It really bugs me how everyone around me (kids and wife getting back into schooling during lockdown) is constantly talking about "Zoom" this or that... I run/take part in video conferences every day but haven't used Zoom (or any other proprietary service) in well over a year.

We're indoctrinating our entire population into thinking that they can't function without the miracle (**spits) of Zoom/MS Teams/Google Hangouts/Webex, etc. Well, that's bullshit. Talk about sowing learned helplessness & foreign corporate dependence. Why aren't our national educational authorities (yes, NZ Min of Ed, looking at you) organising a far more cost-effective, proven, *local* services for education, like using BigBlueButton? They have *no idea* what they're doing with regard to tech.

@lightweight I agree with this but I think it is equal parts branding by corporates and overwhelm with too many options.
As someone very interested in privacy, foss and decentralisation, I find I have multiple apps for communication but still end up using the main corporate modes most of the time as ‘normal people’ don’t/won’t explore other options.


@alpinefolk as I see it, at the moment, 'normal people' is modern parlance for 'serfs' in a fiefdom in which they have no standing. They rely on free handouts, and have no part in the discussion among the power brokers. It's why I say we're in the midst of a digital Dark Age...

@alpinefolk the only way we can achieve a new enlightenment... is for those of us who are equipped to recognise the situation (not many of us) stand up work towards helping the disenfranchised to a) recognise that they are (they don't, by and large), and b) show them the path. It's about 90% a question of attitude and cultural inertia. We have to nurture a deep distrust and disdain for corporate influence and their 'free' services.

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