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  1. Comment on There's nothing "WEIRD" about conspiracy theories in ~humanities

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    Can someone explain the concept of WEIRD to me? I don't think I fully understand what it means or its use. It feels really strange to me that "Western" is listed as part of being unbiased. That...

    Can someone explain the concept of WEIRD to me? I don't think I fully understand what it means or its use.

    A relatively small share of the world’s population does not engage in “motivated reasoning”, rather they form beliefs based on evidence, apart from what they wish to believe. Of course these are just tendencies, I suspect that everyone engages in motivated reasoning to at least some extent (including myself), but some do it more than others. [...] Psychologist describe a certain type of relatively unbiased person as “WEIRD”, which doesn’t mean strange, it means people from areas that are Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic.”

    It feels really strange to me that "Western" is listed as part of being unbiased. That rubs me wrong but I don't know much about psychology or WEIRD and the reading I've been trying to do about it hasn't helped clarify anything for me.

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  2. Comment on Social app Parler apparently receives funding from the conservative Mercer family in ~tech

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    Nobody other than arp is forcing arp into playing devils advocate. Arp clearly believes that Murdoch’s statements both deserve to not be dismissed and should be defended from dismissal, because...

    Nobody other than arp is forcing arp into playing devils advocate. Arp clearly believes that Murdoch’s statements both deserve to not be dismissed and should be defended from dismissal, because they believe that everyone deserves that right. If they didn’t believe that then there wouldn’t be a discussion to be had here. If they didn’t want to play devils advocate, it’s super easy. Just stop commenting defenses for the devil! Boom! No more needing to play devils advocate! Or! If you decide you want to play devils advocate because your morals dictate it, you either have to think about why you’re being put in a situation to play devils advocate and change your morals based on what your soul searching finds, or you have to come to terms with the fact that your positions include devils advocacy. And there are plenty of places where playing devils advocate is right! I’m not saying arp is wrong to defend Murdoch. I’m saying no one is forcing them to play devils advocate.

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  3. Comment on What's something you don't understand the appeal of? in ~talk

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    I do this all the time as well. It is wild how once I got an ADHD diagnosis a ton of the weird things I do that none of my friends could relate to are all symptoms of ADHD. Listening to songs 20...

    I do this all the time as well. It is wild how once I got an ADHD diagnosis a ton of the weird things I do that none of my friends could relate to are all symptoms of ADHD. Listening to songs 20 times in one day and not getting sick of it is one of them :)

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  4. Comment on Is the duopoly forever? in ~tech

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    I'll say that I don't really think FOSS is the only competitor to those 3. I mention FOSS because it has inevitably come up in every discussion I've had with tech people about why Linux...

    I'll say that I don't really think FOSS is the only competitor to those 3. I mention FOSS because it has inevitably come up in every discussion I've had with tech people about why Linux will/wont/should/etc become mainstream. Knowing the demographics breakdown of Tildes, especially in careers, I just figured I'd get out ahead of it.

    Really the only companies I can see competing in this space are just as bad or worse version of what we already have. Facebook, Amazon, and Tencent/China are really the only ones that come to mind for me that have the same capital to throw at the problem as Apple, Microsoft, and Google.

    I guess there is a 3rd alternative, which is the/a government decided to start going anti-trust on a bunch of tech companies asses, leveling the playing field for other companies to only have to overcome inertia and name recognition. Which is still a big task but at least its not having to do that while at a massive money disadvantage.

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  5. Comment on Is the duopoly forever? in ~tech

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    I would say "No but also yes?" I think its going to be a triopoly between Mac, Windows, and ChromeBook. I think the only reason its not going to stay a duopoly is only because Google (and possibly...

    I would say "No but also yes?" I think its going to be a triopoly between Mac, Windows, and ChromeBook. I think the only reason its not going to stay a duopoly is only because Google (and possibly Amazon) have such obscene amounts of "fuck you" money.

