Internet vs. Speciesism

I recently gave up a good-faith social community because they insist on focusing their energies on old school human social evolution.

Because the internet is wildly diverse, trying to socialize on it is painful. Assuming that any entity you interact with solely via the internet is even human is a really really bad idea. Way too many ‘people’ are actually very clever programs, and it is reasonable to assume this state of affairs will become ever more omnipresent.

I assume everyone is a dog.

This is a huge intellectual benefit, actually. Since genitalia is literally irrelevant on the internet, you can see just how silly all the constant posturing to indicate gender/sex/pack position really is. And the shouting about “Brindle Terrier Pride!” and butt-sniffing between hounds and pointers shows clearly how artificially constructed the social organizations really are – they are cliques and clubs, not categories.

A multi-coloured visualization of twitter nodes and connections.
Data Visualization by: Michael Kreil displaying a highly interconnected left group which is disconnected from the cloud of others discussing the 2015 murder of Khaled Idris on Twitter (Red = distributing misinformation, Blue = distributing corrections, Green = meta-discussion.)

Including shunning everyone who does not think exactly like us, and deliberately sharing information we know is false[R].

In fact, on the internet humans seem to form social groups primarily around similarities of thought and expression in order to engage in pack dominance behaviours. Activity swirls around a given philosophy or thought, a few dominant voices rise to the top, and dissenters are mercilessly harassed, sometimes to death.

It is a dog’s life.

Not mine.