opinion-having about social media leftism 

my relationship with other 'leftists' has become way less frustrating since i stopped using reddit and discord for anything other than gardening.
i used online leftist communities to feel less alone, but the tendency always seems to drift towards doomer/acceleration mindsets, and incredible amounts of hostility. whoever is the most acerbic and radical wins the subreddit for the day, and whoever's the loudest takes control of the discord server.

opinion-having about social media leftism 

i imagine the same is true for instagram, and i personally feel lucky that i only ever used instagram for play. when people in my circle started using Instagram for pseudo-organizing, i realized how many people are basing their entire view of 'the left' on like, meme pages and shareable stories.
there is a HUGE gulf between the problems i encounter in my real-life ancom circle and what people were telling me (online) is happening on the left (online)

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opinion-having about social media leftism 

unless the algorithm wills it, you will NEVER hear about people in town doing good work. a lot of the people doing good work are also keeping their heads down, which is absolutely the smart choice.
i think it's worth making a distinction between the leftists we know irl and 'the left' online, especially the ones in memespace. i hate my life a lot less now that i have put internet machismo where it belongs, and prioritized boring but essential work irl

more opinion-having about leftism 

"The pacification achieved by democracy often directs us towards a fetishization of violence. And although pacifism is an irremediable weakness, aggressive attitudes can assume an exaggerated importance in our circles." Josep Gardenyes theanarchistlibrary.org/librar

this is most related to the first post of the thread, but this is a nice way of phrasing my concern with internet leftist rage which is v in style at the moment

opinion-having about social media leftism 

@tansyfeuilles strong agree! at least where i am, a lot of people doing that good work ARE online, and i am very thankful for being able to build a lil bit of community with them at times when I haven't been able to do as much out in the rest of the world. but it's so critical to remember that what is visible online is only a fraction.

opinion-having about social media leftism 

@tansyfeuilles You're right.
Leftism on social media is mostly "posing as", rather than "be".
Activists have enought to do in real life to be online. But we have to take into account all lefties that are either new (and the online world is a huge source of material to discover it) or the isolated persons.
It create a gap between "IRL lefties" and "Online lefties" that an article explain well :
organizing.work/2020/05/the-le

opinion-having about social media leftism 

@Maahg hey, thanks for this! it's always nice to know my rants have published echoes somewhere else.

re: more opinion-having about leftism 

@tansyfeuilles I love that text 😳

re: more opinion-having about leftism 

@kerzenrauch it's my first time encountering it but it's cool! i feel like i'm going to be sending it to a lot of friends

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