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Reminds me of the La Dispute flower, I like it! A sticker with attitude.
I agree, the majority of women I know speak with an effeminate tone, but it isn't quite the same as the stereotypical "gay voice" that's described in the article. "Flamboyant" is a word often associated with this stereotype. I feel like it may just be the exaggeration of these effeminate qualities (mixed with the male biology) that make it sound so unique.
And while those jokes can be amusing, it's unfortunate that it's what Reddit has devolved into. I've enjoyed my time browsing there, but it's an awful place to participate in most conversations.
It could be censorship, but I'm honestly not surprised that most redditors have moved on. The blackout made news, but it privatization of subreddits was so brief that its impact on the site was minimal. I was expecting them to stay private until the admins made a statement explaining their actions... but most returned to normal under 24 hours later. And you have to admit, the highlight of the controversy are problems that don't directly affect most redditors. Victoria was a beloved figure in the community, but her absence won't have an impact outside the realm of AMAs. The mods have been treated the same way for years-- the majority of users won't understand their issues, or even care, considering their experience on Reddit hasn't actually changed. Drama like this seems to burn out pretty quickly.
The mood always has to be right. I find that it's easiest for me to write in times of distress... exhausted, stressed, uncomfortable, etc. It's inspiring in a way, to feel that irregularity. It's like there's a fleeting bit of uniqueness nesting inside me that I need to capture, and words are the only medium I have.
It's hard to say whether Wikipedia is more or less powerful in its 'societal sway' than traditional encyclopedias of years past. It's free and certainly more accessible, which allows it to reach a broader audience. But it's also written and edited by many contributors of various backgrounds, where encyclopedias probably underwent thorough editing (and most likely have a consistent bias). Encyclopedias and similar resources were pretty limited too, as a person could only really access an encyclopedia set they owned or could access from their local library. Now we have access to all types of information with a variety of biases and viewpoints, putting the power in the hands of the researcher as long as they're smart about how they're getting their sources.
We've accomplished so much as an aggregate species for a reason, though. There's something undeniably special about humans biologically that has allowed us to create and expand far more than any other species on Earth. Perhaps it's just our intelligence. Or maybe there's a quality derived from that intelligence-- perseverance? Critical thinking? Most animals show these things at some level, I think it's just a matter of where their limits are. Humans are just less limited in what they can do and understand.
Reddit is great for the specialized sharing of content. If you want to see the latest videos, or cat pictures, or read Seinfeld fan fiction, theres a subreddit for it. The problem is that it doesn't allow for great discussion between users without messages being hidden behind the most upvoted and gilded posts. The competition puts users at each other's throats instead of having actual discussion.
Hubski is such a brilliant platform because it prioritizes thoughtful discussion above anything else.
The best part so far about this site is that I don't feel the least bit intimidated to contribute. Reddit feels like it's always about the glory of karma, and about who can get their message out there better than everyone else. Here, with the ultimate goal being thoughtful discussion... I feel liberated to just write.
This is a truly great thing you guys have going here.