Sorry Tumblr I Believe You Are Mistaken

After years of continuous face-palming while scrolling through my dash I've finally decided to soothe my vexation and save my poor face by starting this blog where I'll be trying my best to counter the posts I personally find most obnoxiously ignorant (and sometimes the ones I just find kind of annoyingly inaccurate) or reblogging those who already have. I will also attempt to reintroduce the concept of civilized, rational discourse. Because am I just too old for this website or do we all just need to take it down a notch?

Yes, I'm aware that a lot of that sounds arrogant. It's just my personal place to vent which happens to be public, if people like it that's ok, if not that's okay too.

drmadwoman:

commanderbishoujo:

bogleech:

prokopetz:

johnlockinthetardiswithdestiel:

truthandglory:

assbanditkirk:

whoa canada
someone needs to turn down that sass level

Two things to know about Canada!
We are smart enough to know hot things should be hot.
We are sorry if you don’t

fun story about the reason they do that (at least in America)
once this lady spilled her McDonald’s coffee on herself and ended up getting like 3rd degree burns and since there was no warning on the cup she was able to claim she didn’t know it would be hot (or at least that hot) and won a lawsuit against McDonald’s for $1 million

That’s what the media smear campaign against her would have you believe, anyway. The truth of the matter is that the McDonald’s in question had previously been cited - on at least two separate occasions - for keeping their coffee so hot that it violated local occupational health and safety regulations. The lady didn’t win her lawsuit because American courts are stupid; she won it because the McDonald’s she bought that coffee from was actively and knowingly breaking the law with respect to the temperature of its coffee at the time of the incident.
(I mean, do you have any idea what a third-degree burn actually is? Third-degree burns involve “full thickness” tissue damage; we’re talking bone-deep, with possible destruction of tissue. Can you even imagine how hot that cup of coffee would have to have been to inflict that kind of damage in the few seconds it was in contact with her skin?)

Yeah I’m tired of people joking about either the “stupid” woman who didn’t know coffee was hot or the “greedy” woman making up bullshit to get money.
She was hideously injured by hideous irresponsibility, it was an absolutely legitimate lawsuit and the warning on the cups basically allows McDonalds to claim no responsibility even if it happens again. Every other company followed suit to cover their asses.
So they can still legally serve you something that could sear off the end of your tongue or permanently demolish the front of your gums and just give you a big fat middle finger in court. “The label SAID it would be HOT, STUPID.”

obligatory reblog for the great debunking of the usual ignorance spouted about this case
obligatory mention that the media smear campaign to twist teh facts on this case and get public opinion against the victim was deliberate and fueled by the right wing tort reform movement
it was seized upon to limit the rights of consumers to hold giant corporations accountable for wrongdoing
watch the documentary Hot Coffee, it lays out all of the facts and examines the response to this case and explains why everything you think you know about this case is bullshit, and explains why tort reform is bullshit in an entertaining and informative manner.

Reblogging again.
Take that  and suck on it, OP.

drmadwoman:

commanderbishoujo:

bogleech:

prokopetz:

johnlockinthetardiswithdestiel:

truthandglory:

assbanditkirk:

whoa canada

someone needs to turn down that sass level

Two things to know about Canada!

  1. We are smart enough to know hot things should be hot.
  2. We are sorry if you don’t

fun story about the reason they do that (at least in America)

once this lady spilled her McDonald’s coffee on herself and ended up getting like 3rd degree burns and since there was no warning on the cup she was able to claim she didn’t know it would be hot (or at least that hot) and won a lawsuit against McDonald’s for $1 million

That’s what the media smear campaign against her would have you believe, anyway. The truth of the matter is that the McDonald’s in question had previously been cited - on at least two separate occasions - for keeping their coffee so hot that it violated local occupational health and safety regulations. The lady didn’t win her lawsuit because American courts are stupid; she won it because the McDonald’s she bought that coffee from was actively and knowingly breaking the law with respect to the temperature of its coffee at the time of the incident.

