I’ll admit that the tone of my writing has changed.
I am nearly 30 so I must be maturing at some god awful rate, resulting in the ripening of my opinions into the more fully-formed sons of bitches that they are presently.
But I’m not convinced it’s simply age.
Since 2010, I’ve been writing publicly as myself — I have been writing as not-myself since about 2003. happy hunting) — and I’ve witnessed the changes in freedom of speech on the internet machine.
When i started, there was still room for individuals. Now, it seems, so much bandwidth has been consumed up by corporate-sponsored opinions, moderated by the need to maintain mass-appeal.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I am still a magnificent motherfucker. And I started writing because I want to express a point of view that is my own (not writing shitty list articles for a content farm “start up” or run mediocre sponsored-bys on my own site).
This has been very clear on NOT*OTHERWISE (my full-time blog). But something that occurred to me today as I was reading Michael Arrington’s rant about government surveillance, is that the aforementioned taming of the internet is related to the insidious presence of the government, and readers fear thereof.
That’s why it’s becoming more unpopular to have a motherfucking opinion about anything. Everyone is so scared they will get fired, or never get hired, or that they’ll get arrested. Fuck it.
I used to write because I wanted to build an internet presence with my thoughts. But now I am writing here because it’s impossible to be silent as the walls close in on the 4th amendment.
Starting new things is the theme of September.
I spent the summer spinning my wheels. But all of the back to school bullshit of September has more than just a marketing function; it’s a favored month for (re-)organization.
I am planning a coming-out party of sorts for but everything takes so much longer than I ever expect it to (blame the fucking time/space continuum, right?).
Thank you! It will help shape the future of this site and the content you get here…as well as my life. I will appreciate greatly it and high-five/hug/dance with you in person if the occasion arises.
Finally, I made you a mixtape of new music for doing your new things this month.
City babe. #vscocam
The Last #Selfie. (at notherwise.com)
Trouble is now on #vineapp. @arronshiver @jessicabrookman. #igersla
Split screen. #losangeles. (at Remy Market)
Song of the day: Heartless Bastards - Only for You: http://youtu.be/SBX22g53ZOQ via @youtube.
The fall on the way up to the stage. What happened?
Which states can I marry her in again?