kontextmaschine:

smug thinkpiece writer: “the internet is about the sound bite, the tweet, tiny fragments of information that only take two or three seconds to consume”

me, thinking back to the 5000-word tumblr post i scrolled past yesterday where two classicists, three high schoolers, and a witch all got in a very pointless argument about hades and persephone or shakespeare or something: uh,

jindosh:

people who put video tutorials online for literally everything are the backbone of this society i would be nowhere without the comfort that whenever i don’t know how to do something painfully simple i can look it up like i bet i could look up ‘how to preheat the oven’ and there’d be endless videos and i never have to look like a complete idiot again. thank you all for saving my life 

alil2confident:

caffeinatedvagitarian:

fifizero:

ficcyshit:

micdotcom:

Watch: Now Trump wants to close up the Internet

No wonder Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to shoot him into space.

The internet is the most efficient and used information network today. It blows watching televised news programs and reading newspapers out of the water. It’s very common for dictators to oppress any means of spreading information so the people can’t, educate themselves on the truth, organize, and rebel.

Just thought I’d remind people of this with the FCC vote literally DAYS away. It’s definitely not coincidence.

The only reason he wants to get rid of the internet and take away net neutrality is because then he can control it. So if you try looking up bad stuff about trump, it wouldn’t show up. This is against the laws!!!

REMINDER: INTERNET ACCESS WAS DEEMED A HUMAN RIGHT BY THE UNITED NATIONS IN 2003. TAKING AWAY INTERNET ACCESS IS A VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

Considering the digital gap, I think he wants people ignorant and isolated. Like any good dictator would. Controlling information and access to it is key to the type of hierarchy he wants to build.

solarpunks:

solarpunks:

REAL LIFE SOLARPUNK: SCUTTLEBUTT AN OFF-GRID SOCIAL NETWORK

Dominic and James are a few key figures in a community of eccentric open source hackers gathering in a social network independent from mainstream internet. The unique properties of Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB) make it possible for digital information to spread easily even in the absence of Internet Service Providers (ISP) and the internet’s backbone. What makes that possible is a decentralized protocol based on the mechanics of word of mouth.

Scuttlebutt is decentralized in a similar way that Bitcoin or BitTorrent are. Unlike centralized systems like PayPal or Dropbox, there is no single website or server to connect when using decentralized services. Which in turn means there is no single company with control over the network.

In Scuttlebutt, the “mesh” suffices. With simply two computers, a local router, and electricity, you can exchange messages between the computers with minimal effort and no technical skills. Each account in Scuttlebutt is a diary (or “log”) of what a person has publicly and digitally said. As those people move around between different WiFi / LAN networks, their log gets copy-pasted to different computers, and so digital information spreads.

What word of mouth is for humans, Scuttlebutt is for social news feeds.

(via André Staltz – An off-grid social network)

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the future is rural, cooperative, and solar powered

Excerpt from a great thread over on Scuttlebutt in the solarpunk channel.

(links take you to the scuttlebutt network viewer)