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Kids today, they don’t know

I remember how freaking excited I was when WInamp started having different skins.

Cleaning that ball in the mouse when it wasn’t working! And that labyrinth screensaver was the most awesome thing ever!


My young friends, this is my childhood.

ENCARTA!!!!! My nerdy ass loved me some Encarta, ya dig

internet, social capital and idolization

internet, social capital and idolization:


this is new on my blog, check it out if you wanna!

i have been meaning to write something about the internet, social capital and idolization for awhile but haven’t gotten around to it because well, the internet, social capital and idolization. 

i want to start off by acknowledging the access i am afforded due to my masculinity, light skinnedness, conventional attractiveness, ability to speak the dominant US-english language, among many other factors that shape my experience of the world and how others choose to receive my work, writing and other parts of me that i share. 

the internet is a cool place. over the past few years of blogging and publishing my writing i’ve gotten a lot of opportunities to connect with folks in diaspora, across the queer and trans community and other folks of color with whom i’ve come to call comrades, friends and loved ones. i’ve written extensively about my relationship with my mom, quite a bit about identity and hot mess homos and have just started moving into a place of recording my thoughts on movement building, sustainability and creating from love, not fear, from my corner of the internet and offline world. 

i’ve been able to build with others through mutual vulnerability; the “liking” and “reblogging” of 2am posts on tumblr about relationships, poverty, confusion, sex… it goes on. the internet and all of its vastness has become an intimate space for me and i’ve relied on it more than a few times to pay my rent, to help my mom, to pay a speeding ticket and to feed myself. needless to say, my communities online are no less real than those offline - with the same sort of urgency, longing for touch and closeness and desire for mutual recognition. 

the space that i’ve decided to take online, as a result of privileges that allow me to navigate the world like i do and a lack thereof that pushes me to think about more creative ways to survive, work and play has been met with a lot of positivity. on my tumblr i have made over 22,000 posts, with nearly 5,000 followers and a few posts that have become a little popular. i write out those numbers to put into perspective what social capital has meant and means to me. 

in the past few years i have been able to engage with folks and be taken seriously because a small group of folks who took interest in who i am, my writing and my experiences became a not so small group of people. and the not so small group of people who take interest in me now do so for a myriad of reasons: they like my writing, they think i’m funny, it was a random connection, their friend told them to check me out, they think i’m cute… and all of those reasons have been molded by my social positioning as a person with aforementioned experiences around light skinnedness and conventional beauty. 

i continue to work on thinking critically about the space i think up, about how much less i have to worry about my work* being stolen, used without credit and misrepresented than women of color — specifically Black women — do, about how easy it is for me to solicit responses about topics that i’m not the only one writing about and about how simple it is for me to ask for help and receive it without being aggressively challenged, harassed and dehumanized.

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If You Used This Secure Webmail Site, the FBI Has Your Inbox | Threat Level | Wired.com

If You Used This Secure Webmail Site, the FBI Has Your Inbox | Threat Level | Wired.com:

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I wonder what the B stands for?

'Bisexual' is still a blocked term in Google search suggestions, along with anything else deemed too vulgar. Homosexual, heterosexual, and transgender all have the green light.

Note: ‘Bisexual’ will turn up if you have Instant on, but will stop after you’ve typed out enough to spell ‘bisex.’

WOW signal boosting this… this post was written a year ago and nothing has changed since then?!

I am so disappointed. Thank you to OP for contacting me and letting me know about this. Ugh.

Here is the policy that I assume Google thinks “bisexual” falls under:
The search term violates our Autocomplete policies. We aim to provide you with relevant search queries, but we exclude a narrow class of search queries related to things like pornography, violence, hate speech, and copyright infringement.”

Ironic, right?

Here is Google Headquarter’s address:
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

I plan on writing them a letter. You should too.

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That’s not cool Tumblr.


Reblogging just in case this is true. I’ll get it off my blog here later, but for now….

Yeah if this is true… I’m just leaving this here and may or not remove all art.




Oh yeah. It’s true.

