Here’s a thought experiment: suppose you’re an expert in a field that you’re deeply passionate about, regardless of whether you’re an artist, musician, scientist, coder, whatever. Let’s say you get to a point where you deeply hope someone out there in the world appreciates all of the finer points of the things you’ve worked hard on. You’ve gone through your entire life in an effort to find meaning and expression.
Now, let’s assume time moves on, you pass away, and are reincarnated as someone completely different. You unwittingly stumble upon all the work of your former self, and absolutely hate everything about your work and previous you as a person, to the point that you don’t think that person’s life had any meaning or value.
From your perspective of being alive right now, how would you feel about such a scenario?
Yesterday, I sang a song while jamming about the history of everything, from the Big Bang and the formations of stars and planets to single-celled organisms evolving into human beings. The entirety of human history is briefly skimmed over, highlighting the beautiful high points and the awful low points. Then post-human evolution happens and we become immortal, mapping out every star in the sky and traveling through layers upon layers of reality, both in terms of inner consciousness and outer dimensions. It was intensely emotional.
Now, to remember how the words went so that I can write it all down…
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This is a core reason why centralized social platforms are absolute shit. As decentralized apps get better, more people will hopefully move away from the likes of Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook and embrace their own special solutions.
Could you imagine chaining together your photo app, your tweet app, messaging, a calendar, check-ins, and all those other great things you use? Could you imagine chaining those apps together in such a way that they’re all touching upon the same place, one unified server where your encrypted data sits?
You could customize your profile to be an entire website. Not like a Tumblr site mind you, but the whole fucking sure is yours. Every public-facing part could be tailored to look the way you want it to look, and you could securely share things only with the people you want to share things with.
You could be in control of your entire social experience online, and it could be awesome. None of these bullshit “friend limits”. No censorship, no spying, and no advertisements