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  1. Comment on “Be Water!”: seven tactics that are winning Hong Kong’s democracy revolution in ~news

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    This is amazing. I'm really impressed with this - they're the kind of strategic tactics that can only be made possible with experience. I wonder if something like this (decentralized protests)...

    This is amazing. I'm really impressed with this - they're the kind of strategic tactics that can only be made possible with experience.

    I wonder if something like this (decentralized protests) could happen in America. Seems very improbable though.

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  2. Comment on Home brew! Who's brewing up what? in ~hobbies

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    Not a beer, but I'm currently brewing 막걸리, a Korean rice wine. Our latest batch is a three stage fermentation, in which we introduce rice to the yeast in batches over the course of a few days....

    Not a beer, but I'm currently brewing 막걸리, a Korean rice wine. Our latest batch is a three stage fermentation, in which we introduce rice to the yeast in batches over the course of a few days. Really excited to see how it comes out!

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  3. Comment on Tell us about your first love in ~talk

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    I know it'll turn some people off, but i really appreciate your story. I have a special place in my heart for people who, like me, took their beliefs and faith seriously. People who genuinely...

    I know it'll turn some people off, but i really appreciate your story.

    I have a special place in my heart for people who, like me, took their beliefs and faith seriously. People who genuinely tried to understand it in a deeper way than just 'atheists are evil' or, conversely, 'science good religion bad'. People who grappled with the horror and the dissonance, and understand the agony of what it looks like to be raised in a shitty church but still feel a connection with God. Or at least, something bigger than yourself that gives your life meaning.

    I'm glad you survived.

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  4. Comment on Can the Left Win YouTube? in ~tech

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    I'm glad leftist YouTube is finally getting traction as a broader movement, rather than just a fan club for Natalie (Contrapoints). I find the distinction between Breadtube and Lefttube to be...

    I'm glad leftist YouTube is finally getting traction as a broader movement, rather than just a fan club for Natalie (Contrapoints).

    I find the distinction between Breadtube and Lefttube to be interesting as well. It makes sense to divide it along those lines, since 'Breadtube' is an allusion to communist literature - and most of these content creators aren't communists.

    Also really interested to see where it goes. I think they're at a crossroads here, especially as 2020 ramps up with tons of election stuff happening. Natalie in the past has demonstrated cynicism for leftist spaces, as they tend to tear themselves apart with purity testing, etc.

    I, for one, think that these content creators are amazing, and do a great job of supplementing humanities education in a context that of an education system that doesn't place proper value on anything but STEM.

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  5. Comment on The insanity in Oregon is a glimpse of our very dark future in ~misc

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    There's a French philosopher/writer named Baudrillard who wrote about this phenomenon in a paper called Simulacra and Simulation. He coined the term 'Hyperreality'. It's a bit dense and hard to...

    There's a French philosopher/writer named Baudrillard who wrote about this phenomenon in a paper called Simulacra and Simulation. He coined the term 'Hyperreality'.

    It's a bit dense and hard to read, but there's something interesting there about how people's perceptions of reality are more real to them than... Well, reality. And, even more confusingly, it's not just that TV (or other fiction) is a model of reality that we need to distinguish each other from, but rather that the fiction itself becomes reality.

    It touches on the idea of a self-fulfilling prophecy, but in a broader, societal sense. It's hard to understand what the consequences of the hyperreal are, because reality is so heavily influenced by it that calling the hyperreal false doesn't even really make sense anymore.

    The cultural impact of having so many people who truly believe that others are always out to get them - and, in turn, also that they need to be 'strong' enough to fend them off - shapes our society to the point that it becomes a cultural touchstone; something that everybody understands.

    And it becomes the frame/mindset that everyone has going into every situation. Suddenly, global health organizations are out to get you. Or the concept of fair taxes that can benefit everybody is suspect, because why would anybody help the general public in a world where everyone's out to get each other?

    Note that I'm not arguing that television is ruining the country. Instead, I'm more interested in how public perception is formed, and how culture is influenced by it - and how that, in turn, becomes the reality (or at least, a part of it) for all of us, to some degree.

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  6. Comment on Once Tildes gets subgroups, where will you spend most of your time? in ~talk

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    I don't know if there are any policies here about politics, but I'd be psyched to see something like /r/breadtube get started here, some community for leftist video essays. In addition, subgroups...

    I don't know if there are any policies here about politics, but I'd be psyched to see something like /r/breadtube get started here, some community for leftist video essays.

    In addition, subgroups like science.mycology, creative.animation and music.hiphopheads would be rad!

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  7. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Yes! Nice to catch another Tyler fan here. I kept an eye on him since the OF tapes, but I didn't get really into his music til Flower Boy. Igor is great, I love his bold experimentation. What's...

    Yes! Nice to catch another Tyler fan here.
    I kept an eye on him since the OF tapes, but I didn't get really into his music til Flower Boy.
    Igor is great, I love his bold experimentation. What's your favorite track?