    Let's start off by saying: Microsoft and Apple at this point have massive advantages. Their OS's are household names. They ran entire ad campaigns about how they are the only OS's, despite Linux existing. If you go to a Best Buy or Walmart or whatever retail store that sells laptops, your options are Mac, Windows, or Chromebook. The amount of money those three companies can blow on hardware, OS improvements, marketing, etc might as well be limitless. They will be limited by how successful/necessary they are, but if one of those companies decided they wanted to, they could throw millions to billions into it.

    So from that standpoint, it is already an uphill battle. I'm going to bullet point the rest of my arguments because I really need to get back to work but some other things:

    • They would need to start having laptops/desktops with Linux pre-installed available in all major retailers. People aren't going to want to install their own OS. We can argue until the cows come home about how easy or hard it is, but if it was a matter of difficulty Linux would be more common by now.

    • "I installed Linux on my parents computer and its going fine." Ok yeah, but what happens when this laptop dies? Are you going to go online shopping to find a new laptop for your family members that meets their needs in their price range, buy it, install Linux on it, move all their old files to the new laptop, make sure the laptop works as expected with the hardware they use, and give it back to them? Repeat for every person you show Linux to? I guess some people will, but not enough for Linux to get traction to go mainstream. Maybe the argument is once you get them on Linux once they'll see its not so bad and will try to install the OS themselves next time they need a new laptop? Another thing I highly doubt.

    • There would need to be an active marketing campaign that explains what Linux is and why they should buy a Linux laptop (operating under the assumption that my first point happens). People use chromebooks because they're cheap, they meet the needs of their target users, and Google is a company name that they recognize and trust in the tech space. Most people have never heard of Linux, and even if they have a lot haven't used it or would trust Linux as a company over Windows and Mac.

    • FOSS isn't a compelling argument to lots of people. If it was, people would have gotten off of Facebook and Instagram. People would be de-googling in bulk. I'd be able to get my friends and family to use signal. People don't care or understand why open-source is better than close-sourced. In fact, I've had to explain to people multiple times why open-source can make your software more secure and they almost never buy it.

    • The market of people who want a Linux laptop and would rather buy it over build it is small. I'm in that target demographic, but I don't really know anyone else who is the same way as me.

    I probably have more reasons that I'll come back and comment after I have more time to reflect and think. That's what I've got off-the-cuff tho.

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  6. Comment on Abby Shapiro and Modesty | Jack Saint in ~misc

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    I'm not sharing this video because I think we need a "fuck abby shapiro" but Tildes edition. I posted it because I think the points Jack makes in this video about how we argue is really...

    I'm not sharing this video because I think we need a "fuck abby shapiro" but Tildes edition. I posted it because I think the points Jack makes in this video about how we argue is really interesting. He discusses positive and negative space and how the "common" methods of debating or arguing with a conservative are flawed before you even say your first word. I'm still chewing on the points, but I hope it starts a convo here.

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  7. Comment on What are you following this week? Weekly sports round-up thread in ~sports

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    Hey! Sorry! I looked back and realized I had written a reply to you in my notes app (easier for me to organize my thoughts) but never posted it! So I admit I probably have a different definition...

    Hey! Sorry! I looked back and realized I had written a reply to you in my notes app (easier for me to organize my thoughts) but never posted it! So I admit I probably have a different definition of "Sports" than at least most Americans. I don't know how it is in the rest of the world, but I know my stance is very different than those around me. In my opinion a sport is "Organized competitive activity with set rules and expectations." Football? Sport. Hockey? Sport. Curling? Sport. Archery? Sport. Shooting a rifle? Sport. Driving? Sport. Esports? Sport. Speedrunning? Sport. Backgammon and chess? You guessed it! Sports.

