asked: What Keeps you here writing on LiveJournal? What Prevents you from writing more? I thought this deserved repeating here, as it's something that's going on somewhere else.
What keeps me here? The people, and the feeling other places lack something.
What prevents me writing more? Time, and also a feeling not limited to LJ that I need to limit my online interaction more. Unlike years before where it lead to friendships and good times, it just seems to lead to strangeness and grief, you know?
I feel that the social bubble is shrinking, as it needs to; that feeling that people 'get' who I am and are open to new discussion and won't just get all nasty is getting smaller..it's still here hence #1, but I'm shrinking my sphere on Twitter and FB for these reasons - that it just seems people want their own bubbles and never to have their thoughts disturbed by pesky things like politics, or dissent. They have this weird entitlement that they want their cognitive biases massaged, and only that. Strangely it's the political ones who are the worst at this...oh well.
I can't leave FB because I use it to stay in contact with John, it was tempting to just say fuck it and go. Twitter is already separated into personal private account and public, I think I'll hide in that shell for a bit, and leave Radio Clash twitter to be the more automated posts and annoucements, as it should be.
What triggered this? Well 2 or 3 people suddenly dropping out of my life (well I pressed eject; but to be honest they were being so rude or just closed minded I felt that was deserved). One called me a troll when I asked his strange stream of consciouness where he seemed to be blaming Britain for the Trans Pacific Partnership (umm, lolwut? Happy to blame Britain for many things, but even John couldn't work out that one...As far as I can work out, as evil as it is, the TPP is a rival to the Eurozone/Schengen. But apparently Britain was the Big Bad For Everything as he's in New Zealand - even when it didn't actually fit, the no paragraph and green ink script was changed to fit.) and another recently on a discussion about Dylan Farrow where I was pointing out that these public things are probably counter-productive (Operation Yewtree, the witch hunts which make me thing it's gay men next, it usually is...) and it was very much a 'she said / he said' case and had been looked into by the police and found lacking - but apparently because I didn't side with the victim 100% I am a defender of rape culture. Repeatedly so. GO ME! I actually hate Woody Allen after Sleeper, and his almost-step-daughter marriage thing squicks even me. But still, apparently guilty without trial in the court of opinions. Funny thing was she was posting a day earlier that good article about not shaming people online, how witchhunts are usually bad without due cause, and even then. So much for, you know, consistency.
The final one was a while ago, I made a comment about some of the people on the frankly odd Have A Gay Day FB group where women say stuff like 'I'm bi and my boyfriend LOVES IT!' where you can not only imagine a ditzy giggle after that, you also start to wonder if they truly are bisexual, or the more popular recent ones of pansexual, and the laughable demisexual Ace category claiming to be somehow queer cos they don't fuck until they fall in love. Right. Anyway, I apparently became biphobic posterchild of the month, or something.
As I said above, unlike the start of the internet where people squabbled and there was DRAMA but there was just one tin can and people had to get on (although I will admit there are people from the BML days I wouldn't piss on even if they were on fire and I had a bursting bladder...), now people bunker themselves off...which is why I refused for a long time to do same. It seemed alien to shut myself off, but when supposedly sane political people (the ones I mentioned, 2 of the 3 are LGBTQ activist types) are playing really odd fucked up games, well then I feel I can take my toys back.
Still gonna tweet and post, but I think in a more private fashion (yeah I know I said that last time, LOL) but I've already had a big cull of 'friends' over at FB and Twitter...many mashup people and people who just don't really interact anymore, and the aforementioned pseuds, so why bother with their cat pictures and music videos using footage from Nazi filmmakers (oh there's another one...hmm).
Life is just way too short for all of their shit...