A lot can be said about moxie's web3 post.
I'd like to consider just one sentence here.
"People don’t want to run their own servers, and never will."
First part is true. But why?
Even my grandma can install android apps. Apps have become so easy because big tech pushed for it to be. Big tech never developed the concept of set-top box-like homeservers, not in their interest. If pushed like apps, homeservers would be easy too!
People don't want to? They never were given a proper chance to!
@yarmo Never given a chance is true. But this doesnt change the fact that (now - at this time) they dont want to.
Managing traffic to get to your server, setting up your security and organizing your incoming / outgoing, setting up OS and applications, maintaining, updating, resolving dependencies, ensuring proper uptime, paying the bills for hardware, power and services, etc. etc...
Why would anyone want to when they could just push a button on their phone?
@jz you're so right. Only, its not that easy. From my first hand experience:
After WhatsApp revised their pri. pol. last year, I've been raging for people to move to a free alternative. Ive written blog posts, moved my family to XMPP, done YouTube videos on "free" chat programs and so on...
Want to know what I accomplished? Nothing. No one cares... Not only that, people think I'm exaggerating and continue using WA.
It may be my failure, but this is not a one way highway...
Hey! Don't be too hard on yourself!
Nobody has the capacity to change the whole world by themselves.
We can only try our best, do what we feel is right, and stand hard against the temptation of the compromises and "easy" paths...
You moved your family to XMPP. That's an achievement! 🎖️ Maybe they each will move one person, and so on..?
Acting where we have an actual capacity of action is what keeps us going, against the depressing forces of our opponents with deep pockets...
@jz yeah dont get me wrong. Im not saying I give up; Im just sharing my perception of what society looks like.
From what I see, hardly anyone cares about ideas any more... Concepts like "freedom," "equalty," "justice" are just words that do not arouse feeling. Its sad.
Given the circumstance, I dont believe many will be applying to their ISP for a static IP (and pay extra for it), let alone setup a home server (for freedom) when Zuck is already giving them what they need...
Also we need to ebrace "failure". For often the definition of "success" is owned by our opponents and their cybernetic machines that count everything on Earth. Let's aim for quality not quantity!
"Failing" at getting quantity at anything is a step towards learning how to do it better, even if only for ourself.
Here again the main objective is to not *let ourselves be discouraged* by the machines-and-their-numbers of our opponents, who tell us when we "succeed" and when we "fail"!
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