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tacocat  ·  22 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 19, 2018

Feel better than I did in the last two pubskis. Three job interview in 4-5 days. Will hopefully get me out of where I am

tacocat  ·  17 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 19, 2018

I was just on Facebook and I thought, "I like the ACLU more than most people I know." I don't have a huge friend group and a lot of them are unfollowed. Or stupid

keifermiller  ·  13 hours ago  ·  link  ·  

Fucking word.

I got a Facebook to try and keep up to date on my Boomer family members, but unfollowed them all because old people Facebook is crazy bad.

tacocat  ·  13 hours ago  ·  link  ·  

I keep mine for about the same reason. I really only see posts from things I've liked like the ACLU or The Onion and some anti AA groups I've joined.

I was trying to troll some conservative groups with misattributed Nazi quotes but Facebook started to show me posts from those groups after an algorithm tweak I guess so that got old. Slap the name Ronnie Reagan on a Himmler quote and you can get a lot of fake internet points

tacocat  ·  13 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 19, 2018

I keep mine for about the same reason. I really only see posts from things I've liked like the ACLU or The Onion and some anti AA groups I've joined.

I was trying to troll some conservative groups with misattributed Nazi quotes but Facebook started to show me posts from those groups after an algorithm tweak I guess so that got old. Slap the name Ronnie Reagan on a Himmler quote and you can get a lot of fake internet points

tacocat  ·  21 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 19, 2018

Where has Mr weewoo been and what's his excuse for not being here?

Devac  ·  21 hours ago  ·  link  ·  

I hope he'll answer himself, but I think that I'm not crossing any lines by saying he seemed fine and enjoying some good time while being busy with work.

tacocat  ·  21 hours ago  ·  link  ·  

Pretty much the answer I expected

tacocat  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump orders DOJ to declassify Russia investigation documents

I post these to Facebook whenever Fox is completely out of line with the actual news

Subtle trolling of the many republican Facebook friends I've acquired recently. This mysteriously happens whenever there's bad news for Trump

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Heh, yeah, the Hannity car crash cutaway still gets me giggling.

Other than what some companies have already done with pledging to stamp out fake news whenever possible, I can't think of a legislative solution. Social media especially favors echo chambers, and attempting to disrupt that with government intervention scares me more than leaving it alone.

tacocat  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think the problem is that the platforms are so new that no one respects them. You can luck your way into a powerful YouTube or Twitter following and if you don't respect that influence you can like go on a racist screed and be unprepared for why people are angry. If you're just one thing just publicly comment on one thing or prepare to get your ass handed to you when you're casually white nationalist or people are upset by bad rape jokes.

The internet isn't a respected platform so people treat it like a place where threatening to rape your mom is a thing you can do. Big old media companies treat it like a place to say whatever. Big new media companies treat it like a place where their users can say whatever. It shouldn't be. But I'm also not sure government regulation is the answer. I guess I think the answer will present itself in the near future.

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Big old media companies treat it like a place to say whatever. Big new media companies treat it like a place where their users can say whatever. It shouldn't be.

Ah, we finally disagree on something! I'm in favor of protecting first amendment rights unilaterally, but that doesn't mean people should be free from the repercussions of the things they say. Obviously, this sets up a landscape defined by identity, i.e. anonymous vs. pseudonymous vs. direct attribution vs. the risk of doxxing, which is a sort of war we've seen play out over the last few years in several arenas. Example: a "verified" flair on Twitter carries weight, which I think is great.

Anonymous accounts say particularly hateful things, of course, and the level of anonymity in any community (with permanent usernames, i.e. not /b/ or some equivalent) is directly proportional to the size of that community. Hence, Hubski is essentially pseudonymous because of its small size, and you and I get to very effectively police against shitty people, spammers, and bots. What I think/hope will happen gradually is that users in most semi-permanent communities will tire of sifting through the garbage spewed by the hateful and anonymous minority, and favor insightful, positive content. Yes, there's an implicit assumption here that people are generally good, and yes, existing Facebook interactions of zero anonymity may prove that my optimism is ambitious. One thing that's indisputable is that we're still in the infant stages of integrating the internet into our society, or vice versa. Things are tumultuous. They should be. The internet's a much bigger deal than Gutenberg's printing press.

