“A Twitter rando” - Rolling Stone mag. Purveyor of opinions, commentary and sarcasm.
Joined on 8 October, 2016
I was very proud to sign this letter in defence of a foundational principle of a liberal society: open debate and freedom of thought and speech.
If, as an author with tremendous wealth and privilege, you find yourself asked to sign a letter that provides aid and comfort to the repugnant transphobe, JK Rowling, maybe you should take a seat. Take all the seats. Take every last seat.
To the people suggesting there is a rational explanation due to improved treatments or a higher concentration of young people, none of that holds up to scrutiny.
FL and TX cases aren’t 40x more concentrated with young people.
Their treatments were *learned* from NY and NJ.
It is so ridiculously obvious that Florida and Texas are lying about coronavirus deaths.
Today, compared to New Jersey:
Texas: 40x more new cases; only 2x more new deaths
Florida: 40x more new cases; fewer deaths
Complete, obvious coverup.
So, this has become a ramble but the gist is that for me at least, having a “large account” is a platform to contribute that comes at a cost.
Someday, we will have come through this and I won’t remember the psycho stalker who DMed me a pic of my son’s teacher...
There are probably some accounts who “monetize” all of this well. I am not one of them. I am still a guy on a sofa.
We have all been summoned to join together and contribute as we can.
Whatever it is I do here, in whatever small value that provides, it is “my part”.
I now feel a sense of responsibility as well.
My account’s reach has become insane. Last month, my posts were seen 180 million times.
That is effing insane. INSANE.
We have an election to win and a country to take back. Using that platform is a duty.
In real life, we don’t hang out with people who hate us.
We don’t even hang out in groups where 30% of the people hate us.
On here, if you are an account of a certain size and offering strong opinions, thousands of people will hate you with an animus that at first shocks you.
In that regard I’m lucky. I’ve been through a lot of shit and while I am woefully flawed in many ways (which I know well) I happen to like who I am at this stage in my life.
Ain’t nothing a stranger could say to me that would weigh on me more than my own self-criticism.
Last week, I asked if my back story was something people were interested in reading about.
The answer was a fairly overwhelming ‘yes’ so now I suppose I owe it to you to make good.
To be honest, I’ve struggled with this, so this may be a bumpy ride.
Just so I can keep these altogether in one place and pin them for whomever might care.
My personal backstory: