My ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD sister has to do her mandatory school work remotely from home because of lockdown. Tonight, my mum and I discovered that the app she has to use for class contains
Let me repeat that: microtransactions being put into an app that my little sister needs to use to receive her school assignments and participate in her education.
Basically, this is an app where the teacher uploads assignments for kids to do and every kid has a little monster that they use as an avatar in the virtual classroom. You can unlock new skins and customise your monster but it costs REAL MONEY.
Kids don’t need this kind of peer pressure. They already have to deal with these god damn transactions in all of their video games. They don’t need this in their VIRTUAL CLASSROOM APPS.
PLEASE STOP PREYING ON CHILDREN WHO ARE TRYING TO DO THEIR SCHOOL WORK.
My sister does not need to spend money customising her in-app classroom avatar. She is trying to do her maths assignments. She is a CHILD.
Why are microtransactions being put into TEACHING APPs that children are using for MANDATORY WORK during a PANDEMIC????
Abolish capitalism and all of these god damn parasites hurting our kids. Holy hell. 😡
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oppression metaphors are almost universally bad but the really annoying thing is its hard to do like. fantasy worldbuilding without acidentally writing something that comes off as one. like im not talking about like hamfisted shit thats obviously drawn from real life oppression its more like... how easily some shit translates into analogy because it already is.
like cultural figures like zombies, werewolves, vampires reflect a fear of disease (among other thngs) so like it only takes a little accidental nudge (or not accidental if youre JK rowling) in the wrong direction to have like. spmething that will be interpreted as an AIDS metaphor on your hands, and a wildly homophobic one at that
idk what the takeaway here is besides just making sure you arent subconsciously channeling your own real world bigotry even if you have absolutely zero intention of making an analogy. its unavoidable that certain things will be interpreted as such so you have to at least make sure you go about it in a way that doesnt make that interpretation racist or homophobic or whatever (and again im talking about like purely unintentional shit, if youre making like anywhere even near detroit become stupid tier analogies you shoud just like. stop writing)
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