Rent (the musical), Poverty, Politics Show more
I realize this analysis is pretty long (45 min), but if you're anything like me (queer, white, grew up in a suburban home in the 1990s), you might have identified with RENT growing up.
This analysis breaks down *so much* that is wrong with the musical, including the romanticization of poverty and the adoption of "bohemian" ideals by kids who are, essentially, entitled trust-fund babies.
This is the link:
For my day job, I wrestle long coils of specially-shielded refined semiprecious metal into the walls and ceilings of buildings. I use this metal to channel artificially-generated versions of the power of clouds and thunderstorms into living areas so people can use it for light, cooking, and communication. I have to install special safety devices to stop it from accidentally killing people.
I'm a hecking lightning sorceress.
abusive social dynamics Show more
the number of times I have posted this link (and its previous home on livejournal) and had someone reply with "Oh wow, I didn't realize that was me." is mindboggling. I use it as a spot-check, given my own past.
So folks, read this link and evaluate the systems and relationships you're involved in today: http://www.issendai.com/psychology/sick-systems.html
at some point I should I write a goof/gallant parody but it's a Radical Anarchist College Student and a grandmother who goes to First Church every Sunday right and just wants to be good and serve her neighbors cuz you know she thinks it's just terrible what's been going on in this country and oh she's seen all of it and she's been going to lectures and protests lately cuz she just wants to do whatever she can.
she's the gallant.
Instagram: My life is a party.
Snapchat: My life is a quirky TV show.
Facebook: My life turned out great!
Twitter: We're all going to die.
Mastodon: Don't worry, while we are on a quirky, meandering path towards an inevitable apocalypse, we might as well enjoy the ride and show eachother some love in an unorthodox, yet irresistible manner, not in any way hindered by considerations of style, identity or consistency.
you need to be able to create a space that is safe for you and if you know others who have similar needs then definitely make that together. that is important. I want you to feel safe.
but that's not universal and just because someone is different that does not make them unsafe to everyone. don't decide for me what's safe for me. Isolation is not safe for me. that's informed by my own trauma and experiences as a working class trans woman with some disabilities.
Back when I was active on Usenet it was considered pretty normal to have house rules for any newsgroup, you were also expected to refrain from posting long enough to notice and learn the unspoken customs (this was called "lurking").
Nowadays people see it as an orchestrated attack against free speech, shout references to 1984, and threaten to move elsewhere.
Yet the ones asking us all to behave politely are called "hypersensitive"?
Mastodon: *paints beautiful wall mural*
Twitter: Who's gonna buy that? You can't even transport it?
Mastodon: *does an elaborate interpretive dance in front of the mural*
Twitter: Wait, is that part of the art?
Mastodon: *group meditation chanting "awooo"*
Twitter: Ok but how do you monetize?
Mastodon: *a thousand voices sing a hymn to diversity as a million weirdos dance*
Twitter: We're, uh... we're going home now...
Mastodon: *builds space ship*
more cw discourse Show more
"hey could you maybe have your program give a warning to save before you exit out of it"
"why? if they don't want to lose their work they should remember to save for themselves"
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