I believe that the 24 hour churn of clickbait ad-driven online media has really warped the way that we can engage in meaningful, productive, and good-faith discourse. When every nuance and opinion becomes meat for a breathless, reductive thinkpiece written to the lowest common denominator before the churn finds another tagline, we lose meaning and direction in the noise.
Oppression and power structures are made up of a million interlocking parts reified in every level and artifact of society. We need to talk about them, big and small. But reporting on discussions as though they are single issues outside of a larger context of critique and activism reduces and disempowers us. I wish all those websites would just leave us alone. Social activism isn’t an ‘outrage machine’. The machine is the sucking, hollow vacuum of ‘content driven media’. Fuck.