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For the record, I blog about these things because I think they… 
23rd-Sep-2006 11:06 am
For the record, I blog about these things because I think they matter. It irritates me that I get 3,974 comments to something pretty trivial, yet little discussion results from these kinds of posts, the content of which has the potential to affect the people ignoring it. I suppose this illustrates the problem, no?
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23rd-Sep-2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
Ain't that the truth. I don't make political posts, but the same happens with my art/emotion/sexual psychology posts.

Sometimes speechless.

It's so easy to be glib in comment to a YouTube post ....response to things realer takes intelligence that sometimes 'we' don't have.
23rd-Sep-2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
Fair enough.
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23rd-Sep-2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
I suppose, I just wished I could see more people getting fired up and tired of being fucked - and not in the good way. And you're totally right, it is very hard NOT to get tired of this all.
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23rd-Sep-2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Indeed!
23rd-Sep-2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
I often don't comment in your serious posts because I don't have anything to add and don't think I could contribute anything to a discussion. It doesn't mean I don't appreciate them.
23rd-Sep-2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
See, THAT makes me feel better, thanks, D!!
24th-Sep-2006 10:37 am (UTC)
I have to second pagerbear's comment. Most times, you're so thorough I don't think I could contribute any more to the discussion. And, between you and mai-neh here on LJ, I'm better educated about politics and economics than I was 2 years ago.
24th-Sep-2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
I really think I just needed to know that people were actually getting something out of these kinds of posts and it wasn't me just wasting time in the hope I was inspiring or reaffirming something for others. Thanks for reading, it makes it worthwhile!
23rd-Sep-2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
For me, LiveJournal is mostly about entertainment - sorry about that. I'm a journalist, AND I work for a lawyer part-time, and I spend my day in deep enough political and legal shit that when I get home at the end of the day, it's frankly the last thing I want to think about for a few hours. I am not paid well enough to dwell on it 16/7 (8 hours for sleep). (Despite that, I still read politics and comment on it, grrrr ....)
23rd-Sep-2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Indeed you do, for which I offer my gratitude.
23rd-Sep-2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, I didn't mean to sound like a complete bitch - I went back and re-read what I wrote this morning. But you know what I meant. *G*
24th-Sep-2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
You didn't, I didn't take it that way at all.
23rd-Sep-2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Frustrating isn't it.. I wrote 2 entries yesterday.. one was about torture becoming government policy and nobody giving a shit with a sidebar of Bush sending another fleet to the persian gulf to sit off the coast of Iran... how many responses? 1.

Story about a baby drowing in a bucket of his moms puke? 4.

Just amazing.
23rd-Sep-2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
And I just realized that part of the reason I never SEE your posts is because I'd yet to add you to my friends list. I am SO shot out these days.
24th-Sep-2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Dude, I did the same thing.. just added you the other day.. but at least I had your blog in my favorites!

*runs crying hysterically out of the room*
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24th-Sep-2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
That doesn't mean I have to accept or like it, J. Apathy and me - not good bedfellows!
23rd-Sep-2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't know you that well. I friended you because you're intelligent, cuttingly witty, and outraged over most of the same issues I am. And when you tackle those issues, I end up reading your posts and thinking, Damn it, I wish I'd thought of that.

So: great post. Loved it, agree with it, wish I'd written it.

--Kris
23rd-Sep-2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
I thank you sweets, and always feel free to link to anything you like or just copy & repost it - I don't need credit, I just need the info out there to as wide an audience as possible.
24th-Sep-2006 04:18 am (UTC)
:) I appreciate it, and I most certainly will credit you. You deserve it.

--Kris
23rd-Sep-2006 07:17 pm (UTC) - Sometimes it's because you're preaching to the choir.
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Most of the folks who've friended you (besides the NSA plant) have their eyes open.

I read your stuff because, A) sometimes you're a source of new information B) you blog from a queer perspective [and I like your sense of "Production Value"] C) you have passion.

that (watching from up here) SpencerBear
23rd-Sep-2006 08:21 pm (UTC) - *waters the NSA plant with Drano*
I thank you for taking the time and being another voice showing me that these public posts are worthwhile!
23rd-Sep-2006 08:29 pm (UTC) - Re: Sometimes it's because you're preaching to the choir.
Yep. I get links to new stuff here, which is one of the things I like about it. I also like the occasional gay point of view because it's not something I possess, being a flaming hetero (except when it comes to Rebecca Romijn, and I have no idea why, but I would be her girlfriend).
24th-Sep-2006 01:28 pm (UTC) - Re: Sometimes it's because you're preaching to the choir.
Angela Bassett is like that for me.
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24th-Sep-2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
It's not hatred at all, just disappointment. I don't expect everyone to think or act as I do or even to care about these things with the same levels of passion or conviction - I simply just don't understand the apathy is all.

