Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Pierwalker Log: Boxing Day, 2018

Writing start: 10:59 A.M.
Finish: 3:34 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 2100
Edited (est.): 3000


1. Failure: Read-through of chapter twenty-three

2. Book Three Melody: 1000 new words
Notes: Lots of description needed, and what Kye and I have called "A to B." Tons of rewriting today.

3. Ant Story: Read-through of the prologue
Notes: It's necessary sometimes before starting a new chapter to go back to the beginning and read everything that's down. It helps to remind me of connections and relationships and plot points that I'd otherwise forget.

4. Fractalverse V5: Off till the New Year

5. Cheapery St. Heroes: BII: Off till the New Year

6. Rapscallion: 500 new words
Notes: I may be nearing the chapter's end. I don't know.

7. Gilligan: 600 new words
Notes: Description of the lagoon today.

8. T-Bag: Off

Special Projects: None today

Extra notes: By my request, we watched Working Girl last night. Actually, Kye bought it. The digital copy was less than five dollars, so now we own it.

Ignore the idiots who brought its rating down to 6.8 out of 10. It's a fabulous film, very uplifting and funny. Melanie Griffith has one of the sexiest voices ever. And she's not bad to look at either! Good story, even more relevant today than in 1988, when the film was released.

There's a whole new class of human scum out there now, because of the Internet. I call them the downvoters. They're like black mold, in that they'll attack practically anything. Like black mold as well, they are noxious and toxic, and unhealthy to have anywhere near your person. They are especially craven to right-wing politics and right-wing philosophies; so if a movie like Working Girl is successful--a movie about female empowerment--they'll really go after it whether or not they've even seen it.

Ratings systems are almost always gamed or corrupted. It's astonishing to me that people refuse to figure this out. Most of those downvotes on videos on YouTube? The assholes who gave them almost certainly didn't even watch the videos! The same is true for products and books on Amazon and other retailers. And all those 5-star ratings and reviews? A large percentage of them were bought.

Comments, too, are just as bad. It's why I don't allow them here. Well, I do--but only people I've vetted beforehand can post them. There are only two I currently allow to comment here. One is a former student of mine; the other a singer-songwriter who lives in Australia. Both, to my knowledge, rarely visit. I don't hold that against them; this blog isn't for everyone, and doesn't suit everyone's tastes. That's by design, and I make no apologies for it.

I think downvoting is a symptom of a cultural sickness. That YouTube and other big platforms continue to allow it is, in my opinion, immoral. It is, ultimately, a deceptive form of crowd manipulation, one that Russians employed to great effect as part of their arsenal to illegitimately hand the presidency over to an orange ass boil.

But as I've said many, many times: If you want to see how humanity really is, simply take a long, hard look at the Internet. You don't need to dive deeply at all. In fact, all you need to do is look at your own bookmarks and saved videos and the like. If you're honest, you'll see just how vile this species actually is. We're clickbait and vacuous cat GIFS and downvoting and shallow, wasteful consumption products; we're "this is my truth; and that is your truth" morons; we're unthinking slaves to corporate everything, especially media; we're self-serving, self-absorbed, slothful, polluting, lustful piles of ...

Well, all I could think of to say is black mold.

But I think that would be insulting to black mold, which is what it is and can be no other. We have a choice. That's makes us worse--much worse. Infinitely worse.

So here, at the end of yet another year, I look forward with resolve and courage: I will do what I can to fight against the downvoters and cynics and abandoners and propagandists and all the other bottomfeeders. I will continue to rail against suburbanism and corporatism and materialism. I will continue to change my little corner of the world. That's all I can do, really; and so it's all that really matters to me. You can choose to be a part of that little corner, or not. If you feel like I do about people and the trash heap called the Internet, and would like to add your tiny voice to my tiny little corner, to try to improve things a tiny, tiny bit, then please, hang out. Perhaps at some future date I'll learn about you and add you to the small list of people allowed to comment.