I'm on Mastodon since April 2017. Some sensitive topics I talk about (always with CWs) are mental health and Italian politics.
⭐ My more laid-back account is @miramarco, you can hit me up there!
📌 My personal interaction policies
👉 Feel free to send a follow request! I’ll almost surely approve it.
🔁 Please don’t take it personally if I don’t follow you back. I used to do it automatically and regretted it.
🔒 Before I send a follow request I usually check if a locked account has explicitly requested not to receive any. Apologies if I miss it!
🚫 Concern trolls and sea lions in my mentions are muted/blocked on sight — no goodbye, no second chance given.
I like hugs & headpats!
A couple of days ago I saw a thread going around, encouraging people to buy from disabled crafters this Christmas, so here's my #queer/trans/disabled contribution!
looking for a badge to express "don't touch me even tho I'm pregnant" and this shop is great.
for ND, queer, & disabled folks!
Why "echo chambers" isn't a valid criticism
Any problem with some group of people who are brought together by something, some way in which they are homogenous, is therefore not the fact that they are homogenous. It's whether or not they've tricked themselves into thinking that their frame of reference is "the way things really are," that they are getting the full picture and can now forget that their bubble has limits. This is the difference between healthy self-awareness and a deadly brainworm.
Why "echo chambers" isn't a valid criticism
If your argument for why "echo chambers are bad actually" is that they are not a demographically representative sample of the world and therefore give a skewed and unrealistic picture of the way things actually are, you have completely unrealistic and totally confused conceptions about how interaction works. Unless you're literally running a poll, "demographic accuracy" has nothing to do with your self-selection of who you interact with.
international politics, China
• The city of Prague starts negotiations to become sister city with Beijing
• Beijing insists that Prague should recognize the one-China policy
• Prague says no and halts the negotiations
• Two months later, Prague approves a partnership agreement with Taipei
Wow, that’s bold, Prague
I am surprised by the fact that my colleagues tend to omit the word “the” when they write in English.
I would have expected the opposite to be true, since determiners are used in Italian more frequently than in English.
Is this a case of overcorrecting? Is it that we have been taught that “you don’t put the article when you talk about general things in English” and my colleagues are applying that rule of thumb too often?
uk politics, positivity in despair
this has been a difficult night for a lot of us. many people in this country will now feel unsafe.
please, use your skills and understanding to do what you can to get involved in your own community. be there for each other. be kind, look out for other people. bourgeois democracy has made us believe a ballot every five years is all we can do, but the truth is there are people around who need support every day.
we can help them.
together, we can help everyone.
uk pol, mental health
Please take care of yourself. Whether that means setting a time to turn off the returns and following it or something else, do what you need to do to stay sane and safe.
If you feel despairing and desperate, please remember there are people who care for you. There are experiences worth sticking around for even if everything feels like it's falling apart. Please ask for help if you are struggling. If you don't have someone to call, Samaritans helpline is open 24-7. 116 123
For new people, a short guide on:
How not to be blocked on sight by a lot of people on the Fediverse when you follow them:
* Write an #introductions post
* Upload an avatar
* Fill out your profile (pronouns++)
There's more you can do, but if you've got these things done at least, it goes a long way!
I do wish that there was a way for a regular user to write a reason into a mute or a block. Not to share, just for themselves.
It could be something like "won't shut up about <media> unmute in a week"
Or it could be "reply guy"
Because sometimes I see a profile I and unfortunately can't remember why I have them muted. It'd be good to have a reminder built-in.
🇮🇹 nazismo, università
Aggiornamento: il professore filonazista dell’Università di Siena non potrà tenere lezioni ed esami, compreso l’appello di dopodomani. Giovedì prossimo il collegio disciplinare deciderà se licenziarlo.
29 y.o. • he/him •
lives in Milan, Italy • #nobot
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