One political/technical thought for the day: yes, FOSTA-SESTA is responsible for the #Tumblr diaspora, and it's responsible for causing similar harm at other sites. But don't forget that the corporations hosting these sites have been predatory data miners for years, and were never out to protect their users in the first place.
Federated services like Mastodon show us how the Internet should work: smaller servers, run by actual people, that have real privacy controls. #ByeTumblr
queerphobia, divide-and-conquer propaganda
The separation between sexuality and gender is only possible in our current era.
There was a time when being gay was considered just as gender-aberrant as wearing the clothes of "the opposite sex" or stating that you were neither gender. We all used to be labelled "inverts" (or worse).
People can only now claim a distinction between sexual orientation and gender non-conformity because sexual orientation has gained some degree of acceptance.
new atheism, fascism, alt-lite/alt-right
with all the new atheists who have pivoted toward neo-fascism or the alt-lite, it seems to validate the hypothesis that new atheism has a lot in common with religious fundamentalism. its simplistic way of thinking is ideal for being exploited by reactionaries, just like that of religious fundamentalism.
you only think christianity is a "secular holiday" because it's your holiday
imagine if instead of Christmas, it was, say, Passover, and school served nothing but matza for eight days, and you learned to sing songs like chad gadya every year in school, while also being completely aware the holiday was about how the Jews came out from Egypt and were given the Torah, Talmud and Ten Commandments... then a Jewish atheist was like "oh it's a secular holiday about matza and singing"
Today's new study saying how foreign agents weaponized America's inherent bigotry to target Black Americans with complicity from nearly every major social media platform drives home the point that we need to make our own spaces that are independent because they really don't give a shit about us.
These platforms are willing to sacrifice national security and democracy for the sake of profit.
And let's be clear about this point. Not only are these platform promoting content to inflame white hate and bigotry, but they are also protecting people who espouse this ideology while punishing those who stand up against hate.
Given the context of how social media platforms will straight up lie ( https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/09/media/twitter-infowars-alex-jones/index.html ) about the efforts to make safe platforms, it is... let's be nice and call it naive to say they aren't complicit.
New Mistaken for Frum Post
שאָנדאַ פֿאַר די גאַנצע וועלט
(((rootless cosmopolitan))), Wobbly, ancom, US.
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