#scuttlebutt #dat #naming-party #cypherspace
A Praise Chorus
I was home sick today and ended up writing a manifesto!
It's my thoughts on the name of this general cypherspace.
It ended up kinda long, so I made it a dat zine here!:
Right now, I spend most of my computer time on either Scuttlebutt, Beaker, or the command line. These are also the places where I give the most of my creative expression. I am actually writing to you now through a dat-zine i'm coding up live from my terminal.
A year and a half ago I was a comedian, with no coding knowledge, struggling beneath a blanket of anxiety and digital exhaustion. Nothing online felt good, putting art online felt even worse. I wanted to find an alternative to this digital disquiet and so, knowing little, sought out new places. I tried to feel good on ello, peach, imzy, and steemit, but half of those platforms died, and the other half just felt dead. The place that worked, though, was here: having my own website, learning technical autonomy from friends, and discovering scuttlebutt and dat and the future these communities are building.
My wife, Angelica, is on a similar journey. She's a cartoonist who avoided the web, and stopping putting art on it, because of the same anxiety and exhaustion, compounded by the persistent hazard of being a femme online. Today, she does most of her art and work on SSB. The release of pressure from the content she should be producing has her exploring whole new fields like yoga and fiber arts, and trying new styles of visual art on SSB. Last weekend she spent the afternoon making a dat zine about achieving computer calm through yoga. She made it with classic html using the beaker browser's built in text editor. She included gifs in it that she'd made using open source tools on the Surface she'd hacked to be a linux machine.
We are not (or were not) technical people. We are people who like creating, and wanted to feel good creating again. We found that feeling again here. These tools and places are part of p2p and decentralized tech, but it's not just the tech that inspires. I don't feel this way when talking p2p trustless futures at blockchain meetups. There's something else, around and within the technlogy, that is special here.
So then, as I type this to y'all I ask: where am I typing? Where is here? What do we call this place of dat, technical autonomy, supportive flourishing, and ssb?
My offering: The Chorus.
We are in a new place, it deserves it's own name.