There’s been a lot of talk about how social media should be open and distributed and for the people but I always felt like this corner of the fedi was really just some prosthesis of participation for people who realised that to opt out was to believe that you can put the toothpaste back in the tube.

I don’t think social media is a good thing but people don’t talk in off-topic boards in forums any more because they have social media.

@grimmware What definitely of social media are you using? I would think forums are social media.

@binarycat I'd argue that forums were around before "social media" as a term existed, and they tended to be special interest related rather than a general purpose platform for *any* type of content.

That said I wouldn't argue very hard about it.

> to opt out was to believe that you can put the toothpaste back in the tube.

i'm intrigued, could you explain what did you mean with this?

@sejo that you can’t opt out of social media and pretend that it isn’t happening if you ever grew to draw a significant portion of your human interaction from the internet because it’s presence takes contribution from other mediums of communication. You may be opting out, but it means you’ll have lost some very current part of what it means to be a part of society because nearly nobody *else* opts out.

@grimmware ooh i see, thanks for the clarification! i totally agree and identify with what you say about the "prosthesis of participation"

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