@nindokag Yes, these are called "positive" and "negative" freedoms I think. The former is freedom to do something, and the latter is freedom from interference. There's a famous article by Isaiah Berlin where he argues that commitment to freedom "to" (positive) often results in tyranny, because of a limited view of what people want freedom to do.

A few friends and I have been discussing freedom from different angles (philosophical and economic mainly) over the past few months, and on Monday we want to discuss digital freedom.

Anyone on the fediverse have any articles/podcasts/thoughts on the topic?

@Alonealastalovedalongthe Understatement ;) Glad you liked it! I thought it was brilliant.

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I'm on a bus in London and a girl who can't be older than 12 is explaining the trolley problem and self-driving cars to her disinterested mother

@aRandomCat Agree. But it took me working on a project I really cared about, and setting up an automatic push to a repo elsewhere, to get why this was important.

Realising that made me more careful about commits too, which is maybe the right approach, with the caveat that I also shouldn't leave things uncommitted.

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@nindokag Thanks for writing this thoughtful response, and sorry for taking so long to reply. This is a great way to think about the issue; is my negative review going to help people in other ways than just exhibiting my dislike? Can I come up with something constructive to say about it?

I think implicitly that's what I've done. But I've also kept quiet on things I didn't like, unless they were popular, because it seemed like it might discourage production.

@dee @machado Yeah that's a good point. I suppose one argument in favour of writing bad reviews is that it might help people who agree with you find you.

@machado OK yeah I see. I assumed it was a conflict of interest.

Do you think it makes a difference if the stuff you're reviewing is for educational rather than entertainment purposes?

I guess I'm thinking that reading books can be hard, so a good review can convince you to do something you otherwise wouldn't. Whereas the bad review would just reinforce the default of not reading.

Then again, maybe it's a related problem if there are too many games to ever play.

@machado Not familiar with gamergate. But is the issue with the fact that the reviews were positive, or the publications, or what? I'm interested in whether one should write negative reviews on a personal level rather than at an industry level

@kureshii It seems to have a lot of semi-redundant features, and to be going through quite rapid change at the moment. Do you mainly put info in notes? Or do you use calls/activities/conversations?

I've previously thought about this question, whether there's a moral cost to indulging one's dislike or hatred for something through vitriol, how that weighs up against saving other people's time.

My recent thinking has been that it's hard enough to get the motivation to read/experience difficult stuff so better to err on the side of the (more difficult to write, as most of those writers note) positive review.

@Elmkast Consider reading Starting Strength, if you're able not to take it as gospel

After thinking for years that I needed to take better notes on what was going on with friends, reading this finally got me to try it out. sivers.org/dbt Basically I set up MonicaHQ in Docker. Does anyone else do something similar?

@Elmkast What kind of exercise are you doing? After doing nothing for much of my life I got really into weightlifting (first olympic-style, then power lifting) and I really enjoy it.

@nindokag Thanks for reading andfor the encouragement :) I'm still at it! 56,557 so far.

I'm not finding that coffee makes much of a difference to creativity, but not having it for those first 1000 words is a form of motivation! Let me know if you do try it :)

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