@cubicgarden Hey Ian, it’s been a minute. Hope you’re well :)
I’d describe it as a Ponzi scheme. The next generation of bullshit by the fine folks who brought you surveillance capitalism (and some even finer folks who want to replace them).
We talked about it a bit during one of our Small is Beautiful streams: https://small-tech.org/videos/small-is-beautiful-15/
@aral Thanks, perfect. Trying to get different views for some research and I think the decentralised part is the core.
Interested how it @Jack@twitter.com also got to Web5 which hinges on a lot of crypto. But in the other hand he wishes Twitter was a protocol not a company.
Feels like lessons have not been learned?
@cubicgarden @aral sorry for butting in, but… BlueSky and whatever Jack Dorsey is working on are merely attempts to "decentralize-wash" surveillance capitalism. Not much different htan greenwashing that Big Oil is engaged in.
The reason why BlueSky is seemingly not going anywhere even though is/was behind it is because it can't. It's an attempt to make a "decentralized network" controlled centrally by a walled-garden company.
"No respect for peoples rights and freedom, just profit and monopolies."
The first Step for Change was already made with the introduction of the #Fediverse and now it's on People like you and me to spread the Word in order to change other Minds.
The point of BlueSky is not to build a decentralized network.
The point of BlueSky is to suck air out of decentralized networks, by pretending to build one, in a way such that it looks like a decentralized network but is still in all the really meaningful ways controlled by a single entity.
It's an attempt to keep the monopoly / roach-motel model going even though people start demanding decentralization.
But, err, I'm not sure how that will work when fedi et al. are *not* the kind of things afraid of committing too hefty a budget chunk to the wrong thing. It may have worked for the Muskrat, but here? I'm skeptical.
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