"Don't watch TV coverage of Covid-19! (Or "social media"; the details are different.) Watching repetitive coverage of something frightening can interfere with clear thinking, even traumatize people. ...
In addition, it will make you more and more anxious. Someone I knew in 2001, who lived in California. spent all day on Sep 11 and following days watching the TV coverage. Afterward perse was afraid to go outside, watching for terrorist airplanes. TV made it possible for per to be traumatized by events 3000 miles away."
Spot. Fucking. On. Social media in my lefty social circle in a nutshell.
I would apply the same to Covid-19, but there is a catch. Policymakers are making decisions in real time to respond to a crisis. Its apparent they are being swayed by interest groups that want to protect their businesses and rationalize the impact to public health. I am torn by this, because I don't want to be glued to the news, however it is necessary to hold politicians accountable for the factions they are currying favor for.
This however, doesn't require 24/7 coverage. I can at least research the news on a weekly basis and do what I can with that. Stay informed for the next election, sign letters, etc.
At the height of the BLM protests you would have thought Seattle and Portland were anarchist war zones based on coverage by conservative news outlets. That wasn’t the case at all.
Endless discussing in circles with persons of different opinion in your peer group is a waste of energy. Either they come to similar, or at least less controversial opinions as time passes, because of their own experience(es), or they don't. If they, or in reverse you in their position just agree to be left alone, nothing is won.
I love RMS, his steadfast dogged persistence in the face of overwhelming adversity that is stronger every year is actually quite inspiring.
Really hope the next generation standing on the shoulders of giants can properly articulate these issues far better though. For regular everyday people it's hard to impart and make anyone understand why software freedom is so incredibly important in functioning modern societies.
Maybe I'm an over-optimist but I think we'll get there one day.
This has always been RMS’s problem: He’s obviously an intelligent guy and has lots of interesting thoughts, but the way he presents them makes him come across as a deranged fool.
He’s a legend in the FOSS community and his words hold (or at least used to hold) a lot of weight with regards to personal freedoms online. He has an amazing platform to talk about these issues, which he does, but only if you’re willing to slog through the hundreds of other societal injustices he happens to care about. It’s such a shame and makes me wonder what the world would look like if he showed more leadership.
It's a bit hidden in the content of the home page, but you can search for "volunteer" to see the reference about it.
>perse was afraid to go outside
>TV made it possible for per
I'm not a native speaker, so genuine question: is this a common thing or a Stallman thing?
"In response to this article, someone lectured me for believing that languages don't change. Perse did not trouble first to inquire whether that's what I believed."
Which reminds me, I once joined a few acquaintances for a ride on the pleasure boat one of them owned. He pointed at another boat and told us it was a yawl. I waved and said, "Hi, yawl!"
tl;dr - "perse" is his preferred gender-neutral pronoun