(I mean, do you have any idea what a third-degree burn actually is? Third-degree burns involve “full thickness” tissue damage; we’re talking bone-deep, with possible destruction of tissue. Can you even imagine how hot that cup of coffee would have to have been to inflict that kind of damage in the few seconds it was in contact with her skin?)

Yeah I’m tired of people joking about either the “stupid” woman who didn’t know coffee was hot or the “greedy” woman making up bullshit to get money.

She was hideously injured by hideous irresponsibility, it was an absolutely legitimate lawsuit and the warning on the cups basically allows McDonalds to claim no responsibility even if it happens again. Every other company followed suit to cover their asses.

So they can still legally serve you something that could sear off the end of your tongue or permanently demolish the front of your gums and just give you a big fat middle finger in court. “The label SAID it would be HOT, STUPID.”

obligatory reblog for the great debunking of the usual ignorance spouted about this case

obligatory mention that the media smear campaign to twist teh facts on this case and get public opinion against the victim was deliberate and fueled by the right wing tort reform movement

it was seized upon to limit the rights of consumers to hold giant corporations accountable for wrongdoing

watch the documentary Hot Coffee, it lays out all of the facts and examines the response to this case and explains why everything you think you know about this case is bullshit, and explains why tort reform is bullshit in an entertaining and informative manner.

Reblogging again.

Take that  and suck on it, OP.

Is anyone else sick of the jerk genius?

You know the one. He’s unprofessional, lazy, selfish and rude, and even makes frequent sexist and racist remarks against the people around him, but that’s OK, because he’s a genius. He’s the best doctor/detective/scientist around, so everyone will put up with his jerkitude. Respect for others is the foolish pastime of the less intelligent.

We’re clearly meant to admire these (exclusively male) characters, or at least be amused by their social ineptitude. Their dismissive attitude to others, and especially their sexist jokes to others, are aspirations. They’re geniuses, observant and intelligent. They are just telling it like it is!

Which is one of the reasons I really love Sherlock Holmes in new CBS drama, Elementary. Yes, he’s a genius, and yes, he’s kind of a jerk at times. But he isn’t allowed to get away with it. His rudeness, his laziness… these are clearly character flaws, and his (female!) partner isn’t afraid to call him on his nonsense. And in return, he says things he shouldn’t, but he also respects her, he listens to her, and he even apologizes for things that he does. He isn’t a genius running rampant in the city, above the concerns of all the other silly humans. He’s an intelligent, observant, but flawed human, and he has to follow the same laws of decency as the rest of us.

—   

"Jerk Geniuses" by Feminist Fiction.  (via seeyash)

The myth of the jerk genius is one of the reasons, if not the main reason, why quite a few academics are nasty people. Some are nasty to everyone indiscriminately; others are nasty to those with less power. The worst part is that even good academics, even academics who have been harmed by this dynamic, subscribe to the jerk-genius myth. In one of the most discouraging conversations I’ve had since starting grad school, a female friend argued that “some people earn the right to be assholes.”

If I had to isolate my most fundamental belief, I’d say that no one ever earns the right to be an asshole (never mind that most forms of power and intelligence are inherited, not earned). And the more power and intelligence you have, the greater your responsibility not to abuse those qualities. The jerk genius is an entertaining fictional type, but I wish he’d stay in the realm of myth, where he belongs.

(via modernfoppery)

(via drmelfi)

morganred:

it’s all fun and games when people make posts about how every teacher in the world is cruel and unfair and that all they could do is be nicer and let more people go to the bathroom or sleep in class or whatever but did you know

