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In Topic: The Bulwark published my open letter to Sergey Brin

20 March 2019 - 02:00 PM

View PostJackD, on 20 March 2019 - 01:36 PM, said:

Bernie, as a young man, was a Communist. He no longer is but continues to insist on using the word, socialist.

Right - and while I'm not at all comparing the two ideologies, if someone started out as a Nazi and then tempered his rhetoric but still dog whistled his way around white nationalism (let's say David Duke, for instance) - I wouldn't insist on telling people that what he *really loves about white people is the goulash and the music.
I need to hear it from HIM that he isn't in favor of the State being in charge of the means of production - EVER. And if he could toss in that he's fond of capitalism and understands that with the right guard rails it's the absolute best system for improving everyone's lives, well... then I could consider voting for him and not writing long-winded diatribes about how words matter.

In Topic: The Bulwark published my open letter to Sergey Brin

20 March 2019 - 01:31 PM

View PostPractical Girl, on 20 March 2019 - 10:55 AM, said:

Eh, DD- you don't write very good. You write WELL- excellent. It sounds stupid, but I'm proud of you for speaking truth to the powers that be. It was a bit meandering, led to a point at all times. Nicely done. You know where to go from here, You have the idea. Find the platform. Get it DONE.

I'm TRYING!!! :)
Sorry about the meandering - it went from first draft to publication within 3 (very busy) days so I really didn't have much time to sculpt it more carefully.

In Topic: The Bulwark published my open letter to Sergey Brin

20 March 2019 - 01:29 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 20 March 2019 - 09:51 AM, said:

I am certainly not Sergey though I have been to a presentation he did at the Moscone Center long ago. But I did want to send a thousand likes for your piece. My politics are a bit distant from The Bulwark, especially around reproductive rights, but I am happy to read a more sane group of conservative writers. It’s good to get a balance of opinions.

Excellent writing, Dr.

Yeah, my politics and theirs is somewhat divergent as well, but they're good faith actors and those are SO rare these days.

In Topic: The Bulwark published my open letter to Sergey Brin

20 March 2019 - 01:25 PM

View PostGeorge Rowell, on 19 March 2019 - 09:56 PM, said:

Blair offered a very successful version of socialism that put the country on a boom and benefited the middle class. We have to be careful, the right have deliberately discredited the word socialism by linking it to communism, which it is not.

I realize that to many this is a matter of semantics. As I take pains to point out in my letter - to me this isn't a left/right issue. Webster's isn't (as far as I know) a politically motivated publication and they have only one working definition for the word.

I'm a very big fan of clarity in speech. Even as I realize that language constantly evolves and we need to be careful not to insist that people can't modify their usage it's also incumbent on the user to note what they mean if they're using a newly modified word.

I have no idea what Blair was doing but it wasn't socialism and there is no such thing as successful socialism historically speaking.

From my perspective, there are *actual socialists in this country (and they can't be separated from Marxists cause they ARE unapologetic Marxists). They have magazines and lobbies and they seem to be thoroughly embedded in academia. Marxism isn't a dirty word on college campuses, even as it absolutely should be.

So - yes, Bernie may be entirely uninterested in nationalizing the airlines and the oil companies - or maybe he is. I simply don't know. And as long as I don't know, I'm going to take him at his word and believe that he understands what the word means and he means to use it as it is defined.

In Topic: The Bulwark

12 March 2019 - 09:25 AM

View PostBact PhD, on 11 March 2019 - 09:27 PM, said:

Full Disclosure: I don't use Twitter -- could never see the point.

However, I can concur with the "we're not very good at statistics" thesis. It seems to occur on other social media platforms, as well (cough, cough! Facebook!). The most bizarre stuff, including a lot of what once upon a time would have been classified as a whole lotta nothingburgers, seemingly gets amplified. Moreover, people feel compelled to comment on the amplified material, and so it goes, ginning up the outrage machine ever hotter.

I only use it to post my comedy (and advertise the singularly rare occasion when someone publishes something I write). I have tried in the past to use it as it is prescribed but I really do think that I'm hitting the nail on the head for why it's simply unusable as a mechanism for communication. It's really great as a billboard for broadcasting short bits of info but billboards are designed to be yelled back at. Twitter has us all shouting back at them. It's much worse than Facebook because Facebook is, at least, a home for people with actual personhood. It's still missing the facial expressions and the vocal intonations but at least you know who you're talking to and you can use as many words as you want to say it. Or at least that was the case until Facebook became the place where bad faith actors started publishing propaganda and misinformation of various types which Facebook puts its stamp of approval on and delivers and legitimizes in the eyes of millions (billions?) of the too naive to notice populace.

View Postbaw1064, on 11 March 2019 - 10:02 PM, said:

Good for you, drd!

I agree with your central thesis (at least I think it's your central thesis) that manufactured outrage is definitely a Thing these days..

I think that may have become the central thesis but it started out as a thesis on how Twitter is designed to create broken, angry, resentful, needlessly mean commentary between people who, in any other circumstance, would at *worst politely ignore one another and at best actually find something of common interest and engage in a positive manner. The headline is really the thesis; people aren't all a bunch of assholes and it's not that Twitter draws in all the assholes, it's that the technology transforms people INTO assholes (for the duration of their stay).