This wired article ( https://www.wired.com/story/join-mastodon-twitter-alternative/ ) about Mastodon is mostly good. It covers the basic features and talks about a shift from Twitter to Mastodon.
It confuses one key issue though, and that’s the “culture” of Mastodon.
What we’re seeing now across the Fediverse are the first adopters. The fringe. The queer. The hackers. The staunch individualists. The communal care takers.
As Mastodon becomes more mainstream, the “culture” will shift.
If you’re here for the culture, be wary... 1/2
Mastodon at it’s heart is a software application wrapped around a federated protocol.
Anyone can use it. Spin up an instance by thenselves or join one they like. It can federate with any other software application using ActivityPub. It is decentralized. HIGHLY resistant to censorship.
And this last part is key.
This platform is IDEAL to users that espouse unpopular viewpoints: fascism, hate, calls for violence, illegal content, etc. 2?/2...
Which there isn’t.
Instead, as you said, we have to make decisions, voice opinions, & act, if we are to build tolerance as a culture.
Our point is that Mastodon the software application is not culture. Rather, the communities/ instances, and groups within the Fediverse are culture.
The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!