something that is cringe in one status economy can be extremely based in another status economy
part of the big shakeup of the world since smartphones, twitter, whatsapp, youtube, etc is the ability for people in one status economy to directly observe the people in another, and to dunk on them for ingroup points, which kinda creates a Neo-Hobbesean "war of all against all"
we know from history – relatively recent history, even – that each new advancement in media technology catalyzes a corresponding culture war, as people discover exciting new opportunities to be dicks to each other
"the state of men without civil society"

"the ideas of limited government and religious tolerance, very hard won from history"

it seems obvious to me that with each new piece of media tech we also need renewed effort to establish healthy norms
I remain convinced that human decency cannot be outsourced, automated, subcontracted, sublet, leased, timeshared...
it's staggering to begin to try to perceive, but the sum of human utterances is technically finite on a universal scale. effectively all humans are part of a connected network, covid demonstrates this quite viscerally. our utterances & vibes can be contagious just like viruses
even without talking about morality and dignity and so on – language *itself* is fundamentally a massive multiplayer game. we pick up each others' words and turns of phrases. it's extraordinary. 😜
it's interesting to me how individual writers have been credited with disproportionate influence shaping language itself. consider "Chaucer's English", "Shakespeare's English", "Cervantes' Spanish", "Molière's French"...

language is a game of persuasion
we can make this part of twitter the most exciting part of twitter. if we do it well, we can make it the most exciting part of the internet. if we do it *truly* well, we can make it the most exciting part of the world

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