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.