Have you tried Granary?
I haven’t tried it with instagram, but it works great for twitter.
I used to follow individual accounts from Twitter using granary (doubleloop.net/2019/03/12/following-twitter-peeps-in-an-indiereader-with-granary-io-and-microsub/), however I realised from discussion with Ryan (snarfed.org, who makes granary.io) that doing that puts unnecessary load on granary and your microsub server. However, doing it via twitter ‘lists’ is OK.
I don’t think it has iOS support though sadly!
That said, it works for juries, and if there was a strong civil service and adequate time for researching important decisions, I’m sure it could work.
I don’t know much about the details of sortition – would love to hear more of your views.
Good luck with the projects — look forward to hearing how they go. 🙂
I also did a bit of automating stuff and hacking on it during the hack day: doubleloop.net/2017/11/14/indiewebcamp-berlin-day-2/
But maybe that is fine! And to be expected. I guess maybe online and offline are just different modalities, maybe not better or worse. I liked your use of the word ‘revery’ – I think online it is hard to recreate a dialogue of fanciful musing, full of pauses, comical stumblings, dead ends, half-baked facts, but ultimately a fun and shared progression towards something. At least for me, online conversation has (thus far at least…) been much more precise, fact-based, rigorous. I possibly learn more, but it is less fun.
Which contradictions were you thinking of?