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2d908e688d4ed4093bb09e3de98cfd7ccfd11ea2 — Rohan Kumar 4 months ago 1e313cf
Clarify attributions
M content/posts/whatsapp-and-the-domestication-of-users.gmi => content/posts/whatsapp-and-the-domestication-of-users.gmi +1 -1
@@ 177,7 177,7 @@ Before it turned into a manifesto of sorts, this post was intended to be an expa

I initially decided to expand it to its current form for personal reasons. Nowadays, people demand a thorough explanation every time I refuse to use something that "everybody" uses (WhatsApp, Microsoft Office, Windows, macOS, Google Docs...). They'll usually ignore the explanation, but they expect one anyway. By the next time I meet them, they'll have forgotten our prior conversation and will re-enact the same dialogue again. Justifying all my life choices by sending logically correct statements into the void--knowing that everything I say will be ignored--is an emotionally draining process that has taken a toll on my mental health for the past few years; sending my friends this article and changing the subject should save me a few gray hairs in the years to come.

This article builds on prior writing by the Free Software Foundation, GNU Project, and Richard Stallman. Thanks to Barna Zsombor for giving good feedback over IRC.
This article extends the guiding philosophies of the Free Software and Copyleft movements. Thanks to Barna Zsombor for giving good feedback over IRC.

Since 2900 words wasn't quite enough, I wrote a follow-up; check it out if you found this article interesting:


M content/posts/whatsapp-and-the-domestication-of-users.md => content/posts/whatsapp-and-the-domestication-of-users.md +1 -1
@@ 157,7 157,7 @@ Before it turned into a manifesto of sorts, this post was intended to be an expa

I initially decided to expand it to its current form for personal reasons. Nowadays, people demand a thorough explanation every time I refuse to use something that "everybody" uses (WhatsApp, Microsoft Office, Windows, macOS, Google Docs...). They'll usually ignore the explanation, but they expect one anyway. By the next time I meet them, they'll have forgotten our prior conversation and will re-enact the same dialogue again. Justifying all my life choices by sending logically correct statements into the void--knowing that everything I say will be ignored--is an emotionally draining process that has taken a toll on my mental health for the past few years; sending my friends this article and changing the subject should save me a few gray hairs in the years to come.

This article builds on prior writing by the Free Software Foundation, GNU Project, and Richard Stallman. Thanks to [Barna Zsombor](http://bzsombor.web.elte.hu/) for giving good feedback over IRC.
This article extends the guiding philosophies of the Free Software and Copyleft movements. Thanks to [Barna Zsombor](http://bzsombor.web.elte.hu/) for giving good feedback over IRC.

Since 2900 words wasn't quite enough, I wrote a follow-up: [Keeping platforms open](/2021/02/23/keeping-platforms-open.html). Check it out if you found this article interesting.