Social Justice Atheist Geekery

In a weird brain space with social media

After a very rough weekend, yesterday and today have been strange. I don’t think I’ve had this particular feeling about a terror attack in the US since 9/11 (on Sunday I linked to the SPLC’s donations page and I’m doing it again here).

I’ve had an on-again/off-again relationship with Twitter over the years. I jumped in before it was cool, took some time off when I was using Tumblr more, and have been back at it for a while. Lately I’ve been trying to split between Twitter and Mastodon, since while birdsite has a lot of people whose feeds I like to follow, it is also a cesspit of hate and harassment. I was wishing that people would move away from it, onto sites with better enforcement of their TOS and harassment policies.

This weekend spiked something for me. For Saturday and most of Sunday I was pretty f*cked up by the events in meatspace, by knowing the role Twitter played, and the response I fully expected to see when I signed in Saturday night (and was relieved not to). Since then I haven’t Tweeted or Tooted, and have only opened birdsite a handful of times to check for notifications. I’m trying to figure out if there’s a way to still follow updates from some people and stay connected with acquaintances, without getting messed up and spiraling again. The itch to tweet something keeps coming up, but for the time being it looks like the blog will be getting more love.

Remember this. Stay angry.

Remember this anger and fear. Realize that Donnie & his pack are the abusers, but we need to fix the system that enabled this. Stay angry.

Nationwide popular vote for POTUS.

Electoral reform to break the two-party system.

Automatic voter registration & vote by mail (or other ways to combat voter suppression)

Amendment to overturn Citizens United.

These will be harder to fight for than things like health care, bc there's no immediate & concrete reward, no Donnie to rally against.

Once we get rid of this bogeyman, we need to seal the fucking door they came through.

[From a series of tweets I posted at 3:30 in the morning]


Over the next four years, keep thinking about the future. In coming decades when the children ask “why did people let that happen?” you will either tell them how you fought back against bullies to make a better world or you will have to explain why you did nothing.


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