What makes this even more of a shitshow though? Well, if you don’t feel like digging through all the legalese to find this section, I’ve done it for you. This is what it says as of 2014-01-25, 19:53 PST:


Read that. Read all of it. Not just the legalese in white. Not just the “skimmer-friendly” version in gray. Read both and notice how they technically, for all legal purposes, say the same things…yet completely contradict one another from any practical standpoint. The gray boxes are all nice and friendly. The legalese is basically a great big ol’ FUCK YOU.

So yeah, signal boost the hell out of this.


Well shit. My writing blog has now come to an end. 



this hinges on a fairly big misunderstanding of copyright law:

the slideshow says

"they are no reserving the right own any original, uncopyrighted content you post and sell it for profit"

okay. even if this were true….

there is no such thing as ‘uncopyrighted’ content. unless it is in the public domain (and then can’t be copyrighted ever again).

absolutely everything you create, you own the copyright. copyright is exactly that: a right. you can sign away this right (which tumblr’s TOS do not ask us to do), but you always have it unless explicitly and expressly signed away.

enforcing your \copyright, is a different issue depending on your jurisdiction. in the us, you need to register your copyright in order for it to be enforceable. But unless you are already doing this, you can’t enforce your copyright, even if you retain it.

and we do.


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This is the current signature count for the petition to restore Net Neutrality. As you can see it has a very long way to go.

Come on people I know there are at least 64,000 of you on tumblr who haven’t signed this yet. Click here to do so

If you have already signed be sure to share the link so that the word will spread.

hey real talk for a second

the deadline for this petition is in THREE WEEKS

and it’s not even halfway to meeting the goal.

If it doesn’t meet the goal, IT’S OVER. THE PETITION IS REMOVED. THE END.

I know it might be a little annoying to take a whole two minutes out of your life to make an account and sign this, but that little annoyance pales in comparison to the fact that right now, MASSIVE CORPORATIONS NOW HAVE THE POWER TO CONTROL HOW THE INTERNET IS RUN

Please, DON’T sit back and think, “Oh, everyone else will sign it. I’ll just reblog.” No. There are literally THOUSANDS of people thinking the exact same thing. There’s a reason this post has almost 20,000 notes more than the number of signatures: It’s because people are liking and reblogging without signing it.

Don’t fall victim to the bystander effect. DO take this very, very seriously. The only requirement for signing is that you are 13 years or olderYou don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to sign. So please, take the two minutes. Sign the petition. It’s the only hope we have to fix this.

Honestly, if you signed any of the ridiculous petitions that went around before they increased the signatures needed to received a response, e.g. getting the government to respond about building a fucking star wars death star or some shit, then you need to sign this.

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Natives Censored on Twitter, By Danielle Miller

It is now 2014, but we still have racially offensive sports teams and mascots being used. There are plenty of Native Americans speaking out about these issues on Last Real Indians, and now on twitter. The more Natives join the conversation, the more people report profiles and deny that their voices matter.

There have been many Natives tweeting with anticipation for a twitter storm for “Change the Name” and it has now been brought to our attention that we will have to find a new strategy to simply share our opinions, because our movement will be filtered as spam.  This is highly frustrating and unethical. So many other racial groups and individuals have used twitter as a tool to trend their ideas, and yet Native Americans are being censored.

In our last attempt to get #changethename trending, I was thrown in twitter jail every time the hash tag picked up momentum. My other jailed account was even suspended on claims that my tweets were “aggressive”. Never mind the fact that I blocked the racist in my mentions to avoid unnecessary conflict. The fact that I chose to address my opinions about Native mascots and answer typical responses defending the mascots and thus stand up for myself and my ancestors, was met by an account suspension and claims of aggression.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/natives-censored-on-twitter-by-danielle-miller/

I saw this happening, there were just bieber support tags trending but despite a very healthy flow in the #changethename tag, it never popped up as a TT.  this is OBVIOUS censorship on twitters part.  I see hateful, racist, homophobic trends ALL THE TIME on there, but a tag natives were using that should have trended didn’t?  yeah, smells fishy to me too.

Will our voices be silenced on the Internet? | Al Jazeera America

Will our voices be silenced on the Internet? | Al Jazeera America:


Net neutrality ruling a major blow to communities of color. The open Internet has provided people of color and other marginalized groups an unprecedented opportunity to tell their own stories and to organize for racial and social justice. The principle of the open Internet, sometimes referred to as “Net neutrality,” prevents Internet service providers (ISPs) from interfering with, blocking or discriminating against Web content.

