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  1. Comment on The Hustler (Game Show, ABC US) in ~tv

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    I wonder if the contestants could meta-game this, reminds me of this episode of Golden Balls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0qjK3TWZE8

    I wonder if the contestants could meta-game this, reminds me of this episode of Golden Balls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0qjK3TWZE8

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  2. Comment on Erasure of pregnant people in ~lgbt

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    Reading the Hansard for the Lords second reading is disappointing, so much biological essentialism. 'Woman' is not a sex class, it is a gender class. I will be writing to my MP about this....

    Reading the Hansard for the Lords second reading is disappointing, so much biological essentialism. 'Woman' is not a sex class, it is a gender class. I will be writing to my MP about this.

    https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2021-02-22/debates/EF8A7974-0A9C-4F17-B9DC-B7D26E52D52F/MinisterialAndOtherMaternityAllowancesBill

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Eddie Murphy - Party All the Time (1985) in ~music

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    I was just watching the Rick James episodes of "Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus" last night, where they talk about how Rick produced this track with Eddie and Eddie was just imitating...

    I was just watching the Rick James episodes of "Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus" last night, where they talk about how Rick produced this track with Eddie and Eddie was just imitating Rick :D

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  4. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    I want to apologise to you both and anyone else who was drained by the ableism thread, which I started. When I started the topic I didn't consider the emotional labour involved in discussing...

    I want to apologise to you both and anyone else who was drained by the ableism thread, which I started. When I started the topic I didn't consider the emotional labour involved in discussing something that is both controversial and touches so closely on the lived experiences of a minority group. To make matters worse I was a largely absentee OP and didn't defend the position I was advocating on the various subthreads, which left more labour to yourselves and others. So for all this I am truly sorry.

    It saddens me deeply to hear that minority voices are feeling pushed out or drowned out or feel they need to defend themselves. Energy should not need to be expended to feel comfortable, welcome, or accepted.

    In terms of solutions, one option might be safe spaces -- non-public fora in which group can discuss ideas and issues without risk of misinterpretation or railroading by outgroup voices. In terms of implementation that would look like private tildes/group which one would have to request to join. This creates its own problems though, particularly when many people are pseudonymous and don't necessarily know other folks outside of this platform. If such a solution were adopted it would be cool to allow safe space members to publicly publish certain topics (with consent from all participating members), or optionally mark a topic as world-readable or world-writable, so that safe space members could control how much out-group engagement could occur, and still maintain at least a one-way discourse with interested out-group individuals.

    20 votes
  5. Comment on How to deal with a stupid email situation? in ~tech

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    Has anyone else raised this as an issue? Perhaps if more people complained then the company would be more inclined to fix the issue. At least it would provide an anonymity set so if you do report...

    Has anyone else raised this as an issue? Perhaps if more people complained then the company would be more inclined to fix the issue. At least it would provide an anonymity set so if you do report this to whoever you are supposed to report ADA violations to, they can't go "oh it must have been @joplin" and retaliate. If enough other owners in the HOA care, the HOA could threaten to move to another company if they don't fix it.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on How do we combat mass global misinformation? How about making the internet a little harder to use in ~tech

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    I think everyone being entitled to their own opinion is part of the problem. I don't care for opinions, I care for well-reasoned arguments that draw on a wider body of knowledge (i.e. that cite...

    I think everyone being entitled to their own opinion is part of the problem. I don't care for opinions, I care for well-reasoned arguments that draw on a wider body of knowledge (i.e. that cite other people, articles, studies, etc.). Paul Graham's essay Keep Your Identity Small resonates with me and I try to not have too many opinions, and when I do, I try not to get emotionally invested in them, just like I don't try to define my identity by the set of algorithms I have written to solve a Rubik's cube. You have a better/different algorithm? That's cool, I will use that and learn from it. I don't wanna be glued to my idea-babies.

