If I recall correctly, (and I could be wrong about this) early Mastodon had somewhat of a similar issue, with the large majority of users centralized on mastodon.social. As time goes on, I imagine more instances will pop up. I honestly think some more generalized instances will do wonders for this, but I know this is a heretical opinion on the Fediverse, where people want a three-person instance for Amstrad programmers and Magic-the-Gathering-enthusiasts named Larry from Ohio.
More likely due to shady anatomy studies than murder, tho.
But you see, those communists were bigoted modernists who believed words had meanings and that material reality was important. Good thing we’ve got benevolent capitalists in our society to teach us stupid working class folk about lived experience, anecdotal evidence, the elastic definitions of words, and that material conditions don’t matter. Anyway, better get back to my Uber gig, then lock myself back up in my isolation cell to watch Netflix. Empowerment! /s
I used to love Discord and think it was a very good piece of corporate software, and I happily moved all my communications to it at one point. When I started to move to FOSS alternatives to most corporate social platforms I got rid of Discord too, then I tried to go back for the sake of my friendgroup, but when I went to make a new account, it decided it needed a phone number to verify me, because of my VPN. Then I got banned. Then I made a new account, and got banned again. I don’t have any more phone numbers and can’t really get back on Discord, and this seems like a massive flaw to me.
In addition to this, all sorts of group chats, message boards, forums, etc, have now been locked behind this wall. Projects and communities that used to have an IRC or a forum are now almost exclusively located on Discord. It’s like Facebook in this way.
It’s also just a shitty electron wrapper around a webpage, which I have FeelingsTM about.
Not to mention the MASSIVE problem Discord has with pedophiles and groomers.
The only way this could be the case would be if some sort of objective criteria for beauty could be created based on an aggregate of subjective opinions (like we do with art, where the quality of a piece of art is based on an objective scale made of many subjective opinions). However, no objective standard for the beauty of a language exists, so no.
As a disclaimer, I believe COVID is real and the antivaxx conspiracy theories are absolutely ridiculous. That being said, literally in the first paragraph of this article it does say “…omicron does appear to be less severe compared to delta—especially in those vaccinated…” Peer-reviewed medical studies out of South Africa (which has a very robust healthcare system - that’s why these variants are often first identified there in the first place) show it may be 80% less likely to result in hospitalization and other research may suggest it’s 90% less likely to result in hospitalization or death. The numbers in the US (the ones I’m most familiar with, sorry) also suggest less hospitalization and death from this new variant. While cases right now are absolutely DWARFING last winter’s surge, we aren’t seeing comparable rates of hospitalization, ICU hospitalization or death.
These data are from CovidActNow, a non-profit organization which has been dedicated to tracking COVID numbers in the US since March 2020, despite the previous administration’s efforts to downplay the pandemic. They’re doing good work.
COVID is very real, very nasty, and to be taken seriously. But please keep in mind that news outlets in a capitalist society are in the business of manufacturing hysteria and keeping people engaged, much like corporate social media companies.
TL;DR Be careful but don’t panic. Do your own thinking and research.
Generally, right and left are a question of “power in the hands of the many” vs. “power in the hands of the few” or more specifically capitalism vs anti-capitalism. These have nothing to do with culture-war issues. Conservative and liberal are frankly just made-up US things and make less and less sense every passing year because Capital very effectively uses them to divide and sow dissent among the working class.
If only there was a way to make it wider. Our screens are wider and content narrower than ever. Many webpages are just a narrow strip in the center of my screen, as if I were browsing a mobile site.