These canaries aren’t dying

Posted: April 23, 2019 Comments(1)

The web design/development ecosystem is an interesting one. Technology flourishes, careers blossom, trends come and go, and lives are changed both for creators and consumers.

I’ve been thinking about canaries a lot lately. Not the birds themselves but the adage.

I think I’m seeing (exhibiting?) a lot of canary-like behavior right now by observing an exodus of sorts from toxic platforms like Twitter, from hostile environments like Facebook, from distracting and time wasting channels like Slack, and from partisan communities like WordPress.

I like that these canaries are not trapped in cages to die but instead are fleeing for their lives, their livelihoods, their own betterment.

A lot is being said by these canaries and I think it’ll be interesting to see how the mine fares from here on out.

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  1. Yes. When platforms, communities, or people become too toxic, you GTFO. That’s what’s happening in a lot of places.

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