«We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it's financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them.»
— Jaron Lanier
@kitsunelli ...except unless humans develop worldwide telepathic communication or just choose to only converse directly with those in their vicinity then this will always be the case?
Counter-example: the fediverse you're posting on now. It's financed by its users [¹] rather than advertisers and largely avoids manipulation.
An older and less idealistic [²] counter-example: the telephone network.
[¹] or by admins on their behalf though it'd be more sustainable if most heavy users who are able make some contribution to their instance's running costs.
[²] Though: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_service
@kitsunelli I feel like mark z read this and was like "challenge accepted"
Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.