Pluralistic: Podcasting "Let the Platforms Burn" (18 July 2023)

Today’s links Podcasting “Let the Platforms Burn”: It’s past time to evacuate the fire-zone. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading Podcasting “Let the Platforms Burn” (permalink) This week on my podcast, I read “Let the Platforms Burn,” a recent Medium column making the case that we should focus more on making it easier for people to leave platforms, rather than making the platforms less terrible places to be: The platforms used to be source of online stability, and many argued that by consolidating the wide and wooly web into a few “curated” silos, the platforms were replacing chaos with good stewardship. If we wanted to make the internet hospitable to normies, we were told, we had to accept that Apple and Facebook’s tightly managed “simplicity” were the only way to get there. But today, all the platforms are on fire, all the time. They are rocked by scandals every bit as awful as the failures of the smaller sites of yesteryear, but while harms of a Geocities or Livejournal moderation failure were confined to a small group of specialized users, failures in the big silos reach hundreds of millions or even billions of people. What should we do about the rolling crisis of the platforms? The default response – beloved of Big Tech’s boosters and critics alike – is to impose rules on the platforms to make them more hospitable…Pluralistic: Podcasting "Let the Platforms Burn" (18 July 2023)

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