DRAFT!! I’m continuing to add to this post as the days go on…
As a way for me to channel my rage against the election into something a bit more useful, I’m starting this as a draft of how I’ll survive. If you choose to read this, or follow some of these steps, great. I welcome company on this journey.
Also – I intend to not only survive, but THRIVE – and as part of this thriving I’ll be active in my resistance and my building work. How?
- Step out of the echo chamber
- Engage with community
- Organize “the” white people around you
- Avoid purity, seek common ground
- Step outside of the comfort zone, and be willing to take risks.
IF you like polished writers, this one has a nice set of their own tips.
- Echo Chamber
Turn off your social media. Turn on long form content. Turn on conversations in real life. Put the fucking phone DOWN.
Start to develop, or sign up to, visions. Find visionaries, and embrace visions of alternate futures. Our future, as we are currently tracking, will kill us all.
There are plenty of smart people writing at places like the NYTimes, Guardian, WashingtonPost, Atlantic, Slate, Vox, etc. However… they (and likely you if you’re reading this) are part of a coastal elite. And, as such, are probably writing from within the echo chamber.
More on the echo chamber here.
Why should you turn off the Echo Chamber?
What is the Echo Chamber?
Facebook is for sure the echo chamber. The whole game there on FB is to keep you engaged for long period of time so they can sell you ads. Advertisers like to find “user segments” and like to buy ads against clearly defined groups of users. So – if Facebook can figure out who is like you (ie – who spends money like you, who thinks like you, etc etc) then they can more easily package you up and sell your eyeball attention off to advertisers. Serving you stories and things from friends who believe / act / think / buy like you definitely serves Facebook’s need$, but doesn’t serve the needs of democracy.
Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, all that. That’s all the echo chamber. Same as Facebook pretty much, but they just haven’t been able to monetize their users in the same way as Facebook (other than Instagram, which is owned by Facebook).
2. Community Engagement
3. Organize the White People
Why? See the chart below of who voted for whom in the 2016 Presidential Election.
4. Avoid Purity, Seek Common Ground
5. Take Risks
If we fail in this century, it is because we are too timid.
If we lose our way in America, it is because we are too complacent.
Some risks are easy to take – like calling our elected officials to let them know how we feel – that we support them standing up the OrangeBully (for example). This specific risk is basically just the risk of “wasting” a few minutes. It’s also really effective.
Another risk? Uproot yourself and move. Not to Canada or Europe. But to a Swing State. Michigan. North Carolina. Ohio. Pennsylvania. Arizona. Wisconsin. Move there and organize your new neighbors.
And another risk? Direct Action. Whatever form that takes. When I think of my grandfather, who took a MAJOR risk which landed him in forced labor camps for almost 4 years of his life… I feel pretty damn complacent. He took a stand against war, against imperialism, and for peace. If he did that, I can certainly stand up in some bigger ways than phone calls and letters.
Above, I advocate turning off the echochamber. And. There have been some interesting thought provoking things flying across the intertubes.
- i don’t really want to look backwards, and don’t think blame is the game to play now. but this article is about the only postmortem i found interesting to read.
- decent little piece on 3 things that we can do as we get to work. as with all things Medium it is only nuggets and not fully fleshed out thought out commentary.
- https://twitter.com/shaunking – really smart guy – for those times when you have to “social media” spend your time reading stuff he posts. He also writes for the NY Daily News, including this Awesome Article (caps needed):
- self explanatory from the headline. don’t wait. organize. great read.
- this one is pretty hard to read but well worth reading – includes some tough examination of 16+ years of neo-con and neo-liberal governance.
- worth reading to understand how the GOP is tweaking states to swing… (aka how they suppress voter turnout)
- from SPLC (an org we donate to every year…). enough said.
Everybody knows that the war is overEverybody knows the good guys lostEverybody knows the fight was fixedThe poor stay poor, the rich get richThat’s how it goesEverybody knows