On the topic of "opinions," let's talk about opinions for a moment, because that word gets tossed around on Twitter a lot. It's late, I'm struggling to sleep, and I have a lot to say, so buckle up and bear with me for a bit. This will be a long thread.
First, there are two critical things that I think people really ought to bear in mind about Opinions on Twitter. 1) You don't have to have one. 2) Even if you do have one, you don't have to say it.
This isn't "shut up and be quiet" - more "you have the right to remain silent"
Freedom of speech is also the freedom NOT to speak when you have nothing to contribute. You don't have to weigh in on everything, and many times, YOUR life will be less stressful if you don't. It's often much harder to disengage than it is to simply not engage in the first place.
Look, the FNAF thing is causing people to get riled a bit. Just remember: it's okay to like problematic media. But don't leap to the defense of the creator who is *undeniably* not worthy of your defense.
Cawthon being "good to his fans" is great - but it doesn't erase the fact that he's supported hate. Cawthon donating to children's hospitals is great - but it doesn't erase the fact that he's supported hate.
I get that it's depressing to see all the stuff you like getting picked apart by angry Twitter. Enjoy the things you enjoy - but realize that there are people who CAN'T enjoy it because the person who made it is actively putting money into hurting them.
This isn't a subtweet, just a general observation: no matter how much you curate your feed, mute keywords, etc., you are going to see content on Twitter that you don't like. Make your experience the best you can for yourself, but it's not going to be perfect - deal with it.
And I know saying "deal with it" sounds a bit harsh and smarmy, but there's no other way to say it. If something you don't like pops up on your timeline, block/mute the person who posted it, OR put on your big boy pants and scroll past it. Those are really your only options.
This isn't any kind of statement that people are "too sensitive" or "too easily offended" or anything like that. If you're using slurs or being transphobic and telling people to get over it, fuck you. I'm talking more about kink content, unpleasant visuals, etc.
Honestly kind of bracing for Capsaicin Canine to go full-on, out-in-the-open RWNJ and then take the Nazi Shitbird "meanies on Twitter forced me to" route. I really hope I'm wrong, but at this point, I'm sort of resigned to it.
I'm so tired of it. Particularly from a dude I've watched for a long time and KNOW that he could be better than that. But then, I guess I thought the same thing about the raccoon, and look how that ended up.
Maybe I'm just stupid for believing the best in all the worst people. Maybe all the derision about me being completely self-defeating is right. Maybe there is no innate human goodness and some people really are just irredeemably awful. That just kind of makes me hate life.
Hey folks. Time to have a little (possibly uncomfortable) conversation about sadposting in group chats. This is prompted by *numerous* people in *several* of the group chats I admin; if you're going to ask "Is this directed at me?" - if it applies to you, it's directed at you.
First of all, let's talk about what "sadposting" actually is. Telling the chat that you're having a rough day, in and of itself, isn't sadposting. Sadposting is not a single post, but rather a *pattern* of behavior in some ways and a mindset of posting in others.
For the purposes of what I'm describing, when I say "sadposting," I'm talking about two things: one, repeated posting of how miserable/sick/depressed/unwell you are. You post it once, then when no one answers, you wait until the chat is actually active again, then post it again.
Last two RTs: I am really glad that that people are starting to think critically about this kind of thing. I'm always wary when someone starts complaining incessantly about how horrible "callout culture" is, but at the same time, there are a LOT of irresponsible callouts.
And the reason this is a problem is because there's no accountability. If someone makes a callout and you're like, "Hey, whoa, back up a sec," you're an "apologist," insta-blocked, added to blocklists, etc.
That's not how it should be.
If someone I follow is engaging in something especially heinous, then yes, sure, I do want to know about it. But the threshold for "heinous" should be a LOT higher than "they said something mean on the internet once."