It used to be optimistic.

Even as I railed against the AmericanWarOnIraq and debated TheRightWing I was optimistic that the tools and InternetCulture were making the world infinitely better and wiser.

As I come back to garden and clean it up and update the links, it is filling more with stories of ConspiracyThinkingAsWikiSickness, the terrifying rise of QAnon in light of MimesisAndCivilization.

Or the real conspiracies such as the machinations of CambridgeAnalytica. Leading to a global RightWingCoup

Or the plucky social WebTwoPointZero startups that became abusive BigTech giants like FaceBook

This beautiful DigitalGarden is also a picture of an apocalyptic wasteland. A world where TheEndOfConsensus makes any kind of society infeasible. What's the point of KnowledgeManagementTools when any kind of "knowledge" is moot?

NetoCracy's epistemic pollution is worse than I imagined when it all seemed a rather clever cynical story I was telling.

Of course, I still love and celebrate the tools, but the story in ThoughtStorms is increasingly ambivalent.

But also, perhaps, a morally invigorating call to arms. Because tools got us into this mess. Maybe we still need better tools to get us out?

Or is that just the madness of repeating the same thing over and over again? (IvanIllich is weeping.)

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