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"Here's a platform-related example. We can postulate a shortage of user agency within most dominant social media. What limits the agency of a user, namely, their ability to stop using such platforms, is a combination of addictive techniques and societal pressures. It's hard to block the dopamine-induced automatism of scrolling, and maybe it's even harder to delete your account when all your friends and colleagues assume you have one. In this case, low agency takes the form of a lock-in. If agency means choice, the choice we can call authentic is *not* to be on Facebook (or WeChat, if you will).

While this is a pragmatic understanding of agency, we shouldn't forget that it is also a very reductive one: it doesn't take into account the clash of agencies at play in any system, both human and non-human ones." (2/2)

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I’m giving an introduction to the fediverse today as a part of:

De-platform-ization, Ethics and Alternative Social Media

The (livestreamed) event starts at 18:00CET and I go on at 19:35

(if your reading this here you probably don’t need a fediverse introduction but maybe it will make you laugh when I get something mixed up)

Oh and @lidia_p and @ccl are also giving a talk about Varia (the group behind before me at 18:40

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I never thought the key question when working with academic systems would be how many kinds of quotes you can use in your course titles, but here we are.

Ahoi! I just moved from the Alps to the North Sea and I'm about to start my media studies PHD on the political economy of (alternative) social media, ideology in infrastructure and the fediverse in general - so being on here may count as research ;)

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