Ooooh boy. I just finished reading your post about the Mrs. Officer thing and how there was nothing but positivity about it... and then of course I came across a post with 3000+ notes slamming the artist for trying to profit through animal death and a white cis evil policeman and how her comic is offensive and disrespectful. *le sigh*.
After I posted that I got several messages from people who seemed intent on pooping all over a positive thing that made lots of people happy. It was almost like they felt too many people were happy and enjoying something and they had to put a stop to that.
They made assumptions about the artist saying she was a white heterosexual queerphobic racist american. They based this off mostly speculation and one anonymous message sent to an obscure tumblr. It turns out she is a bisexual person of color from Mexico. It only took me five minutes of searching her blog to learn this.
Her URL was problematic and I certainly think that was a mistake. I think it was used in the “South Park” way and not the “I’m a bigot” way. I personally think it should not be used in any way and that it was definitely a poor choice, but from what I can tell, she realizes that now and is trying to apologize for it. Not everyone is great at expressing themselves, and if english isn’t your first language, that might make it even harder.
I’m usually pretty supportive of the social justice here on tumblr. There are amazing people truly making a difference. I’ve learned so much about my own problematic thinking and I believe I am a better person because of it. The majority just want to educate and help people follow a more righteous path.
But there are a few folks that turn social justice into a game. They hunt for problematic things like a hobby. They ignore context, they make assumptions based on questionable information, and not enough people verify what has been said is actually true. They just hit reblog and spread the word. This hurts the integrity of social justice and the power of the movement to change minds and hearts. It is important to verify information for yourself before you make such a profound judgment on someone’s character.
A one strike policy is not always the way to go. Assessing a person’s character and intentions requires viewing a pattern of behavior over a longer period of time. We are all going to do dumb things. The true measure of one’s character is how they atone for said dumb things.
There are certainly unforgivable acts, but I don’t think this was one of them. I’m giving her a chance because all of my instincts tell me that she is a good person who chose a dumb url. I think she is sorry and I choose to keep following her. I’m not a very cynical person and I always want to believe the best in people. That they can learn and grow. Sometimes I’m wrong, but I still prefer to give people a chance.
"A one strike policy is not always the way to go. Assessing a person’s character and intentions requires viewing a pattern over a longer period of time. We are all going to do dumb things. The true measure of one’s character is how they atone for said dumb things. "
Fucking thank you.
if you’re 20+ years old why are you still on tumblr
excuse me bitch the internet is for adults go back to your playpen
I was already over 20 when I joined Tumblr. Does that…make me some kind of legendary creature that transcends the laws of space and time in the Tumblrverse?
The few seconds before I send a reply to an ask when I toggle my mouse between “Publish” and “Answer Privately” making sure I don’t click the wrong button is the most nervewracking experience of my internet life.
The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers look like they’re going to suck.
Murder Victim on Tumblr.
Dear all the big hairy nerdy guys I follow on Twitter and Tumblr:
You are wonderful and you make me happy. Don’t ever change.
ICYMI last night, a new blog post of mine went up! It references and links to a couple of Tumblrs I follow, so who knows…maybe it’s you? ;)
(Also shout out to drmcawesome, she reblogs my pimpings every time!)
'Tis the season for Lent, which means for a little while there might be a surplus of chocolate, soda, and masturbation. But here in the 21st century, more and more people might be giving up social networking—which, if that's what you're giving up in the name of God or The Doctor or whoever, that probably means it qualifies as a big deal. No doubt you've heard the constant debates over how social media is changing our culture for better or worse, though usually people say it’s for the worse. I’ll take a wild guess and say you, the reader, have a Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or some other knock-off like that “FriendZone” site the college kids are always talking about.
I can’t really argue for the negative effects it has on society—just a quick glance at Twitter will prove that people are really, really stupid. But there are ways to have these pages to share and connect with people, and even use them quite a lot, without plunging your social life down the toilet and giving in to Skynet. I’m certainly not saying I’m the absolute perfect social media user myself. But I don’t feel an overwhelming sense of disillusionment or stress because of it.I’d like to think I’ve learned enough from my good and bad internet experiences—as well as creepily observing everyone else—to say that I at the very least don’t use it badly (anymore.)
It was 2006, okay?!
What I’mwriting about is based on what a comedian I follow on Tumblr (oh hay social networking) said: “If you think Facebook is annoying, you have annoying friends. If you think Facebook is shallow, you have shallow friends. Whatever you think about Facebook, that is a direct reflection of your friends. OR…you are using Facebook wrong.” I’d argue this could work as the basis for the internet as a whole—that how you view it is a direct correlation to the environment you’re in and how you use it. If you think the social networking realm is a shallow, narcissistic, drama-producing life-ruiner machine, read on and see why it probably means you’re doing it wrong.
Read the article on my blog!
I totally agree. And when you tag something chances are the thing wont show up when you search for that tag. It’s really fucking frustrating.
I know! I just don’t get it! I love Tumblr, but I’ve never seen any site that’s this bad with how tags work. Or really, just searching in general. It’s great if you want something broad like “Batman” or “Underwear” but it’s impossible to search for anything remotely specific. And if you search for something on your OWN page? You’re pretty much SOL there. I’m not usually one to complain about my beloved social sites, but I just can’t fathom how that’s even a problem.