I know that it’s pretty lame to announce your departure. But I’m kind of done with social media. I used to be pretty serious about it, but it’s basically gentrification for the Internet. The problem with Twitter is that it has a lot of influence for a platform with something like 400 million users world-wide. That sounds like a lot, but it’s basically the population of United States. Imagine the U.S. having that much cultural control over… everything. I guess it’s not *that* hard to imagine.
I took a couple of mental health breaks from Twitter and I didn’t really go back. I got active on it for a short while when the Ukraine war began, but I just couldn’t keep it up. Now that Elon Musk owns it, there is no reason for me to go back. I used to be a pretty serious advocate for Free Speech. The problem when straight white dudes talk about Free Speech, they usually mean freedom to act like an asshole without repercussions. I am all for fucking around, it’s just that I am also in favor of finding out. I have done a fair amount of finding out in the past couple of years. I think about (and read about, and listen to other people talk about) anti-racism and intersectionality, and I have basically come to the conclusion that the world doesn’t need Yet Another Mediocre White Dude talking about things. Except maybe other mediocre white dudes. Elon Musk is the ultimate Mediocre White Dude.
Instead of talking, I have decided to do things. I go to protests and marches. I go work as an election official. And I hang out with queer people. Turns out, queer neuro-divergent people *LOVE* Dungeons and Dragons.