It's so strange being interested in non-sexual affectionate touch and trying to search the internet for it, there's no words and there's nothing, like imagine if instead of being full of sexual conversations and porn, nobody on the internet seemed interested in sex and there wasn't even the words "sex" or "porn" and you couldn't find anything at all.
your intermittent PSA 1: please mark animated gifs NSFW, and please consider choosing a static userpic instead of something animated (or something that changes very slowly). it's a really cool feature and all, but animated gifs can cause headaches, migraines, seizures, overstimulation, and general irritation.
PSA 2: when posting pics, plz consider including an [image description] for those who are blind, low-vision, or on painfully slow connections.
accessibility is awesome. we can do it. :)
still cant find the original but did find this, i think i rotated it in paint then applied more effects
Make your own glitchy images w/ audacity!
- Save to an uncompressed format (.bmp works great!)
- import into audacity as Raw Input w/ Encoding: U-Law and Byte Order; Big Endian
- Play with effects on all but the first quarter second or so (to avoid messing up headers)
- export to format "Other uncompressed files" and click options, set Header to RAW and encoding to U-Law. If you have issues, rename from .raw to .bmp!
I'm also having trouble getting in touch with anarchopacifists. I know I've seen us around here and there randomly on the internet, but we don't seem to search regularly for anything in particular. The hashtag #anarchopacifism is dead everywhere. The people exist who would search for it if it were alive, but it's still not alive, because they don't actually search for it because it's dead.
One of my favorite things is when a bunch of affectionate people squish together in a dynamic throng, touching and moving around one another, while also finding a collective voice in making sounds-- but there's no name at all for that thing that sometimes happens, so there's no way at all to find who's talking about it.
Hashtagging like any naming can substantially alter or even be essential in creating the thing it names. This is less obvious in using an existing name-- it seems theoretical that your statement gives life to all of its words as well as making use of them. But it's very apparent when the words you want to say don't exist.
All the focus is on the people *posting* hashtags because that seems more active, but really it's *searching* for hashtags that brings them to life. A hashtag that's not searched for doesn't do anything. The people quietly lurking searching reading hashtags are who really bring life to them and make them mean something, their searching is why anything actually happens if you post there.
When we connect on a new social network like this we're really just re-forming the same networks we've already formed. Things that don't already have hashtags still don't exist. For instance there doesn't seem to be any community following any tags about non-sexual affectionate touch, #affectionatetouch doesn't work, nobody searches for that. People tag #freehugs when they do that meme-- but nobody goes back and discusses the concept. So, there's no spark to start a new network's same fire from.
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