People may always have a platform where they can threaten to rape other people's moms or whatever. It would be stupid of me to ask the threatened to "toughen up" or disregard those threats, because I have no idea what it's like to be impacted by rape. And rape is staggeringly common, I know. Maybe if we had better mental healthcare, victims would be more impervious? What a pickle :(. The racism situation is on par or maybe even worse. I don't know how you'd measure that, and it'd be terribly depressing to study either/or as a profession. Ugh

tacocat  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

I don't think we disagree so much as I sometimes tend to strive for tact which can make me unclear. But I just woke up and I'm a little foggy so I'm not going to expand

am_Unition  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

tacotact!

Oh and I meant to tell you, when I went to the beach a couple of months ago, someone was wearing this. I almost yelled "IMPOSTER!!" at them, but I managed to keep my cool

tacocat  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

Walmart has a worse version of that shirt. I cringe whenever I see it

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Conservative media has an Achilles heel: its ad buys aren't worth squat. In the bidness we call it 'in the demo' - viewership is rated as X.X/Y.Y where X.X is "percentage of total homes tuned to your shitty show" and Y.Y is "percentage of total homes containing someone between the ages of 18 and 49 tuned to your shitty show."

Note that in TV news, nobody wants to talk about that "in the demo" number. Here's Deadline talking about how Fox News in general is holy-shit dominant and Laura Ingraham in particular is ZOMG hot shit amazing.

But you'll note that they're talking about "the news demo" for all this, which is f'n 25-54. Here's some actual numbers chosen at random: ZOMG Laura Ingraham is pulling a 0.4 in the demo. ZOMG Hannity is pulling a 0.4 in the demo. Fuckin' Hannity, Rachel Maddow, Fucker Carlson, Sam Bee, Laura Ingraham are all pulling in less than half a percentage point of all the TVs in which someone younger than 50 sits, which happens to be the same number for "My 600lb life."

Kids don't watch TV. Young adults don't watch TV. Frickn' GenX has effectively cut the cord. And trust me: as soon as it's no longer worth the money for brands to advertise on Fucker Carlson, they'll stop.

Hilarious, right? John Oliver's Catheter Cowboy, running on Fox News. What they didn't really dwell on is that the prevalence of ads on Fox News are for shit like mail-order catheters. And until someone figures out something funnier to do with those than anything you can do with Tide Pods, the advertising you can see on any shitty news show tells you (a) how very fucking little it's worth (b) how very fucking close to death its consumers are.

I really feel this is a self-limiting problem. Self-limiting fast enough? Probably not. But faster than most people think.

tacocat  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

I was stuck in a hotel in like April without WiFi so I watched more tv in that one day than I had in quite a while. It was awful. I watched a lot of msnbc and cnn and the commercials were exactly what you describe. Plus mail order bullshit products and lawyers

tacocat  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dear Hubski, how have the past 2 years been for you people?

I also don't know where to start. I was homeless or in rehab for like 11 of the past 24 months

swedishbadgergirl  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I mean, I was extremely depressed for a lot of those months, so in a way it feels like no time has passed since I didn't fully experience it. But in hindsight I did a lot of really cool things in spite of that. Things that I now that I feel better am proud of even if I thought I was worthless then.

tacocat  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I vacillate on my pride in my toughness but I'm in a similar boat to you.

swedishbadgergirl  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It helps that I did something really cool recently, and that people have been telling me that it was really cool.

tacocat  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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tacocat  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump orders DOJ to declassify Russia investigation documents

I think the problem is that the platforms are so new that no one respects them. You can luck your way into a powerful YouTube or Twitter following and if you don't respect that influence you can like go on a racist screed and be unprepared for why people are angry. If you're just one thing just publicly comment on one thing or prepare to get your ass handed to you when you're casually white nationalist or people are upset by bad rape jokes.

The internet isn't a respected platform so people treat it like a place where threatening to rape your mom is a thing you can do. Big old media companies treat it like a place to say whatever. Big new media companies treat it like a place where their users can say whatever. It shouldn't be. But I'm also not sure government regulation is the answer. I guess I think the answer will present itself in the near future.

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Big old media companies treat it like a place to say whatever. Big new media companies treat it like a place where their users can say whatever. It shouldn't be.

