Lessons in caring for your metaverse

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Tomorrow, Facebook will present its “vision of the metaverse.” What beautiful darkness is approaching?

But how different can the metauniverse be from where we are? Many of us are more consumers of digital ghosts than we would like to admit. Information and propaganda are received; drawings of the child turn out; a person or product receives 3.5 stars; one of Jeff Bezos’ supermarkets sends diapers. For example, I spend all day transferring digital characters to the reputable market.

All that is left is to turn yourself into a third personification into a cartoon entity, which, apparently, is simply raised by the torso. In fact, if there are no genitals in the metaverse, many of us will be very disappointed! You can see a pretty horrible potential future for the metaverse this is a video with the benefits of Facebook, delivered by unsuspecting internet yesterday from BuzzFeed terrorist Katie Notopoulos.

They sing about Facebook health insurance. And yes, if you are outside the US, ask an American to explain open registration to you! This is stupid! Open registration belongs to the corporate meta universe.

This vision of a connected digital future appears at the beginning of our 60 days of Facebookmas. The list of media organizations that have access to a large landfill of Facebook internal documents photographed at the work of Francis Haugen is only growing, and they plan to publish stories every day just before Christmas. This is understandable if you are already overwhelmed with news, comments and journalism about Facebook.

But what the metacosm might look like – apart from, for example, Zelle and Venmo, shoes, food and the complete absence of nudity – is a community.

Reddit is about a year younger than Facebook. Unlike Facebook, which has brought little to the culture over the past few years, Reddit has recently become the site of three most interesting conversations about how we should now be a community of people. These conversations emerge from their digital space and penetrate a much larger world, including the real world (on the street).

WallStreetBets, a nearly ten-year-old community on Reddit, exposed the stock market fraud when its members nearly removed a segment of the darkest sectors of the economy by promoting GameStop shares. Along the way, they also uncovered protectionist schemes designed to support key players.

Over the past few months, the HermanCainAwards have attracted a great deal of attention for demonstrating the published stories of disinfectants against vaccines and coronavirus, most of whom were evangelicals who later died of COVID. This is a very active community! Where do they collect these profiles? Why, as it happens, Facebook is a company that knows everything about how its users progress from “harmless” local clusters to “gateway groups” and then directly to QAnon latrine pits to combat vaxx.

Antiwork has now been one of the fastest growing subcultures on Reddit over the past week. It has existed since 2013, but a series of (often probably fake) screenshots of text messages in which people oppose malicious employers has led tens of thousands of people to the community.

(Meanwhile, Capitalism, the Reddit community for people to discuss “capitalist interests” – my capitalist interests include Bottega Veneta shoes and the ongoing conquest of immigrant labor in America, and what about you? – has only 50,000 members.)

Now on the way to a million subscribers, Antiwork is openly, actively, actually against work. And she begins to understand how she can take action. WallStreetBets has once again proven that Redditors can team up and mess with the world. What can a million angry anarchist commas and their friends do?

Reddit is absolutely not a real example of how to do everything right, and Facebook is wrong. Most recently, his leadership was thoroughly scorched because following Reddit’s rules protected the spread of misinformation about coronavirus and vaccines. It is home to communities that are full of bitterness, misunderstanding and cruelty. And he faced everything from hoaxes to misidentification of criminals in amateur search operations to the licensed sale of weapons (real) to really inappropriate pornography. (Yes, it’s also one of the few platforms, along with Twitter, where real pornography is displayed.) But at least seeing Reddit’s connected community doesn’t make you feel like a rat running through a maze in a virtual conference room.

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