  • the teacher is responsible for every kid in their class and everything they do
  • when a kid skips class it’s on the teacher
  • more often than not the teachers are asked to only let a limited amount of people go to the bathroom, and also they don’t want anyone to miss work because they have a limited amount of days in the year to teach you stuff for your exams/tests/SATs
  • the teacher don’t maliciously wish you discomfort. they work for the school and every school has its own guidelines. it’s unfair to pin your teachers for everything you hate about school when they go there everyday because they have to, just like you.
  • teachers understand why you sleep in class. they went to high school too. but they are literally not allowed, at least in all the schools i know, to allow you to sleep. it’s just a rule. it’s not allowed. they can get in trouble. they don’t want to make you have to be tired all day but they have no choice - some schools fire teachers for this
  • making jokes like “but did you grade our homework so what you have other classes so do we” is not funny and is immature and pretty ridiculous. teachers have to read, correct, calculate, grade, log, and file, the work of every student in all of their classes, and all you have to do is do your homework from each class. it’s different. not to mention just like you, teachers have lives, hobbies, and they can get just as tired. 
  • if someone gets up and hits another kid for saying something mean they have to send you to the principle’s office. in some schools saying offensive things also gets you trouble, but more often than not schools have rules on physical violence, and teachers have to follow those like anyone else. some teachers, maybe, who aren’t as worried about losing their job, might let it slide. but in most cases this is exactly what gets people fired. 
  • i could go on and on tbqh
  • remember that some teachers don’t like their work, but a lot of teachers love going to school and teaching and inspiring kids in any way they can, whether it be in math, english, science, drama, anything. so when you cheat on yours tests or homework, don’t read a book assigned for class, or talk to others when they’re teaching, they can get offended. they’re doing something they love - they’re investing their lives into helping you. you may not like school, but at least appreciate the teachers.
  • that being said, if your teacher swears a lot or bullies kids or is down right incredibly rude, it’s not okay, like it wouldn’t be with any other person. and if it’s making you uncomfortable, you should report it. 

(Source: biellaria)

eruditechick:

hot-jupiters:

inkytomes:

littlequeerthatcould:

Always reblog. Always.

Um… Being a poor Person pretty much anywhere else is riskier by far.

Terrible as it is to be poor we have a ton of welfare support programs, acting like there’s no safety net is a little dumb, sure it’s not 100% effective but it never will be, and frankly, we don’t really have the money to keep paying for additions to it anyway.

Not true.  Being poor, for instance, in the UK is definitely not riskier.  In fact, being poor in most commonwealth countries with universal health care = not riskier.  

Being poor in underdeveloped countries, yes.  MUCH riskier.  But if we’re talking fully industrialized, supposedly “first world countries”… nope.  I strongly disagree with that.  (Also coming from someone who lives in a city where there’s an average of 6.3 shootings a day in poor neighborhoods.)

And then that’s just the immediate danger of being poor.  Institutional barriers to entry keep the poor in poor neighborhoods, including public schools in poor neighborhoods not getting access to the funding they need, which means children of poor parents are less likely to break out of the cycle.  You won’t really find healthy eating options in a lot of poor neighborhoods much less any that provide food within their budget range, but you will find a KFC or a McDonalds on literally every block, which contributes to the obesity epidemic, and considering a lot of poor people can’t afford the health care coverage they so desperately need… yeah.

I mean, my sister recently got ill.  She has 100% coverage through a fabulous job in which she pulls 6 figures annually, so she is definitely considered part of the 1%.  Her hospital bill for one minimal, tiny procedure alone was $25,000.  In total, this past month that she’s been sick, she’s racked up half a million dollars in hospital bills which, luckily, her medical insurance pays off in full.

This is the kind of money we’re talking about - it’s not a “living paycheck to paycheck issue” or a “poor people can afford cable tv and Xboxs so we’re all good” issue.  It’s a longterm, slowburning, codified system designed to keep the poor shackled and to blame them when they don’t magically pull themselves up by their bootstraps.  These institutions are designed to benefit the wealthy, not the poor.  And they are the foundations of America.  

Having lived in the UK for a few years, it really disturbs me how different things are for people living off of teeny tiny minimum wages over there.  Universal health care, a (relatively) supportive benefits system, school tuition that costs a few thousand pounds a year as opposed to forty + thousand dollars, the lack of a need to acquire assets that can rapidly become liabilities (cars, etc)… it’s very easy to look at other people who speak the same language (supposedly) and assume that we’re all on the same page.  

