Most people seem to assume that there is a big respectable group of people who've pooled all of the important information together and know most of the things that there are important to know, but that has never been true, and it still isn't.
Civics isn't just a matter of identifying the good people and listening to them. Those people don't exist. There is no center.
On Moderation: An Ass-Backward Guide to Managing a Community Which Extends From Revolutionary Socialists to Anarcho-Capitalists
A set of principles Andreas Schou had pinned to his late, lamented, Google+ profile.
Now preserved on Pastebin:
Confessions of a Fake News Writer:
"Nothing will change until readers actively change their reading behavior online — by refusing to read or share news by disreputable sites or by paying for quality editorial that doesn’t rely on advertising. We all need to think critically about what we are reading. We need to think for ourselves."
#fakenews #writing #journalism
James Connolly: Yes, friends, governments in capitalist society are but committees of the rich to manage the affairs of the capitalist class. https://protestationblog.wordpress.com/quotes10/#quotenr8479
People have been cyborgs for centuries. Incremental steps, at first revolutionary but soon normal. Glasses. Hearing aids. Pacemakers. Glucose monitors. Active prosthesis. Sensory damps. Wet/hard mems.
We're still human. Still?
That aside, all human.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
A-Infos: **Us, black rose fed: Bolivia: The Extreme Right Takes Advantage Of A Popular Uprising by Raúl Zibechi**
"In the following translated article by Raúl Zibechi, the long-time Uruguayan militant and analyst of social movements in Latin America, the author adopts the position that the resignation of Evo Morales was the outcome of his government marginalizing and repressing the ve…"
John Stockwell: The CIA and the big corporations were, in my experience, in step with each other. Later I realized that they may argue about details of strategy - a small war here or there. However, both are vigorously committed to supporting the system. https://protestationblog.wordpress.com/quotes6/#quotenr8425
Labor communicators’ keynote speaker urges creation of “working-class media” #ClassWarfare https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/labor-communicators-keynote-speaker-urges-creation-of-working-class-media/
If I posted text posts about anything I cared about on facebook the algorithm would not show it to almost anyone thats even following me. It would literally just drop off the radar and be forgotten. I post a random thought here and people from around the world actually have a chance to respond. That is powerful. That cant be underplayed. The fact that we dont have to worry whether our messages have financial viability makes our ideas stronger. Our voices ring.
5 fast facts about the military coup in Bolivia and what you can do #ClassWarfare https://mronline.org/2019/11/14/5-fast-facts-about-the-military-coup-in-bolivia-and-what-you-can-do/
It's taken me a very long time to unlearn a lot of the toxic ideas I gained over years of being in the illustration/art world.
We need to celebrate being "bad" at something, but doing it anyway, for the joy of it.
We need to celebrate singing at the top of your voice without caring what other people think.
There's nothing wrong with striving to be the best at something! But it's okay to just *do* things without measuring up. Enjoy what you do! Whether you do it for 40 hours a week or 10 mins
Had a chat with someone yesterday about how supposed "inspirational" stories can actually inhibit people from trying to get better at those things themselves.
Most stories you hear are the rags-to-riches type; someone comes from nothing, devotes all their time and energy to one thing, and then becomes the best at it.
It puts a huge focus on being the Best at something, which makes many of us think: I'll never be the best, so what's the point of trying?
There isn't enough media celebrating people doing things just because they like to, whether they're objectively "good" at it or not.
You always hear about the ones with a talent in something, which is all well and good! But why should people feel discouraged from doing something just because they can't devote the time/energy to become "good" at it?
Why can't anyone doodle, draw, make comics, play music, write, etc. and enjoy it without feeling like they have to live up to a standard?
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