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The following was originally a comment in regards to LJ Advisory Board elections, which opened yesterday (http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/25463.html). I'd suggest everyone go there and vote. It is in response to a number of journal entries and comments I've read recently either deriding attempts to change LJ policy or advocating inaction or the futility of action.
Anyway, I find myself fed up:

I've been continually disturbed by the reactions to any attempts to work at changing LJ's policies. While I understand that disaffected cynicism is very hip these days, I'm amazed at the vehemence with which people are advocating indifference.

As a cynic, I do understand the desire to believe in ones impotence to avoid disappointment. But to attempt to persuade people to inaction is absurd and harmful.

The argument that LJ is a company and therefore its customers should simply take what they get is, to me, strange. Certainly LJ has monetary desires, but to suggest customers have no effect on policy is absurd. I'm regularly put in mind of serfs justifying the abuses of their lord. That's how a system like that continues to work--once many of the victims themselves participate in the perpetration of their abuses, how will those abuses end?

Now I also get that many people object to the methods used to affect change. But I've heard no alternatives or simple wishing that something substantial changes. I know it is cliché, but tearing down the ideas of others without offering any of ones own never changed anything.

Yes, it is stylish to ridicule anyone who takes the internet or any part of it seriously. But like it or not, LJ is a powerful force in many people's lives. I wouldn't know most of you but for LJ. It is unusual in that its users are both its product and its customers. The internet is still relatively new and providers and users are still mapping out how it all will function in the future. To my mind laying down is not an option because if you do, you'd better get comfortable because a lot of folks will be walking over you.

Bottom line: If you have ideas for changing things for the better--let's hear them. If all you have is scorn for anyone who tries to change things, then STFU.
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The following was originally a comment in regards to LJ Advisory Board elections, which opened yesterday (http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/25463.html). I'd suggest everyone go there and vote. It is in response to a number of journal entries and comments I've read recently either deriding attempts to change LJ policy or advocating inaction or the futility of action.
Anyway, I find myself fed up:

I've been continually disturbed by the reactions to any attempts to work at changing LJ's policies. While I understand that disaffected cynicism is very hip these days, I'm amazed at the vehemence with which people are advocating indifference.

As a cynic, I do understand the desire to believe in ones impotence to avoid disappointment. But to attempt to persuade people to inaction is absurd and harmful.

The argument that LJ is a company and therefore its customers should simply take what they get is, to me, strange. Certainly LJ has monetary desires, but to suggest customers have no effect on policy is absurd. I'm regularly put in mind of serfs justifying the abuses of their lord. That's how a system like that continues to work--once many of the victims themselves participate in the perpetration of their abuses, how will those abuses end?

Now I also get that many people object to the methods used to affect change. But I've heard no alternatives or simple wishing that something substantial changes. I know it is cliché, but tearing down the ideas of others without offering any of ones own never changed anything.

Yes, it is stylish to ridicule anyone who takes the internet or any part of it seriously. But like it or not, LJ is a powerful force in many people's lives. I wouldn't know most of you but for LJ. It is unusual in that its users are both its product and its customers. The internet is still relatively new and providers and users are still mapping out how it all will function in the future. To my mind laying down is not an option because if you do, you'd better get comfortable because a lot of folks will be walking over you.

Bottom line: If you have ideas for changing things for the better--let's hear them. If all you have is scorn for anyone who tries to change things, then STFU.
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Not that you'll probably notice, but I'll be off LJ for 24 hours starting in an hour or so (12am GMT).

Yes, I'm joining the strike. I know a number of people will not be joining. I've read complaints about it not being particularly effective, people who think LJ is right, and those who just must go against anything like this.

I have often in my life found myself in those camps. If it can't be done right, why bother? The Man never listens. We'll all get screwed anyway.

But I find myself lately trying to change a fundamental part of myself. My usual response to most things is "Why?" It certainly prevents one from having to do much. If one starts from defeat one hasn't far to fall. But just what has that gotten me? Just about what I deserve to get for it--not much.

So I'm trying to change the question to "Why not?" Will this strike do anything? I don't know--but the chances are 100% higher than doing nothing. Could something better be done? Sure--and I'll pursue what seems useful as I find it.

