I found a place where people are supportive, friendly, interesting, and actually like to talk with one another. I discovered a place where people cocreate in long threads of jokes and faux “wars” over silly issues like whether cheesecake is a pie or a cake. (I am on team piecaken.) At the same time, your timeline can be filled with important news, issues, and calls for action. Every individual curates their own timeline to be what they want it to be because there is no algorithm but the users themselves. It’s a place the users are building in a democratic and sometimes creative way. It is a virtual place of collaboration. Tensions happen, as it can in any collaborative atmosphere, but people also learn and grow from their mistakes.
Of course, the internet changes at the speed of technology. We never know who might be working on yet another social media platform. Christopher Bouzy and #TeamSpoutible have proven it is possible to create virtual spaces that are safe and inspire more creative collaborations. A platform like Spoutible or any others that are in process enables concerned world citizens to “make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble” (Lewis 2022). It is possible for creative power and collaboration to grow stronger in a virtual world.
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