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@rachelmack My neighborhood's NextDoor is full of people reporting "suspicious persons" and encouraging people to call the constable's office "if they're concerned at all." It's pretty dumb. The last "suspicious person" I saw people talking about was someone riding his bike (in daylight) and "looking at houses." The post included a blurry photo.

People, man.

@Robby @rachelmack I saw a concerned post in my old neighbourhood’s Facebook group about a suspicious van driving slowly down the street and people getting in and out of it. It turned out to be the milkman

@Robby @rachelmack

Pretty interest perspective.

In Italy we have the concept of "omertà", a code of silence spread through fear, that criminal organizations like Mafia, 'Ndrangeta and Camorra uses to protect their affairs.

In some cases, people were killed in daylight in the middle of a square and "nobody saw anything".

"Mind your business" doesn't scale: it let people pollute the world without being blamed, it let bribery spread, violence stay unpunished and so on...

It is your businees.

@Shamar @rachelmack Dude riding a bike in my neighborhood = not my business. Dude murdering someone in my neighborhood = my business. I think we can probably agree on that? I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing. I'm saying we shouldn't be paranoid or hassle people who aren't doing anything wrong.

@Shamar @Robby @rachelmack The problem comes when cops pretty much ARE the mafia, as they have become in the USA many places: an armed occupation by outside thugs who brutalize the people they should protect.

And of course you are correct that omertá is bad. In the USA some city people say, “snitches lay in ditches”, a threat of murder to any who report.

But in a country where cops are as likely to kill any reporter, there is no easy answer.

@Shamar @Robby @rachelmack

"silence spread through fear" Same as the "chilling effect" where mass surveillance in the US discourages people from discussing or researching interesting topics.

@Robby @rachelmack nextdoor is such an absolute bizarre nightmare. mine gets people really mad about the existence of homeless people nearby. someone posted about her 20 year old daughter getting approached by this gentle old lady w no teeth and being So Scared and it was just???? she was all "should I call the cops. she shouldn't be allowed outside." when this lady legit did nothing but talk to her kid.

@aflightybroad @rachelmack Ugh, yeah I mostly use NextDoor to check on if, like, the power is out everywhere. The community itself is kinda... problematic. A bunch of privileged terrified white folks.

Funny you should mention complaining about homeless people, someone in the thread about the bike rider I mentioned claimed that he recognized the rider as a local homeless person who he knew to be a nice guy. That didn't seem to make anyone else feel any better.

@Robby @rachelmack everyone in the like two mile radius or whatever is so scared and mad all the time and it's very weird. whenever someone swings in to say "hey this is fine relax" people get mad bc how could they be so HEARTLESS what about SAFETY AND SECURITY.. WHAT IF AN HOMELESS TALKED TO YOU... and it's just like nah dude all the homeless people here are pretty chill but that makes them mad again.

@Robby @rachelmack like I mostly use it to look for shit for sale or free, lost pets, and updates from city government since the city posts regular updates on how dead the fish are today

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