A virtual hoard of the shiny things I find on the internet.
Supposedly invented by the Chinese, there is an ancient form of torture that is nothing more than cold, tiny drops falling upon a person’s forehead.
On its own, a single drop is nothing. It falls upon the brow making a tiny splash. It doesn’t hurt. No real harm comes from it.
In multitudes, the drops are still fairly harmless. Other than a damp forehead, there really is no cause for concern.
The key to the torture is being restrained. You cannot move. You must feel each drop. You have lost all control over stopping these drops of water from splashing on your forehead.
It still doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. But person after person, time and time again—would completely unravel psychologically. They all had a breaking point where each drop turned into a horror. Building and building until all sense of sanity was completely lost.
"It was just a joke, quite being so sensitive."
"They used the wrong pronoun, big deal."
"So your parents don’t understand, it could be worse."
Day after day. Drop after drop. It builds up. A single instance on its own is no big deal. A few drops, not a problem. But when you are restrained, when you cannot escape the drops, when it is unending—these drops can be agony.
People aren’t sensitive because they can’t take a joke. Because they can’t take being misgendered one time. Because they lack a thick skin.
People are sensitive because the drops are unending and they have no escape from them.
You are only seeing the tiny, harmless, single drop hitting these so-called “sensitive” people. You are failing to see the thousands of drops endured before that. You are failing to see the restraints that make them inescapable.
kalamazu replied to your post: “Happy birthday to our babby, Sir Charles Duckington!”:
I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT MYSELF!
Imma assume this stupidity about this being “relatively inexpensive” comes from the artist who started Ello. This is why I can’t truly speak to non-technologists about technology at all. They have no fucking clue. To analogize this in a way that a visual artist would understand COMPLETELY…
"That painting is just drips and blocks of color. My kid could do that."
It’s not cheap to keep a website running, not if you want it to run reliably and at scale. And not one person is going to give dime one to a website that can’t run reliably and at scale.
Since Budnitz and his buddies put this together for a small group of people, it’ll have been designed from the ground up with the following design flaws (unless they have some seriously senior, seasoned, and incredibly smart engineers as friends which, I’m going to tell you right now they do not or one of them would already be the COO and the only person allowed to speak to the press).
Anyone can hack together a small social networking website in a few, caffeine-fueled days. It’s a rare set of engineers who can build one for the masses. And that takes a lot of money. A LOT.
Seconded. Remember back in the day (the Missing e day, that is), people were like “Jeremy, you should start your own social network, we’d jump on it” and I said something a lot more diplomatic than “you know what kind of shit that would take? Fuck that noise, I have a full-time job.”
Aaaaall of this.