@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?
Pretty great article on a controversial new paleontological find https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-day-the-dinosaurs-died
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@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.
@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.
@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.
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.
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