Sunday, July 26, 2020

#SundayMorning - A hashtag and call to respectful adult action

My friends... Please read this, and act accordingly.
Facebook, and all the other social media we all consume, feeds off the words we write, and the anger we vent. Due to human nature, we all ignore the reasonable, and keep on scrolling until we get to something we love or hate.
We need to fix this... we can... if we're adults about it.
Let's take back social media, but just a little piece of it... we're going to have to fight against human nature to do it...all of us.
#SundayMorning is a battle flag, virtue signal, call it what you will. Raise this flag when you want to express something longer than a sound bite, something that has more than one intellectual bite to it. When you see this, take some time to read the whole thing, and ponder it before responding. Like this post about #SundayMonring for example.
I'm not sure the best way to show appreciation for such a post... but my smarter friends will have some ideas. The main goal is to offer a way to carve out a small piece of our collective consciousness that is focused on things we all believe and thoughts we share. We need to all become one again,
At a first guess, if you agree with this, and see ways to make it better, Edit it, put it in your own words, and let us know how you feel about things in the same respectful adult way. I for one will take the time to read every one of the posts I find with that flag, and respect the time taken to compose it.
Thank you for your time and attention

Saturday, July 18, 2020

LOADED TERMS - a Conspiracy Theory / Deconstruction

This is my first ANTI-RANT... I hope you find it worth your time
Here's a conspiracy theory that has an unknown shadowy villain, a new weapon, how it works, how you've been attacked with it, and a simple common sense way to identify the weapon, thus avoiding it, saving yourself and your friends grief. All self-contained in this version 0.01 post.
An UNKNOWN SHADOWY VILLAIN is supplying TERM USERs intentionally LOADED TERMS that don't quite fit their common usage, These LOADED TERMS are a cleaving tool.
LOADED TERMS can be interpreted in more than one way, depending on who hears it, and how conditioned to hearing/using it they have become. In the case of those already accustomed to it, it signals virtue or vice. A puzzled reaction flags a possible recruit to either side.
Here are a few examples of LOADED TERMS - with my first crack at defusing them a bit
White Privilege - Lack of Racial Oppression is not a Privilege
Micro Aggression - Feeling slighted does not mean someone is trying to oppress you, nor does it imply overt racism, nor that it was aggressive.
AntiRacist - Anti-Racism is Racism in disguise
Defund the Police - No sane person wants to leave a power vacuum in society.
Black Lives Matter - Of course, but they don't matter more.
Why I see these as LOADED TERMS
If you were trying to convey meaning clearly, none of the terms above would be a natural choice. These are all very poor choices of terms from my relatively neutral (in terns of the left/right scale) position. Now enough of them are out in the public domain that I was able to see a pattern emerging.
Simple Common Sense Solution
If you use these LOADED TERMS... please stop. You're just dividing society for no good reason.
If you are targeted by these LOADED TERMS, choose your own course of action, with all the above in mind. A helpful phrase might be "just what do you mean when you say LOADED TERM"?
If you see these LOADED TERMS used by people you disagree with, remember they probably don't mean it in the way you hear it, and have been co-opted by UNKNOWN SHADOWY VILLAIN