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Fair enough, man. Yeah, I'm in a shitty frame of mind today. It's unfair to take it out on you.
I don't believe that choosing to focus on one facet of an article constitutes cherry picking; nor does it demonstrate anything about my grasp of the article. It was just a comment I made when I woke up and decided today was the day I'd speak up on hubski after some silence. Ultimately, my point: while the author makes good arguments about how all-encompassing these companies have become, it doesn't serve her argument to belabor minor inconveniences like not getting to share pics on instagram and having to carry cash and having to buy a paper calendar. At best, those arguments just make it sound like she's trying to make living without those services more inconvenient than they are. Which she doesn't need to do. At worst, they sound like some upper cruster sneering at the hoi polloi: "who has to pay their babysitter in cash anymore? What's the point of taking a picture of your child if you can't easily quantify how much people approve of the picture?" It's one quibble with one part of the article. Never meant for it to be anything other than that.
You are welcome here, as I was when I wandered over, as is anybody. I encourage you to dig around a little and get to know people before jumping in.
No, I can see that. I get it the point. Hence opening with the part about appreciating the article's "salient points." But whinging about how there's no impetus to take pictures if you can't put them on instagram, or trying to illustrate how difficult life is without google and amazon because you need to carry cash and write on a physical calendar still comes off as absurd. It's almost as if... as if there could be several takes on several aspects of the same article! Crazy, I know.
What the article isn't about: reddit, or alternatives to reddit, or my choosing to post on hubski. So I guess the real irony is scolding a stranger for "missing the point" of the article and then capping your response with a remark that truly doesn't at all address the content of the article.
Additionally, now that you mention it: when I joined hubski with my FIRST account well over five years ago, it really did feel like an escape from reddit. People seemed more interested in getting to know each other before jumping into debate mode. It was nice. There were, and still are, some great folks here. But now I lurk more and don't comment or post frequently; the people I knew don't seem to be around as much, and I'm far more likely to be pecked at by some guy who just joined an hour ago and immediately resorts to the same lazy, reflexively adversarial tone that makes reddit such a trash heap. So thanks for the remind, I guess
Some of these points are salient, esp. when the author gets into the weeds of web hosting issues; other aspects of this piece just sound like some spoiled rich kid who's totally lost without her fancy toys.
esp. tone deaf:
- I have an old Canon point-and-shoot digital camera, but I find I don’t take many photos this week—because without Facebook and Instagram, I don’t have anywhere to share them.
Boo hoo. Followed immediately by:
- Sometimes I just can’t find a digital replacement. Venmo won’t work without a smartphone, so I pay our babysitter in cash. I start using a physical calendar to keep track of my schedule.
The author just described how my wife and I regularly plan and then pay for our date nights. It doesn't really suck that much.
Amen to that. We lived in a 1930's shitbox. 1050 square feet. Baseboard heating, insulation decimated by rats, single-pane windows, non-euclidean floor plan.
No curb appeal even if our street had sidewalks, which it didn't. No quick access to any charm. Regularly found needles on the street outside. Had to contend with semis unloading stock at 3am into the back of the Fred Meyer that abutted the property. Damn skippy we were priced out, and happy to be so. Within six months of us leaving, the landlord slapped some new paint on the wall and sold it for 650K. Fucking absurd.
Now that I saw this tweet, I can't unread it as Pence. It kind of reads like future campaign fodder in that light.
- The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.
- The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as THE REPUBLICAN PARTY have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.
I guess I expected them to spin it? I honestly didn't expect them to not even mention it in favor of a dog-whistle non-story. I don't know why I'm surprised.
EDIT I guess one of Breitbart's most popular stories is Manafort, but I defy you to try and find it on their trainwreck layout