The Trouble With Turning Communities into Code

 Found this while cleaning out my drafts folder…

The retweet and share buttons on Twitter and Facebook are, in essence, just volume controls. They give us the opportunity to push something to a larger audience with one button, but they don’t require us to explain why we’re doing this. If you only give people the tools to make something louder, eventually all you will hear is the noisy screech of feedback loops.

Source: The Trouble With Turning Communities into Code

I miss the experiments of the Olde Internette.

Time was, people would try little experiments online. Like supergluing something to a wall and live-streaming it, or writing on a website that they owned.

Heady times. Back before social media killed the open web.

I’m always happy to see experimental webthings popping up. It’s proof that there’s still life out there.

Two such internety experiments popped up today:

  1. This website is an interactive map that writes a Haiku based on where you are in NYC.
  2. On this website music samples are plotted along the 13 dimensions of self-reported emotional experience evoked by music across cultures. (HT Rob Campbell)

A Big Year

This one is a big one.

A lot of work to do if we’re going to get off of this bizarro timeline we’ve been riding for the past few years.

It’s going to be difficult in a lot of ways. But we can’t count on things to “just work out” anymore.

That doesn’t happen in this timeline. This timeline is full of edge-lords and nazis and conspiracy theories and every one of the thousand capital ships has a planet killing super weapon on it. Don’t ask where the ships came from or who did the engineering.

And don’t ask about the people in black robes doing the extraordinarily synchronized chanting. The answers to those questions are not for us.


The only way out is through. And the only way we’ll get through is if everyone grabs an oar and starts rowing.