When computers are involved in the inputs you experience, the outputs you produce, and your reasoning process, the distinction between those computers and you blurs considerably.
Increasingly, not having user freedom means not having agency. This work is critical.
@rick_777 I'm a better leader by thinking / philosophy / hacking (and when I have to, community organizing) than I am by management / executive type things, so I don't think I'm a very good fit for that kind of stuff
@lain Indeed, we need to do better; everyone deserves user freedom, not just people who can figure out how to compile software at the command line.
@lain Obviously we want to leave that path open but not have it be you-must-be-this-tall-to-have-user-freedom :)
@lain @cwebber seems to me what your bemoaning is not aligned with the "scratch your own itch" ("enlightened self-interest") underpinnings of the whole thing. #FOSS provides an opportunity for individuals to grow and learn - it doesn't have any obligation to hand anyone a "product". That's for commercially motivated businesses to provide the scarce goods of one-on-one tutition and suport.
@cwebber It terrifies me every time I'm in a crowd and realize just how many people are face down in their phone absorbing Facebook-mediated or Google-mediated information.
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