Oh great, an app that encourages people to treat every event around them that *could* be a crime as a crime, form a mob, and hunt down whoever they’ve decided is a perpetrator.

Definitely a very good idea to make a literal lynch mob app.
Racism but make it a subscription

“Users are flooded with notifications in what multiple sources interpret as an attempt to make users feel anxious enough about their neighborhoods to buy "Protect," a $19.99 per month service”
What if Nextdoor but you paid it to call the police AND assemble a mob every time your Black neighbor took out their trash

"Citizen can’t make money unless it makes its users believe there are constant, urgent threats around them at all times,"
This is going to get so many people murdered

“”It’s basically an anxiety sweatshop," a Citizen source said. "On days when things are 'slow,' they relax the standards around incidents because a dip in incident count is really bad," they added. “
I mean, of COURSE

“They added that Citizen sometimes acts as a source of entertainment for users. "People like to read about and watch videos of incidents around them," they said”
I would like to emphasize that this is not a hypothetical—it actually has already happened:

“ At worst, it ends with the CEO putting a bounty on an innocent person's head.”
CEO thinks the part where he put a bounty on an innocent person’s head and assembled a mob to hunt them is a GOOD thing:

“While Frame showed some contrition, he sees the bounty experiment as a "massive net win," a step on the way for his app to become a private safety network”
Anyway, what a fucking nightmare between this and the “your insurance claims get denied if your facial expressions don’t match a white male norm” company

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27 May
flashback to meeting for AAA shooter franchise

marketing revealed their new ad idea, which implied that the one recurring female character in the game was being violated with a chainsaw

when we protested, they said they needed to make sure audiences knew it wasn't a "girl game"
Like, just sit with that for a moment. This super testosterone-y game about shooting things, well into its franchise life, and marketing is worried that if they don't show the only female presence in the game being violently sexually violated, people might think it's too girly.
And now imagine--big room, big meeting, all these dudes--being a woman in that room, one of 2 or maybe 3 among like 15 or 16 guys.

And you're like hey maybe let's not do this?

And a marketing guy says it to you, in the tone one would use with a particularly dense child.
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I'm also really sick of the impossible demands for ideological purity put on Jews from white gentiles sitting pretty in places like the US and England.

Like, any time the subject of Israel comes up, suddenly everyone's staring at the Jew or Jews in the room.
And again, American Jews are *more likely* to be critical of Israel than American Christians.

But any time it comes up, suddenly you're under a microscope and no one's staring at the Christians at the BBQ, waiting to pick apart *any reaction they have.*
I watched an Israeli expatriate get berated for mentioning a restaurant he missed in Tel Aviv.

It was at a fucking 4th of July barbecue.
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seeing a lot of absolutist statements about oppressed and oppressors lately

and, like, most people are both?

men in marginalized communities oppress women in those communities, marginalized cishet people oppress trans and other queer people, abled people oppress disabled ppl
like very few people's identities can simply be reduced to Oppressed

and very few people's identities can simply be reduced to Oppressor

there are a LOT of different types of marginalization and a LOT of different types of privilege
and very few people are on the same end of every one of those axes
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25 May
Time is a flat circle.

Started my game writing/design career in alternate reality games (ARGs) & then was subjected to a harassment campaign

& I'm featured in @krveale's book about how such campaigns function like ARGs

(so far it's a very good book)

palgrave.com/gp/book/978303…
(I was trying to find a quote about ARGs last night and discovered this)
And honestly my first reaction was a weird sort of grief:
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There was at least one, and IIRC multiple, freelancers we stopped using at Paizo because they didn't understand this and went on public rants about how the developer changed their Precious Words.
That's how work-for-hire works. You write a thing, you get paid, and then the company that paid you gets to (more or less) do what they want with it.
Tangential to this is that you're not actually directly supporting the author when you buy a book that's been written as work-for-hire (as most freelance writing in TTRPGs is). They've been paid already, and aren't getting royalties.
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Welp, I’m going to be moving into a new place soon and it... needs some work, so expect some very boring home improvement tweets.
First up, the horrifying stair carpet. This is after a “courtesy clean” in which they at least nominally ran a carpet cleaner over it and vacuumed. Image
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