Look at The Trace Too in Second Life & Ignore My Rant About “Me Too” Activism

The Trace Too (moderate)

The Trace was always a beautiful sim, changing with the seasons and a great place to take photos. After a temporary hiatus Kylie Jaxxon is back with The Trace Too and it’s stunning!

I thought it would be a perfect day to show you a calm, soothing, pretty landscape because I know I’m going to offend somebody. Probably many somebodies.

This isn’t a difficult achievement these days, and that’s my problem. I’m not addressing the pejorative Political Correctness debate here – I’m talking about courtesy and the evils of “me too”. Sometimes inclusivity is another way of saying “my cause is more important than yours”.

The Trace Too (moderate)

One of the changes I’ve witnessed in my life’s journey is the power and spread of activism. Passion for causes and a willingness to speak up on behalf of justice, peace, equality and rights has become the norm – it wasn’t always so.

Others might point to different (and more accurate) starting points, but I believe that the demonstrations against the war in the 60s helped make our generation, and the succeeding ones, more vocal and more convinced that we had the ability to make a difference.

People are adopting serious issues and working to resolve them – many, many people and many, many issues.

The Trace Too (moderate)

There are a lot of causes worth fighting for because there’s a lot wrong with our world. I don’t just mean disease and hunger and war and poverty and inequality; we have new disasters and horrific tales of slaughter every day; species are disappearing; water has become a scarce resource; the ocean is a cesspool of plastic; genders are ignored or vilified, etc.  The list is endless.

In order to solve problems they must first get attention. They must be understood, get placed on a priority list in the right venue (wherever required to get the action needed to solve it) and addressed.

The passion behind somebody’s activism, in many cases, seems to come with blinkers; an inability to acknowlege the value or need of anything outside their narrow view or allow anything else to get attention.

The Trace Too (moderate)

The internet has made activism easier, particularly social media. Not only does your message get out there, but it finds sympathetic voices joining in around the world. It also breeds a sense of supremacy.

How many times have you seen somebody in your Twitter stream, or on your Facebook friends list, call for action to address a cause only to have somebody else shout at them because they’re ignoring something else?

Try to raise awareness of the horrible impact of a giant earthquake and you’ll get yelled at for not talking about mass murder in Syria. It’s not that your cause isn’t just, people seem to insist that their cause be “the only”. I understand that they don’t want to be forgotten, but they’re dismissing other legitimate issues in an effort to support their own.

The Trace Too (moderate)

People actually have the ability to care about multiple causes – they don’t have to talk about all of them at the same time. Supporting one worthwhile endeavour does NOT mean you are negating the importance of another. Seriously, hosting the Vagina Monologues (for example) does not mean that you are indifferent to women without vaginas. Caring about a death in Ferguson does not mean that people think Boko Haram are the good guys.

I think we have two options. We ought to be courteous enough to recognize the legitimate value of each of the enormous variety of activist passions, and acknowledge that they all deserve attention (just not all the time at the expense of any other topic).

If we really can’t do that, then let’s create one giant umbrella cause called “The World is F*cked”. All tweets, concerts, fundraising or awareness events, will come with that title.

Nothing will get fixed, of course, because that’s just way too general a subject. The good news is that the “me too” mindset will be satisfied.

The Trace Too (moderate)

Isle of Grace & Thoughts about IWD in Second Life

Isle of Grace (moderate)

It’s International Women’s Day and, while I’m thinking 200,000 angry words, I’ll just make some brief comments about blind arrogance.  You can skip them and simply look at the pictures of Isle of Grace. :)

Isle of Grace (moderate)

Many women (and men) look at countries and cultures thousands of miles away and say “Their attitudes/behaviour/problems have to be fixed! We’d better do something.” The problems are real, but the solutions often ignore the fact that there are smart women (and men) in those parts of the world as well.

Isle of Grace (moderate)

If somebody asks for help, and we are able, I’m all for giving it. In the meantime, if we want to occupy the moral high ground while we lecture those we subconsciously consider backward, we need to be able to look in the mirror without flinching.

There are so many things we have to fix in our own home towns, countries, and cultures.

Isle of Grace (moderate)

Let’s begin to change the world by; teaching our children that, while we love them,”boys will be boys” is not an excuse for the inexcusable; creating systems of education that don’t tolerate abuse/sexism; electing people we might disagree with, but who actually have more than 2 brain cells.

We should start at home.

Isle of Grace (moderate)

Autumn in Second Life & Other Things

Autumn {Imagination} (moderate)

The beautiful {Imagination} build has moved to a new sim and Arnicar India has decorated it in the colours of the season here in the north. I say that last bit in an acknowledgement of the fact that, while SL tends to default to what’s happening in the Northern Hemisphere, it is actually Spring in large parts of the world. Ah well.

I’ve mentioned before that a blog is just a way to document “stream of consciousness”, or talk to yourself out loud. Skip the words if you like because I feel the need for a tiny vent. :)

Autumn has been used for centuries, by writers and poets and artists, as a metaphor – although there is abundance and beauty, this is the beginning of the end. The “autumn of your life” is followed by winter and decline.

Autumn {Imagination} (moderate)

Personally I reschedule my life’s autumn every time I have a birthday. At this point it will happen in my eighties. :p

For some things though, the clues are too obvious to be ignored. One example for a news junkie such as myself – and a strong pet peeve of mine – is the rapid decline of journalism once it hit the interwebs.

Back in the olden days we had icons of journalistic integrity. If it was on the cover of the New York Times, for example, it was trusted. I’m not going to rant about loose standards in “truth”, I think that’s just a given.

Autumn {Imagination} (moderate)

The problem I have – a lot – is that, when they went online, media giants seemed to take the platform lightly. They didn’t apply the same standards of perfection that we used to see in their original venues. This slipshod approach has been adopted by new, less traditional, outlets as well.

If you’re too young to remember getting your news from hard copy you might not realize that there was an entire job description entitled Proof Reader. Really!

It’s one thing for me to have to keep fixing errors on my blog – I don’t have a staff that should be doing it. Internet media seems to rely on a combination of spellcheck and crowd sourcing typo correction. Look at a page of your favourite online news site and you’ll find a link to tell them when they’ve screwed up. It’s a cheap approach, but it’s also lazy and unprofessional.

Autumn {Imagination} (moderate)

I try and ignore it – why should I do their work for them? However, seeing a big, bold headline proclaiming the fact that a politician had been “Charged Of Fraud” made me think they’d trusted the online version to a 16 year old. I sent a less than polite message. Don’t editors ever read what they publish? While I’m venting – why do so many people have difficulty using the word “with”? How many times have you seen “bored of” in a news story? If you’ve ever used that phrase yourself don’t tell me. I’ll lose all respect for you.:)

So it’s the autumn of journalistic integrity – and not just in its content. Dear internet media, do me a favour. Wait until I’ve gone into the winter of my life, and a permanent decline, before you completely trash the profession and the language.

Autumn {Imagination} (moderate)
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