March 20th, 2008
Well I certainly do feel sorry for those who won't be around tomorrow cause I'm gonna be posting about THE COOLEST MOST AWESOMEST STUFF EVER and it's gonna be great and there'll be a party and there'll also be a cat party for cats and there'll be balloons and dancing girls and popcorn and free ice cream and beer, but I'm going to delete everything at 11:59 pm on Friday night so, like, oh well.
I suppose I should take a few paragraphs here and make a little ahem-hem statement about how the "day of no posting" protest should be called just that: a protest, not a strike, but I'm willing to bet most of those around who are intelligent enough realize that the effects of this are purely symbolic.
And really, as a one-day measure, this activity will achieve nothing that an actual "strike" should, because its very nature is nothing like a strike -- namely, the prolonged and continued deprivation of an industry's revenue, manpower and product by refusing to do that which one is contracturally obligated to do.
If you seek to make a symbolic statement by refusing to voluntarily participate in LJ for one day, by all means, make your voice heard by not making it be heard for once, and more power to you. But if you've got the WGA strike fresh in your mind and believe that you're really gonna show SUP a thing or two by lessening their server load and reducing their bandwidth usage for a day, boy howdy are you are barking up the wrong tree.
But enough of that. Anyway, it was more fun to write things like "THE COOLEST MOST AWESOMEST STUFF EVER" and "a cat party for cats"
Can I bring cake to the cat party for cats? And ice cream? Ten different flavors.
Labor unions do sometimes use one-day strikes as a tactic, though this may be more common in Europe than in North America.
They also like to block roads for a day and really piss folks off. I think that's the key -- how to piss people off.
The thing of a strike though is to show "SEE? SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE CAN'T WORK TOGETHER? SHIT DOESN'T GET DONE!" which is why garbage collectors' strikes are narsty and writers' guild strikes bore you to tears. I don't see that in the LJ boycott.
Frankly it's all semantics, really. Call it a protest or a boycott or whatever, and I wouldn't have had such an entertaining cat party for cats entry (which I am now obligated to follow up on... UNLESS I GO ON STRIKE)
It's not like it's a *reading* strike, just a posting strike, so be awesome.
Not that I intend to participate in the "I'm going to do nothing AS HARD AS I CAN and hope they notice!" protest.
|Date:||March 20th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)|| |
Guess I can still participate in the strike and read to my heart's content. I'll simply choose not to post any entries or comments.
Being a radical has never been easier.
|Date:||March 20th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)|| |
I would say that I'm bummed becuz I'll miss out on your post tomorrow, seeing as how I'm participating in the strike. Luckily, I can just read it the next day anyway.
Symbolism is all it is, really.
I've been able to avoid all of the stupid stuff LJ has done just by not having an interests list.
|Date:||March 20th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)|| |
That's the word I was looking for!
(I'm doing it mostly for the symbolism, yeah.)
has accurately characterized the action as more of a "snit" than a "strike."
I think I shall protest by using all twenty of my voiceposts in one day to record an album.
Also: Because you might miss things on your friends page, I should point you to this
, if you weren't aware.Edited at 2008-03-20 07:16 pm (UTC)
I'm just hoping the dancing girls aren't allergic to cats. That would lead to some embarressment at the party...
If the dancing girls are wearing feathers, the cats will be entertained as well. Granted, it will be something of an interactive performance.
but we can still have a hen party! HELLO, CHICKENS
|Date:||March 20th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)|| |
I want to go to a cat party. Are there going to be cotton bobbin games and maul-the-parcel?
I was thinking about the bandwidth thing. :-)
|Date:||March 20th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)|| |
Did I miss my Evite?
I seem to have misplaced my invitation to the cat party for cats. If I'm going to play chauffeur for my furriest family member, I think I deserve the simple decency of an official invitation, don't you? Please send directions and requests for hors d'oeuvres. (Cats love hors d'oeuvres, or so they tell me, so I will bring some along. I guess I'm kinda like the cupcake-bringing mother of a kindergartener. Also, I like writing hors d'oeuvres.)
Re: Did I miss my Evite?
You don't need an evite! You're always invited to an Abbie cat party!
|Date:||March 20th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)|| |
I will be participating in the strike as will three of my sock puppets.
My other three sock puppets will be attending your cat party for cats and will bring hats for the cats at the cat party for cats.
This will be good because you can never have too many cat party for cat hats at a cat party for cats.
|Date:||March 20th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm not looking to accomplish real change. I don't care how LJ runs its business. However, I don't appreciate being called a "blackmailer" by LJ's parent company when I am upset about changes being made, without prior announcement or even an announcement that the change had already been made, to a service I pay for.
I think the only people who should be allowed to bitch, however, are paying customers, who, you know, give their money to the company in the first place. Whining because you can't get something for free anymore is kind of pointless.
On the other hand, as someone with a permanent account, I don't really care about most of the changes they're making (or at least, haven't felt the effects and haven't gotten a straight story as to what some of them even WERE). Mostly I'm concerned that my friends will stop participating and my community will move on elsewhere when I have no plans to follow.
I guess I'd rather they not mess things up just so that all my friends stick around, but personally, I'm not terribly worked up. Life is not predictable so I don't feel like I CAN feel cheated, even if I am disappointed they aren't doing a better job to make folks happy.
which is to say, I will be attending the cat party for cats with bells on.