Middle class white girl who has never experienced true poverty, here- just want to stress how major the health care issue. I make… enough money for a single person with no dependents and no property and a shit ton of debt from getting a higher education. If I was seriously injured or became seriously ill, I would go from “doing all right” to “destitute” overnight. OVERNIGHT. Watching my roommate deal with her epilepsy in the years after our graduation was terrifying. If she hadn’t been insured, she would be hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt by now, in addition to the debt she still has. Not having insurance and not having any money beyond what it costs to feed, transport and house yourself eliminates, in the US, dental care, eye care, the ability to go to the doctor to take care of anything, pretty much, and that’s fucked up.

(Source: rachel-duncan)

madderthanaboxoffrogs:

angelofthanatos:

dancinwithabottle:

nothingeverlost:

Every time I see this I think to myself “You defaced a book? Hell no I’m not marrying you.”

Yeah, I feel that way too. Glad I’m not the only one. Though I really like those flowers I’ve seen made from books. I’m torn over those…

He could have gotten a blank box for a couple of dollars, photocopied the first page of the chapter, pasted it to the inside of the box, made the box look just like the book; without defacing the book.

#PRINTED BOOKS ARE NOT SACRED   #THERE ARE MILLIONS OF THEM   #I HAVE A LOT OF FEELS   #ABOUT HOW PEOPLE WORSHIP THE PHYSICAL FORM OF BOOKS   #AND NOT THE WORDS INSIDE   #THE WORDS ARE THE IMPORTANT BIT   #AND USING A BOOK FOR SOMETHING SWEET LIKE THIS ISN’T DEFACEMENT OF PROPERTY IF THE PERSON OWNS THE BOOK. BOOKS ARE UBIQUITOUS   #AND HAVING WORKED IN A USED BOOKSTORE A LOT OF THEM GET TRASHED   #AND NOT JUST CRAPPY BOOKS   #GOOD ONES LIKE THIS ONE   #I WOULD RATHER SOMEONE USE THIS FOR SOMETHING MEMORABLE LIKE THIS THAN GET TRASHED   #DON’T JUDGE PEOPLE WHO TRY TO MAKE PRETTY THINGS WITH BOOKS   #BOOKS CAN BE REPLACED AND ARE NOT INHERENTLY SACRED  (via andrastesgrace)

I’m sorry but who decides whether an item is sacred? I’m pretty sure that’s up to the individual. Can we stop pretending that material things don’t or shouldn’t hold significance for some people? 
Some of us get as much out of the ritual of reading as the actual story. We like the smell of the old woodpulp(with that hint of vanilla), the rough sliding sound paper makes when we turn the pages, the feel of the weight in our hands, the continued presence after we’ve finished, that physical reminder of the emotional journey we once took. Of course the story is the heart and if you have shelves and shelves of books you’ve never bothered to read simply because you think they look pretty then you seem to be missing the point. However, to some, rosaries are incredibly sacred items and to some they are pretty necklaces. Who am I to judge them if their veneration or indifference to this item doesn’t effect me or anyone else? 
I might not go to the extreme of not marrying someone for defacing a book but I can understand a less extreme version of this sentiment. I wouldn’t be offended if a date brought me flowers, but I might find even more enjoyment in being brought to a garden where the flowers are still living. It’s just a preference based on a personal ideal.
You don’t have to place significance in books, you can be perfectly happy with your kindle. There is nothing wrong with that. But I see no reason to shit all over someone else who feels differently. 

madderthanaboxoffrogs:

angelofthanatos:

dancinwithabottle:

nothingeverlost:

Every time I see this I think to myself “You defaced a book? Hell no I’m not marrying you.”

Yeah, I feel that way too. Glad I’m not the only one. Though I really like those flowers I’ve seen made from books. I’m torn over those…

He could have gotten a blank box for a couple of dollars, photocopied the first page of the chapter, pasted it to the inside of the box, made the box look just like the book; without defacing the book.

