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Greg McVerry

Stuff I Reposted or Liked in the Last 24 Hours #IndieWeb

In a great #IndieWeb chat this morning we were discussing the ethical implications of reactions from the Buddhist perspective of trishna, or the craving of

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In a great chat this morning we were discussing the ethical implications of reactions from the Buddhist perspective of trishna, or the craving of attention, and how this relates to the UX around reactions.

So I took a look at my likes and reposts for the last 24 hours

I do not do reactions from my own website. Too much work for a quick ephemeral nod.

If someone wrote something I will need later or I feel should shape my thinking I bookmark the artifact.

If I want to engage with them I send a reply.

If I want to thank someone I keep a manually h/t on the post which I can then search for the plain text.


Reposted and Liked:

Reposted and Liked:




Reposted and Liked:




I give out likes and reposts like I do stickers and candy in the classroom. Are these the deepest forms of learning and classroom management techniques? No. They are shallow and have an immediate but dwindling efficacy.

Still I keep stickers in my teacher toolkit, and reactions  will probably stay the same. I use reactions as signs of encouragement for writers young and old. I may use reactions more frequently as students or new community members get onboarded.

I use reactions to save time. Every writer deserves great feedback but no teacher can provide in-depth feedback all the time. And sometimes people just need a sticker and smile. A reaction can provide that.

I treat my online space and classrooms the same. As communities. I think one can be quite intentional in how we live in these spaces.

While the UX and monetization clearly do not align with Buddhist principle  that craving and attachment cause suffering.

I do not think we must design a complex world without this simple experience in order to live the right path. Through careful thinking  we can use reactions as creative judgements which help show the simple truth that lay below our complex veils.

I know reactions are designed to cause sensation, and no scientist or Buddhist would claim reality gets defined by sensation...But dopamine is fun.

So that's the rub, not sure, and its a question I have explored for decades, if I am willing to give up the self. Everything is great in moderation, especially moderation. I love the works of William Blake and philosophies of Jung.

Yet I dabble in ideas of collective expression. My instructional design gets guided by the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. And I do believe paths of true enlightenment would require detachment from all physicality, but that isn't where I am in my phase of life to explore. Wonder if I ever will be.

So for now I will go with a more Deweyian, rather than Perician pragmatism and roll with reactions as part of good teaching and community building.

If I ever do walk away from all craving and physcical possession, when it does happen, I will make sure to give myself a thumbs up.



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