John Green on making his internet better

“I know that it’s fashionable these days to say that the internet is a festering cesspool of toxicity, and you know, it is, but the internet is also many other things, including one of the primary drivers of humanity’s improved performance at a 29 year old video game. Really there is no THE internet, especially in the era of personalized feeds, there is only for each of us OUR internet. I don’t labor under the delusion that I can make THE internet better, but I do want to make MY internet better, and on that front I think Tetris has a lot to teach me.”

-From Why Are Humans Suddenly Getting Better at Tetris?

Weak Nationalism

He’s been talking about the ways the idea of Black Nationalism has been perverted and diluted. Then he mentions how Italians faced discrimination, so they created a community of Italian businesses which got strong enough that they were eventually integrated into “mainstream American society.” The idea here is a “nation within a nation”, which he calls “weak Black nationalism” or “community nationalism.”

Anyway, then we get to this quote from Carmichael and Hamilton’s book Black Power:

“Before a group can enter the open society, it must first close ranks. By this we mean that group solidarity is necessary before a group can operate effectively from a bargaining position of strength in a pluralist society… by building Irish Power, Italian Power, Polish Power, or Jewish Power, these groups got themselves together and operated from positions of strength.”

Then later, from Andrews:
“From a radical perspective, the fundamental problem with the idea of the nation within a nation is that it leaves the regressive structure of the nation state intact.”