💬 Greg McVerry in Response to Doug Belshaw and the IndieWeb

Replied to https://quickthoughts.jgregorymcverry.com/2020/01/03/i-posted-a-microcast-as-a-reply by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (quickthoughts.jgregorymcverry.com)

I posted a microcast as a reply here: https://jgregorymcverry.com/2020-01-02indiewebupdate

In summary:
I found Doug’s points fascinating and his connection to political philosophy, enlightening as always.

I do take issue with Doug’s ideas that #IndieWeb’s focus on building out from the self first …

Greg, thank you for your thoughts on Doug Belshaw’s microcast discussing the IndieWeb. I really liked your point about the egalitarian web.

I believe an approach where everyone has their own space online that they control is more egalitarian. I believe HTML based websites are the most resilient, sustainable, and equitable approach ensuring everyone can read, write, and participate online.

Like you, I have not found a home in the fediverse and am happier in my own castle, or car as Alan Levine and Jim Groom put it.

I am not sure if the ‘IndieWeb‘ is the answer, however for now I will hold on tightly and let go lightly. As Angus Hervey states:

“At this point, given all the evidence I’ve considered and having made a genuine effort to try and see if from the other side (point to some examples), the balance of the argument seems to rest on this side for these reasons, so for now that’s what I am going with. If new evidence, or a better argument comes along I am totally willing to change my mind about this, and I’ll also be pleased because it will mean I’ve gained a deeper understanding about the world.”

As a white male, I do find Belshaw’s point about power an interesting one. However, I am not convinced that the Fediverse solves that. Happy to be convinced otherwise.

To be far, I am happy with doing what I am doing at the moment at the very least as a model of how things could be. My philosophical position comes via Jean-Paul Sartre:

When we say that man chooses himself, we do mean that every one of us must choose himself; but by that we also mean that in choosing for himself he chooses for all men.

One response on “💬 Greg McVerry in Response to Doug Belshaw and the IndieWeb”

  1. Listened Microcast #081 – Anarchy, Federation, and the IndieWeb from Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel
    This week’s microcast answers a question from John Johnston about federation and the IndieWeb.
    This is a really interesting listen, Doug takes a philosophical view of the IndieWeb and compares it to federation. I’m going to listen through again before I posts some thoughts.
    It was of note I discovered the podcast via a webmention on the post where I asked the question.
    Greg McVerry responded in kind Politics of Plumbing: IndieWeb and Federation and Arron’s response to that make interesting listening and reading too.
    Doug’s time in answering my question is very much appreciated. Also on: Twitter iconLike this:Like Loading…

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