Jared. 23. Michigan. I am a musician, a photographer, and a communicator. This is my personal blog. WELCOME. Following this blog will provide your dashboard with inconsistent posts varying from photos, music, jokes, provocative quotes, silly thoughts, and personal reflective journals.• Ask.
Daily Show correspondent Michael Che tries to find a safe place to report from.
Fear of a Black Victim [credit]
Interviewer: What do [people] believe in?
Billy: They believe that only they can take care of themselves. There’s a real lack of community and there’s a real lack of […] soul-sharing. I think that’s why in some ways rock concerts become a strange ‘micro-cosmo’ of like, what used to be ritualistic behavior. Where people would all stand around a bonfire and sing old songs. You don’t have that really anymore, so it’s become symbolic in that sense. [x]
|video game companies:||*makes game with female/LGBT characters*|
|dudebros:||wHAT HTe fUCK IS THSI SOCIAL ,.JUSITICE SHI.,,T,,...,.I canNOT,, BELEIVVB nnOT BYINHG...,|
Kinda want to scream this into the sky
printing this and putting it above my bed
Cristais - Ocho Agate (feather) - Brazil
|16 year old child:||mom, dad: I'm gay/lesbian/bi/pan|
|Straight parents:||you're too young to know what your sexuality is! It's just a phase.|
|Baby boy:||*stares at a baby girl for no reason other than the fact that babies stare at everything*|
|Straight parents:||oooh! Ladies man! We're gonna have to keep the girls offa you!|
yes yes yes sonic youth had their guitars on point
Here’s a little preview from my Monterey photos. Didn’t get much time to work on ot this weekend :(
Thinking about breaking the post into 2-3 parts…
The Pew Research Center also asked about the police response to the protests. Only a third of whites think the police went too far in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting.
Only a third think armored vehicles rolling down the streets of Ferguson is going too far.
Only a third think police dressed in camouflage (for some inexplicable reason) waving military-grade assault weapons at unarmed civilians is going too far.
Only a third think lobbing tear gas and stun grenades at civilians—the very citizens they’re supposed to protect—is going too far.
Only a third think threatening reporters and calling protestors “f*****g animals” is going too far.
Only a third think treating black civilians like enemy combatants is going too far.
We have a problem. And the problem is that we won’t even accept that there’s a problem.
fuck, I am surrounded by friends who criticize the police in ferguson, I forget others don’t get it…
how am i supposed to eat this pizza wiTHOUT MY DRINK?
Anonymous said: what about Gaza and Ferguson John? do they not deserve your respect? you're such a hypocrite, i's disgusting
I think this is a deeply flawed way of looking at the world.
Now, I have talked about Ferguson, and I’ve talked about Gaza. (In fact, I’ve been writing and talking about Israel and Palestine for more than a decade.) But there are many important problems facing the world that I haven’t talked about: I haven’t talked much about the civil war in South Sudan, or the epidemic of suicide among American military personnel, or the persecution of Muslim Rohingya people in Myanmar.
Is that okay? Is it okay for me to talk about, say, racism in football and lowering infant mortality in Ethiopia? Or must we all agree to discuss only whatever is currently the ascendant news story? Is it disrespectful to Ferguson protesters to talk about continued political oppression in Egypt now that we are no longer reblogging images of the protests in Tahrir Square? I think this is a false choice: If you are talking about Ferguson and I am talking about Ethiopian health care, neither of us is hurting the other.
I think the challenge for activists and philanthropists online is in paying sustained attention, not over days or weeks but over years and decades. And I worry that when we turn our attention constantly from one outrage to another we end up not investing the time and work to facilitate actual change. We say “THE WORLD IS WATCHING,” and it is…until it isn’t. We’ve seen this again and again in Gaza and the West Bank. We’re seeing it in Iran. We’re seeing it in South Sudan. And we’re seeing it in the U.S., from net neutrality to Katrina recovery.
The truth is, these problems are complicated, and when the outrage passes we’re left with big and tangled and nuanced problems. I feel that too often that’s when we stop paying attention, because it gets really hard and there’s always a shiny new problem somewhere else that’s merely outrageous. I hope you’re paying attention to Ferguson in five years, anon, and I hope I am, too. I also hope I’m paying attention to child death in Ethiopia. I don’t think these things are mutually exclusive.
I really don’t want to minimize the effectiveness of online activism, because I know that it works: To use a personal example, I’ve learned a TON from the LGBT+ and sexual assault survivor communities in recent years online. People on tumblr make fun of me for apologizing all the time, but I apologize all the time because I am learning all the time, and every day I’m like, “Oh, man, Current Me has realized that Previous Me was so wrong about this!”
But we can only learn when we can listen. And when you call me a hypocrite for talking about X instead of talking about Y, it makes it really hard to listen.
At times, online discourse to me feels like we just sit in a circle screaming at each other until people get their feelings hurt and withdraw from the conversation, which leaves us with ever-smaller echo chambers, until finally we’re left only with those who entirely agree with us. I don’t think that’s how the overall worldwide level of suck gets decreased.
I might be wrong, of course. I often am. But I think we have to find ways to embrace nuance and complexity online. It’s hard—very, very hard—to make the most generous, most accepting, most forgiving assumptions about others. But I also really do think it’s the best way forward.
I haven’t read a page of his books but John Green is one of my favorite internet entities.