It's even worse than it appears.
Today's song: City of New Orleans. #
You'd think that by now Facebook would have figured out how to make a story read well on their website, by default, based on who's reading and what their vision is capable of. I can kind of read a story like this, but it involves a lot of squinting and scrolling and interpolating.#
A perhaps surprising truth. We aren't free to ignore other people. For example, you're not allowed to shit in a public swimming pool. Think about it and all the other things you aren't free to do. It's not something you can argue about and live with other people.#
  • I tried to post this reply to Om on Twitter but it wouldn't let me. #
    • Om, the height of silo-osity was when Substack came along, they insisted that in order to use their service you had to use their editor. I absolutely refused to do that, so I had to write my own email distributer app. What a waste of effort. #
    • We have to get through to them and others. Componentize so some devs can specialize in editors and others can specialize in distribution. We can't all dominate the same world, being all things to all people. What a difference it would make if we worked together. #
    • No more shitty editors, lots of different kinds of editors for all kinds of writers. #
    • They wouldn't listen to me, but maybe they'll listen to a successful tech VC. 💥 #
  • I wrote about this problem with Substack earlier this year. #
  • Journalism says the pullout from Afghanistan was botched. Maybe so. Everything everyone does is botched, and that includes journalists, esp journalists, because no one is watching over them, reporting all their botchings. #
  • Journalism is oblivious to the past or future. Everything is in the moment. A lot like Trump in that way.#
  • Why aren't the people obsessed with Afghanistan like journalism is? Because it was always there.#
  • That Afghanistan is being botched isn't news, it's just that journalism has decided for now to pay attention to it. Next week it'll be something else. Always a horse race. Biden has to win or lose.#
  • Never mind the context, we're still one election away from complete disaster. At least 49% of the people aren't overlooking this important fact.#
  • In other words journalism is wrong.#

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