#IRL in real life, @RageAgainstWar_ Keyboard warriors of Plato’s Echo Chamber. “Those who can do, and those who can’t tweet.”

“I refute it thus.” Statue by William Fawke of Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) kicking a stone in answer to Bishop Berkeley’s theory of idealism. [Statue by sculptor, William Fawke]

In real life #IRL , famously Dr. Johnson refuted bishop Barclay on the reality of matter by kicking a boulder.

After we came out of the church, we stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley’s ingenious sophistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, “I refute it thus.”[2]

— James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson

The immovable object of lived experience encountering the stubbornness of a bewitched imagination.

The essential problem of comparing notes to refute fanciful stories is confounded by the Kettling of most people wishing to engage in modern discourse into the futile and pointless social media Gulags. Whether content creators or content consumers and promoters the hapless twattering classes return to the shackled imaginations of the social media clack in a vicious circle of confirmation bias in ever-decreasing circular reasoning.

An old aphorism used to be that

“”those who can do and those who can’t teach.””


Today’s equivalent is probably


“”those who can do, and those who can’t tweet.””


One interesting solution may be the Solid project, launched by Tim Berners-Lee, that would allow all users to control their own data. If it works out, it could be as revolutionary as the automobile in giving people the freedom to go where and when they want, without relying on someone else’s timetable. And it could make our current reliance on Big Tech seem as outdated as the stagecoach. Hopefully that day comes soon.

Meanwhile, morons will continue to be morons, and unfortunately they’ll always be in the majority, no matter who’s in power. And it’s because there are so many of them that Twitter will find it virtually impossible to determine which ones to silence. Better to just let morons be morons, and let them tweet until they’re blue in the face if that’s how they want to spend their time.


If you know of any grants or channels to apply to resources that would allow developers to focus on building their Solid applications, please do share them on this list by submitting a pull request or by emailing the Solid Manager on info@solidproject.org.



Twitter the new plato’s cave.



#QED #MOAB “the gates of the technocratic prison will open automatically, despite their rusty ancient hinges, as soon as we choose to walk out.” “OPEN SESAME”





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