9/10 baby and bathwater
It does not mean we are convinced that social media is good for artists/musicians/etc, but so far we have not even been able to fully experiment with it ourselves.
As discussed, artists-run servers, mailing list discussions, BBS, and online web forum communities of practices are not new. However, so far, running contemporary social media has been quite out of reach, and our hypothesis is that our current understanding of such online interactions is possibly biased because of our negative exerience with mainstream social media, and also because the potential of these media is underdeveloped due to its skew towards extraction.
Who knows where this is going? We have to try to find out. One of the interesting possibilities of the fedi is to (re)invent what social media is, and what it can be for the field of art and culture production. Making sure that social media doesn't further change it, but the other way around.
Crucially, for artists and cultural producers it might feel that you need to be where the people are and you have nothing to gain here. However, people will also go where the interesting cultural practices are and therefore you can have a role in forming and shifting attention to alternatives.
10/10 what to do after the movies
So 1.3 out of 100 of you got all excited about this thing called the #fediverse. How do you join?
You can first have a look at https://joinmastodon.org. A good place to get started. Mastodon is relatively easy to use, the servers listed there have solid moderation policies and are well connected. As you get used to the fediverse and become aware of more specific communities you find interesting, you can just migrate your account in one click and move over!
If you are interested in joining post.lurk.org contact the organizers of The Hmm as they have a bunch of invite codes to give out.
If you are the administrator of an instance and are willing to host some newcomers, reply to this thread!
If you're interested to know more about the potential and caveats of the fedi, we wrote down some reflections in the following essay: https://monoskop.org/images/c/cc/Mansoux_Aymeric_Abbing_Roel_Roscam_2020_Seven_Theses_on_the_Fediverse_and_the_Becoming_of_FLOSS.pdf
@firstname.lastname@example.org wrote also on how to build alternative social media communities: https://runyourown.social/
Last but not least, thanks to the Hmm for inviting us for this presentation and thanks to all you who participated!
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