I’m not a news site and you shouldn’t get your news from tumblr but I’ve got to say, I’ve seen a lot of pretty sketchy retellings of news stories lately that don’t feel like...deliberate misinformation? They just feel like random twitblr users trying to replace the work of journalists without actually having the resources that real journalists have.
This is a problem because it DOES skew information, even if unintentionally. Sometimes, in the case of the palestine situation, I haven’t actually seen a lot of good journalism (except from democracynow, which you all should really check out, their journalism is user supported, high quality, and they report stories that are not shared elsewhere--for example when the news broke about the university using the remains of dead black children without their parents’ consent, democracy now was the only news station I saw that actually went and interviewed someone who knew the victims). But there’s other cases that mainstream journalism covered pretty well that tumblr is leaving information out of.
Namely, the recent action taken in Glasgow to stop immigration enforcement from taking two men away from their families.
Here’s a Guardian article about it. The Guardian US is a news source I typically trust, although their record on trans issues is sketchy and they definitely are mainstream, but no news site is perfect and I really suggest reading this article before you finish reading this post.
Again, I haven’t seen like.....disinformation about this? But the article includes some details I haven’t seen any tumblr post mention, so here are a few direct quotes, taken somewhat out of order because I’m assuming you read the article:
“Salih, who had been at the protest since the morning, is a Kurdish refugee and co-founded the Glasgow Girls campaign in 2005 with fellow pupils to prevent the deportation of a school friend and fight against dawn raids.
Earlier Salih questioned why the widely condemned practice of dawn raids appeared to be recurring 15 years later in Glasgow , the only dispersal city for asylum seekers in Scotland. She also highlighted the jarring impact of carrying out such an action during Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan, in one of the most multicultural areas of the city and within the constituency of the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.”
“Aksu added: “For this to happen on Eid, which is meant to be a time of peaceful celebration, is horrifying. It is no coincidence that it is taking place when a new immigration bill is being prepared.“
“The second dawn raid in Glasgow within a month appears to show a further escalation of the UK’s hostile environment policy. While the SNP government has argued strongly for Scotland to have control over its own immigration policy, not least because of the country’s unique depopulation pressures, it remains reserved to Westminster.“
(end direct quotes)
There’s a ton of information in there that I haven’t seen mentioned, including names of organizations that one could get involved in if one were local to the raids, politicians who might be contacted, immigrant and local perspectives on the issue. All of this is lost when people summarize articles without having context for them, even if the articles themselves are actually linked with the summary.
I’m not saying people should doxx themselves by giving precise locations, just, I’d like to see less article summary and more pulling direct quotes from journalistic articles.
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idk why this is on my mind, but
given that i am a Scaredy Cat, i don’t use public transportation very often, and the handful of times that i have, i’ve always been in the company of someone whose primary mode of getting around is the subway/bus.
so like. one day, i’m going with my frand to... somewhere in dc lol i don’t remember exactly what occasion it was. But anyway, this particular station was very low-traffic at the time, with only a few people around. No crowds, no lines or anything.
We’re goin down the escalator, and we’re just standing, not in any hurry. And then I became vaguely aware of people coming down behind us. I’m not really paying attention to them and one of them sighed real loud and then just kinda squeezed their way past me, and i kinda saw them roll their eyes, and i’m like???????
and then my frand mentions to me that it’s like a ~unspoken rule of the subway~ to stand to the right on the escalators so people who wanna get down faster can do so with ease.
Perfectly reasonable and sensible rule! One that I am glad to now know so that I can take care to be courteous to others on the rare occasion that I take the metro.
but like WOW whyyyYYY are people so committed to being Rudely Righteous when they could instead just... Not Be Like That?
Like, if someone is in your way, and they don’t seem to be aware that they’re in your way... there is a HELLA EASY solution to that, and it’s called “saying ‘excuse me.’” Like, why would you just stand behind somebody and be Loudly Annoyed that they don’t realize you’re waiting for them to move, when you could just say excuse me???
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