"Learning this difference between binging on stimulation and savoring enjoyment in small doses" - Maria Popova
Exodus won’t yield freedom. The problem is not that the online self is “inauthentic” and the offline self is real; it’s that the self derived from the data processing of our digital traces doesn’t correspond with our active efforts to shape an offline/online hybrid identity for our genuine social ties.
We know algorithms favor quantity over quality content. They want users to keep scrolling not sit thoughtfully with something. We’re told to find our audience, develop a static brand, track engagement, and turn people into data, as opposed to focusing on accessibility and creative exploration. How do you measure meaningful? We can simultaneously find ways to resist algorithmic harm on current platforms and imagine new platforms that nourish us. Slow communications is community-oriented content and PR, which prioritizes well-being and mindful engagement with social media and technology. It breaks down the binary of consumer and producer. Slow communications is rooted in disability justice: the algorithm wants us to show us predictably, and disability justice roots us in what it feels like to show, and create authentically. Slow communications is about relationality, imagining engagement as a practice of space holding. Slow communications imagines content as the nutrients of the soil–what do you need for this seed to grow?