Hi. I occasionally do productive things, but I mostly just shitpost and boost stuff.
I propose a personal challenge for 2019. Nothing major, but it might give you a little bit of perspective.
In 2019, try your best to avoid as much media as possible that is based on IPs created before, say, your date of birth. (For me, that would include “Star Wars” as well as Marvel and DC films.) Also try to avoid reboots, remakes, and “rebakes” (remakes disguised as reboots).
#FindNewStories and give them a chance. 👍
Librem, meta-ish, blocking corporate instances Show more
Remember a few months ago when someone posted that the fediverse at large needed to be prepared to unanimously ban the first corporate instance that would inevitably try to monetize and corporatize this space?
This is just a reminder that librem.one is here doing just that, and it's really important that they experience instance suspension on a large scale, despite claiming to be about privacy and security.
Let's Talk About Irony Show more
Hello friends, neighbors, parasocial aquaintances.
The fediverse is gaining attention, not just by the mainstream, but by fascists. Counter.social is now one of the bigger instances with 22k users, and the librem/purism project is getting a lot of structural support and funding.
Now, I'm not going to get into the details of how to prevent the fascist creep, I'm not going to shit talk Eugen (for once). I want to focus on one thing and one thing only:
Irony. This includes satire and sarcasm.
Because while we as a community have unlearned a lot of toxicity we developed on corporate platforms, we seem to be reluctant to remove our irony poisoning.
This is not a new battle. This is not a new tactic. Fash have been using irony as a sheild ever since being outright fascist went out of vogue.
So, let's sit down, have some tea, and really talk about why we use and what to do with irony.
Arts funding cut
And you're to blame
Darlin', you give STEM a bad name
The hardest science is what you sell
You promise me careers, then put me through hell
Physics and math got a hold on me
Devalue humanities, there's no poetry
Oh, you're a logical one, yeah
Oh, there's nowhere to run
No one can save theatre
The damage is done
Arts shot to hell
And you're to blame
You give STEM a bad name
I take up psych and you say it's lame
You give STEM a bad name
You give STEM, a bad name
Politics; Twitter Link Show more
Fuck yeah, antifa furries!
(This is one of the driving forces behind my #ZineStation project.
Not that I expect my little magazines to actually have an impact directly, but I plan to. use them to highlight independent media made outside of existing power structures, and public domain media that can be consumed outside existing power structures and therefore help point people at things that will rob attention from the companies that are hurting us.)
I've talked about this before, but let me do it again.
The US is more or less run by the entertainment industry.
Creating your own music, art, movies, books, videogames, podcasts, and stage plays within the US is an act that robs the established power structures of attention.
Making media is an act of radicalism, of protest, and of outright rebellion.
Support local music. Go to a community theater. get a bunch of weird nerds together in a basement and film a talkshow.
"Some say we are lazy and just want to miss school.
Some adults say it's bad we strike from school.
That we should study instead to make a difference in the future. The little fact that it will be too late by the time we've finished education they ignore.
To the adults that say that, we want to say:
Strike yourself instead!
Strike from work!
Go into the streets and shout!
We need your help now more than ever."
Greta Thunberg, today.
Stop thinking about relaxation as a guilty indulgence, and start thinking about it as an essential component of your physical and mental routine. Whether it's taking rest days from working out (which are essential for your muscles to repair and regrow), or unwinding with a videogame or TV on the sofa after a period of work (which is essential for you to unwind and process through stress), you deserve, and are not just allowed, but ENCOURAGED, to relax. If you need permission, you have mine. GO.
Halfway between the black and gray is no place for a life to waste away.
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