determining who is worth listening to and who isn’t; there are body language, ways of speaking, ways of dressing and an overall history — an earned reputation that determines a person’s place in the community."
This explains so, so much.
This is part of the solution to the disposable industry of fast fashion that is filling up our landfills with fabric.
I guess I always misinterpreted the Tragedy of the Commons, I saw it as the reason we need government regulation, but then I guess when a government is shaped, or captured, by powerful economic interests and ideologies the policy is appropriated to serve that very same group, i.e. the powerful.
"The truly appalling thing about “The Tragedy of the Commons” is not its lack of evidence or logic — badly researched and argued articles are not unknown in academic journals. What’s shocking is the fact that this piece of reactionary nonsense has been hailed as a brilliant analysis of the causes of human suffering and environmental destruction, and adopted as a basis for social policy by supposed experts ranging from economists and environmentalists to governments and United Nations agencies.
Despite being refuted again and again, it is still used today to support private ownership and uncontrolled markets as sure-fire roads to economic growth.
The success of Hardin’s argument reflects its usefulness as a pseudo-scientific explanation of global poverty and inequality, an explanation that doesn’t question the dominant social and political order. It confirms the prejudices of those in power: logical and factual errors are nothing compared to the very attractive (to the rich) claim that the poor are responsible for their own poverty. The fact that Hardin’s argument also blames the poor for ecological destruction is a bonus.
Hardin’s essay has been widely used as an ideological response to anti-imperialist movements in the Third World and discontent among indigenous and other oppressed peoples everywhere in the world."
More consumption and growth is not the answer, it doesn't work and is ignoring the fact we simply don't have the resources for everyone on Earth to live the same lifestyle as the average North American or European. This article is spot on but this kind of thinking will, if my already low expectations of humanity is anywhere near correct, likely be dismissed, forgotten, or ignored by policy makers and social movements.
Exhortation to reclaim silence, and thus space for meditation, reflection, and social relationships.
The obvious answer is that a whole generation is learning and being rewarded for, not just for producing noise, but for being removed from their own experience in order to gain likes and followers. There is pressure for these kids from an invisible audience to perform, it is a whole new level and source of social anxiety.