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    1. Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of August 8

      This thread is posted weekly - please try to post all relevant US political content in here, such as news, updates, opinion articles, etc. Extremely significant events may warrant a separate...

      This thread is posted weekly - please try to post all relevant US political content in here, such as news, updates, opinion articles, etc. Extremely significant events may warrant a separate topic, but almost all should be posted in here.

      This is an inherently political thread; please try to avoid antagonistic arguments and bickering matches. Comment threads that devolve into unproductive arguments may be removed so that the overall topic is able to continue.

      12 votes
    2. Is it just me or did the edgy socialism that blew up during the pandemic kind of die down?

      This might just be because of the change I’ve made in my online behavior, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve talked many many times about my long stint on Twitter....

      This might just be because of the change I’ve made in my online behavior, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while.

      I’ve talked many many times about my long stint on Twitter. Specifically the brief stint where I was highly active on leftist twitter from early to mid 2020 (where I managed to get around two thousand followers which seems crazy to me now considering I’m just a random guy). Back then tensions were high. People were getting laid off, high profile civil rights protests were happening, and there was nothing much to do but to be online. Personally my internship I had lined up during the summer (since I was just about to graduate college) ended up getting cancelled which led me to a period of depression. It’s also the reason I started spending so much time on Twitter and what led me to drink heavily and gain a bunch of weight. I imagine a lot of people who became extremely online during this period were in similar boats.

      Anyways, I made a couple of online friends during this time period. It initially started as “Bernie” or “Rose” twitter. We were all pretty normal social democrats supporting Sanders for the presidency (which before Super Tuesday seemed like a big possibility). And then when it became clear that Biden would be the democratic nominee, a lot of people ended up going to the dark side. They started using hammer and sickle emojis on their display name. Started talking about how they were going to read Marx and Lenin (but they never did). They started making memes about how awesome Castro and Mao were. Bios went from “BernieOrBust” to “Marixst-Leninist-Maoist.”

      A lot of talk started happening of “grow your own garden the end of the world is near” and also “arm yourselves comrades the class war is among us.” Somehow everyone became very fond of the second amendment. There were twitter accounts LARPing about joining the Socialist Rifle Association, e-girls were taking provocative pictures of themselves posing with automatic rifles in front of a Soviet flag. It became a whole thing. Some of this online behavior was covered in articles like The Cut's Before We Make Out, Wanna Dismantle Capitalism?

      I ended up disconnecting from all this around September/October of 2020. I actually ended up voting for Biden in November which I wasn’t planning on when I was addicted to Twitter. I go a little bit into this detox here.

      Fast forward to this year. A wave of mass shootings happen. Something that used to be a normal thing pre-pandemic but which stopped/slowed down thanks to lockdowns and schools remaining closed. With all of this in the news again, I start thinking back to the friends I used to have. And their gun loving, revolutionary wanting, “libs get the bullet too” type of tweets that they were writing back in 2020. I don’t remember most of them let alone their names. But I do remember a few.

      I look them up. And there are dozens of tweets about the need for gun control. They’re talking about how nobody actually needs guns, and all of the typical liberal arguments in favor of gun control. A stark contrast to what they were saying before. They still have “socialist” in their display names and bios, though from the retweets I saw of them they were no longer following the “Mao is cool” type of people. For lack of a better term, they calmed down. They don’t long for a revolution to happen. They don’t want blood on the streets.

      I think what had happened is that they all forgot what mass shootings were. How destructive they were. And now that society is mostly back to normal, including mass shootings, they remembered what that was like.

      Now this is too niche of a corner on twitter to talk about in terms of larger online behavior. But back in 2020, I did predict that when Biden became president a lot of these online socialists would retreat into the liberals that they used to be. And it seems like that has happened, at least to some extent.

      I mean, I’m glad for them. They seem more balanced, and it’s good that they eventually found themselves like I did (even if I did it a little quicker than they did). But it is still an interesting progression that a lot of my former online friends took.