    I agree that technology alone is not a solution here. I think part of the problem is poor research skills. Some of the deeper conspiracy theory / anti-vax / QAnon / etc. bullshit I've seen maintains itself because people think they are 'doing the research' and finding multiple sources and building theories, they just don't understand you need to build multiple hypotheses, wield Occam's razor, and look for faulty reasoning (cf. Sagan's Baloney Detection Toolkit). I am reminded of this great article A Game Designerโ€™s Analysis Of QAnon:

    I stared in horror because it all fit so well. It was better and more obvious than the clue I had hidden. I could see it. It was all random chance but I could see the connections that had been made were all completely logical. I had a crude backup plan and I used it quickly before these well-meaning players started tearing apart the basement wall with crowbars looking for clues that did not exist.

    These were normal people and their assumptions were normal and logical and completely wrong.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Replacing ableist and mental health exclusive language (crazy, insane, whack, ...) in ~talk

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    Thanks for the reference to Lydia X. Z. Brown and their work, and for your point about not necessarily quoting slurs verbatim when discussing them -- I will keep that in mind for future. :)

    Thanks for the reference to Lydia X. Z. Brown and their work, and for your point about not necessarily quoting slurs verbatim when discussing them -- I will keep that in mind for future. :)

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Replacing ableist and mental health exclusive language (crazy, insane, whack, ...) in ~talk

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    I want to thank everyone for their input on this thread. ๐Ÿ™ I'm glad to see wide range of perspectives here: people with mental health issues who are against this vernacular (but may support...

    I want to thank everyone for their input on this thread. ๐Ÿ™ I'm glad to see wide range of perspectives here: people with mental health issues who are against this vernacular (but may support reclaiming it); people with mental health issues who don't care about it; people who are concerned about the slippery slope of the policing and politicization of language; people who are concerned about specificity of language and how accurately and succinctly words can express our ideas.

    I have a friend who does have mental health issues and is offended by ableist language, so that's my personal motivation for trying to remove it from my own vocabulary.

    It seems like context, audience and speaker identity are extremely important in deciding if a word or speech act is acceptable, and I am reminded of other discussion we have had on the site in the past about gendered language, personal responsibility, the Karen slur, and death of the artist. On a large scale or macro perspective there are general questions like "is it OK to offend people?" or "is it OK to say/do something which may offend people?", "is it OK to offend a specific person?", and "do I have a responsibility to not be offended by other people's actions or speech?". At a more specific level, perhaps we could frame the litmus test for speech as "if the audience were to encounter this sentence given the full context of the discussion and knowledge of the identity of the speaker, are any of them likely to be offended?".

    For all of these questions I think if the audience is the public or a private sphere is going to have a very big effect. In the public sphere, there is a much wider range of lived experiences, and depending on the medium of transmission, the audience (i.e. anyone/everyone) is less likely to have full knowledge of context and speaker identity. Consider the difference between an essay posted on someone's website (context and additional author info readily available), vs. a tweet thread (context is fragmented, author background available through bio and more tweets), vs. a quote from either source in a news article or another essay or another tweet (context removed and author identity obfuscated). These are all examples of transmission in the public domain but the scope for causing offence grows as context and identity become more difficult to obtain, which leads to higher likelihood of misinterpretation or misunderstanding, and opens the original author up to deliberate misrepresentation when quoted.

    Compare this to any private sphere (a conversation amongst friends, a personal journal entry, letters circulated amongst a small group, ...) where context and identity are arguably innate -- we are a member of that audience because we are already familiar with the context or the identities of the other participants. In private spheres, we are less likely to cause offence with 'extreme' language and we are more likely to automatically filter or shape our language to suit an audience we are already intimate with.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Replacing ableist and mental health exclusive language (crazy, insane, whack, ...) in ~talk

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    No need to apologise :) My understanding was 'whack' is derived from 'wacky' or 'wacko'. According to Collins, it appeared in the 19th Century as "a person who behaves as if he had been whacked on...

    No need to apologise :)

    My understanding was 'whack' is derived from 'wacky' or 'wacko'. According to Collins, it appeared in the 19th Century as "a person who behaves as if he had been whacked on the head" [1]. But within the last 60 years it has been used as a pejorative term for people with mental illness.

    'Mental' is definitely overloaded and the use of it to refer to 'madness' is more of a British usage [2].

    [1] https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/wacky
    [2] https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/mental

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  10. Replacing ableist and mental health exclusive language (crazy, insane, whack, ...)

    Vernacular mental health terms are used in everyday language as a nonspecific indicator of extreme value judgement or deviation from an expectation or norm. Examples of words include 'crazy',...

    Vernacular mental health terms are used in everyday language as a nonspecific indicator of extreme value judgement or deviation from an expectation or norm. Examples of words include 'crazy', 'cray', 'insane', 'whack', 'mental', and 'retarded'. I think we can criticise the language on numerous grounds:

    1. It normalises poor mental health as something extreme or atypical
    2. Where the language is used to connote a negative value judgement (example 3) it reinforces the association that "poor mental health" = "bad"
    3. It can be triggering to people with mental health issues because of the way they are or their condition is perceived or because of experiences they have had
    4. It can be imprecise, in the sense that there are often more contextually appropriate words to describe the specific quality being discussed

    Examples:

    1. "This new track from Lone is insane!" -- positive use cf. 'extremely good'
    2. "I can't believe Tesla bought all that BTC, that's insane!" -- neutral use, no value or ethical judgement, observing deviation from typical or expected behaviour cf. 'unexpected'
    3. "Trump is fucking insane" -- negative use cf. 'extremely bad'

    Some alternatives:

    1. 'wild' -- I use this particularly for positive and neutral connotations
    2. 'ridiculous' -- for the negative connotation
    3. Something more specific to the context, e.g. "Trump is fucking evil", or "This new track is banging", or "I had a hectic morning" instead of "I had a crazy morning"

    Questions:

    1. Why has 'retarded' faced so much backlash and fallen out of acceptable usage, but other terms like 'crazy' have not?
    2. Are the criticisms valid and do they apply to all of the examples? Are there more grounds to criticise this language on that I have not listed?
    3. Are there other ways the language is used which is not covered in the examples?
    4. What alternatives do you use?
    5. Is use of crazy/insane/mental/... common in non-English languages? If not, what is used instead?

    Thanks for your input! ๐Ÿ™

    36 votes
  11. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    I have input on a couple threads here so I'll do a single summary comment to prevent clutter. :) Re. honorifics -- you can just drop them. So "may I take your coat ma'am?" -> "may I take your...

    I have input on a couple threads here so I'll do a single summary comment to prevent clutter. :)

    Re. honorifics -- you can just drop them. So "may I take your coat ma'am?" -> "may I take your coat?", "excuse me, sir" -> "excuse me". When writing letters you can use "Dear <name>" if you know the name or "To whom it may concern" if you do not. I also start a lot of emails with "Hello, " because fuck it, it's a friendly way to start a letter even if it's not 'correct form' or whatever.

    Re. "dude" / "guys", I have also replaced these in my vocabulary with "folks", "peeps" and "y'all" for plural and "friend", "you" or "<name>" for singular. In the UK there is also "mate", meaning 'friend', but I don't use this as much, no reason though.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on What does "performative" mean? in ~humanities

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    I have not come across this distinction so much and I find it a bit confusing. Do you have any more references I can consult on this? Is this a distinction Butler makes in her work?

    I have not come across this distinction so much and I find it a bit confusing. Do you have any more references I can consult on this? Is this a distinction Butler makes in her work?

    4 votes
  13. Comment on If you say "he/she", "his/her", etc - why? in ~talk

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    Like others here I also find "he / she" clunky. There is also "(s)he" but again this doesn't address the issue that I don't want to refer to someone's gender when that person is the subject or...

    Like others here I also find "he / she" clunky. There is also "(s)he" but again this doesn't address the issue that I don't want to refer to someone's gender when that person is the subject or object of a sentence unless their gender is specifically relevant to the context. The language is also inherently exclusionary to non-binary people and reinforces the gender binary. I also lean towards gender abolitionism so I prefer to use non-gendered pronouns to also demonstrate that we do not need to constantly refer to people's gender when we address or talk about or to them. For these reasons I usually go for "they", but when talking about a specific named person I am also experimenting with not using any pronouns and just using their first name, e.g. "John said that John made cookies". This feels a little clunky sometimes due to the repetition, but I think it also reinforces the personal connection.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on A Writing Club in ~creative

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    I only write sporadically, mostly non-fiction articles on ideas I am thinking about. I'd be happy to provide critique on people's work if something catches my eye -- I wouldn't want to commit to...