And to those who think LJ is right. They are and they aren't. As I wrote in an earlier post, I understand that it is a business and businesses want to make money. I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is the lack of respect for us users. We are not stupid or the enemy and I refuse to be treated as such. This is the point where we decide if we want to be treated fairly or trod upon.

If you want to you can always find a reason not to participate. A reason to just take it. A reason not to try. I know because I've got a million of them. But you know?

Why not?

Превед!

СУП Пиздетс.

(Yeah, I know.)
angstzeit: (Default)
Not that you'll probably notice, but I'll be off LJ for 24 hours starting in an hour or so (12am GMT).

Yes, I'm joining the strike. I know a number of people will not be joining. I've read complaints about it not being particularly effective, people who think LJ is right, and those who just must go against anything like this.

I have often in my life found myself in those camps. If it can't be done right, why bother? The Man never listens. We'll all get screwed anyway.

But I find myself lately trying to change a fundamental part of myself. My usual response to most things is "Why?" It certainly prevents one from having to do much. If one starts from defeat one hasn't far to fall. But just what has that gotten me? Just about what I deserve to get for it--not much.

So I'm trying to change the question to "Why not?" Will this strike do anything? I don't know--but the chances are 100% higher than doing nothing. Could something better be done? Sure--and I'll pursue what seems useful as I find it.

And to those who think LJ is right. They are and they aren't. As I wrote in an earlier post, I understand that it is a business and businesses want to make money. I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is the lack of respect for us users. We are not stupid or the enemy and I refuse to be treated as such. This is the point where we decide if we want to be treated fairly or trod upon.

If you want to you can always find a reason not to participate. A reason to just take it. A reason not to try. I know because I've got a million of them. But you know?

Why not?

Превед!

СУП Пиздетс.

(Yeah, I know.)
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I've been generally following the recent (and not so recent) strife between LJ's corporate owners and its users. What has struck me are the imperialistic parallels. LJ users seem to be akin to the unfortunate and inconvenient inhabitants of countries taken over by powerful interests. We are seen as suffering the same inability to accept that there are very important things going on in larger circles that we can't understand and utterly trump any concerns we might have. Our status as the entities which make the machine of LJ profitable gives us no rights or input into how things are run. Considered stupid cattle, the corporate owners expect us to STFU, STFD and hand over our money when told.

We, however, have a great advantage over the victims of national empires: We have no border to contain us.

I'm not leaving LJ right now. I'm paid up for a while.

I understand that change is inevitable if disagreeable. I get that corporations are in it to make money. But I will not support a business model that doesn't include respect for its customers. I believe that the owners of LJ could not only profit but prosper by working with its users.

I'll wait and see if the powers that be wise up or not. I'm not particularly optimistic.

To that end, I have set up an account on IJ: http://angstzeit.insanejournal.com/. The account is dormant for now, but depending on where LJ goes, it may become an attractive alternative to many current LJ users including myself.
angstzeit: (Default)
I've been generally following the recent (and not so recent) strife between LJ's corporate owners and its users. What has struck me are the imperialistic parallels. LJ users seem to be akin to the unfortunate and inconvenient inhabitants of countries taken over by powerful interests. We are seen as suffering the same inability to accept that there are very important things going on in larger circles that we can't understand and utterly trump any concerns we might have. Our status as the entities which make the machine of LJ profitable gives us no rights or input into how things are run. Considered stupid cattle, the corporate owners expect us to STFU, STFD and hand over our money when told.

We, however, have a great advantage over the victims of national empires: We have no border to contain us.

I'm not leaving LJ right now. I'm paid up for a while.

I understand that change is inevitable if disagreeable. I get that corporations are in it to make money. But I will not support a business model that doesn't include respect for its customers. I believe that the owners of LJ could not only profit but prosper by working with its users.

I'll wait and see if the powers that be wise up or not. I'm not particularly optimistic.

To that end, I have set up an account on IJ: http://angstzeit.insanejournal.com/. The account is dormant for now, but depending on where LJ goes, it may become an attractive alternative to many current LJ users including myself.

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