#PRINTED BOOKS ARE NOT SACRED   #THERE ARE MILLIONS OF THEM   #I HAVE A LOT OF FEELS   #ABOUT HOW PEOPLE WORSHIP THE PHYSICAL FORM OF BOOKS   #AND NOT THE WORDS INSIDE   #THE WORDS ARE THE IMPORTANT BIT   #AND USING A BOOK FOR SOMETHING SWEET LIKE THIS ISN’T DEFACEMENT OF PROPERTY IF THE PERSON OWNS THE BOOK. BOOKS ARE UBIQUITOUS   #AND HAVING WORKED IN A USED BOOKSTORE A LOT OF THEM GET TRASHED   #AND NOT JUST CRAPPY BOOKS   #GOOD ONES LIKE THIS ONE   #I WOULD RATHER SOMEONE USE THIS FOR SOMETHING MEMORABLE LIKE THIS THAN GET TRASHED   #DON’T JUDGE PEOPLE WHO TRY TO MAKE PRETTY THINGS WITH BOOKS   #BOOKS CAN BE REPLACED AND ARE NOT INHERENTLY SACRED  (via andrastesgrace)

I’m sorry but who decides whether an item is sacred? I’m pretty sure that’s up to the individual. Can we stop pretending that material things don’t or shouldn’t hold significance for some people? 

Some of us get as much out of the ritual of reading as the actual story. We like the smell of the old woodpulp(with that hint of vanilla), the rough sliding sound paper makes when we turn the pages, the feel of the weight in our hands, the continued presence after we’ve finished, that physical reminder of the emotional journey we once took. Of course the story is the heart and if you have shelves and shelves of books you’ve never bothered to read simply because you think they look pretty then you seem to be missing the point. However, to some, rosaries are incredibly sacred items and to some they are pretty necklaces. Who am I to judge them if their veneration or indifference to this item doesn’t effect me or anyone else

I might not go to the extreme of not marrying someone for defacing a book but I can understand a less extreme version of this sentiment. I wouldn’t be offended if a date brought me flowers, but I might find even more enjoyment in being brought to a garden where the flowers are still living. It’s just a preference based on a personal ideal.

You don’t have to place significance in books, you can be perfectly happy with your kindle. There is nothing wrong with that. But I see no reason to shit all over someone else who feels differently. 

(Source: radicallyfuckinggnarly)

reginaisthegoodone:

almostbutno:

except on tumblr it’s more like going to a star wars convention wearing a shirt that says “han solo is ok but luke skywalker’s story arc is more interesting to me personally” and then having hundreds of people call you a stupid cunt because you hate han solo and chewy and are obviously a racist or a misogynist and your pushing of the skywalker agenda is harassment and causing everyone panic attacks and don’t you know that skywalker is triggering for people who have lost hands and why are you such an asshole  
then ten people wearing gray masks tell you to kill yourself

Apparently, almostbutno, we would disagree what tagging hate is.
Tagging Han Solo in a post saying “han solo is ok but luke skywalker’s story arc is more interesting to me personally” in my opinion is not tagging hate, it is just - nah, okay, what are you telling me for and why do you tag it, but in overall, I don’t give a shit, han solo tag, give me more pwetty pics of han solo.
 
Tagging Han Solo in a post saying “han solo sucks” would make me go: “Okay, you tagged it on purpose, you deserve the kill yourself anons although I would never write one, but I dare to reply with go to hell tagging your hate and also I attach a comment saying learn to use capitalization in names of people, otherwise, if you tag a post like this and cannot even type Han Solo, then I wonder how you made it this far to tumblr when you are clearly too stupid to breathe.”
 
However, the rest you have written…well, ignore me, because I am an educated middle class person working in corporation and apparently that makes me a devil himself and I am therefore not entitled to share any opinion on tumblr whatsoever. 

