happy late 13th BIRTHDAY to the TRAGEDY of SPECIALEST BOY ever
little bit of pieta, little bit of the last supper, little bit of 90s nostalgia -- two months late with starbux but it’s DONE. been working on this here&there since 4/13 cause i really didn’t want my piece for homestuck’s historic 13th birthday to go die a slow death in my WIPs folder. (process video for this coming soon in my patreon).
whenever i feel too old to like homestuck i remember the children are 26 now and wouldn’t understand tiktok either. 90′s kids supremacy babey!!!!!!
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I love tumblr. I love that tumblr is the best social media site of 2021.
Every other site has spent the last decade perfecting the art of targeted ads. I am a wallet of flesh and blood which must be stripped bare and profiled and picked apart for the maximally efficient way to squeeze profit from my presence. Every other site will fold and morph itself to a shape of my liking - like a fairy tale trickster stealing memories and taking their mold - to lull me into compliance and loosen my coin purse.
Facebook sees me searching fitness equipment and injects my timeline with athletic wear ads. Reddit profiles the subreddits I follow and eagerly promotes a new coding bootcamp or cloud service at every turn. Google overhears me lamenting over my moving to-do list on voice call and fills in my “how much to tip movers” query before I’ve gotten the third word typed out.
Tumblr never even tried.
They could have. The information is there. The basic infrastructure, presumably, exists. Tumblr can recommend me tags based on tags I follow, blogs based on blogs I follow, even posts that for one reason or another may strike my fancy. Tumblr could be - SHOULD be - funneling this framework into advertising, as the only means that free-to-use social media platforms can turn a profit in our capitalistic hellscape.
They just don’t.
Today I saw an ad for treating Hyperhidrosis - a condition, I think, in which a person sweats too much - and I saw it twice, four posts apart, and it is so incredibly benignly impersonally ineptly untargeted toward me compared to all other pinpoint-aimed advertising that I’m endeared to it. Tumblr knows NOTHING about me. 8 years, 51,000 likes, and tumblr has not learned a THING about me.
Advertisements for a mattress? Shitty mobile game ads that don’t make even the slightest pretense at being anything other than a candy crush rip-off? Choose-your-own adventure games either about Royal Espionage or Choosing The Wrong Dress For Your Date with ZERO in-between.
And then this. This here. The culmination, the crown-jewel of tumblr’s nihilistic non-compliance with the state of social media advertising. Any pretense of capitalistic exchange is abandoned at the gas station by the side of the road. This is not a company. This is not a product. This is not anything that fulfills the contract of consumer and seller.
THIS. THIS IS WHAT TUMBLR HAS TO OFFER INSTEAD.
“Pour vinegar on your bread, fuck you.”
“Put it in the garbage, fuck you.”
“Your wife says you’re a fucking dumbass, fuck you.”
That’s it. That’s the advertisement. You vinegar-breadless cuck. You virgin extraordinaire bereft of bread and garbage can. I am fucking your wife right now in our vinegar-soaked motel bed. She puffs a cigarette which I pulled from the trashcan and we both laugh heartily at her recounts of your immasculine ineptitude. I don’t want your money. I don’t want anything from you. Fuck you.
Amazing. Amazing. What a state of things to ring in 2021. What a great platform we all collectively choose to be on.
there's something so deeply upsetting about looking back on lucius and ed's relationship throughout the show after the finale. lucius is a fantastic character who embodies all of the wonderful themes of this show more than anyone else, and is established almost immediately as the most emotionally intelligent character in the cast with a fine tuned understanding of relationships and is constantly picking up on things no one else seems to notice or understand, to the point where he becomes somewhat of a therapist to both stede and ed when they need it. lucius, when you get down to it, is the only person other than stede who really sees ed. and ed knows this, because when he's at his absolute lowest, hiding from the world and from his crew, he specifically asks lucius to come and talk to him because he's the only person he trusts enough with this stuff to let himself be seen by him. lucius is the only one who can bring him out of his depression, and so ed reaches out to him. and just like he did for stede before, lucius tried to save ed from a breakup and tried to ease his heartache. and ed is inspired by it, too. he gets up and out of his blanket fort and sees the crew again and tidies up, finally ready to make a fresh start, only for him to be driven back into the darkness. and that's not lucius' fault. he did exactly what ed wanted him to. when there was no one left in the world who could see him, he let lucius in and allowed himself to be vulnerable in front of him. when ed felt hopeless and alone, lucius was there to give him the company and the words he needed. lucius is a good friend, a counsellor, a shoulder to cry on, someone that you trust with the most vulnerable and broken parts of yourself. lucius knows who ed really is. lucius, no matter what, can be relied upon to do the impossible and bring a man on the brink of self destruction back to himself. and that's exactly why ed needed to get rid of him.
Thoughts on the gendering of Chinese pronouns
Edit: I replaced the word "colonization" with "westernization" in the last frame for accuracy. This comic was originally intended as personal vent. I didn’t expect it to get so much attention, and I will admit I wasn't as careful with wording as I could have been. The original comic and its wording can be found here with an image ID.
Also can the racists and ra/dfe/ms get off my post and get better reading comprehension. This post was about my grief for western influence unnecessarily gendering something that wasn’t gendered before, not saying that gender roles and misogyny never existed in China so stop derailing the post.