The 21st century at its finest 👏
So we lately got quite a few signups that are not outright spam but that are commercial advertising accounts - sometimes it looks like personal projects, sometimes these are accounts that advertise some sketchy stuff in their bio - I think about changing our rules and forbidding anything commercial here - non-profit orgs are fine, personal accounts are fine, pushing your patreon link or whatever once a while for your personal project is fine - but we won't offer an account for commercial stuff.
Reactions to my comments on Facebook:
Explaining the need for the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' = 7 likes
Pointing out the Soviet Union was a State Capitalist system = 23 likes
Asking if bikinis are empowering = 24 likes
Also on Twitter:
Jokingly reposting a screenshot of some guy telling UKIP and Brexit party supporters to put an X in both boxes on the ballot paper so the leave vote is not split = bananas reactions from leave fanatics
Hm. Only one like for this comment.
People use Orwell's concept of Newspeak wrong.
They use it to describe the process of re-defining words (which is something that happens all the time in language anyway, whether deliberately used for political advantage or not.)
But actually, Newspeak is the act of eliminating words from language, so there are only a handful of elemental words to chose from. That way, Ideas cannot be expressed because there are no words to express them.
"People find themselves eager to believe smears ... because the raw facts ... punch giant holes in the stories about the kind of world, nation and society that most people have been taught to believe they live in since school age."
Good point, I think.
OK. So I watched The Transformers Movie, 1986 (I think) because Hbomberguy did a YouTube video about it.
Now one thing puzzled me. When Hotrod and the old geezer robot where on the junk crap planet, the four-headed (rather cool) ... thing kept saying 'innocent' but that meant 'guilty' and then whoever was on trial was dropped into the robo-shark-invested waters.
What was that all about?
I've never been convinced the Labour antisemitism smears would work. They are there to shame the left, to stop their support for Labour (obviously Corbyn), but as people become wise, and the smear becomes a parody of itself, few people will be shamed by it.
And as for Tory supporters, and anyone else on the extreme right, why would they care about racism in any form? Racism comes naturally to the right. They don't care about these smears. They say much worse both in public and in private.
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