hot take about social media hustling and social media boundaries (warnings for discussion of guilt trips, second-person, 168 words)
Something I don't miss from Tumblr is the periodic outbursts of "if you want to help artists, you can't just like their posts, you have to reblog them too".
Yes, I realize that visibility on social media for creative labor comes through wider distribution of content, and boosts are somewhat ideal to that end because they put both the work and the creator's account directly on the feeds of more people who are potentially interested in it...
...but those aren't your accounts, Mx.s Lecturing Infographicasters. Our accounts are our metaphorical faces, voices, bodies. /Yes/, it is a good idea to remind us that resharing your work (and subscribing to your feed, and backing your crowdfunding campaign, and so on) is something you appreciate; being prompted to do a thing makes more people choose to do it. /No/, it is not okay to treat us as skinflints and robbers and ungrateful for declining to use our bodies as advertising platforms for you.
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(linguistic footnote: -aster is a pejorative prefix from the Latin indicating that someone is bad at the skill indicated by the noun it attaches to - the classic example in our mind is the grammaticaster, who berates others for failing to adhere to made-up rules of propriety in a language, like the no-split-infinitives thing in English. - 🐲)
@packbat the disaster, like myself?
literal-minded etymology answer
@SoniEx2 etymology seems to be unrelated, actually! the -aster in disaster comes from the word for star, astrum, while the -aster here is a suffix about pettiness or incompleteness.
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