    For fun, I googled the definition of sport to see what it was. For starters, possibly the least useful definition of sport I have found. Next we'll try dictionary.com's definition: "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc." Which this definition takes me back to the crux of your question/divergence in thought: what is "athletic" about driving or hunting? I'm giving bowling a loose pass and call it a sport because I've managed to injure my shoulder while bowling and I need it to be a sport to make me less embarrassed. I was loosely into competitive archery for about 2 tournaments when I was a kid. I wouldn't say anything I did there was particularly athletic, but I would still call it a sport.

    I personally think that the athletic aspect of the definition is both dated in terms of what we call sports, and closes people's minds off to a lot of really cool competitions and displays of skill because they "aren't real sports". I dunno. Maybe I'm over correcting after getting told all my life that the LITERAL SPORTS I played for 15 years in competitive swimming and cross-country weren't real sports like football, soccer, lacross, etc. I remember how alienating and frustrating it was being told the thing I was dedicating 3+ hours a day to train and compete in wasn't as valid as other sports, and that no matter how good I got it would never matter as much or be as impressive as anyone who did real sports. So now I just view anything where people are dedicating time to train and compete with each other as a sport, and equally valid of a sport as any other.

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  8. Comment on Modern IDEs are magic. Why are so many coders still using Vim and Emacs? in ~comp

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    See, I never knew a world without all these fancy IDEs so I feel like I could take the opposite stance. Why would I learn all these different tools when the ones built into my IDE work so well?...

    See, I never knew a world without all these fancy IDEs so I feel like I could take the opposite stance. Why would I learn all these different tools when the ones built into my IDE work so well?

    "I have easy access my shell right there while I edit!" Yeah, okay, but I never had trouble switching to or controlling the position or desktop of my terminal window(s).

    The first time I used the terminal was inside of xcode. Since then, I almost exclusively use my IDE terminal. It works exactly as well for me as terminal or iTerm. Why would I open up another window and have to manage sizing and location of two window? What I have with the terminal inside VSCode is way more convenient.

    "I can search for substrings in my entire project tree!" Well, I'm pretty satisfied with /ag|ack|ripgrep|grep|egrep/.

    I can use /ag|ack|ripgrep|grep|egrep/, but I'm not very good at them. Anything more than the basics of -r and -i and I'm fucked. I can super easily search substrings in my IDE and its way easier for me. Why would I sink the time into learning all those other things?

    "I can commit any subset of diffed lines right inside my IDE!" Cool, but I feel pretty proficient with /git (diff|add -p|restore -p|stash|commit|log|blame)/.

    I don't feel proficient with git. It is some fucking magic black box that I will guaranteed fuck up a command using and somehow destroy my repo configuration or state beyond belief and end up just blowing the whole thing away and re-cloning it and hoping I hadn't done too much work. Hell yeah I'll take easily visualizing my diffs using color cues and having guardrails to make sure I don't shoot myself in the foot too bad.

    "I can see and navigate any part of my project dir tree right here on the left!" That's nice, but fuzzy file finding has served me well enough for years, and, if I dare say, it's faster than navigating with eyeballs+mouse.

    Never heard of it, but I HAVE tried navigating and understanding project trees all via the command line, and its a nightmare and a headache and I will 100% get confused and end up drawing it out. I'm a very visual person. Hell yeah I want to see my project dir tree 100% of the time I'm coding to easily open up other files without having to try and figure out where the fuck they are cd by cd.

    "I can set up multiple cursors and type in multiple spots at once!" I'm content with the search-and-replace functionality of my editor, as well as its keystroke macro and script-on-the-spot features.

    Huh... Didn't know VSCode could do that. I don't know why I'd ever need it. But neat! Learn something new every day.

    "I get inline linting warnings!" I suppose that grants a tiny productivity boost, but shouldn't your team/project have linting on commit, or linting in CI?