Several advocacy groups have used the open Internet to organize online campaigns to protest against racism, hate speech and unfair treatment of immigrants. For example, Color of Change, an online advocacy organization, uses the open Internet as a tool to empower the black community to speak out against injustice and to make government more responsive to its concerns. The immigrant-rights group Presente has organized online campaigns to challenge inhumane immigration policies. Colorlines, a daily news website that focuses on racial justice, relies on the open Internet as a platform to report on critical stories often ignored by the mainstream media.

But this may all come to an end.

On Jan. 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that ISPs such as Verizon and AT&T can censor, block and interfere with Web traffic and content online. The court struck down the Federal Communication Commission’s 2010 Open Internet order, which was intended to provide Internet users with some protection to access the content of their choice online without interference.

Verizon sued the FCC in 2011 following the passage of those rules. The telecom giant argued that, like newspapers, ISPs should have the First Amendment right to “edit” the Internet and determine what content flows over their wires.

With Verizon’s triumph, there’s nothing stopping ISPs from becoming our Internet overlords. And if you believe what Verizon told the court, that day is coming.

Asked by federal judges whether Verizon planned to prioritize some websites and online services over others, the company’s lawyer said last year that her client would be “exploring those types of arrangements” if it weren’t for the FCC rules.

There’s nothing holding back Verizon and other ISPs now. They have the power to determine whose voices will be heard online and which ones will be silenced. They also have the power to block unpopular speech. And this may mean the silencing the voices of those fighting for social and racial justice — especially the voices of people of color.

The end of net neutrality would be a tremendous loss for marginalized voices and the democratic debate they enrich.

thatsquitespiffing: (Sorry this is going to be a long post, i…


(Sorry this is going to be a long post, i would put it on read more however it is becoming risky to go to other peoples blogs so I have just left it)

I have collected as many blogs as possible that I/other people have proven to be blogs linked to the FBI/moneypak virus. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU FOLLOW OR ATTEMPT TO VISIT THEIR BLOG. I recommend noting down these names and blocking them all.

If you click on one of these blogs you are at a high risk of being redirected to a page claiming to be the FBI (or other police agencies specific to your country) explaining to you that your computer has been detained for one of the following reasons: 

  • viewing/downloading prohibited pornographic material
  • pirating copyrighted material
  • spreading viruses and being part of online scams

The ransom ware website explains that the only way to escape these charges is by paying a specific sum of money (from 100-500 dollars) through moneypak.

Obviously this website is fake, however it can be scary, especially when it doesn’t let you leave the webpage. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU PAY THE WEBPAGE. Paying them will not free your browser.

Depending on your laptop, this ransom ware can range from being annoying to being pretty dangerous! 

If you are a mac user you shouldn’t worry to much. Avoid these pages as much as you can, but if you do find yourself facing this nuisance just force quit and reset your browser. This should rid you of the problem (however I recommend using a virus protector to do a scan of your computer just in case)

On Windows and other computers it is more dangerous as the ransom ware can effect your computer outside of just the browser. It has even been known to turn on webcams!

If you find that your windows computer has been infected visit these webpages on a different device (or check the page now and write down the instructions just in case)

Now a few ways that you can identify whether a blog that has followed/reblogged you is a virus.

  • Blogs with these icons are viruses (or are blogs pretending to be viruses to scare you, i recommend not following them either, they sound like meanies).
  • If the url looks like a keysmash (random collection of letters and numbers) chances are it is a virus blog
  • If you hover over the blogs name and recent post are these or similar it is probably a virus blog.

Note that not all virus blogs have these characteristics. Some do not have an icon or appear to be completely safe. You can even catch this virus off of friends’ blogs thats html has been infected. It is a good idea to check your blogs html for suspicious activity and coding.

If any of these blogs follow you, block them immediately and contact Tumblr.

How to stay safe:

  • update/acquire some virus protection software
  • Avoid visiting other users blogs, even ones that have been safe in the past until this virus dies down.
  • Avoid clicking on blogs that have reblogged/liked your posts until this virus dies down.
  • Avoid following back until this virus dies down.

