🍶 Freeman while pondering about the nature of social media and how it facilitates strong opinions, biases and groupthink that leads to toxicity , one wonders what it would look like if a social media were to block the use of "I" and "you", sort of like in the UK parliament (they only block the second person pronoun)
☕ David Antoine And then what? You are going to restrict the speech of bad people but at the same time restrict the speech of those who want to denounce them or point out their stupidity. In doing so, forcing a PC language, you're not better then the people you want to oppose (preferentially in a peaceful manner). But I guess that's is where the West is heading towrds, new anti speech anti science dark ages... What a pity.
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🐠 Sam E. It doesn't have to be an anti speech things though. It can be a way to experiment with discussion rules and see how people adapt to new ones. The idea is flawed IMHO but interesting in itself.
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☕ David Antoine Could be. I see it difficult though. It looks to me like a pandora box, once opened it's too late. Then it's never enough, discussion is killed and you end up with basically an echo chamber one way or the other, like the majority of other "social" websites, which I don't use anyway (except Subreply). Maybe it's inevitable. Maybe having good values and common sense is not enough to oppose a mass brainwashed society. Maybe it's too late. I don't know. I'm pessimistic by nature.
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🍶 Freeman Yeah it was more of a random thought relating to designing the rules of the forum to foster positive interaction, just as how subreply's rules makes it different to other social networks. It's not a new challenge, the Brits came up with banning addressing each other directly in parliament, which maybe worked to some degree. Such linguistic rule is easier/infinitely scalable to implement than something that requires human evaluation
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