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 +====== Clubhouse Sucks ======
 +If you don't know what clubouse is, check out:
 +  * [[https://www.joinclubhouse.com/|Clubhouse: Drop-in audio chat]]
 +  * [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clubhouse_(app)|Clubhouse (app) - Wikipedia]]
  
 +==== Inherent Problems ====
 +
 +When I look back at social media platforms I been a part of, it makes me think if
 +clubhouse will ever be able to solve it's inherent problems of being an online
 +platform. Provided, clubhouse is still in beta and registration is solely based on
 +invitation from existing users. Even then I saw an noticeable number of faceless
 +folk here and there. Don't get me wrong, I very much promote anonymity in public
 +places, especially when it comes to online communities. But a platform which very
 +much boast it's //real identity policy//, it seemed like the very opposite of
 +what the platform stands for. A few of them were even moderators of some really big
 +chat rooms where a lot of real people did not have the chance to speak.
 +
 +To quote Martin Garrix,
 +> Using social media to hurt and destroy is callous, acted out by cowards hiding
 +> behind computers. My advice is to ignore negativity. Focus on the love around.
 +
 +clubhouse managed to fix this to a point, but not in a perfect way. Something like
 +strict verification using volunteers/staff would have been a lot better.
 +
 +==== Freshness ====
 +
 +A lot of people I know praise clubhouse for it's freshness. I don't get it. As far
 +as I understand, clubhouse is a modern-podcast platform aka the voice chat. The idea
 +of podcasts are very well known and there are multiple instant messengers with voice
 +chat, like WhatsApp and Telegram. And there is numerous video-communication services
 +which is nowadays used by people all around the world to conduct meetings and stuff.
 +Heck, there is discord which is literally *clubhouse + numerous other features* like
 +text channels, roles and much more good moderation. You should give it a try if you
 +didn't already. That being said, //clubhouse is old wine in new bottle//. There is
 +nothing new as advertised.
 +
 +==== Privacy (or Anonymity) ====
 +
 +It should be an important aspect of every communication medium in today's world, or so I
 +believe. No one would know what happens in China if anonymity was not important.
 +[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring|Arab Spring]] wouldn't have happened. No news
 +of anything that ever happens in any [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authoritarianism|authoritarian]]
 +country will reach us. Anonymity is really a boon when it comes to real life. I understand
 +that it is sometimes a pain in the ass to control these trolls and whatnot, but it is
 +a price we pay for having platform where we can safely and courageously broadcast or
 +ideas. Without anonymity, I would have be jailed/dead already, much like a majority
 +of people I interact with. In a modern world where criticism against governing bodies
 +are being suppressed with great strength, it is important to have such anonymous
 +friends to speak up certain things.
 +
 +When it comes to privacy, I'd like if clubhouse does not tell my followers what I am
 +listening to, or speaking to, in their front page. I very much hate that. If I
 +participate in a discussion, it means I'm interested in it and does not mean I want
 +all my friends to let know I'm in such a discussion. It is even worse when anyone
 +could follow me and spy me like ever before.
 +
 +Thus, I suspect if clubhouse have any preference for privacy or anonymity and I very
 +much hate that.
 +
 +==== Synchronicity ====
 +
 +From Wikipedia:
 +> synchronous: At the same time, at the same frequency
 +
 +Almost every online communication tool is asynchronous, and there is a reason for it.
 +Our //real life// is very much different from our //online life//, even if seems to be the
 +one and same. Let's assume they are two threads in our program. //online life// is fast
 +and you may loose many updates if you try to block it for even a little interval. *real
 +life* on the other hand is slow and you're committed to it 100%.
 +
 +From [[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1375666/|Inception]]:
 +> Cobb: Well, dreams, they feel real while we're in them right? Its only when we wake
 +> up then we realize that something was actually strange.
 +
 +Like dreams, you engage too much in social media, you lose track of real life and start
 +to live in a very artificial -handpicked for you- mental state. This is why a lot of
 +social media platforms start as //asynchronous// and starts to sync you in with constant
 +notifications. An //asynchronous// platform is where you start something, do something
 +else, come back and finish what you previously started. This enables you to engage in
 +both worlds while being a slave to neither.
 +
 +as an exact opposite to this, clubhouse starts //synchronous// and stay //synchronous//.
 +You are expected to stay 100% committed to any event unlike //asynchronous// platforms
 +where you could take occasional breaks.
 +
 +I'd also say, clubhouse success is a side effect of recent situations where a lot of
 +us are unable interact with the society around us, which leaves a big gaps in our
 +daily schedule and let us commit to things we disagreed to before.
 +
 +==== Sound as a medium ====
 +
 +I very much like to listen to things, but I like to read more. So my views are biased
 +and may make no sense to you, beware. We all value our time. Me too. I'd love it when
 +people actually prepare beforehand and talk about about things clear and fair.
 +Unfortunately that's not what I experienced from clubhouse. After all, we are all
 +common people and have our own weaknesses, but I'd rather listen to TED talk rather
 +than a clubhouse discussion.
 +
 +That being said, it is impossible to re-read (or re-analyze/re-listen) conversations,
 +unless you manage to record them, which I consider to be very unethical if you don't
 +have permission from every speaker participating. Even if a re-reading/re-listening is
 +possible, it will be very harder to cross reference than in case of text.
 +
 +Also, me being an introvert, would like to participate in a way other than speaking, and
 +an absence of such feature makes me think if clubhouse is not for my kind.
 +
 +==== Does it really suck? ====
 +
 +I think so. But in the end, it is just my opinion. Yours may differ and I'm perfectly okay
 +with that. I'll encourage you to contribute more and more the society we live in. It
 +just feels that it is not for me.
 +
 +Regards.
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