independent internet

min yoongi probably.....
  • Yoongi: did someone change the wifi password?
  • Seokjin: yes, i did
  • Yoongi: why
  • Seokjin: this group needs to stop being so dependent on the internet. so i changed it to something only i would kno-
  • Yoongi: it's '2pretty2die' isn't it
  • Seokjin: what? how'd you know?!
  • Yoongi: hyung you've been using the same password for everything ever since i've met you
  • Yoongi: i'm surprised you aren't a victim of fraud yet
BFFCOMIC

BFF probably won’t update again. My dayjob keeps me really busy and really tired, and honestly I’m just not super hyped to be posting much of anything on Tumblr or Twitter anymore. I used to have fun interacting with fans, but now every time someone sends me something about BFF I get a little scared. I don’t feel comfortable sharing my work, and it’s demotivating and just generally anxiety-inducing.

It’s really unfortunate for those of you that have always been kind and supportive, but lately it just seems like the “fans” who don’t think of me as a human being are the loudest. Trying to be an Independent Creator on the Internet just… it sucks. I’m over it. I’m done trying to live up to the expectations of strangers, and tired of trying to compete with people whose work has nothing to do with mine.

I know this seems like a bummer post, but I’m actually quite happy with my life right now. I love my job, I love my friends, and giving up BFF is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time. It just doesn’t fit with my life or who I am as a person anymore - please respect that.

Housekeeping:

  • I’m just going to leave the Patreon page alone for now (it doesn’t cost anybody anything while I’m not updating) I’ll probably delete it in the upcoming months
  • The website with the comic/story will be left up for the foreseeable future
  • Feel free to write your own endings or whatever?
  • Please don’t add passive-aggressive tags or reblogs to this post - I can’t control what you do or how you feel but I’m begging you to please vent where I can’t easily see it
  • I’m not going to answer questions about where the story was going or the ending. Sorry.

Thanks to everybody who’s read BFF and supported me over the years.

Did I mention I got my flight confirmation yesterday? I am officially going to be in Europe for essentially all of July, and due a minor miscommunication error between several people in the choir and the company, I now have two free weeks of independent exploration instead of one and I CAN’T DECIDE WHAT I WANNA DO ^.^

Some people think America will be turning 2015-years-old on the 4th of July

Either the trolls are out or humanity is forever changed. 

The 20th Anniversary of Declaration of Cyberspace Independence

WHEN DIGITAL DYSTOPIANS and critics of Internet libertarians need a rhetorical dart board, they often pull out a document written by John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, a former cattle rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist. On this day in 1996, Barlow sat down in front of a clunky Apple laptop and typed out one very controversial email, now known as the “Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace,” a manifesto with a simple message: Governments don’t—and can’t—govern the Internet.

“Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind,” read the document’s first words. “On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.”

In the modern era of global NSA surveillance, China’s Great Firewall, and FBI agents trawling the dark Web, it’s easy to write off Barlow’s declaration as early dotcom-era hubris. But on his document’s 20th anniversary, Barlow himself wants to be clear: He stands by his words just as much today as he did when he clicked “send” in 1996. “The main thing I was declaring was that cyberspace is naturally immune to sovereignty and always would be,” Barlow, now 68, said in an interview over the weekend with WIRED. “I believed that was true then, and I believe it’s true now.”

Barlow laid out that thesis with a kind of unblinking confidence in his original message: “I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us,” he told the world’s governments. “You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.”

Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. You have neither solicited nor received ours. We did not invite you. You do not know us, nor do you know our world. Cyberspace does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows itself through our collective actions.

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Sadly the government already turned the Internet into the market – just like the rest of the world. Internet users are free to choose the sources of information, but governments work so good to prevent people of critical reasoning. The freedom of speech was turned into freedom of brainwashing and lies. Transparency of the Internet became a tool of surveillance. NSA still spies on us, but they can’t prevent terror acts. It’s not their real goal. It’s a war on our rights. I don’t exaggerate.