Re: Gemini and the Golden Age of Air Travel

In response to:

Mayan and Gemini priests

Rob S original thought, who said that there is a barrier

Response of Sandra, who said about Schapcom

Response of JeanG3nie, who said that there isn't any barier

My original narration was moved a bit. I was writing about a barrier that in my opinion is set by the knowledge required to participate in the Geminispace. So reading could be easy because it is possible to use a HTTP proxy. But every aspect besides that could be a high cliff for an average newcomer. In the world of the so-called modern browser, which had rid of a protocol name from the address bar, a gemini:// prefix could be mysterious. The concept of certificates, despite it's explored also by big tech companies, could be a question. Understanding the base idea of publishing easiness, that it's so simple text protocol and you put only a text file on the Internet, sounds like black magic when people publish every information in WWW by web applications. And of course, most utilities are outside the seen world of an average user, who can't operate on a text file through the net. So... we don't have many gemlogs of young mothers, who are discussing children feeding. But we have many gemlogs which are about programming. And probably in the world are enough young mothers who would want to join here, but? We are in the programmer's bubble. And it's a barrier to joining here.

Rob S has written about air travel which transforms from a luxury for a narrow group of people to a service available to most middle-class people. I don't know if that comparison is true. Because it isn't the volume of travelers that changes a whole air industry. Probably it's technological development caused their change in business model. It's said that passengers of the first class are worth more than the rest of the passengers of one plane. But probably it's worth transporting economic passengers because of mass tourism. And those two areas are connected in a business way. That thought lead me to the point that it could be that similarity.

WWW is damaged by commerce, which got control over many aspects of base activities. E-commerce is like mass tourism. It isn't about selling things on the web. But advertising and other ways to earn on the web (mass consumption, like mechanism, data profiling, and so on), change the whole experience of average people. They are knowing less. They have fewer network skills. People are shaped to fit it, and the more they fit modern WWW, the bigger barrier is set to join a different small-net world. And the most of modern WWW ideas are connected with a big group of people. Because it's better to scale their businesses on the wider data and it's worth collecting many small sums of money (aka. micro transactions).

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is simply text protocol, and Geminispace scaled by Dunbar-number-sized communities. I agree that there shouldn't be a barrier. But I am also scared by a vision of trampling our green lane with big-net habits. I've written about Mayan priests because sometimes we are forgetting about that "young mothers".

I've enjoyed the idea of Shapcom, which I learned today. Because it's some idea of what Geminispace could look like in some time. We shouldn't repeat today's Fediverse pattern, where some instances are growing exponentially. It would be great to set up a stable uptrend. With the possibility of baking many centers of Geminispace, gathered around not-so-big communities.

I'm observing Cosmos and Antenna, from the time they birth. It was more enjoyable when they had an unknown amount of "my" things (people I know). It's natural that people want to join such places. But now sometimes I can't see any familiar names, and I often give up. So maybe it's time for setting a standard like Shapcom?


@ Sun 04 Dec 2022 08:36:11 PM CET

tags: #geminispace, #barrier, #cosmos, #antenna, #dunbarNumber, #fediverse