tonight hurt

i already knew our president is a hateful racist misogynist homophobic transphobic white-supremacist asshole, but i was not expecting him to take both actions after the end of business on the same day.

i wish i had a positive note to end on.

LInks post for 2017-08-14 to 2017-08-20

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.