I'd never sue you for having different priorities, I wouldn't even smack you around for it. I accept that people have differing views, but I'm trying to encourage debate and inspire/enrage people into becoming active for the sake of us all.

I don't think any less of you for not being an activist, it's not your thing - not everyone is going to wave a flag or get up and shout like I do, and that's fine.

I really think I just needed to know that some people were actually getting something out of these kinds of posts and it wasn't me just wasting time in the hope I was inspiring or reaffirming something for others. If this stuff doesn't resonate with you, something eventually will.

All of this having been said, I really want another of your whole-body hugs - it's one of my top 5 favorites of all time!
23rd-Sep-2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
You're cute when you preach to the choir :-)
24th-Sep-2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
Damnit, you got me - it's all in the name of vanity! *drat*
23rd-Sep-2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
PS- I'm another one who enjoys your posts but all to often little to contribute.
24th-Sep-2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
As long as I know someone reading it is getting something out of it, that;s what I need to know.
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24th-Sep-2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
I have four other blogs offsite, but this one I enjoy the most. We come from the same school of thought on this kind of activism, so I know where you are with all of this. I really think I just needed to know that people were actually getting something out of these kinds of posts and it wasn't me just wasting time in the hope I was inspiring or reaffirming something for others.
23rd-Sep-2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
I read and think about most of your posts. Sometimes, later on, it comes out as a play. :)
24th-Sep-2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
I'll be damned, that's pretty amazing!
23rd-Sep-2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
I just don't know what to say. In these instances, if I had a differing opinion or insight to something you may have overlooked, I think I would speak up. But so often, I just feel anything said would be redundant.

I read it. I pass it along to those I think might listen. It all makes me head hurt, but I do my part. Sometimes it just weighs too heavy to comment out loud. Everyday, I realize that I live in a place that doesn't want me. I realize that it needs to change. Sometimes, I just can't say anything about it out loud. That needs to change as well...
24th-Sep-2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
Fair enough on the first point, understood on the second as well. Apathy is a crushing, defeating thing - I've had a lifetime fill of it and that's in part why I'm as fiery as I am. Rather than getting defeated and feeling as though I have no voice, my initial instinct makes me want to start yelling louder. These posts are my conduit for some of that.
24th-Sep-2006 01:23 am (UTC) - About posting
I get fired up all the time...sometimes I read your posts and think I should reply...but then I don't I usally leave these discussions for real life conversations (non-cyber I should say). You also have to take into account that not everybody uses live journal as a politcal tool. Living in DC I get bombarded with political stuff all day. I come home and watch CNN, MSNBC, and Fox (it's even good to see what those murdockheads have to say) then I read the washington post. I like LJ so I can keep up with my friends day-to-day life. I know many other people are like me. Please don't think that just because we don't have something politcal or whitty to say that we are passive or even worse stupid. I think also that some people (me included) wonder why we should comment when you never respond to their posts....ever! Yeah, it's lame and a little childish, but I think (as you just proved with this post, and a few others)people get hurt when nobody reponds to their posts.
24th-Sep-2006 01:43 pm (UTC) - Re: About posting
I really think I just needed to know that people were actually getting something out of these kinds of posts and it wasn't me just wasting time in the hope I was inspiring or reaffirming something for others.

It's not so much whining out the hurt that no one commented, I was questioning whether people were paying attention to the issues I bring up that have a direct affect in the negative on them as people, essentially.

I get what you mean though!
24th-Sep-2006 11:26 am (UTC)
I read everything
commenting tho reflects my own insecurities about debate
I'm not a good debater...and am slow to comment if I think it might draw opposition...does admitting that mean I'm one step closer to recovery?

it's not just political/religious stuff tho...anything serious on bigfundrew will get virtually ignored
but let me post a dirty sex sentence..and it gets 100 comments

nature of the beast I guess
24th-Sep-2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
I really think I just needed to know that people were actually getting something out of these kinds of posts and it wasn't me just wasting time in the hope I was inspiring or reaffirming something for others.
24th-Sep-2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
love you, stinky
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