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“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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In the first part of this episode: "Countercultures Thick And Wide" - The hippie and Moral Majority movements both developed broad, deep cultures, with innovative approaches to every aspect of life, from music to dentistry.

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I dealt a random 10 cards & gave tongue-in-cheek life advice based on which strategies work well in conditions where that set of cards is available. This sprdsheet shows how I renamed/reworded all the cards available at the time:

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I used to give a "tarot" reading from a set of Dominion cards as a humorous thought exercise. I translated the game's mechanics: Card = Attention. Action = Will. Deck = Personality. Hand = Awareness. Buy = Training. Gain = Learn. Trash = Unlearn. Card = Habit. Treasure = Drive. Action = Behavior. Victory = Reward.

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Somebody on birdsite compared the strategy of their organization as if it were that of a game of Dominion. It's amazing how many things in life I mentally approach by "if this were a game of Dominion."

The link you just clicked on leads to a video on PeerTube, on a server called

BUT... if you copy and paste the same address of the video into the search box in Mastodon, and search for that link within Mastodon, it will appear to you as a Mastodon post :blobwizard:

You'll then be able to watch it (of course), but also you'll be able to comment on the video by replying to the post within Mastodon, like the video by favouriting it, and follow its creator by following the account that posted it.

This is the Fediverse in action, totally different services interacting through a common open standard.

It can be hard to get your head round this at first, but it's incredibly useful and once you get used to it simply how things should be.

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I'm thinking late 2023. My next steps include:
- write the invitation emails so they're ready
- create an attendee survey
- shop venues
- apply to the next round of grants from Scott Alexander

What do you think?

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Another type of session would be the Kaffeeklatsch. Attendees (10 or fewer, signed up in advance) have coffee & casual conversation together, with one of the weekend's guests of honor.

(Panels, roundtables, kaffeeklatsches, & the Q&A after solo talks, would all have moderators.)

In addition to whichever talks, panel discussions, or round-tables the guests of honor would be comfortable with, the weekend would have a "unconference" component, for the audience to gather in small breakout groups to discuss what they've heard.

Rather than debates, attendees can team up in Slate Star Codex-style "adversarial collaborations", where 2 people who disagree will prepare one unified talk on their best findings. I think attendees should vote to award a prize for the best one.

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David asked me what the focus would be, and I said: A gathering of bloggers, their readers, & lay enthusiasts of the intellectual blogosphere, to talk about metamodernity, sense-making, and/or thinking-about-thinking.

All-volunteer not-for-profit fiction conventions have a model with a lot to offer in domains other than fiction publishing. Imagine if this conference were sponsored by, for example, Substack. Writers & bloggers could see it an in-person arm of their community outreach.

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The more I think back to the dream, the more I want to run a conference with that guest list, or as close to it as we can get. I'm serious.

David Chapman is up for it. John Nerst said on Twitter this was the most flattering thing anyone ever said about it. I know someone who knows at least 2 others well enough to invite them.

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Every few minutes one would have an epochal insight about the human condition, crack open their laptop, & blog silently while the rest chatted about the rain & the cafeteria. I performed "Hello Mudda, Hello Faddah, Here I Am At Camp Granada" and they laughed.

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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: