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  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    Yeah, I'm for it. Mean people suck.

  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    I've read a couple of his essays, but haven't found them particularly compelling. I think he tries to imagine a forest where there isn't one, and misses the few, very large, trees right in front of him.

    I honestly think that's a symptom of problems with the sociological field as a whole. The necessary education is a huge, expensive barrier to entry, and there's a lot of competition for not very many and not very well-paying jobs, so it ends up becoming a rich man's (or woman's) field because only they can afford to play. (Anecdotally, all the sociology grads I met through law school were by far the worst of the "jet-setting" crowd, though you may have had different experiences.)

    As a result, oppression becomes a nebulous social force that manifests itself in the problems faced by rich people, rather than something generally perpetuated by rich people. So we have this weird scenario where oppression isn't the state's governor telling you that "your kind" isn't fit to rule yourself, and disbanding your elected government, like happened to (poor and black) Detroit. (Or at least there's no interest in talking about it that way.) And oppression isn't the local chemical company seeing you as subhuman scum and negligently poisoning your water supply, like happened to (poor and white) West Virginia. (Or at least there's no interest in talking about it that way.) Instead, oppression is the supermarket cashier being rude to you -- clearly because she has a biopolitical motive to control you.

    It really, really seems like rich people have latched onto a justification for being able to say "I'm oppressed too." It's better than "I have to pay more taxes," but only very slightly.

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  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    Which systematic oppression, where? Directed by whom, against whom? In order to do what? Why?

    Any discussion of "systematic oppression" that characterizes "systematic oppression" as if it's some kind of cancerous disease that spreads everywhere in homogenous form is going to be flawed from the get-go. The strategies used by the post-Reconstruction American South to keep poor blacks and poor whites at each others' throats are going to be much different from the much softer strategies used by modern Hollywood to make Asian people feel like second-class citizens, and both are going to be much different from the much harder strategies used by the Ottoman Empire to hold occupied Bulgaria.

    Acts themselves are value-neutral without that greater context. One group might be on top in one area, and another group in another; a Croat shooting a Serb might be a valiant freedom-fighter on one side of the border and a bloodthirsty oppressor just ten miles away.

    Or the rest of the hierarchy might vary; for example, Jews got a much warmer welcome in the American South than they did in the North (because "at least they weren't black") even though the planter class stayed on top. A Jewish person trying to organize a mob to go after an Irishman might be administering well-deserved vigilante justice in one area and keeping the uppity poor down in another.

    Oppression might be situation-dependent; a white prisoner calling a black guard a "n*gger" might be an act of defiance in a prison system intended to dehumanize and degrade felons to the point of breaking.

    There can even be systems of overlapping oppression; "Tutsis" might oppress "Hutus" by being wealthier and controlling the economy of a country, while "Hutus" might oppress "Tutsis" through democratic power structures and/or by being more numerous and better armed.

    The OP, I think, ignores all this in favor of some kind of flowchart hierarchy, where "the minorities" are on the bottom and the more "minority" you are, the more oppressed you are by all areas of society (which of course all act in concert), and the less likely you are to have an "ace up your sleeve." That's a fundamentally flawed way of looking at things.

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  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    Especially since writing up a couple of paragraphs of nuanced criticism takes a heck of a lot longer than just calling her Hitler-Satan.

  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    Taking lessons in political strategy from Baron Harkonnen, I see.

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  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    If you want to get into the series, you might honestly want to check out Darkest Hour or Arsenal of Democracy rather than HoI3 (that is, if you can't wait until HoI4).

    HoI3 didn't really know what game it wanted to be or who its target market was, I think. It was in this weird niche where it was too complicated and unintuitive for newbies to get into, but at the same time too easy and predictable for experts to stick with. You spent the first five or ten hours just figuring out how to make anything happen, and the next five or ten hours realizing that you could beat just about any country with things that the AI didn't know how to handle (like paradrop cheese).

    I am pretty excited for HoI4, though.

  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    Stacksity and Hubski have also been advertised a fair amount and fit the same role Reddit did, so I can see them being dark horse contenders.

    Aether has also looked interesting as sort of a midway point between Reddit and the Chans, with the usable interface of the former and the anonymity of the latter.

  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    You've gotta learn to laugh at yourself, you know?

    Well, the problem was that it always ended up being about laughing at other people.

    Granted, it was never the worst of the subreddits that did that by a long shot, and compared to the subs that were specifically dedicated to making fun of other users -- like r/conspiratard or r/iamverysmart or the "bad academics" subs -- it was pretty benign. But I still think that it wasn't the sort of thing we need here.

  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    What's the saying, "don't skimp on anything that goes between you and the ground?"

    I've found it to be pretty solid advice.

  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    I was hoping for FatPeopleGate. It's like the one instance where that suffix is actually clever.

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  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    I'd agree, and not just for that reason. In my limited experience using Voat, making karma actually affect the functionality of your account not only discouraged lurkers and more casual users, but actively encouraged the sort of "karma whoring" you're talking about. By far the easiest way to farm points was to repost popular content from Reddit -- which made the site into even more of a Reddit knock-off than it already was, because lots of people did just that.

  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    Ooh, that is a good thought. I didn't know there wasn't one.

    And I feel like most of the "free speech" drama over at Reddit came from users feeling that the rules were inequitably applied. When "Fat People Hate" got banned for harassment, most of the users that were mad about it seemed to be focused on the fact that -- at least in their eyes -- there were other subs that got away with much more because they went after "the right people" or otherwise got a free pass from the admins. (SRS, SRD, etc.)

    Avoid that kind of situation and you avoid the drama.

  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    Suppose that means /t/marijuanaenthusiasts is available

  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    well, we just need to port over my favorite subs: /r/ScaryBilbo and /r/Titler

    Seriously, though, I think it'll be fine on our end once we all figure out the interface; I appreciate the welcome! I don't know how much more traffic you're interested in attracting from Reddit (didn't us newbies break the site yesterday?), but the thing to do might be to post links and invite codes in places like /r/RedditAlternatives.

  • 4 years ago
    Comment GiantWalrus

    Cat.

    I figure there'll just be one admin post on /r/TIFU