On social justice allies

I had these thoughts a while back, but I had yet to condense them succinctly. It’s only appropriate that I quote myself from Twitter:

So here’s the thing with those claiming allies aren’t wanted in their social project: either you have power to change society, or you DON’T.

If you have the power all by yourself, you aren’t a powerless minority; you’re the elite. If you don’t, then you NEED HELP to do it.
That is reality, and any rejection of that is feeding your ego at the expense of your cause. Pick which one is more important. #society
Published in: on July 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Swift Justice

But crimes against anime are probably things that should be committed as its a horrible medium

@cinco_bajeena crimes against anime? this calls for…anime justice

@mefloraine @cinco_bajeena Hear, hear! The court of Anime Justice is now convened, the Rt. Hon. @2DTea presiding.

@moritheil @mefloraine @cinco_bajeena Adjourn indefinitely for tea. 🙂

@2DTea @moritheil @mefloraine thank you your honor. If I may geotag the bench?

@cinco_bajeena @2DTea @moritheil @mefloraine This is why I stay up late

Published in: on March 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM  Leave a Comment  
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An Economic Interlude

And crack is pretty cheap (as is my understanding). Free love pushed the value of sex down to $0 and significantly shrank an industry.


If we’re going to apply economic definitions, we should be consistent: obtaining crack is presumably cheap, but doing crack involves serious health problems and becoming useless for a job, so the main cost of crack use is in terms of health and opportunity cost.

Also, despite the label “free love,” sex is not free: you (presumably) have to get to know the other person, spend on good clothes and grooming to look attractive, learn the social skills and rules of dating, and buy drinks for the other person. (Of course, not every item may apply in every scenario, and some of those may be sunk costs, making the marginal cost of dating/hookups very low, but that’s still not free. It is only vastly cheaper than it previously was.) I’d liken it to what would happen if DeBeers suddenly opened their vaults and let all the diamonds out on the market, instead of the small fraction it lets through now. Diamond prices would plummet. This would not be the same thing as being free but would still probably destroy the industry.

Erin’s article is pretty spot-on, otherwise. Ultimately a lot of the problems discussed stem from not costs, but the arrangement of marginal costs. That is, it costs an uploader money to obtain a DVD, but none extra to upload said DVD. If, in theory, it were possible to attach a huge cost to uploading and lessen the cost of obtaining DVDs, then more DVDs would be sold and fewer would be uploaded.

The pursuit of this situation is what has driven new measures to protect intellectual property. The only problem is that granting corporations the power to implement such measures is horribly invasive of privacy, and that is also a cost that ought to be factored in.

Published in: on July 10, 2010 at 1:13 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Twitterpocalypse Now

Super Sentai ABC Leader Owen_S was forced into action again recently.  “Agents of the Fail Whale have begun moving,” he explained.  “Tweets have been disappearing.  We, the ABC, must act in order to protect the peace and justice of this world.”

The Bleach Ranger!

Pressed for a lengthier explanation, he offered this: “As anime bloggers, we are accustomed to reporting on a story.  But in fact, as you read a story, you become a part of the story.  This is our story, our fight against the Nothingness!”

Do not panic,” said fellow aniblogger Omisyth.  “You will die.  I am with you in your fight for justice, though.”

Owen was unmoved by pleas for moderation. “Onward!” he cried.  “To Hell’s Gate!”