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> The unrealized potential of federation drewdevault.com/2020/09/20/The

Strong agreement on the substantive point.

Strong disagreement on the analogy to the United Federation of Planets – which comes closer to a centralized dystopia than a true federation.

Ever notice how nearly all communication (even between civilians!) ends with a federation logo? Or how few private spacecraft there are? Or the way Starfleet frequently disregards privacy/casually takes actions that should need a warrant?

@codesections god I wish people would shut the fuck up about their personal beef with the federation and realize that it's just a well-known example of a federated system, fuck me

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> god I wish people would shut the fuck up about their personal beef with the federation and realize that it's just a well-known example of a federated system, fuck me

Fair :D

I don't think it's a *good*/useful example though – there's a good chance that a reader is either 1) geeky enough to feel the sort of objections I mentioned, or 2) not familiar with the Federation as anything more than "the good guys from Star Trek" – which isn't enough to help explain federation

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Also, I think it's more helpful for people to have the association

"advocates of federation" == people who want the Web to be more like email

than to have the association

"advocates of federation" == people who want the Web to be more like Star Trek

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