i wanted to do stuff about the government too

anonymous asked:

can i ask you a question about politics? i mean you don't have to answer if you dont want, but are you pro labour and pro corbyn or just pro labour?

Don’t mind answering this - I’m pro-Labour and pro-Corbyn, especially for the upcoming election. I’m not a fanatic - I’ve wavered over him due to the EU stuff and he has his faults, blah blah, but if any of you are undecided but have heard vaguely negative shit about him, read up on his election pledges (2nd link below).

I think it’s hard for young British people to conceive of life under a non-rightwing government, and to assume that their current situation is ‘just the way it is’ - it doesn’t have to be! This all feels very “How do you do fellow kids” but ya, I’m a ‘young person’ too and I want these things for all of us.

There’ll prob be some comments under this saying “Yeah but Corbyn blah blah” and my only answer to that is, “So you want more of the Tories?”. And I don’t.

Articles on why all people aged 18-24 should vote on June 8th:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/30/young-must-vote-general-election-8-june

http://www.shortlist.com/opinion/young-people-voting-labour-manifesto

Everyone’s Tweeting Photos of Police Brutality Thanks to the NYPD’s Failed Hashtag 

Twitter is a cool website where you can type any old thing into a box and senpecid it out into the ether for the entire internet to read. Some people use it to joke around, some people use it to be like, “HEY INJUSTICE IS HAPPENING, WHOA #GETINVOLVED” and some people use it in order to roleplay as characters from Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s a lot of fun, especially if you like heated arguments with total strangers. 

Large institutions like corporations and government agencies use Twitter too, usually pretty badly. “Hey, we’re a pizza company, send us pictures of you eating our pizza and hashtag them #pizzapics” is an example of a typical lousy tweet from one of these accounts. Generally institutions try to drum up something vague called “social engagement"—basically they want to get people tweeting good stuff about them so other people see those tweets and, I guess, come to think good thoughts about the institution who started the engagement campaign. The New York Police Department was probably thinking they could do one of those social engagement thingies when they launched the hashtag #MyNYPD with this tweet:

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What the person running the Twitter account probably failed to realize is that most people’s interactions with the cops fall into a few categories:

1. You are talking to them to get help after you or someone you knew was robbed, beaten, murdered, or sexually assaulted.

2. You are getting arrested. 

3. You are getting beaten by the police.

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I have something I want to talk about. This has been brought on by that picture of J.R.R. Tolkien with some potted flowers, as well as a certain episode of Parks and Recreation that my girlfriend put on and made me watch for the 20th time.

In that episode, Leslie Knope is currently running for an elected position in the local government. Leslie, like all of the characters, is very flawed in some ways. In future episodes we see how she’s still working 40 hours at her current job as well as managing her campaign and she’s doing extra stuff pertaining to her job, too. She’s passionate about everything she’s doing. In this episode, though, her friends are showing campaign videos to local residents and asking them what they think about it. All of their answers are terrible, meaningless nonsense. One guy, the epitome of the lesson, simply says he wouldn’t vote for her because he doesn’t like her.

Leslie freaks out.

Leslie spends the rest of the episode figuring out how to make this guy like her. She challenges him and gets down on his level to try to prove she’s worth supporting, and at the end of the episode he still hates her and she accomplished nothing with her time.

Now shift gears a moment, lets talk about Tolkien. This guy’s legacy is big enough that we just finished making a movie that takes longer to watch than it takes to read the book it’s based off of. The universe of Warcraft and many of the popular Dungeons and Dragons universes-as well as nearly every person’s own made up Dungeons and Dragons universe-is heavily influenced by Tolkien. What he’s done is amazing for one person.

But look at this post. This man is just some old guy staring at a bunch of flowers. The first response is “Apparently people hated to go for walks with him because he would stop and look at every tree for like 20 minutes.” 

“People hated.” Go outside of yourself for a second and think about this for a second. You’ve written many epic fantasy novels that, in the future, so many people love and are influenced by- and you can’t even get someone to take a fucking walk with you. They think you’re annoying when you go on walks. They don’t care.

Hell, even regarding his work, there’s plenty of people who don’t like it. My own dad dislikes LOTR and any other story that isn’t set in our universe, the real universe. I don’t know why, but he doesn’t.

No matter how good you are or what you do, people will always dislike you. There will always be someone who doesn’t like it. What’s important is to focus on who does like it and make them like it even more. Hell, look at the Twilight series. Tons of people hate it. It’s poorly written and the main character is a mary sue and it’s dumb: but it got popular because of how well it spoke to its audience and how much they liked it. It doesn’t need to pull me in, it didn’t need a compelling main character, and it got big enough that my opinion doesn’t matter at all. It’s successful, influential, and has probably been read by more people than anything I will ever make.