It is also a good idea that while this is going on, even if you don’t think your computer has been infected, to avoid online shopping or websites where personal information such as your credit card details/address/important passwords is needed if possible, or use another device to complete these tasks, just in case the virus is using key logging (the virus has done so in the past)

Don’t worry too much about this virus/malware/ransom ware/whatever you want to call it. As long as you exercise reasonable caution you should be safe :) If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask me!

Long post over

Digital Dreams and Digital Nightmares: Sexting, Cyberbullying and Sleeping with Your Cell Phone


by Megan Ryland


[Image: A white hand reaches out of a blank computer monitor towards the viewer. The monitor is superimposed on a bright background with binary code, lens flares and motherboards.]

[Content warning: bullying, misogyny, suicide, child abuse]

The Internet can get a little too real at times and maybe we would like to step away, but it can be surprisingly difficult to extract ourselves even - or especially - when things go sideways. 80% of North Americans have Internet in their homes and 56% of Americans have smartphones so the Internet isn’t ever far away. I remember talking to a classmate who complained about wrist cramps because she kept falling asleep holding her cell phone and it stayed locked in her grip all night. These devices can be life lines to close friends or the wider public space, but they can also become a constant presence that is hard to tear ourselves away from. I’m such a compulsive email-checker that I was hesitant to get mobile data for Internet use on my phone because of how constantly I thought I’d use it! Making this technology a legitimate part of my life means that the Internet is a space that I can’t abandon with ease. In some ways, escaping the Internet would be the same as if I just stopped hanging out with my friends at school or attending meetings at work. This constant, lived connection can present a serious challenge when virtual space becomes dangerous.

Earlier in the week, I talked about the Internet as a safe(r) space, but it isn’t enough for me to highlight only the benefits of having a new public place. I think it is also important to spend time acknowledging that we can make these spaces uniquely dangerous, particularly when we mislead someone to believe they have entered a safe space to express themselves. I’ve already addressed online harassment more generally, but I think cyberbullying has slightly different traits to examine, although there is obviously overlap and one person can practice both. However, these are personal definitions, rather than general or legal ones, so your mileage may vary.

I see online harassment as something done in a public way, often by strangers, and it is more likely a performance for an audience. For example, Anita Sarkeesian describes how her harassers coordinated with one another and created publically viewable, hateful images of her. Harassment may take place first in public comment forums like websites or Twitter, although it can quickly stray into one-on-one virtual and physical spaces, especially if harassers engage in the ever-popular release of private information.

In contrast, I think of cyberbullying as a more intimate or personal act that is often preceded by developing a relationship, maybe as a friend, ally, classmate or coworker. This strategy offers the ‘side benefit’ of getting the abuser close to their target for more accurately placed poison arrows. It is often more “up close and personal.” A cyberbully may extend into public forums and even recruit harassers and other bullies, but there is still the sense of someone shoving you in a locker. They want to personally contain and control you, so they don’t want you to necessarily shut up and go away (as many harassers did with Anita); they may actually want to stick around and keep in touch constantly. Approximately 1 in 3 teenagers online are experiencing cyberbullying, but few will share this with parents and even fewer will report it to the police.

The constant virtual presence of the bully is a new aspect of cyberbullying compared to physically present bullies, and this can add a whole new layer of misery to the situation. Instead of simply replaying someone’s cruel words in your own head, someone might actually just keep sending you the same message via email or text or YouTube over and over. You can be inundated with toxic messages very easily and if the online world was previously your ‘safe space’ then it is difficult to avoid a hailstorm of hate; you don’t want to be bullied and exiled from the Internet.

Another change is the ease of documenting private conversations and photos (like personal confessions or explicit photos) as evidence to hold against someone, and the accompanying exploitation of trust when these private conversations are used against someone. Blackmail has been around for generations, but the Internet is giving us new ways to treat each other poorly. The cyberbullying that results from using someone’s vulnerable moments against them is a new take on an old pastime.  

The impact of this new aspect has been felt unevenly. Although all genders engage in sexting, the punishment for the discovery of some people’s explicit photos has received much more negative attention than others. I have yet to see a news story about a straight boy’s inappropriate “dick pics” that isn’t complicated by other factors (infidelity, high profile, age difference) but I have heard a number of tragic stories about women, trans* people, and queer folks whose photos or online conversation have been used against them. These photos don’t need to be extremely explicit or belong to celebrities to make the news; it is enough to be caught in the act of expressing sexuality or a ‘deviant’ identity.