    Do you never drop a parenthesis or bracket, or have typos and wish someone had warned you before you so you hadn't spent the time closing the file, running your program, getting an error, opening back up the file, going to the error, fixing it, closing the file, running, finding out there's a typo in a variable name, opening it back up, editing the name, closing it, running again, etc? My linting warning saves me so much time. Any time I'm working on a remote server, I'm SO much slower. I go out of my way to avoid having to write code on remote servers, going as far as to write it in my IDE, using VIM to open the file, delete the contents, and paste my new version because I will save so much more time than trying to edit large portions of scripts on a remote server.

    ¯\(ツ)

    I'm not opposed to people doing it a different way. You know all the tools and they work great for you! I am genuinely happy you have a method that works for you. But for me? The old tools suck. I'm a super visual person. I draw diagrams of almost everything. My desk is surrounded by whiteboards. I always use finder when its possible. Having all of those tools in one place is how I learned and its way easier for me to do things this way, like its easier for you to do things your way with all the tools. I don't really have a point in this. I had a point at one point, but really the comment turned into "interesting I have the same feelings for why I use an IDE. Neat."

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  9. Comment on Modern IDEs are magic. Why are so many coders still using Vim and Emacs? in ~comp

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    Small changes on a remote server: I'll use vim. I know the basics and the basics are what I am guaranteed on any of our servers. Big changes on a remote server: Either pray that it is a git repo...

    Small changes on a remote server: I'll use vim. I know the basics and the basics are what I am guaranteed on any of our servers.

    Big changes on a remote server: Either pray that it is a git repo so I can check it out locally, edit it in my IDE, push out a new branch, check out my changes, and test, OR probably fuck up a lot. Once I know I did it right I'll make an MR. I have pretty bad ADHD and my biggest struggle is attention to details. Its very common for me to make small syntax issues. So I heavily depend on linters and syntax validators in my IDE to try and avoid committing as many of those as possible. When its small changes I'll risk it and try to be extra careful since the whole git route is a bit cumbersome, but for anything more than like 10 lines I'm going to my IDE.

    When else I use my IDE: Any time I am working locally on my machine. If I'm going to be copying and pasting things from multiple files I'll use my IDE as well. Navigating file structures in Vim compared to in VSCode or IntelliJ is night and day for me. I have no idea how people do complicated things with VIM. Really I try to go out of my way to avoid using VIM and stick to my IDE as much as possible.

    All that said, I do use vim extensions in my IDE. I like the aspect keyboard-based navigation, I want to keep that. But that's about the only aspect of VIM I want to use.

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  10. Comment on How to switch an old Windows laptop to Linux in ~tech

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    If nothing else, it is a foot in the door. IMO, once you get them using Linux, you're golden. They'll get use to things running in Linux and realize things are less scary, meanwhile you can slowly...

    If nothing else, it is a foot in the door. IMO, once you get them using Linux, you're golden. They'll get use to things running in Linux and realize things are less scary, meanwhile you can slowly ease people into LibreOffice (since you said saving $$$ on microsoft licenses is one of your goals). In my limited experience, asking people to change operating systems at the same time as their workflow is a bit too big an ask. Ask them to change their os but not their workflow and they'll be fine 99/100 days and when things go off the rails you're around to help. Ask them to change their workflow but not their OS and they're mad that their workflow is changing, but at least it is in a familiar environment. Change both and you've got an unfamiliar workflow in a scary new OS and (again, in my experience) they get overwhelmed and shut down, even if the fix is simple and the error messages tell you what to do. I think you're going down the right route for long-term success.

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  11. Comment on How to switch an old Windows laptop to Linux in ~tech

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    So its been a while since I tried to play around with LibreOffice, have they improved it a lot over the last few years? I use to have lots of issues where customers would send me excel...

    So its been a while since I tried to play around with LibreOffice, have they improved it a lot over the last few years? I use to have lots of issues where customers would send me excel spreadsheets and I could never get them to open right in LibreOffice. That would be a very legitimate non-starter for a lot of people. Then there is the fight of if anyone uses any extensions you have to find the equivalent in LibreOffice and teach them how to use that.