Actually, reginaisthegoodone, I think we agree very much on what tagging hate is, my point is that most of tumblr doesn’t
a relatively benign criticisms often bring on extreme and unwarranted amounts of backlash
if you tag “han solo sucks” you should probably expect some backlash(though I don’t think kill yourself is a proportional reaction) but on tumblr it seems like people end up with the same vitriolic response just for saying “i don’t like han solo as much as luke skywalker”
and you’re sort of right, I don’t know why somebody would tag that(organizational reasons?) but I don’t think it merits threats of violence, people on here get too wound up sometimes

reginaisthegoodone:

almostbutno:

except on tumblr it’s more like going to a star wars convention wearing a shirt that says “han solo is ok but luke skywalker’s story arc is more interesting to me personally” and then having hundreds of people call you a stupid cunt because you hate han solo and chewy and are obviously a racist or a misogynist and your pushing of the skywalker agenda is harassment and causing everyone panic attacks and don’t you know that skywalker is triggering for people who have lost hands and why are you such an asshole  

then ten people wearing gray masks tell you to kill yourself

Apparently, almostbutno, we would disagree what tagging hate is.

Tagging Han Solo in a post saying “han solo is ok but luke skywalker’s story arc is more interesting to me personally” in my opinion is not tagging hate, it is just - nah, okay, what are you telling me for and why do you tag it, but in overall, I don’t give a shit, han solo tag, give me more pwetty pics of han solo.

 

Tagging Han Solo in a post saying “han solo sucks” would make me go: “Okay, you tagged it on purpose, you deserve the kill yourself anons although I would never write one, but I dare to reply with go to hell tagging your hate and also I attach a comment saying learn to use capitalization in names of people, otherwise, if you tag a post like this and cannot even type Han Solo, then I wonder how you made it this far to tumblr when you are clearly too stupid to breathe.”

 

However, the rest you have written…well, ignore me, because I am an educated middle class person working in corporation and apparently that makes me a devil himself and I am therefore not entitled to share any opinion on tumblr whatsoever. 

Actually, reginaisthegoodone, I think we agree very much on what tagging hate is, my point is that most of tumblr doesn’t

a relatively benign criticisms often bring on extreme and unwarranted amounts of backlash

if you tag “han solo sucks” you should probably expect some backlash(though I don’t think kill yourself is a proportional reaction) but on tumblr it seems like people end up with the same vitriolic response just for saying “i don’t like han solo as much as luke skywalker”

and you’re sort of right, I don’t know why somebody would tag that(organizational reasons?) but I don’t think it merits threats of violence, people on here get too wound up sometimes

one-direction-rocks-me:

work-it-out:

people who put the video link in a little “x” under their gifs are my favourite kind of people

people who put the “x” under their gifs and you think it the link to the video but is really a link to their blog are my least favorite kind of people

(via justendthisnow)

theoceansandthecities:

almostbutno:

theoceansandthecities:

almostbutno:

doctorcaslock:

realwildechild:

theoceansandthecities:

read the book, kids

orgasm

Adding onto the symbolism in the book Nick says that today is his 30th birthday and then after that shit begins to fall apart- it symbolizes the economy crashing and America’s entrance to the 1930’s and the Great Depression

Actually it does not symbolize that because the book was first published in 1925. 

People do often marvel at Fitzgerald’s seeming ability to foreshadow actual future events

DUDE, YOU ARE FUCKING MONTHS LATE WITH THIS FUCKING POWERPOINT. WHY ARE YOU EVEN HERE? GET OFF OF MY POST AND STOP BEING A DICK.

NO. NOPE. OFF.

Um well my comment simply pointed out a factual inaccuracy (a very common misconception even though it’s basic history that anyone could google or hey maybe just look at the copyright page of the book to see it was published before the Great Depression) in the comment doctorcaslock added to your post. I wasn’t even being sarcastic because people do marvel that Fitzgerald basically predicted the economic collapse, just making a point

and didn’t actually criticize your perfectly decent powerpoint in any way sooo

i’m not sure i’m the one being the dick here 

i dont know who you are. i dont know what you want. if you are looking for ransom, i can tell you i dont have money, but what i do have are a very particular set of skills… skills ive acquired over a very long career. skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. if you let my post go now, thatll be the end of it. i will not look for you, i will not pursue you, but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you… r blog.

