I know the Hong Kong protest basically has zero expectations for Carrie Lam.
You would think the next natural step would be to just move past her, create and administer new structures that ignore and marginalize her.
But you can't because.. the cops. At one point not too long ago, the police were probably regarded as "defenders of democracy" in some general sense that's true of western nations. But they became what they became.
There should be a whole new layer of Snopes-like debunking, that focuses on newer stuff, like derailing, whatabouting, the unexplained level of examination and point-by-point responsiveness demanded when people don't want to accept something as true, etc. The extent to which claims are made without building up a clear underlying context.
There's a whole new taxonomy of trolling/disinfo, it's not just about logical falacies or fact checking one-off claims anymore.
calling out racist propaganda strategies 2019 edition
I think the latest strategy right with/alt right trolls are experimenting with is the "redeemable" racist.
It starts with the usual horrible racist comments but then backs off and apologizes, with something like "sorry, I'm just stressed, you know? I should know better"
So even though there's a faint suggestion of conversion, they still get away with injecting racist crap in conversations like it's part of a normal range of expression.
All the hackernews responses to Sean Carroll's new article are bad and stupid, which makes me think I'm really going to like the article.
Hn is at least good for that!
I know this is old news, and at some point I'm going to have to stop putting these apologetic caveats in the front of everything I say, but it's just a reminder I guess of what holds disempowered people together.
Ideally you'd have some structure or institution or some instruments that centers identity and power and sense of community, but even a history, something to bring attention to and derive intention from, can serve that function, and those without it can be scattered.
Myth about straight people
@bgcarlisle If we just submit a little harder. If we become just a little more invisible.
Fuck that. I'll be as out as I want to be.
That said, if you like what I do, I'd love it if you'd consider supporting me monthly via patreon:
thank you in advance
>Google’s new subscription service looks like an interesting alternative for people who want to side-step the vicious cycle of apps with freemium or free-to-play business models, which are often loaded up with in-app purchases.
This makes me think that "after" monthly subscriptions, as NetflixAmazonAppleGoogle decide how to continue monetizing people, subscriptions will again get complicated and stupid and we'll miss the good old days when subscriptions were simple.
some more small thoughts about this bc it bears repeating as many times as is needed!!!
accomplishing small things is important, just as important as the big, fancy things. Small steps are better than no steps at all!!
Who am I? No one important. A rando white male opinionator in the US.
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Anti-anti feminism 🗣(🗣👩💻
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