What sort of time are we living in when an arch-Tory like Oborne can’t bring himself to vote for hiis own party? He’s not even centre-right.
The internet is real.
Therefore, whatever we do or say here has consequences that are not only for and on the online sphere.
I even wrote a fucking paper about it at Uni. No, the internet is not virtual. It is just another platform of communication.
It's just different than old media, like newspapers, because you can't 'touch' it. Yet, the consequences are pretty much the same, if not even amplified, for online you're dealing with way more a wider audience than an old school newspaper would.
This is why things like online harassment and bullying are so much the order of the day.
This is also why everything you say here, especially in public, matters.
All of this to say that yes, while we're communicating through a mostly text-based platform, there is gender online.
Every single word we utter or write is socially historically and economically contingent. Text has tone, and tone has nuances. And they may reflect gender, race, age, etc.
To deny any of it just because we're on mastodon... Is to deny the fact that the world is just not the same whether you were raised accordingly to what gender you were/are perceived as.
And THAT is a dangerous thing to ignore.
Source: The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. I couldn't finish the book because it made me too angry.
At this point, we're encircled by jackals who are ready to pounce on a crisis. Accelerationism would just be handing the most vulnerable people over to them.
What's even worse is that disasters and crises are far more likely to be explored by fascists who actually have been laying ground work for this. Milton Friedman and his buddies realised that desperate people will allow terrible "solutions" and started first exploiting crises and then deliberately causing them.
Hurricane Katrina lead to NOLA schools being privatised.
@myconidiosyncracy source: Nancy Mitford's memoirs for the first part, A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn for the post war claim.
Aside from all the moral problems of Accelerationism, i just don't think it works. Successful movements arise from people organising and laying ground work and building.
Accelerationism seems to largely be a magical hope that doing nothing will fix things.
@myconidiosyncracy historically, workers and marginalised people have been more empowered when they've had a greater ability to survive and thrive. Meaning that voting to make things marginally better gives people now capacity to self-organise. Part of the reason the US chose not to implement a full welfare state after the war and instead tie benefits to military service is because they were afraid people would start wanting a say in things.
@plsburydoughboy everyone should be allowed to watch men if they want!
I haven't voted yet only because Spouse told me to wake him up so he could go with me. I thought this would be because I've been complaining again lately about how inaccessible the polling station has been both times I've voted so far (both in May, sheesh what a year).
But he said it wasn't that. It seems like he just wants to be there, for the first time I get to vote in a general election. Bless. :)
He went to bed at like 3 or 4 so I won't wake him for a while.
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