    I'd think you'd be better off looking at a cloud editor like sheets or O365 (which I thought runs on linux but again, I'm not sure. I gave up and went to Mac). Though, an old laptops ability to use those apps may vary and then we're back to square one...

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  12. Comment on Goodbye, anonymous Republican source in ~misc

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    I highly doubt Baker would nominate a Republican. Warren’s vacant seat would be put up to a special election, with the governor being able to nominate someone until the results of the special...

    I highly doubt Baker would nominate a Republican. Warren’s vacant seat would be put up to a special election, with the governor being able to nominate someone until the results of the special election. So for a couple of months the Republicans have one extra senate seat, and in turn do the only thing they could possibly do to piss MA Democrats off enough to vote him out. And any special election in MA is going to involve Ayanna Pressly 1000% which means a very progressive member of the squad would become a seated senator even earlier than she otherwise would.

    Edit: I should also mention, that even if Baker did go to nominate a republican for that time, it’s not like there isn’t a precedent of the MA legislature to change the rules to strip that power from the governor. They did that in 2004 and gave the right for the governor to appoint back in 2009 when there was a Democratic governor.

    Edit 2: Actually holy shit there are some really fun hypotheticals. Elizabeth Warren gets put into cabinet position, special election sees Marty Walsh, ex-union man, ex-member-of-the-house, mayor of Boston, wins the election. This puts up-and-coming, semi-popular (I voted for her), city councilor, and Marty’s opponent in the race for mayor, Brianna Wu, becomes mayor of Boston. Ed Markey announces his retirement and doesn’t run for another term, Ayanna Presley wins the senate seat. Joe Kennedy goes home and cries, wiping his tears on all that sweet, sweet Kennedy money.

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  13. Comment on Goodbye, anonymous Republican source in ~misc

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    Would love to see Warren for it, or for the CFPB. There would be a nice full-circle for Warren to get to head up the organization she created after getting denied it once.

    Would love to see Warren for it, or for the CFPB. There would be a nice full-circle for Warren to get to head up the organization she created after getting denied it once.

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  14. Comment on Trump should have lost in a landslide. The fact that he didn’t speaks volumes in ~misc

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    I feel like both of you are right and these points aren't mutually exclusive. Sorry if I misunderstood your intent or meaning and you didn't mean it as if they were. Were the things you discussed...

    I feel like both of you are right and these points aren't mutually exclusive. Sorry if I misunderstood your intent or meaning and you didn't mean it as if they were.

    Were the things you discussed important? Yeah, for sure. But that doesn't negate the reason why voters chose Trump. The Republican party can be corrupt as hell and the Democrats can have needed to do unpopular things because they are fundamentally the right thing to do. But yeah, there are a lot of people who haven't been marketed big change by politicians and seen little to nothing in their life change or improve, and now they are sick of the lies. My dad is an example of this, but far from the only one I know. I texted my dad yesterday expressing how tired I was of needing to hope Democrats win an election so that my friends and family are safer, and his response was:

    Doesn't really matter. The politicans only job when they take office is to figure out how to pretend to cater to everyone so they can keep their cushy gig at our expense.

    But yeah. I just feel like both of you are right and neither is mutually exclusive, and I based on how I read arp242's message I see why you responded the way you did.

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  15. Comment on Spotify announces that artists and labels will be able to select specific tracks for its algorithms to prioritize in exchange for being paid a lower royalty rate in ~music

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    To quote one of my favorite rappers, Machine Gun Kelly: This kind of shit is just going to punish artists who already deserve a higher percentage for the art they make. Honestly I'm pretty done...

    To quote one of my favorite rappers, Machine Gun Kelly:

    I just, I just, I just wanna know am I being modest?
    Asking 50k a show, or do I need mo’?
    For all of the years it was slow
    For every show where no one would’ve showed
    For driving 12 hours to perform in the cold
    Getting to the do’ and being told no
    Bitch I want all that back times ten
    Say it again, bitch I want all that back times ten
    All that back times ten
    One more ‘gain, bitch I want all that back times ten
    So, pay up!

