The discourse of comparing the arrival of new users to an "invasion", superposed with the metaphors of and has been quite interesting to witness as a social dynamic 👀🍿Especially after reading Eugen comparing federation here to the European Union or NATO (

Almost expecting some Frontex analogy to pop up soon 👀🍿 I hope we can find better mental images and think about how those things influence our technologies and our approach to it...

federation, "immigration" 

@jessicaekomane lmao @ eugen actually making that comparison. mask off moment

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@jessicaekomane The "migration wave" is one of the metaphors used to describe this process. Another one is that of "colonization wave". And yet another one is that of "gentrification agents". Of course, one can choose one's metaphors, but I find all of them all lacking, and risky: there's a slippery slope right behind each one of them.

Federation, "immigration", etc 

@acousticmirror yes, metaphors are not just words... Because Eugen, as the main person developing this place, considering NATO and EU as viable counter-examples says a lot about the mental ideological space he comes from and the limits of the perspective he's taking to think about it all. I can only imagine how users from the global south would feel reading that from someone who is supposedly proposing a global alternative to the other site... Also gives the tone of the nature of the upcoming debates, and how this place can evolve, once the audience profile enlarge even more.

@jessicaekomane how about it's a house party with free beer and everyone is invited yay! 🍻🎶🍔

@jessicaekomane is also so co-opted cause only people in a safe environment can join mastodon so far... you don't do this on a boat or refugee camp with drones over you

@jessicaekomane we could suggest other metaphors, of biological nature for example #TwitterOsmosis - or go down the culinary accident route with #TwitterSpillover - or the air travel option #TwitterArrivals

@Vittoria Yes, that's what I was also suggesting. It all sounds much less hostile and biased to me!

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