I really struggle with what to post here--mainly because I really struggle with lots of things.

First, is my worry about the brevity of microblogging leading to abruptness. I have a strong urge to be flippant from time to time (I really miss being flippant), but the way other microblogging platforms have gotten are an object lesson in why that causes problems.

Second is, I'm pretty constantly struggling against depression that, among other things, makes me irritable.

Third, I suppose, would be that there's actually a lot of things to be irritable-to-incensed about at any given moment.

Fourth... well, there's lots of things that personally bother me--such as minor misrepresentations, attitudes that are just millimeters off of actually be helpful, etc.--that I just don't see any benefit to anyone to weigh in on (but which nonetheless tempt me).

Fundamentally, like anybody, I'd like to express myself and talk about the things I find important or interesting *without* contributing to the noise of discourse--only the signal, to the extent possible.

I imagine everyone finds this challenging, to varying extents.

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All that said, there's some things that I see *nearly everyone* doing that I'd like to gripe about. I sincerely hope I will start no fights:

The really common figureheading of specific billionaires bothers me for two important reasons: first, I think that buys into the "great man" theory of history too much (these guys are nobodies without their money); second, I think people are missing a whole lot of cui bono questions RE: other billionaires that stand to benefit from it in most cases.

That is: I think people are getting pulled into billionaire fights and, in so doing, are unwittingly--well, additionally unwittingly--perpetuating the romantic image of the billionaire as someone who is actually important and not just persons with 1+ billion value tokens that will eventually, inevitably go on to be significant without them.

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