I know it’s trendy to fight the system and cry that we are all becoming slaves of technology, but this attitude overlooks that computers and phones are tools for communicating. When someone thinks I’m an idiot smiling at a machine, I’m actually smiling at my girlfriend who is 10000 miles away and whom I would have never met if not for these newfangled electronics. As they say: when the wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger.
This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while now; much credit to this excellent post for bringing it to the front of my brain.
…am I the only one who noticed that all the people shown above apparently switched their seats in the second picture? Or perhaps the top picture was a mirror image of the people in the bottom picture?
…and now I’m analyzing spatial relationships and perspective over the intended message of the picture. Clearly my priorities are in order.
To all those who old-school content producers who squawk about the internet upsetting your way of doing things: it’s your own fault.
Well, let’s be fair. Not all of it can be attributed to the old guard. Certainly before now there were practical hurdles to be overcome. The cost of printing, burning DVD’s, packaging, distribution … those were real, tangible hurdles. You had to have money to get your vision out there, and the people with the money were the publishers, the record labels, the studios. So their role was vital in that regard.
But there was another element involved that chafed and rankled: nepotism. Quality and value of a work took a backseat to who knew who, who did what for who, etc. (Let’s not even get into the darker stuff, like the casting couch.) It wasn’t about being the best, or the most worthy. It was about finding the right gatekeeper to bribe.
SPREAD THE DAMN WORD
THAT WAS COOL
My hands are too small to do this effectively.
I wish I wasn’t iPod
if you’re on ipod you just hold down the reblog button
wtf just happened??
Imma try this later whrn I have my laptop owo
I don’t take any of this Tumblr social justice stuff seriously.
I mean, obviously, I believe in equality, I acknowledge that society is currently unequal, I acknowledge that a lot of work must be done before anything even remotely resembling equality is reached, and I believe in people’s freedom to be whoever they want…
But when terms like “CISSCUM” and profile pages that say “HEY GUYS I AM A DEMISEXUAL OTHERKIN DRAGON TRANSFAT TRANSETHNIC WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVIST” start showing up, I’m surprised anyone manages to take it seriously at all. And, in reality, let’s face it - pretty much nobody outside social justice circles (which seem to primarily exist on Tumblr) takes this stuff seriously.
It doesn’t help that the labels that get made up start getting thrown around at a moment’s notice. A mother advising her promiscuous teenage daughter to reign it in a little is now slut-shaming. Mentioning, even jokingly (ESPECIALLY jokingly) that someone’s gained weight is now body-policing, fat-shaming and totally NOT CHECKING YOUR THIN PRIVILEGE.
I’d go as far to say it’s actually harming the social justice movement (the real one, that is, not the one where teenage girls scream at each other to check their privilege in between blogging about their Supernatural fanfiction or whatever). In much the same way that PETA has screwed over the animal rights movement, the really weird, warped social justice stuff on this site is rapidly becoming, in many people’s minds, the default definition of words like “feminist”, which it really, REALLY shouldn’t be.
INTELLIGENT LIFE! THERE IS A G-D!