Ah, we finally disagree on something! I'm in favor of protecting first amendment rights unilaterally, but that doesn't mean people should be free from the repercussions of the things they say. Obviously, this sets up a landscape defined by identity, i.e. anonymous vs. pseudonymous vs. direct attribution vs. the risk of doxxing, which is a sort of war we've seen play out over the last few years in several arenas. Example: a "verified" flair on Twitter carries weight, which I think is great.

Anonymous accounts say particularly hateful things, of course, and the level of anonymity in any community (with permanent usernames, i.e. not /b/ or some equivalent) is directly proportional to the size of that community. Hence, Hubski is essentially pseudonymous because of its small size, and you and I get to very effectively police against shitty people, spammers, and bots. What I think/hope will happen gradually is that users in most semi-permanent communities will tire of sifting through the garbage spewed by the hateful and anonymous minority, and favor insightful, positive content. Yes, there's an implicit assumption here that people are generally good, and yes, existing Facebook interactions of zero anonymity may prove that my optimism is ambitious. One thing that's indisputable is that we're still in the infant stages of integrating the internet into our society, or vice versa. Things are tumultuous. They should be. The internet's a much bigger deal than Gutenberg's printing press.

People may always have a platform where they can threaten to rape other people's moms or whatever. It would be stupid of me to ask the threatened to "toughen up" or disregard those threats, because I have no idea what it's like to be impacted by rape. And rape is staggeringly common, I know. Maybe if we had better mental healthcare, victims would be more impervious? What a pickle :(. The racism situation is on par or maybe even worse. I don't know how you'd measure that, and it'd be terribly depressing to study either/or as a profession. Ugh

tacocat  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

I don't think we disagree so much as I sometimes tend to strive for tact which can make me unclear. But I just woke up and I'm a little foggy so I'm not going to expand

am_Unition  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

tacotact!

Oh and I meant to tell you, when I went to the beach a couple of months ago, someone was wearing this. I almost yelled "IMPOSTER!!" at them, but I managed to keep my cool

tacocat  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

Walmart has a worse version of that shirt. I cringe whenever I see it

tacocat  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dear Hubski, how have the past 2 years been for you people?

I vacillate on my pride in my toughness but I'm in a similar boat to you.

swedishbadgergirl  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It helps that I did something really cool recently, and that people have been telling me that it was really cool.

tacocat  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump orders DOJ to declassify Russia investigation documents

I don't think we disagree so much as I sometimes tend to strive for tact which can make me unclear. But I just woke up and I'm a little foggy so I'm not going to expand

am_Unition  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

tacotact!

Oh and I meant to tell you, when I went to the beach a couple of months ago, someone was wearing this. I almost yelled "IMPOSTER!!" at them, but I managed to keep my cool

tacocat  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

Walmart has a worse version of that shirt. I cringe whenever I see it

tacocat  ·  21 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 19, 2018

Pretty much the answer I expected

tacocat  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Happens To Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination Now?

Given that the GOP had a list of 65 character witnesses from high school just sitting around for no suspicious reason, I think they're all in on Kavanaugh. It's gonna take dissent from one of those swing votes to slow him down.

If Susan Collins votes to confirm him she can go straight to hell.

tacocat  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump orders DOJ to declassify Russia investigation documents

I was stuck in a hotel in like April without WiFi so I watched more tv in that one day than I had in quite a while. It was awful. I watched a lot of msnbc and cnn and the commercials were exactly what you describe. Plus mail order bullshit products and lawyers

tacocat  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Meet Yusaku Maezawa, SpaceX’s First Moon Voyage Customer

Exercising the wrist while signing an indemnity waiver I assume

tacocat  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump orders DOJ to declassify Russia investigation documents

Walmart has a worse version of that shirt. I cringe whenever I see it

tacocat  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Manafort Close To Plea Deal To Avoid Second Federal Trial

It's official. BUT:

    Manafort's deal means that jurors and the public may not hear some details about Manafort's activities on behalf of the pro-Kremlin government in Ukraine and his ties, financial and otherwise, to oligarchs in the region.

    This, in turn, may endear him to President Trump, who has already called Manafort a "good man" who has been unfairly targeted by the Justice Department. Trump has raised the idea of a pardon for Manafort with White House aides and others, a source told NPR.

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/14/643073024/paul-manafort-to-plead-guilty-in-agreement-to-avert-a-second-federal-trial