Now Fascism Today is talking about getting fascists kicked off social media platforms and the fear that the same tactic could be used against antifascists, and is portraying social media companies as WAAAAAAY bigger allies than they are.
Like, he talks about which fascists have been kicked off Twitter and Facebook without mentioning *just how long* it took to get them booted, *just how many* are still online, or the ways these sites profit off of Nazi presence.
Fuckin' Jack Dorsey *following* half the Nazis on here should at least warrant a mention, I think?
He also doesn't even mention ban evasions and alt accounts.
Before you argue with conservatives claiming Obama began the practice of family separation that Trump is enacting, read this. The argument is a gross distortion of history. vox.com/2018/6/21/1748…
The conservative argument that we "didn't care when Obama did it" is already a racist ploy that ignores differences of scale, so we often accept the premise because, by they're own arguments, they're still wrong.
But then we accept and often repeat an untruth.
Short version: Obama did not separate families for the crime of crossing the border. Crossing the border is a misdemeanor, rarely prosecuted or meaningfully penalized in Obama's day.
New video essay! Conservatives condemn the Left for doing watered down versions of the tactics the Right depends on; herein we discuss the moral weakness on the part of liberals that makes this tactic work.
To any young followers for whom this is the first election you can vote in: You're probably hearing a lot of people telling you that voting is the most important thing you can do and that any apathy you feel around it is ruining the country.
I'm recommending you ignore them.
Voting is like sex: Simultaneously one of the most important things in life, but also kind of not that big of a deal.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by how many ballot measures you don't understand and how few politicians you know anything about and your underpaid Civics teacher's explanation of the Electoral College was more confusing than helpful...
I get a steady - if not enormous - influx of messages asking for advice on extremely personal and sensitive problems that I am not remotely qualified to answer.
Like, I'm a cishet white YouTuber, I don't know how to help you out of your dysphoria or internalized homophobia.
But when someone asks me something so vulnerable, I figure if I don't answer, or if I answer saying "I can't help you with that," I'm likely making a person in pain feel even worse, so I fumble at being some kind of helpful.
I won't be able to give thoughts on Obduction or The Witness without a new/better computer, so Obra Dinn, Nelly Cootalot, and else Heart.Break() are the only games left to write up. Need to finish playing them!
Fascism Today's chapter on misogyny is doing me a few concerns. It's the first chapter where Burley is discussing things I have done considerable research on myself, and his characterization raises a few red flags.
For one, his description of GamerGate seemingly conflates the 2012 harassment of Anita Sarkeesian with the 2014 campaign against "ethics in games journalism," where Sarkeesian was again one of the main victims.
In other words, it's a description of GamerGate that doesn't mention Zoe Quinn, or any other target of harassment other than Sarkeesian. While he only spends a paragraph mentioning it, it's a major oversight.
I'm reading Shane Burley's Fascism Today, and the way he defines fascism is nearly identical to the way Corey Robin defines conservatism, which is damn unsettling let me tell you.
Burley, for his part, defines conservatism the way conservatives define themselves, focusing on Christian-inspired family values and free-market economics.
He doesn't connect fascism to Robin's historical perspective that defines conservatism as about preserving hierarchies.
But, reading both books in tandem, the structures are nearly identical. There's the same romanticism of a past where The Right People were in control before those evil modern progressives took power away from them.
hoi hoi, the stinking thousand
we meet them even when we stop to pass our droppings
(forgive me if I've borked the spelling)
I can even still tell you what it means!
The Thousand was the collective name for the various enemies of rabbits. Rabbit religion was designed around the experience of being prey: Any animal that might eat or harm a rabbit was part of The Thousand.
At my level of notoriety, my Patreon has stopped growing in any meaningful way.
The problem I have with YouTube ad revenue is that it keeps you chasing views. People love a video, hate a video, you only get paid if they watch it. Encourages you to make videos quickly about whatever's trending.
That's not the kind of video I want to make, and I hate ads, so I made the first milestone on Patreon that I would keep ads turned off forever.
Feminists didn't "infiltrate" gaming, they just got harder to ignore.
People love to point to The Last Jedi as an attack from outside, as if Rian Johnson didn't grow up on Star Wars same as the rest of us.
It's just so blind and dishonest to ignore that a lot of people in your fandoms just *are* political and progressive and always have been, and they were talking about the politics of video games and Star Wars before you even knew what either WAS.
I'm having thoughts about the Condescending White Man brand of media criticism popular on YouTube - Plinkett, Yahtzee, CinemaSins - and how these characters are both fictional and aspirational for their intended audiences.
Kicked off the week by typing "bloviating internet chodes" into a Patreon comment.
Incubus was a band that would throw out words like "zombified" or "combustication" in the same songs as "somnambulant" or"reciprocity," and, while I'm not really a fan anymore, I'd say this deeply influenced my writing style.
Or like that scene on Step By Step where Dana's professor, in reviewing her first college paper, says, "I'm going to give you one very big word and one short one: This paper is supercilious crap."