I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to have been in the queer movement for 20+ years, to have studied queer theory, to have contributed to you potentially enjoying the rights you have today because I was part of a groundswell of lobbying and direct action in the 1990s….

…to have a 15 year old who’s spent maybe 8 months being political and has never inquired about queer history anonymously message me, “EXCUSE ME QU**R IS A SLUR LMAO OMG EMBARRASSSING AN aCTUAL ADULT WHO THINKS IT’S OKAY TO USE QU**R!~!!!!”

Dude, we are a slur. Queer folks are a slur to conservative straight people. Everything we are will be used as a slur by everyone who hates us. Gay is a slur. Lesbian is a slur. People will try to use all of our words against us. Don’t fucking let them get into your head to the point at which you’re telling actual queer people not to use the words we’ve used to unite ourselves and empower ourselves for decades. 

Digital Immigrant, 80s born, 90s bred, Cursive Writing San Diego Native

Digital Immigrant or Digital Native?

Either #NECImmigrant or #NECNative.

This’ll be my first Tumblr post in my New England College Social Media course.  Since I spent a few hours the first week reading from the book, I missed the obvious digital, social networking, and online and live aspect of the class.  I had an app influx on my iPhone, and my gf (nine years younger than I) had to give me a tutorial to flush out unused applications.  So, I’ve gotten my necessary updates, and meanwhile, I’ve got a postcard bookmark in my text, Groundswell by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff.  “Simply put, the groundswell is a social trend in which people use technologies to get the things they need from each other instead of from companies.”  (1.) They’re expanding on their work begun in their 2006 Forrester Report “Social Computing” analyzing Internet culture and strategizing in the digital world.  The first chapter of the book is a call to action.  Companies and institutions won’t be able to wield their own flags regarding their branding or brand role.  The people and the public attitude will be more involved in the complete perception.  Social media perceptions will be involved, impacting even identity.  I was more involved in careful note-taking and flipping/reading through pages in a book.  Now, I’ll have to contribute to an online community and will carve a shape in the Cloud using words, images, videos, and spirit.

           So, I’m savvy enough to be able to distance myself from Rick Clancy. (2.)  He’s an astute old school guy, who’s lost in the new online world of Likes, Crowd Sourcing, and Yelping.  I’m not overwhelmed with my own online identities.  I’ve already got a system to remembering my passwords, including capitalization and unusual character variations.  Yet, I’m typing with an ink pen and writing journal beside me. As I mentioned, I use a bookmark, and my favorite thing to collect, when I go on a physical trip, is a postcard.  I’ll use postcards as bookmarks, when I read a real soft or hardcover book.  When I finish these “ancient” texts, I put the book on what we once called bookshelves.  Sometimes, my old-fashioned heart writes a cute note on the postcard, and I snail mail it with an actual licked-on stamp. Finally, as I make my declaration as a Digital Immigrant, my postcards are sent to an actual human being, who’ll read my cursive handwriting with their own eyes.  They’ll collect the postcard with their own hands into a shoe-box to collect real dust.  

           “A digital immigrant is someone who went to school and learned with a teacher in front of the classroom.  And they had a pencil in their hand, and a pad of paper.  They learned from paper.  They learned from books.  That’s how their brain is wired, to learn from actual tangible things.” (3.)   I scrawled Molly McPherson’s words in a scribbled cursive shorthand, while I watched the video.  Needless to say, whenever I’ve got my mind available for world absorption, I’ll best have a fine writing ink pen and paper pad ready, even if all I need is to click save.  


 (1.)           Li and Bernoff. Book Groundswell: winning in a world transformed by social technologies (2011) page xii

(2.)           Li and Bernoff Book Groundswell: winning in a world transformed by social technologies (2011) page xi

(3.)           McPherson, Molly Lecture One: Introduction to Social Media