How the Facebook community standards are tools to silence voices from the margin

Facebook’s community standards and reporting feature, like so many on social media sites, is to “make people feel safe when using Facebook“*… But in reality this needs to be taken not just with a grain of salt, but an entire salt mine; the question is: “safe for who?” Of course, Facebook is not the only platform that this applies to, but it being the largest … Continue reading How the Facebook community standards are tools to silence voices from the margin

On the importance of trigger warning

Browsing through my Facebook feed, perpetually looking for a sign of hope that humanity isn’t actually doomed, I stumbled upon this article: How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campuses… The article angered me (dare I say triggered me?) because I’ve had that conversation quite a few times before: why are trigger warnings a good thing? The short answer is: in a world where … Continue reading On the importance of trigger warning

The semi-colon project

I recently stumbled upon something great on my Facebook newsfeed; which is a strange occurrence, considering that the main purpose of of my Facebook account is to feed me a constant stream of cute kitty pictures. But it is something that combines two of the greatest things int his world: tattoos and semi-colons. I am of course talking about the semi-colon project. But it touches … Continue reading The semi-colon project

On Facebook’s “real name” issue & online spaces

So the story dominating my Facebook newsfeed the past days is concerning Facebook’s move to delete performers and Drag Queen’s profiles because they violate the terms of service; specifically, the profiles are not registered under their legal name. Of course this is nothing new, I knew when I started using Facebook that there is this “real name” policy, and I’ve always considered it problematic. Overall, … Continue reading On Facebook’s “real name” issue & online spaces

Putting Smartphone Zombies In Their Place

So China has found a solution for those eternally on their phone, and the ultimate consequence on the sidewalk: collisions with human beings (and possibly inanimate objects as well)… Apparently, there is some derision here as to the ever increasing disconnection we seem to have, in a time where we are more connected than ever. Though personally, it think people on their phones while on … Continue reading Putting Smartphone Zombies In Their Place