Kill the concept of "RT does not equal endorsement."

Don't share content if you don't endorse it.

Don't spread it. Let it die.

Do not give it a platform.

If you must discuss the content, write your thoughts on it, and then use if you must link back to the not-endorsed content.

@garrett I think it's also a counter for people not wanting their employers to judge them on their content

@jalcine I do agree that is a 100% valid concern. But, I do not believe employers are that naive anymore.

Them better stating something like "personal Accout" or similar.

@garrett I think it makes sense to link to something crazy, but not retweet it without a comment.
If I just retweeted the racist bullshit my current government is into, It would lack the additional '... and here is why this is fucking nonsense'; sometimes it is necessary to bring it to people's attention, when they are up to no good.

@garrett @Gargron But what if I assume others could be interested in something, but I nor do like it or refuse it?

@garrett pure truth. Everything I tweet I endorse 🤷🏿‍♂️✊🏾

@garrett I dn't know, sometimes I boost content I don't fully agree with because I think it may be important. For example, sometimes I boost posts about racism written by black people even if don't entirely agree with their analysis because I think it's important for those voices to be heard.

The endorsement one here is about the person most of the time, not the content.
And honeslty I wouldn’t endorse anyone, does that mean I should never boost content?

@lanodan That is up to you and how you feel about it.

@garrett Sometimes I wanna share cool pictures of North Korea, but I don't endorse their country. I just think it's interesting to see in there.

@garrett RT can also mean pointing out lies, etc. If people can't use their brain to understand what is wrong and what is right, then someone will get them somehow...

@garrett If I can't link the original lie, how can I point out the source of lie?

What about refuting it with quality rhetoric in a well contextualized refutation focused on solution finding with a sufficient balance of logos and pathos?
At least in an academic it salon type setting?
Like inoculation

@garrett that sounds like you want to encourage filter bubbles. Brexit and Trump is what you get out of that approach.

We need to talk more with people across the spectrum, not less, unless we want extremism in either side to grow.

@garrett jepp. Increasing the amount of work to appease those who don't understand the difference between endorsement an RTs still discourages communication and has the same effect overall.

The is not a solution, just a problem that has been dressed up to appear slightly less menacing.

@Matemann It's not about "those who don't understand the difference between endorsement an RTs" it's about not giving content you wouldn't support the inherent benefits they receive from you whether you want them to or not.

I'm not really interested in debate. You're free to disagree.

@garrett I think your unwillingness to debate (and change viewpoints, yours, mine or those of others in the process) has been made abundantly clear. I will consider you to be someone who wants to encourage extremism then.

Have a nice day.

@garrett generally, yes. but when the toot sums up an argument you see gaining stream but strongly disagree with, I'd love to be able to 'RT with comment' it and explain why it's BS. eventually have that spread farther and get more love than the original BS, while it also maintains the possibility for dialogue.

I am boosting this but don't endorse that view because I like to troll lightly

I've already made the conscious decision to use Mastodon differently than Twitter.

I want to focus on what makes me happy and share that with like minded people.

I couldn't give a damn about my follower count. I'm already blessed to interact with good people.

I'm not interested in follow backs or being mandatory mutuals. If I follow you, and you don't follow me... that's cool and vice versa too.

Spread happiness. Spread love.

I just did a serious paring down of both followers and follows. HTown is my happy place, I want to keep it that way. I think I cut out half of both. Mostly just HTown folks now.

@SetecAstronomy @remotenemesis @garrett I did good calling you here, uh? This is like our secret not-a-cult place to hangout. So cozy! :ablobsmile:

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