Can't get over what an amazing accomplishment the vaccine is, the speed of its creation and rollout, and how we should all be celebrating this amazing American moment ... but we're not because the GOP and Fox News made it partisan from the jump just to protect their chief idiot.
I got my first vaccine dose in a convention center staffed by volunteers and members of different uniformed branches of the military, all working together, surrounded by my neighbors rolling up their sleeves to protect themselves and each other. It was beautiful.
This should be a national moment of pride, representing the best America can do when we all put our backs to the wheel together.
Instead, the morons in my neighborhood are still running around maskless and screaming about tyranny because they're brainwashed by outrage peddlers.
DC: I will always love the animated series' from my youth. That's my Justice League. But let's be real, there's only been one decent DC movie (WW) and the rest have ranged from amusingly bad (Aquaman) to unamusingly bad (everything else).
Jurassic Park: One good movie and an endless series of soulless cash grabs. Next.
I have to say, Falcon and The Winter Soldier has left me cold so far, but the Loki show looks like so much fucking fun.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is pretty much what you'd expect from a Marvel TV show. Characters you know, dealing with the continuing universe, some action and some (painful) quips. It's all really unsurprising so far.
WandaVision was so weird and so surprising that it set my expectations to maximum. So something so formulaic after that is a letdown, even if it's not bad.
Listening to today's episode of The Daily and it's SO CLEAR how this unionization drive at Amazon could have been avoided if they'd treated their employees like people instead of cogs in a machine. nytimes.com/2021/04/01/pod…
If you track your people BY THE SECOND and you DO NOT COMMUNICATE THE RULES, it's going to make them CRAZY. This is so obvious it hurts.
It reminds me of a startup I worked at (name omitted) where I wound up in a middle management role (again) because the CEO was so bad at being a human, he built a software tracking system to monitor a specific employee because that was easier for him than having ONE CONVERSATION.
Twitter's complete abdication to protect us from trolling an bots is why Amazon is able to use it to bully and harass us and stock it with fake users to try and influence its workers' union vote. theguardian.com/technology/202…
A properly managed community wouldn't have fake accounts cropping up like a toxic algae bloom. A properly designed community wouldn't allow a PR strategy based in generating anger and outrage.
Twitter is a toxic place because the c-suite of Twitter wants it to be.
Honestly still coming to the realization that America's longstanding hatred of "communism" is really a hatred of all communal behavior, aka people coming together in solidarity, aka actual real politically-active community.
America hates community.
And America teaches Americans to be suspicious of any kind of community-based thinking. When you talk about "what would be good for the community," people look at you like you're crazy or naive or dangerous.
Honestly can you think of an American story about a group of people coming together to do ANYTHING besides win a war or a game? Can you think of a story about a community coming together to just, like, make sure everyone is okay?
All the words are meaningless. They just want power and will do anything to get it. Ignore the words. Watch the actions.
They said “blue lives matter” and then beat and killed a cop. They said they were defending democracy while preventing an election certification. Now they say “we have to unify” while supporting insurrectionists.
None of their words matter. Look at what they DO.
This is the thing that took me the longest to learn because I like words, and I usually believe people when they talk.
But these insurrectionists only use words as cover. It’s just a whoosh of static to distract while they plan their next bloody battle.
Of course white supremacy existed before the internet. That’s a bullshit argument. No one is saying tech companies invented white supremacy. We’re saying they nurtured it, spread it, and accelerated it, because the CEOs can’t admit their role in spreading it.
Trump is a vile invention of America, making use of every aspect of our culture to bring out the devils in our nature. All he does is exploit our weaknesses using every opportunity. Social media was one of those exploits. I don’t believe he would have become president without it.
I’m hearing a lot of pundits talk about the Trump bans as if they’re some new policy. They’re not. Facebook and Twitter have long had rules against the incitement of violence. The only thing that changed is they started enforcing them.
If you want to play pundit and say that they should be focusing on all their other problems, fine. Yes they should. But don’t you dare overlook how important this is.
When the social media companies have policies that they do not enforce, it shows every troll in the world that they don’t have to follow the rules either. That ended yesterday for the biggest troll in history.
1. A chorus of assholes will scream bloody murder, lash out on Twitter, and get suspended, too.
2. A wave bad takes from old media and people who don’t know what censorship actually is.
3. There’s a tsunami of “if Trump gets banned why is this guy allowed?” heading for Twitter Support right now. Pray for them. It’s gonna be rough. I hope Twitter is staffed up and ready to pay some overtime.
4. You will hear the term “slippery slope” a lot. It means “if you enforce the rules here, don’t you have to do it everywhere?”
One completely consistent divide I’ve observed over the years: anyone who has actually managed a community knows not to feed trolls. The people who think that drawing attention to trolls is helping have never managed a community.
“Don’t feed the trolls” was a mantra for early web communities because we saw what happens when you don’t. When you draw attention to trolls, you create more trolls. They’re drawn to it like moths to a streetlight.
Note that “don’t feed the trolls” does NOT mean “don’t do anything.” On the contrary, you have to do something. It’s just that the things you do must be invisible to the troll. If they know they’ve got your attention, they will never let it go.
Scratch any conspiracy theory deep enough and you’ll find anti-Semitism. So this isn’t some abstract investigation into an amusing subculture. This is people who hate me and my family. They believe things that put us in ovens. It’s deadly fucking serious to me.
And it’s NOT EQUAL between democrats and republicans. We have a president now who is actively supporting lunatic conspiracy theories. That CHANGES EVERYTHING.