Wasn’t it just a few months ago that Tumblr was telling us to protest censorship from bills like SOPA and PIPA, then they go about proposing their own forms of censorship when it comes to individuals who express interest in body harm and mutilation?
No censorship means no censorship. It doesn’t just apply to governments; it applies to every individual, company, and organization. I have a deep respect and love for Tumblr, but these two staff posts (partially) contradict themselves (if Option 1 is enacted).
Since it was brought up, and as previously stated, I fully support Option 2. I think Tumblr should take every step to raise awareness for any serious health or prejudice issue. I think providing disclaimers for several other searches like racism and hate crimes would be additionally beneficial. At most, I was venting my own fears on freedom of expression, which is what the Staff asked for in their post.
And yes, a company may do whatever they like, but not the point here.
I’m glad people are protesting in Wall Street and Washington DC but I’m still highly pessimistic that anything will come out of it. At least concerning the upcoming presidential election, whichever side you vote for, they are pro Wall Street and corporations.
There is no immediate way for the middle class to severely punish wall street. At best, everyone could withdraw their money from banks and diversify their income among credit unions, but most people don’t even have that much money to work with. Zeroing out your debt and credit dependencies is another way to impact the financial sector, but it is very difficult to escape debt in this climate.
It seems until the lower and middle class shed their party lines and come together to form a populist movement where they vote in pro labor politicians at the local and state levels, that peaceful protests will have little impact.
Still, I enjoy the spirit and the messages of these protests and I hope if anything it will help shape and define the next generation of politicians and CEOs as people who care about humanity.
Amidst talks of politics, depressions, recessions, deficits and war, I never hear anyone even remotely question the existence of financial markets. Humans in seersucker suits, trading phantom currency, whose emotional fears can send shock waves through every other sector? Is this something anyone needs?
How did the world come to value something so vacuous? Let’s scrap financial markets and get the world back on creating spaceships and building undersea luxury apartments. Let’s take all of those derivative investors and get them on the right track in advanced mathematics and baseball statistics.
I wish I had a clever shirt to represent this post, but I don’t.