    I only write sporadically, mostly non-fiction articles on ideas I am thinking about. I'd be happy to provide critique on people's work if something catches my eye -- I wouldn't want to commit to reading and critiquing X articles a week/month though, since my motivation is very flighty.

    How are you imagining this would work? Is it just a free-form forum where people can post stuff whenever they have something and other people can critique it if they are interested, or would there be more structured happenings like calls for submissions on a theme (e.g. this month, write a story on theme X)?

    Either way, probably a ~by-tilderinos group or show-tildes tag or something would be a good way to allow labeling and finding this content and initiatives? (I'm still not too sure of the distinction between tags and groups, I like a unified and multimodal information architecture with 'one obvious way to do it' so I see groups as redundant given we have tags).

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Nike's new FlyEase Go shoes snap right onto your feet in ~sports

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    I can't help but wonder how many bends that hinge is good for before it disintegrates, and if these are easily repairable. Hopefully they're really well made and will last years, but the sceptical...

    I can't help but wonder how many bends that hinge is good for before it disintegrates, and if these are easily repairable. Hopefully they're really well made and will last years, but the sceptical anti-capitalist in me thinks this is probably not the case.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Great foreign shows? in ~tv

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    I really enjoyed the first season of Shadow over Balkans / Black Sun but have not been able to find English subs for the second season :( To me, the show is consistently high quality in its...

    I really enjoyed the first season of Shadow over Balkans / Black Sun but have not been able to find English subs for the second season :( To me, the show is consistently high quality in its performances, narrative, set and costume design, cinematography, etc.

    EDIT: Looks like there are subs available for S02 on OpenSubtitles now yaaaay!

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Is Madoka Magica still good 10 years later? - Beyond the Bot in ~anime

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    Excited to see this, I've loved Madoka every time I've watched it and was just thinking about watching it again yesterday! Thanks for sharing :)

    Excited to see this, I've loved Madoka every time I've watched it and was just thinking about watching it again yesterday! Thanks for sharing :)

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Where to get music in a downloadable format (other than itunes) ? in ~music

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    In the past I have messaged artists and labels directly when I cannot find their music to purchase. I prefer to get FLAC, and I don't have an Apple Music account. I recently bought an album...

    In the past I have messaged artists and labels directly when I cannot find their music to purchase. I prefer to get FLAC, and I don't have an Apple Music account. I recently bought an album through Juno Download although they charge a variable extra amount for FLAC which I think is pretty shitty (unlike Bandcamp where you buy the album and can d/l in whatever format you want).

    For rare groove and out-of-print stuff, SoulSeek is a great P2P option, but this does not financially support the artists.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on A not-so-modest proposal to nationalize the defense industry in ~misc

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    The arms industry seems to me to be the most indefensible of all endeavours which we accept as legal, even beyond oil and gas (which I have massive issues with, 'cos, y'know, climate emergency)....

    The arms industry seems to me to be the most indefensible of all endeavours which we accept as legal, even beyond oil and gas (which I have massive issues with, 'cos, y'know, climate emergency). Oil can be used to make chemicals, knives can be used for all manner of purposes, but what are guns, missiles and fighter jets used for? Killing, and only killing. I can't imagine the world would be a less safe place if all factories producing these things just closed their doors one night, never to produce such instruments of war ever again. Are there terrorists with caches of guns, bullets, grenades, etc? Sure, but outside of making their own bullets or guns in their own clandestine operations, how else are they going to get bullets once mass manufacturing by legal industry is stopped around the world? Point being: dismantling the arms trade also makes it harder for the 'baddies' to supply their operation as well. So why not just make the arms trade illegal on an international level? Of course there are some aspects of the defence industry which do not kill people like radar, no reason we can't still research and build passive defence systems like that. Just, y'know, stop building things that kill people, 'cos killing people is bad? ๐Ÿ™„

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  20. Comment on Your favorite vegetarian recipes in ~food