In the fourth part of this episode: "Geeks, MOPs, and sociopaths in subculture evolution"

How muggles and sociopaths invade and undermine creative subcultures; and how to stop them.

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In the third part of this episode: "Subsocieties: urban tribes"

Subsocieties, close-knit social groups organized around subsocieties: a possible model for positive future social oganization.

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In the second part of this episode: "Subcultures: meanings at play"

With no responsibility to justify universal norms, or for solving social problems, subcultures were freed to play with meanings.

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In the first part of this episode:
"Subcultures: the diversity of meaning"

The subcultural era (1975-2000) recognized the diversity of meanings, and provided a new type of supportive, voluntary social group.

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On this episode of the Fluidity : "Completing The Countercultures"

At root, the culture war is not about abortion, gay marriage, or marijuana. It is about shared misunderstandings of the nature of meaning.

Today was super shitty, but in the middle of it I played this lovely, creepy little point-and-click game called "If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers". Small indie-team effort that really shines in soundscaping and story-knots; it sucked me right in and everything else faded.

Art MATTERS. It's always worth doing, yes bc Vonnegut's Rule, but also because sometimes someone's having too crappy a time even to make their own, and yours might be the thing that grants them priceless slack. <3

Another link mentioned in this episode is "The Toxoplasma of Rage", also by Scott Alexander.

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One of the links mentioned in this episode is "Five Case Studies In Politicization", by Scott Alexander.

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On this episode of the Fluidity : "Wreckage - The Culture War"

The culture war, political polarization, Baby Boomer bafflement: the unending zombie slugfest pairing the two countercultures of the 1960s-80s.

“Algospeak” is a new English dialect that emerged from the desperate attempts of social media users to “please the algorithm”: that is, to avoid words and phrases that cause social media platforms’ algorithms to suppress or block their communication.

#Algospeak is practiced by all types of social media users, from individuals addressing their friends to science communicators and activists hoping to reach a broader public. But the most ardent practitioners of algospeak are social media creators, who rely—directly or indirectly—on social media to earn a living.

the article ⬆️ posted by @pluralistic also links to this explainer:

I have been mulling over "We Need To Sing About Mental Health" for more than a year now.

"It’s likely that a few people endorse stigma, many don’t, and most people are in-between, not actively anti-stigma but not consciously discriminatory.

Isn’t that true about…everything? If there is such an outgroup, where is the in-group? Where is DepressionCon? Where are the Social Anxiety Pride parades?

Answer: that’s why we invented the internet."

In the second part of this episode: "Why Both Countercultures Failed" - Failure to find new foundations for meaning, to recognize diversity, to provide community, and to transcend opposition: all doomed counterculturalism.

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This episode mentions an atomized masterpiece by DJ Lobsterdust, "Queen Vs Satan, featuring pastor Gary G., in: It's Fun To Smoke Dust".

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A way to access the Fediverse, for attendees of Penguicon, an annual convention of science fiction, open source software, and all geeky interests, in Southfield, Michigan, USA. Convention info: