My Generation

I was just thinking over the last couple of days, I don’t think that many from my generation 40 and below, have ever really had to protest before. I think of the protests that we’ve had over the years, I wonder if part of the reason why they don’t seem so effective is because we just don’t know how to.

Then again, I also think we live in a different state of the world. The last “great” protest I’m thinking of, are those against the Vietnam War, but then again, a lot of them protested against the soldiers, just doing their jobs and not necessarily the war themselves.

Before that was maybe Martin Luther King Jr and that Civil Rights March. Which is probably the most “famous” of them all. However, I am sure for different people, there are “great” protests that I am not even aware of.

I can’t help but think, we protest these days, because stupid people and “deaf” politicians, just are not listening to the Science, the Health or Medical professionals. We’re not protesting, because of the Government being wrong. We protest because they wont listen. Protests are done to make people feel uncomfortable, which some do. At the vigil for Sarah Everard, there were quiet a few signs that said “TERFs’ not welcomed here”. The TERFs were not happy, lol.

There must be a in-between that my generation is just missing out on?

Like, if the stupid politicians, and the bigots have social media to echo themselves. They’re not going to listen to a protest. Even though most, if not all, the time. The “lefties” and the “liberal bleeding hearts” always out-number the bigots.

We are the generation that need to come up with a new way to protest. Show the numbers, march, but show them on social media too. Start “hitting” those bigots mid way through their echo. Sometimes protesting on social media does actually work. As an example, a lot of businesses these days will listen to the people saying they wont buy from their business, as their advertisements come up on, say, Fox News. There a few twitter accounts, dedicated to letting the general public know which advertisers are advertising where.

I have no idea where you’d start with that though!lol


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Dear Social Media

*I’m looking at you all*

I was inspired to write this post after I received a “How Did We Do” from Twitter, and quiet frankly I was appalled. A few days ago, I reported someone for telling people to stalk my parents. Which I reported (and think I wrote about earlier). I had to appeal, and the 2ND time they agreed a violation had taken place.

I don’t normally report a lot for myself, especially on Facebook, but nothing ever seems to happen.

However, I do report a lot for other people.

You know what “Grinds My Gear” though? Very rarely does anything happen, but then you wake up one day to find out that Facebook or Twitter, have finally gotten rid of a lot of accounts, at once.

Why isn’t this happening then when people are blatantly bigoted straight away? Why does it take a LOT of people to report something for it to be gone? So far, I’ve heard that Facebook and Twitter got rid of a lot of pages that were spreading misinformation about COVID. But what about the other bigots?

Some good news I did hear though, people are starting to REALLY unfollow Rowling on Twitter. I think as Pride comes up again and her total silence on the harm that is now happening on the trans community, people are noticing. Like when I say “really”, she’s losing a few thousand every day. She says “I support them”, but you know that saying about actions and all that.

Social Media

I randomly take breaks on social media, and they’re randomly timed too. As an example, I’ll take a whole week off of Twitter, however, I will go onto my account if I feel something I’ve read or heard is important. So I come on for about 5 minutes, have a quick scroll through, post and then come off again. That way I’m still getting info out, but not going down the rabbit hole. Other times, I’ll just stay off.

I guess in a way this is a continuation to a post that I wrote first, but is being posted tomorrow. Of who holds the media accountable, when they wont hold each other accountable.

The positive and good thing, I have noticed. Is the PEOPLE are starting to hold more people too account. Thanks to places like Twitter, like Facebook, we are know seeing the damage some people in the media do. Have always been doing, but now it’s a lot harder to cover up what you’ve done. There are lot ways to cover what someone has done. Most of the time the morons expose themselves on places like Twitter and Facebook.

Ego Media

I started to write this post, after witnessing some transphobic people. Also, though after watching Echkart Tolle and Brand Russell talk about this sort of thing.

As time has been going on and on more, I have been starting to see on generally all social media platforms that people’s ego’s are taking over, just a little but by little bit…Not anyone’s on here…But you know about how people who yell the loudest, get heard. That’s how I feel about social media right.

When I take a gander at Trump Supporters, Transphobia, or any general bigoted or Conservative account. They’re always “loud”. By loud I don’t mean, they’re necessarily TYPING LIKE THIS, ALL THE TIME…They generally say something really blatantly obviously stupid, but they will always get the most likes. Yet, anyone whose sane or rational will get a couple, if they’re lucky.

AND YET

For all these loud accounts, when you see them do something in public, like anti-mask “protest”, anti-trans “protests”. Despite them getting thousands of “likes” for their tweets. They may actually get out in public, 20 people…at roughly the most. So WHY do they get so many likes? If you truly believe that you’re not doing anything wrong, why aren’t they getting out there?

That’s why I personally call social media “Ego Media” now. I feel like we can change that perspective though! Let them all go to Parler. They seem to want to go, but I have yet to see anyone actually delete their Twitter account. I think we can change it, but being simply and quietly positive. Be so positive, it will drive them nuts!lol

 

Detox

I must you warn you, I am using the picture of George Floyd for this. I’ve been trying not too…But I felt, for this post, it’s appropriate. 

I am not ashamed to admit that I regularly like to social media “detox”. This week I have been detoxing off of Twitter.

I went on yesterday, just to say RIP to Carl Reiner. I realised why I wanted to come off this week. This last time I came off for a detox, I had been drinking and I was getting mad at just people’s stupidity. I didn’t really know if I was getting mad or incredibly sad. It was just depressing.

Some of the things I was finding just, plain dumb.

TERFS, are just my Achilles heel. I knew a few transpeople, and the trans people I follow on here and on Twitter, Instagram, are the loveliest people. I don’t understand the utter hate that TERFS show towards them. It really does blow my mind. It makes NO sense to me whatsoever.

Or those racists who keep using crime stats for black on black crime, as some sort of proof that that is justification for this…(picture of George Floyd).

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One, there are more POC than police, and two, it’s still not justification for police who kill unarmed, completely innocent POC. And I don’t know what world you must live in, or how you can yourself a “Christian”. And try to justify this? That is not the job of the police, is it? Too murder people? They’re the ones supposed to be protecting people FROM this!

 

Blockity block, block…

Lately, I’ve started following Trump supporters. Especially the ones that just write really either obviously stupid lies or the ones…well…they’re the only ones really.

(Just letting you know that one paragraph seems to have made my writing go small).

I decided to do this, because whenever I’d get into a conversation, either because of the time difference. I’d come on the next day and it was fruitless to continue the conversation as something else always happened. Or it would just get lost altogether.

So I started to follow them, and it’s been such a change. Mainly because every-time they’d bring up something, I would ask and always politely, to prove it. Even just one thing. As examples, one was talking about how Trump was more unifying than Biden. I would then use an example of Biden unifying people, and ask them to now prove, with an example, where Trump has been unifying. I get block. They would say “You just don’t like Trump” and instead of getting defensive, I know have a list of things Trump was doing even BEFORE being President to show “Of course I don’t like him”. New York, his home town doesn’t even like him”. Then I would ask them to show me an example of him doing something I should like, I get blocked.

The most recent one has been this “woman” accused us of being racist. Because after we found that BLM activist Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau had been murdered and her murderer had been caught. We stopped hashtagging her name. So we clearly didn’t care about black lives. She was trying to tell us that her murder had everything to do with BLM, because she was an blm activist and she went missing during a BLM. She also called us fucktards, how could we not see the connection. As I pointed out to her. Her MURDER had nothing to do with BLM, as far as we know yet. It sounds like Aaron Glee (her murderer) probably knew her already. It sounded more like a domestic violence situation. I also said her murderer HAD been caught. What more else could we do?

I also pointed out that BLM, has nothing to do with general “murder” as such. BLM is to do with the alarming rate of violence against POC, from white people, and more importantly by people SUPPOSED to protect POC. It has NOTHING to do with “domestic” murder. I feel horrible for writing it as “domestic murder”.

I got blocked,lol. I have to admit, she really did annoy me and I called her a fucktard back. Because she KNOWS BLM has nothing to do with “domestic” murder. Which is probably why I got blocked, because I called her out her obvious bullshit.

It was really frustrating me when none of these “people” could ever back themselves up.

Meet Sarah…

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So its okay for to call people she doesn’t know sluts and then see you next Tuesday…But can’t even STAND being called out on it! Sarah here, decided it was okay to call Alyssa Milano a “See You Next Tuesday”, because she doesn’t like her. I called her out on it…Blocked. I did get in though with a good old…One of her posts said “It starts with a C” after someone called her a slut. I got in though, just before she blocked me “Classy…It’s classy, isn’t it Sarah…Everything you don’t represent, something you don’t understand anything about. Everything someone with the little girls maturity mindset, like you don’t understand. What kind of grown up calls another woman a “slut” or a “cunt” because you don’t like them? Only teenage girls do that. And not all teenage girls, but definitely little girls like you.”

Blocked…lol

Though, I saw a tweet, that made me feel better. “It’s not that Trump supporters actually think Trump is smart or kind or a good person. It’s that he represents them, and makes their hatred and fear and bigotry feel like it’s okay to be like that. Hey if the POTUS can do it, why can’t I?”

