PV 4 Thoughts, changes
So, if you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ve heard me talk about my project PV4, which is Play Vicious 4.
I started it a couple of years ago with the intention of it being a media site that posts stories about all kinds of cool stuff. In part it will still be that.
However after talking to a of really smart people and examing my own motivations for building, I decided to expand what PV4 is going to be. Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/Are0h
Look, here’s the thing. I’m not going to say what you want. I have my views and perspectives that I believe in. If you need me to have a specific posture to mimic your particular sensibilities for cooperation, then we’re just not going to get along.
But if you’re about equality, justice and fairness for _all_ peoples, I’m in the fight with you. Every day. Even if you don’t dig me.
My commitment to progress is not based on being liked. I just want us to get free.
Aye folks. I don't how other instances will operate, but I can promise Social will be a safe space for us to talk openly about issues without wasting effort on people that don't want to listen.
I want honest convo on my instance, but if one cannot do that respectfully and without resorting to childish taunts, they will be shown the door.
I'm the big brother you call when someone is getting on your nerves.
I got your back. Always.
I love #introductions. Let me do a proper one.
I'm Ro. I design, develop, overthink and on occasion, make beats. Check out: https://thetwelfth.house And before you ask, yes. I am.
I'm also a history buff and I think a lot about social theory. Ha, you've been warned.
Needless to say, I got a lot going on. But I'm pretty cool... generally.
In the almost three years PV has been up and running we have never been wrong about identifying bigots, bad actors and source of harm and violence on the fedi. Never.
It's still here because maintaining hate and intolerance on the fedi is more important than, well, everything else.
Far more people have angrily come at me for talking about hate than at the actual purveyors of hatefulness.
That's a culture. That's a specific behavior. And people like it like that.
That's how we got here.
These days, I just kinda laugh when I see how SURPRISED people are when they DISCOVER their fave is a wild bigot.
Most of your faves are just hateful pieces of shit.
There's a reason why so many Black and Brown folks get run off of here.
Ha, but I'm the Bad Guy™ for stating the obvious.
It's just funny to me. The desperate need for people to cling to the illusion the fedi is a PROGRESSIVE, place.
Yeah, Cyberpunk 2077 is gonna be awful. https://wccftech.com/cyberpunk-2077-dev-on-blm-influences-ours-is-a-work-of-art-not-a-political-statement/
*me in the back of the room watching people lavish praise on the brilliance of @ArtistMarciaX *
This is openly admitting to price gouging but fuck it I guess? https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-07-30-valve-attempts-to-block-regional-pricing-vpn-exploit-on-steam
The beautiful thing is when white people separate themselves from whiteness, it dawns on them that we actually have more in common than not because not only have we all been traumatized by the scourge of colonialism and racism but there is a larger narrative that exists globally that is trying to heal this violence.
Yeah, it's an uphill battle but you're never alone in it.
And engaging in that fight for humanity plays a big role in fighting to reclaim your own.
And that's EVERYTHING.
I'm a firm believer in not being a teacher for white people. I think Black America has spent enough time trying to teach white people how to be decent humans.
For a lot of white people this the end of the conversation, choosing to exist in their own myopia and self loathing.
For some, this isn't and they have a desire to be better people. It's hard often thankless work but that effort creates the space where they can connect with other people.
Those are the the kinds of white people I dig.
The white people I connect with realize that whiteness steals everyone's culture and replaces it with this quasi ideology based around bigotry and hate.
White people benefit financially from this but it hollows them out in virtually every other way.
White people that work to extricate whiteness from their identity are working to get their humanity and decency back, which was stolen from them.
These are the kind of white folks I attract. The ones that do the work for and by themselves.
Further, the white people I get along with best are white people that actually examine their cultural context of whiteness and realize that is a world view that has been forced on them and not really what they are.
The white people I get along with best have taken the challenge to shed their whiteness and do the work to find their own history and origins and discover who they actually are.
This is a big point of connection because Black folks have to do the same thing.
People often ask me if I like white people, which kinda just makes me laugh because you can't exist in a racist country like the States and not interact with white people.
People like to believe I'm just this wild angry person all the time but in reality how I move/talk actually attracts the kind of white people I get along with.
White American culture teaches them to be violent adverse to anything that makes them uncomfortable so talking about the realities of racism is a great filter.
puts ship on cruise control, cracks open a Gek microbrew.
"Garvey actual to Captain, over."
"Yeah, what's up, Lgren."
"Captain, you were due back 3 hours ago. We really need to sort, catalog and store our haul from our three expeditions..."
"You're right. That sounds important."
"Are you even in the system?"
"sigh Please let us know when you're back on board. We really need to get this done It's been..."
"Roger that. CAPTAIN OUT!"
A lot of people don't realize that this instance was just an experiment for me that went so outstandingly well that I decided to keep it up.
Using Masto is like... the alpha phase of my overall plan of what I want PV to be.
The racism was an expected and disappointing side effect of the unexpected profile my instance has gained but running has proven many of social theories in practical ways.
For me personally, PV has been wildly successful b/c it highlights what tools we actually need.