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the_oalrus wrote

I hear you but I think most people see these networks and forums as places where they can consume entertainment and perhaps feel like micro-creators. These are not places for connection. Which is a fine thing to want and to enjoy but shouldn't be packaged as some sort of pro-social techno transcendence.

As for being free workers I think that's a core problem for those networks. People give away their labor and their identity for free. I think any sort of sustainable system of group created entertainment like Facebook or Reddit needs to compensate the participants for their work. Which I think ultimately means having users compensate other users in some way so as not to depend on marketers.