      11 votes
    3. Updated 2023 Oscar predictions

      I wouldn’t be doing an update this early on but there were recent news of many movies being delayed to 2023 including Killers of the Flower Moon and Rustin. Here’s the last one:...

      I wouldn’t be doing an update this early on but there were recent news of many movies being delayed to 2023 including Killers of the Flower Moon and Rustin.

      Here’s the last one: https://tildes.net/~movies/11ix/early_predictions_for_the_2023_oscars

      Picture:

      1. The Fabelmans
      2. Empire of Light
      3. Bardo
      4. Avatar: The Way of Water
      5. Babylon
      6. The Whale
      7. Women Talking
      8. Elvis
      9. Everything Everywhere All At Once
      10. White Noise

      Director:

      1. Steven Spielberg - The Fabelmans
      2. Sam Mendes - Empire of Light
      3. James Cameron - Avatar: The Way of Water
      4. Damien Chazelle - Babylon
      5. Alejandro G Innaritu - Bardo

      Original Screenplay:

      1. The Fabelmans
      2. Babylon
      3. Empire of Light
      4. Bardo
      5. Everything Everywhere All At Once

      Adapted Screenplay

      1. White Noise
      2. Women Talking
      3. The Whale
      4. The Son
      5. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

      Lead Actor:

      1. Austin Butler - Elvis
      2. Adam Driver - White Noise
      3. Daniel Cacho - Bardo
      4. Brendan Fraser - The Whale
      5. Hugh Jackman - The Son

      Lead Actress:

      1. Margot Robbie - Babylon
      2. Cate Blanchett - TAR
      3. Michelle Yeoh - Everything Everywhere All At Once
      4. Olivia Colman - Empire of Light
      5. Naomie Ackie - I Wanna Dance With Somebody

      Supporting Actor:

      1. Paul Dano - The Fabelmans
      2. Seth Rogen - The Fabelmans
      3. Ben Wishaw - Women Talking
      4. Colin Firth - Empire of Light
      5. Brad Pitt - Babylon

      Supporting Actress:

      1. Michelle Williams - The Fabelmans
      2. Jessie Buckley - Women Talking
      3. Sadie Sink - The Whale
      4. Laura Dern - The Son
      5. Greta Gerwig - White Noise

      Animated Feature:

      1. Strange World
      2. My Father's Dragon
      3. Turning Red
      4. Pinnochio
      5. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

      Best Original Score:

      1. The Fabelmans
      2. Avatar: The Way of Water
      3. Women Talking
      4. Babylon
      5. Empire of Light

      Best Sound:

      1. Avatar: The Way of Water
      2. Top Gun: Maverick
      3. Elvis
      4. Babylon
      5. Bardo

      Best Production Design:

      1. Babylon
      2. Amsterdam
      3. Avatar: The Way of Water
      4. Empire of Light
      5. Elvis

      Best Cinematography:

      1. Avatar: The Way of Water
      2. Bardo
      3. Babylon
      4. Empire of Light
      5. The Fabelmans

      Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

      1. Elvis
      2. The Whale
      3. White Noise
      4. Babylon
      5. The Batman

      Best Costume Design:

      1. Elvis
      2. Amsterdam
      3. Babylon
      4. Empire of Light
      5. The Fabelmans

      Best Film Editing:

      1. Avatar: The Way of Water
      2. Babylon
      3. The Fabelmans
      4. Everything Everywhere All At Once
      5. Elvis

      Best Visual Effects:

      1. Avatar: The Way of Water
      2. Top Gun: Maverick
      3. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
      4. The Batman
      5. Everything Everywhere All At Once
      5 votes
    4. Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of August 1

      This thread is posted weekly - please try to post all relevant US political content in here, such as news, updates, opinion articles, etc. Extremely significant events may warrant a separate...

      This thread is posted weekly - please try to post all relevant US political content in here, such as news, updates, opinion articles, etc. Extremely significant events may warrant a separate topic, but almost all should be posted in here.

      This is an inherently political thread; please try to avoid antagonistic arguments and bickering matches. Comment threads that devolve into unproductive arguments may be removed so that the overall topic is able to continue.

      8 votes