Social Media and Abuse: Take 2

I’m going to get a bit serious here folks…Well kind of…

This is a continuation of my previous post “Social Media and Abuse”. What I want to write about it though, is in general. Rather than an actual specific problem on social media.

As I mentioned before, in theory social media is fantastic. It allows us to keep in contact with loved ones. But have we now become social MEdia? Without even meaning too?

So many times I have seen people fighting about the same thing, they’re on the same page. They argue, though, like they are opposite sides.

It’s funny that this week I decided to write about this topic, but just yesterday I was victim of it myself. I initially started this post because, right now, in Australia. It’s reconciliation week, so reconciliation between us colonisers and the Indigenous people of Australia. So, it seems like a “great” time to talk about the issues that are similiar to African Americans, like the numerous deaths of IA in police custody. Right at the beginning of it, a NSW police officer, decided that because he was a having bad day and the Indigenous teenager used “horrifying” language. It was perfectly acceptable for them to use, kick his legs out from under him, use excessive force and cracked the teens jaw on the concrete floor.

So a LOT of Australians, are talking and using the BLM hashtag. One well known family friend of ours was then harassed by a bunch of African Americans, saying that Indigenous Australians weren’t black, and that America started the BLM movement, they came up with it. How dare we ride their coat tails. Funnily enough, a lot of these African Americans were a lot of lighter than Indigenous Australians.

Yes, they’re Indigenous to Australia, but that doesn’t make them black…Just for those who follow my on Instagram, that’s what my “America Arrogance” story was about. I asked them “Who cares who started it? You’re all going through the exact same thing! Can’t we end racism, together?”

I was going to post some photos of Indigenous Australians, but you have to ask their permission. They are one of those cultures, that believe that a photo takes away part of your soul. However, if you type in Indigenous Australia. They are…actually black. In fact, the ones who love in bush and haven’t really been in contact with that much “white culture”. Are, black. Not as black as the Sudanese, but close. They actually used to be darker, but you know…white people.

So as example one above. Even though this African American, stands with BLM. We were all arguing about it? If that makes sense. We were all on literally the same page of BLM…Yet, we weren’t. Because apparently Indigenous Australians, aren’t black??? They were saying this to actual Indigenous people too, which made me, personally, angrier.

Despite 432 Indigenous deaths in custody since 1991, no one has ever been convicted. Racist silence and complicity are to blame

As for example two, it was myself who experienced. After that conversation, I wrote an Instagram post saying … quote for quote … “Although I know some really love Americans, America’s arrogance will be it’s downfall”. Now, 99% of the people who replied too, or who I chatted too about it. Either agreed with me, or I had a good chat with them with how lucky I was that I knew good Americans.

One person, again, whose with BLM, but white and American, said that I was being xenophobic…By saying that the downfall of Americans will be their arrogance.

It’s not a fear, I have about America. It’s (sorry) just a fact. And those two are proof that I am right. Two Americans, who think you have to do it THEIR way, or you’re wrong. Even when you are literally standing for the same thing.

Both of these happened on a social MEdia site.

Although social media is a get place to read about others thoughts and points of views. I often wonder how many of us actually READ, or do we now just read what we want. Then react? I realised I was doing this a few months ago, and it made me stop doing it. If I don’t understand something, I wont reply, until I do.

Being off of social media

Why do people say things on social media, not to you. Then when you make a comment about everyone calling others dumb, someone it’s your fault and how dare you? Then they’ll make posts about other people who are passive aggressive on social media.

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This is the reason I am now off social media. When the app came out from the Government, I expressly said why I would not download it. I thought it was reasonable, and didn’t even mention tracking. Next thing I know all these people I know,  are calling people who don’t download the app as selfish, as ignorant, dumb fucks, conspiracy theorists etc, etc, etc. But not too me, they just wrote posts. We’re dumb and they’re laughing at us, because the Government already tracks us on our smart phones.

Nowhere has anyone said that they don’t want the Government tracking them, because  we know they already are. We’re not idiots. This app just makes it more legit. You would have to be stupid to not already know this.

When I pointed out that they’re jumping on bandwagons, and if they actually read what people are saying, who DON’T want to download the app. None of what they’ve written about, even came up. Also, not everyone has smart phones. I wrote a post about how over people I am, like overnight the Left were now bullying and condescending towards people like me, who just don’t trust the Government (and for good reasons). And don’t read what other people are actually saying.

Then the next thing I know, instead of saying anything to me about it. They decided to go on social media and how if you don’t want to download the app, fine. Then they ALL did THAT word…BUT…There is no BUT, either you’ve read why or not. Either you will listen to others or not. Either your sorry for jumping on a bandwagon and calling others stupid or not, when they have legitimate reasons.

It IS that thing of the moment you apologise and that person says BUT….Then it cancels out everything else you’ve just said. No buts about it here!

After many years of living whenever someone write buts or says buts, I immediately stop reading and/or listening. So when I tried to read what they’d written…I just well…didn’t,lol.

It has been LOVELY being off of social media. The funny thing I’ve managed to keep up to date with everybody and still everything that’s been going on. For one, I have this blog. I have gone back onto my “family” Instagram, since I know someone isn’t on there. The only problem with suddenly deactivating ones social media, every one wants to know why. You just don’t want to tell people,lol.

 

 

Know yourself

One of the biggest lessons, that anyone should learn about themselves before they go on any social media platform.

KNOW YOURSELF

There are plenty of strangers, who will tell you what they think you are. Without knowing you at all, and want to make you believe their way of thinking about yourself. It’s probably the biggest lesson that I’ve learnt with social media.

I tend to see a lot of people who go on social media, who clearly not handle it. Even thought they’re on there all the time. I know my limits. I know when to get off of it. I know when to stop responding, because it’s not doing any good for me.

For so many years now, I have heard the same thing over and over and over again “Well,your brother can’t handle Twitter. So you can’t possibly”. I don’t know if others have noticed this, clearly they haven’t. I am not my brother. I’m Lauren. Hi!

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I’m not surprised that my brother can’t handle Twitter. Like above, he has always been worshipped, no matter what he does, he got away with everything, never punished, never did the chores and still got more money than me from my Mum. I remember when she said to me once “Oh, is that how you cook two minute noodles” and I said yes, showed her the packet instructions, her reply was “Oh, well your brother cooks it this other way”…Oh well, I guess then it can’t possibly be made any other way? He won “Bitch of the Year”. Because he is good at the come backs. Yet, when someone has a go at him, personally, he’s not used to that. He used to being worshipped.

I’m not.

I remember one time, I had had enough of doing his chores. So I left the dishes for a few days, my Gran came over, had a go at me for the dishes not being done. I told her, that this is what happened when it was my brothers turn ie, it never got done. When my brother got home, she didn’t have a go at him. So I ended up doing his chores … again … and he still got more money than me.

Like I said, I have never been worshipped. Even with my romantic relationships, I have always lived in the past of an ex-girlfriend. One ex-partner, bought a chair whose name rhymed with his ex, and so he kept calling the couch by her name.

Of course my brother can’t handle Twitter. Twitter is not a place for worship. There’s not enough family on there to worship him.

Social media is not a place to be worshipped. There is always going to be that one person who wont agree with you. There’s always that one person who doesn’t agree with you and stalks everything that you say. There’s always that one person who you thought that you were on the same thought level as you, until you realise they’re not. There are bullies on there, there are gas-lighters on there. Unless your social media platform is willing to actually do something about it, that’s just the way it is.

YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOURSELF FIRST

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Before you head onto any social media platform today, ask yourself “Do I really need to go on there today?”

I do blame social media

I do blame it for a lot of the problems in today’s world.

You can’t someone like Jack from Twitter say we’re going to really crack down on bullying and then just keep letting the POTUS continually a 16 year old girl, because she knows how to handle herself.

Spending the last few days, nearly a whole week off of social media, because of just not being able to access it. It’s been really nice, I cannot tell a lie. I’ve been taking photos and things, writing ideas down for blogging. Generally though, it’s been quiet. The first time I came back on, it was alright too. I just had a lot of dog on my Instagram feed. Then the next time, that’s when it started to get back into again.

When I came back on as well, I noticed that the same people I had left behind had been on over the entire Christmas days. I felt sad for them, and pretty sorry as well. I think it’s kind of sad that they’d rather go and follow people they don’t like, to “argue” with people they don’t know, over Christmas.

I’m not Religious, I’m more spiritual than anything. So I’m not into the whole celebrating Jesus’s birthday. I love just being with family and spending time with them…Getting the gifts, don’t hurt either. This was the also the first year I didn’t speak to my Dad over Christmas, but that was okay too. Even my Mum had to block my Dad in the end as well. She was the one who felt sorry for him, until he insulted her parents. Her parents (my grandparents), her father is Dad and her mum is still alive. But no matter their faults, they are definitely a world better than my Dads parents, their Dad beat up my Dads twin brother. Too the point, he was nearly dead. All because my Dads dad, didn’t believe his own son has tourette’s.

It’s like my cousin said today, the internet is a great tool, but it has really exposed a lot of faults in our world. Especially with human beings.

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