While it’s true that I think cynicsm is just frustrated optimism (otherwise it would just be pessimism, or nihilism), it’s hard to be merely cynical that someone(s) out there thought a lifestyle profile of Nancy Pelosi written by Maureen Dowd was what this particular inflection point in American political history needed from any of us right now.
A Story of the Whitebro's Journey Through Mastodon
Like I think honestly a lot of why some white folk are struggling with the Fediverse is because they thought that here, free of corporate influence, they'd be appreciated for the genius they really are.
And as it turns out, not only are they not genius, but they're more ignorant than some people who are self-identified amateurs.
That has to be a blow to one's ego, especially for a culture that identifies as reasonable and logical.
@codesections what you said was "Our practice has been to draw a distinction between 'speech to' and 'speech about'"
That distinction isn't in the CoC, and it isn't in the spirit of the text of that document, so to me, it is a narrowing construction.
Let me know if the practice changes.
You might consider running the practice by the original author(s) to see whether they agree its consistent with the text. Seems clear to me it isn't.
Instead of posting about it scattered a dozen places I wrote about it once in response to an email from a friend and have now uploaded it here: my opinion on the Kev and FOSStodon thing.
If you want to give me feedback, please DM me here or, preferred, send an email to email@example.com
Honest "Free Speech"
Nobody is saying "I am offended and demand you stop saying this", please stop making shit up. What people might say is, "That's a fucked up thing to say and I don't want to be around people who say that".
Free speech advocates, in every single instance when I've encountered them, have wanted not only freedom from repercussions, but more importantly, freedom from being made to feel sad because they said something that upset someone.
They want us to remind them that they are, in fact, very nice, good boys, just like they've been told all along.
They're not racist because they don't *feel* racist. They're not homophobic because they don't feel it.
Still on this bullshit, I'm done soon I promise
So when you hear a FOSSbro saying things like
> There’s a whole big bad world out there, with much more important things to worry about than what words someone uses
I don't know what world they're living in, but there actually aren't that many worse things out there, at least for me, than people who are pushing boundaries to see how close they can get to committing violence against me
More rambling about offence
people who dismiss concerns as 'just being offended' seem to have never been in a situation where there is anything worse for them than the mild discomfort that being offended brings them, and since that is the worst they have experienced no one else could possibly have experienced something worse.
So that warning they’ve been putting on #StrangerThings episodes about strobe lighting? No joke for episode six. Be extra warned, it’s very harsh.
In the absence of either search or functional archives in #WriteFreely, it would be nice if at least regular search engines were fully crawling my blog, so there were *some* way to find shit.
Mediocre white guy.
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