Saturday, March 13, 2021

Day 35

10:00 P.M.

The top two Wreddit threads right now are tweets from Miro where he's calling out Jim Cornette for basically calling Penelope Ford a slut.  So that's the thing Wreddit is focusing on now.  Yesterday there were a couple threads about Dave Meltzer.  Meltzer had criticized the new Apollo Crews gimmick, saying it was racist, so then people were trying to paint Meltzer as...something...for criticizing the angle.  I don't know if they were saying Meltzer himself was racist, but it was something along those lines.  It's a weird thing because you're getting mad at someone else for thinking an angle was racist, but it's not like the people on Wreddit are mad at Meltzer for being overly "woke."  This is a woke crowd attacking someone else for thinking an angle was racist.  At the end of the day, they're mad at him for criticizing WWE.  That's always going to be the underlying reason people are mad at him.  The narrative a lot of people picked up is from an article on titled, "Nigeria’s Presidential aide endorses WWE’s Apollo Crews."  There was a tweet from Bashir Ahmad which said "Naija Boy...#SmackDown," and there were emoticon of a fist and the Nigerian flag.  He also tweets about soccer and Cristiano Ronaldo a lot.  

There was also someone on the F4W Board who was mad at an unnamed "Redditor" for staling the Board to shit on Dave, but apparently the thing which set this person off was that a Redditor had posted an excerpt from the Observer on Reddit.  (Of course, they posted that excerpt from the Observer with the intention of getting people to shit on Dave.)  There was no indication the person on Reddit was specifically stalking the Board.  None.  It's weird to me because I can take five second and figure out that the person who's hyperventilating is misrepresenting what happened.    

Anyway, that sums up the state of Wreddit, which in turn represents the rest of the internet.  There's this whole drama involving Glenn Greenwald and Taylor Lorentz and The New York Times, and I get the feeling it's just like any drama you see on Wreddit.  I assume everything on the internet works the same way.  Greenwald has a new Substack post titled, "Journalists Start Demanding Substack Censor its Writers: to Bar Critiques of Journalists," and it's just like, 'Ah, fuck, do I really want to read this and care about this?'  All these articles just start reading the same after a while, and I'm sure it's addicting once you're addicted to it.  It's like a constant, daily war, and you follow these posts to see which side is winning or which side is getting an advantage.  

10:30 P.M.

I'm still spending too much time on the internet.  It's a given that I spend too much time looking at Wreddit, but there's an extra depth I fall to when I start looking at, say, Glenn Greenwald's Twitter feed or Jesse Singal's Twitter feed.  Or Michael Tracey's Twitter feed.

Glenn Greenwald made a tweet a few days ago which said: "Hearing Substack has lured one of the nation's most intrepid independent journalists to its platform with a robust offer, proving journalism can thrive/is thriving for those who find ways to provide unique and critically-minded content & are willing to question the hive-mind."  I don't know if he was taking the piss at all, but the journalist he was referring to was Michael Tracey.  Michael Tracey is a rhetoric guy.  I know he worked for The Young Turks, but I don't really think of him as a journalist.  Like I said, he's a rhetoric guy.  He criticizes those in power, or, if he's not criticizing those in power, he's at least criticizing...someone?  He's one of those guys whose tweets I tend to agree with, but I also recognize that he has no charm whatsoever.

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