The first example that jumps to mind is Amanda Todd. Amanda was a Canadian teenager who documented the story of her online harassment, bullying, stalking, exploitation and blackmail over many years in a YouTube video in 2012. After explicit photos were obtained by a man who wanted to exploit her, Amanda Todd seemed trapped by the worst aspects of the Internet:

  • 1. Once something is online, it is permanent and public. It is almost impossible to get something back.

  • 2. People are able to access you 24/7 and there are few steps you can take to escape them (or their comments), sometimes even if you retreat from online space

Amanda Todd shared a semi-nude photo in 7th grade and she continued to receive on- and offline abuse as a result even three years later; the single event snowballed far bigger and faster than I think most people could have guessed. Many people have shared explicit photos in all sorts of ways (4% of teens will admit to sexting) without this kind of outcome, and they’ll continue to do so, but the risks are real for those who find themselves in a digital nightmare. Unfortunately, Amanda Todd committed suicide in 2012 after events felt too overwhelming to be overcome. Her story is told elsewhere online (by herself and by others) and, in my opinion, it is difficult to hear what happened to her, so I encourage you to seek out details on your own. However, I think remembering Amanda Todd also requires remembering the high stakes of Internet abuse. How real and intense what we call cyberbullying is. Amanda’s story received a great deal of attention (although not in time to intervene), but she is just one example of the many people who have found virtual space to be a danger to their physical and mental health.

The consequences of an electronic misstep or moment of vulnerability are unequal and they stick around. Addressing this problem is difficult, however. Youth anti-cyberbullying campaigns are stuck in a tough spot, because we haven’t cracked the code of how to stop bullies and we simply cannot control the flow of information on the Internet, but something clearly has to be done to limit the impact of cyberbullying. A lot of bullying and cyberbullying advice gives me heartburn because it has a victim blaming slant in its constant advice to control the target of abuse, rather than the abuser. This list from Cyberbullying.us includes practical tips like keeping your password to yourself and setting tight privacy controls on websites, but isn’t enough to just “protect yourself.” It isn’t fair to ask youth or adults to distrust every online interaction and act as if people are constantly trying to exploit you. We shouldn’t set up a system where living in fear is the only ‘safe’ strategy. This is especially true when that system is rigged to allot safety unequally, even if participants are engaging in the same behaviour.

Teaching youth and adults to take all kinds of bullying seriously and find it unacceptable seems like the most comprehensive strategy available right now. In fact, sometimes I wonder about ‘reclaiming’ the term bully as a more negative label; it would be a sort of reverse strategy from the positive reclamation of words like “queer.” We are potentially dismissive of bullies because bullying seems like a children’s activity or a phase that you grow out of (or live through), but many people can attest to the fact that young bullies in the playground may turn into older bullies too. More to the point, labelling someone as a bully doesn’t seem to hold the weight of calling someone a harasser, stalker, or abuser, although a bully may take on the habits of any of these labels. Perhaps this should change. When we’re talking about bullying, the social taboo needs to be stronger. If we address bullying online (and off) with the level of intensity that we devote to other negative social practices, I think we could re-calibrate the measurement for what is unacceptable behaviour. This perspective can support work to step in when you see bullying, to change norms, to teach kids, to build anti-bullying programs, to develop awareness campaigns, and to create laws and procedures for dealing with bullies. The message is simple: Bullying is not acceptable and it needn’t just be endured.

Essentially, by being clear about what bullying is, does and who can do it, we could answer cyberbullying with more than just “Oh, ignore them” or “Just step away from your computer!” Part of this strategy acknowledges that asking people to “suck it up” or leave public spaces is not enough and doesn’t take seriously a) the impact of bullying on its targets and b) the importance of the Internet as a public space. We’d never tell someone to stop going to class because there’s a bully. It’s a silly suggestion. Cyberbullying is real and it can make online spaces toxic, but the solution isn’t to log off and withdraw. As potential participants and bystanders, it is part of our responsibility as virtual citizens to create communities where cyberbullying is not welcome or tolerated. There’s no room for bullies on my Internet.