The problem I have with ‘signal boosting’ a cry for help is that I will never know when it’s evolved.
I’ve always been wary of these. On Tumblr - not as a community, but as a platform - I always see signal boosting a missing persons report or a call for funds as potentially harmful.
Because if something changes, I won’t know. All I saw was the boosted post, an appeal to my greater sense of justice in a world with unjust people. I won’t know if another development’s arisen - if the kid’s found, or was never missing; if the abuse tip was a hoax built to get crueler people to bully someone for an alleged harassment; if the money call was a scam to get me to part with cash I need just as well.
All I know is what was boosted.
So every boost rings like a klaxon instead.
Not a call to arms, drawing people into the public square of social justice Tumblr to do a greater good.
A fire alarm. Get out. Something may not be right here, and it may hurt somebody.