“God does the wrath thing a lot in the Old Testament, punishing humans who would challenge divine authority. It makes sense to read the story of Babel in that light. But having lived through the past couple decades of the internet, I believe the story carries a different lesson. I’m an atheist, so take this theory with a grain of salt, or maybe even a pillar: God wasn’t keeping us out of heaven, smiting us for our arrogance. God was protecting us from ourselves.”
I've seen this linked by several people I follow via RSS and I don't disagree that Twitter going down in flames is a good thing in many ways. But I do wonder at the promotion of another, seemingly at this moment better, social media site (Mastodon). Because the thing I've been thinking about a lot is if it's really good for us to be posting so much, scrolling through time lines, and generally participating in these types of things at all, even the open source, federated, (supposedly) better ones. I'm not sure the answer to figuring out that Twitter (or Instagram or Facebook or Tik Tok or, or, or) is awful is to do the same thing on a different site.