seriously dude it doesnt matter that it wasnt a comment on my post. what matters is your passive aggressive tagging is extraordinarily juvenile and your entire blog is the personification of that dude in highschool who corrected you on literally everything that you got slightly wrong on your speech while you stand at the podium in front of the class. i dont like it, and i dont like that you corrected someone in the sarcastic manner that you did.

furthermore, if the person who wrote the comment was wrong and you supposedly care so much about correcting other people’s mistakes, why not go to their askbox and correct them? why not be a decent person about it instead of publicly embarrassing them? and you know what, it’s not a bad theory, okay? it’s a cute theory that clearly a lot people like to believe because it makes the book and story a little cooler and a little more magical. yeah, it’s not factual, but who really cares in the end? at the end of the day, IT DOESN’T MATTER AT ALL. maybe fitzgerald was a psychic, and he could clearly see that the uphill economic climb on steroids couldn’t last and would surely lead to nothing but collapse. HOW DO YOU KNOW HE WASN’T? HOW DO YOU KNOW?

lastly, if you dont like the idea of OPs commenting on your tedious crap, maybe you shouldnt post it where they can see it. the post is dead, quite clearly dead, and yet you bring your drama and highschool jerkiness to me on a silver platter and seem surprised when i get pissed. this is not how it works.

yeah so threatening to kill me(my blog?) is not at all… over the top

"if the person who wrote the comment was wrong and you supposedly care so much about correcting other people’s mistakes, why not go to their askbox and correct them? why not be a decent person about it instead of publicly embarrassing them?"

I think you misunderstand my purpose, i’m not here to correct people, it’s not personal, I want to correct the mistake. If I corrected it privately then people would just go on seeing the inaccurate comment and think it’s correct. Telling one person privately doesn’t actually solve anything

If you post something on a public forum you have to be prepared for people to to respond to it publicly just like you are doing right now and that’s fine

(Source: thebirdsandthekillerbees, via thebirdsandthekillerbees)

shes-a-voodoo-child:

onlyalittlelion:

royalpancake:

a short poem:

do teachers
understand
that you take
other classes

do students
understand
that we teach
other classes

(Source: frenchtoastkarma)

What we see through social media is a generation of ignorant social activists. Young men and women all too willing to care about and defend something they don’t truly understand and refuse to educate themselves further on because they assume the limited information they receive has been vetted by someone more knowledgeable than themselves. This happens on both sides of the fence, with both conservatives and liberals.

I’ve seen arguably intelligent young men and women stand up at banquets and rallies, demanding answers about things like healthcare, DOMA, federal military actions. Asking questions about things they’ve seen on Facebook, on twitter, things that they’ve taken little to no time to research for themselves, and they look like fools. No matter their age, they paint themselves with a red mark that announces ‘I’m not mature enough to be here, to discuss these issues’.

But even so, it isn’t truly about age. It’s about social awareness. You are not discounted until you make a mistake. Say the wrong thing or quote the wrong statistic. Until then, your legitimacy remains intact.

Tumblr is like this.

I’ve seen people furious over gay rights legislation that doesn’t actually exist. Wars that haven’t happened. Most recently text posts with tens of thousands of notes alleging that China and Russia are going to go to war with the US over Syria.

Blogs relaying damaging misinformation written by individuals who can’t seem to be bothered to read a newspaper or use google properly. This is a crippling trend, and no one sees it.

These people get untold attention and affirmation until one person with a large enough follower count points out the flaw in their argument. Corrects the mistake, and shifts the tide. But this doesn’t fix the thousands of people who liked and reblogged the original post. The damage is done.

If there is one thing I’ve learned from working on political campaigns, very little is more damaging than an activist who argues only one side of the story without recognizing the existence of the other; because your opinion, no matter how solid and seemingly factually based, is invalid the second your audience realizes they know more than you.

And the result of all of this is a generation of young activists who don’t understand why they aren’t being taken seriously.

—   

a recent conversation with a colleague regarding social media (via onawingandaswear)

THIS^^^^^^

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