    This kind of shit is just going to punish artists who already deserve a higher percentage for the art they make. Honestly I'm pretty done with Spotify at this point. Every decision they make just feels antithetical to what I want to support. I've been shifting to buying more and more music off of bandcamp, trying to stream more via bandcamp, and putting more of my music on my phone. I just don't feel right continuing to support a company that, in my eyes, is this bad. That said, I do understand how the combo of FB and Spotify can put people in situations where its hard to jump ship, and I know I'm privileged enough to be able to afford to buy full albums.

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  16. Comment on Hasan Piker's Twitch stream is the future of Election Night coverage in ~misc

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    I sort of touched on this in my edit to my other comment. I see "traditional" media consumption to be vaguely similar to traditional online learning: I am fed the same pre-made source as everyone...

    I sort of touched on this in my edit to my other comment. I see "traditional" media consumption to be vaguely similar to traditional online learning: I am fed the same pre-made source as everyone else. If a part of the topic is confusing, you're SOL because the professor can't see your confused. If I don't understand part of the explanation I have to find a forum where I can ask questions and get answers. In online learning this is usually sort of easy as instructors will link to discords/slack channels/etc or the site will have a Q&A section to ask the prof questions. Not guaranteed to be as clear-cut to find other reputable sources that will explain it better on your own. Also, its harder to come up with questions because you don't always know what you don't know.

    Conversely, Live Streams like this are a lot closer to a zoom classroom. They might present the same way, but if they notice chat is confused on something they can try to go back and explain it or expand on it right then and there. Other people are around to ask questions so you might learn things you otherwise wouldn't have because you wouldn't know to ask the question in the first place. Also, I think any classroom where people with multiple backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints can take part in the conversation, if well moderated, makes for a much more rounded learning experience that kind of models a traditional classroom or a zoom classroom setting.

    There's a lot more I think you could look to for how the analogy works/doesn't work. But I hope this comment works as a good springboard for other people :)

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  17. Comment on Hasan Piker's Twitch stream is the future of Election Night coverage in ~misc

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    I would say live is still a better experience in my opinion. Even if you can't ask a question there's almost always something you can learn. People might ask questions that you didn't even think...

    I would say live is still a better experience in my opinion. Even if you can't ask a question there's almost always something you can learn. People might ask questions that you didn't even think to ask about. People from different backgrounds might be in the chat and ask questions that help you understand <abstract_group_of_people>'s thoughts on an issue, and see how Hasan responds which could give insight into ways to help persuade people in <abstract_group_of_people>. I suppose a good amount of it is going to be personal. Some people prefer to read, some people prefer conversational presentation, some people want video. I personally find the 'knowledgeable person talks about topic, then opens up to chat to further discussion" to be a method that I personally learn really well with and helps me change, defend, and argue ideas.

    That said, all of this is really dependent on the streamer, chat, and media you are comparing. It operates under the assumption that Hasan can better present a topic than the media can (I would argue he can), it assumes chat is asking questions that help drive the conversation, and you have to be sorta comparing apples to apples. Hasan streaming and discussing a topic for 2 hours compared to a 4 minute news segment wouldn't be very fair since he has a lot more time for nuance. That said, in my opinion Hasan and his channel meet those criteria.

    Edit: To further clarify my point, I like "non-live" less because once you watch the content its over and its on you to find good resources to learn more about the topic. If you want to discuss it with people you then have to go and find a forum that's open to discussion and has productive discussions. With the live, its much closer to being in a classroom with a fucking terrible teacher-student ratio. If you can make the assumption that your fellow classmates are acting in good faith, something the streamers moderators should* be able to handle if the stream is educational, then there is a much better chance of effective learning occuring. I would kind of think of it as online courses where you watch pre-recorded videos vs zoom learning. Neither are perfect, but when done well I think the latter is a better learning tool than the former.

    *not saying its easy.

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