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I was really interested in this until I realized that the whole post is 2 paragraphs. There is no content about actually 'how to talk to the ...', only an admonition to do so.

For my money, I do think it is important to include young white men in the social justice narrative, in particular because it is so easy. I am a feminist not because I am a self hating man but because I am a selfish one. I like it when women have power over their bodies, that generally translates to more and better sex for me. I like it when femininity is not devalued because it makes it easier for me to express and connect on my emotions (giving me better social ties and lowering my risk of suicide). I like it when women earn more because it means that I can live a more fun life style with my partner and feel less pressure to maximize my career. And then we can talk about the ethics of the fact that women are ... people ...

The anti-immigrant narrative is honestly so dumb I don't feel like typing out why having better food and motivated neighbors doesn't hurt you at the slightest.

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Yeh, the wifi and video drivers have come a long way since dapper drake, when I first lost some hair dealing with them.

But GPU for computation, laptop power management, and web cam drivers are issues right now. I switched to WSL this year after getting sick of rebooting every-time I needed to use a particular tool chain. This was with ubuntu/lubuntu.

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GPU support. Buggy webcam drivers. Wonky power management at times. HDMI port doesnt work properly (part of GPU support). MS Office for work. Back in the day, WiFi support was awful, and video drivers were suspect. I used to dual boot, but have switched to WSL for quality of life.

I like Linux a lot, but there is too many edge cases that are frustrating enough that I don't want to commit my personal and professional life to the eco-system.

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Also capitalism is a fairly broad concept and is often somewhat hand wavy. If you are talking about the collapse of something, a specific and active function, I would like to have a greater sense of what we mean here.

Owners collecting rents?

Regulatory capture by large entities?

Market based resource allocation?

Expansionary economics?

Unsustainable production methods?

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nov wrote

Your question was poorly written and shallow. Your terms were not defined and seemed to take the specifics of your situation and try to make it general without any acknowledgment of what it might take to generalize.

A genuine question requires good faith on the part of the asker to consider obvious answers and to ask something substantive. You did not do so and were rightly down voted.

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This seems like a tautological argument. Does being addicted to masturbation harm your life? Yes, because addiction is defined as doing something at a level that is harming/impeding your life.

Is masturbating somehow uniquely addicting or problematic, no. Lot's of people do it in a healthy and sustainable way that can be positive or neutral for their lives.

I have no idea about the nofap movement, but I would say if you are forcibly denying your identity as a sexual being for no reason then its bad. If its helping you cope with an addiction, then good. Though probably a trained therapist would be helpful.

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I think your critique in the other comment is really interesting and a good contribution, but the direct attack on the poster and assuming malice on their part seems unfounded. The article posted is not presented as an opinion piece but as a journalism on a meta-analysis study.

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not really memey, but im really into this argument.

As a society we are so misogynistic and devalue so much great stuff because its associated with femininity, like consensus seeking.

(I personally hate 'i feel like' in fact driven discourse, but i will now roll around the idea in my head that i am unfairly maligning the phrase)

Reply to Thoughts? by /u/hitandrun

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The modern condition is pretty problematic for our psychology. Comic on point.

Though I have hope that we are actually on an upswing. It is just we are now reckoning with the damage we did to our mental and social fabric as a result of the world wars period. A cognitive lag of sorts.

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Armchair psychology: I think that internet/entertainment compulsion is effecting a lot of people. All of our entertainment has been professionalized, refined, and rendered compulsive. People who single out porn as a problematic are the ones that have moral incongruence issues. But I suspect many more have general dysregulated entertainment use, and porn is subsumed in that.

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Good question, but this article/post is not very well researched or organized. For example, it conflates decline of American society with its position is a global empire. There is perhaps a link there (society at home is being bankrupted by overseas adventurism) but it is far from obvious that this is the case. A counter argument may be that the huge military spending is actually the way the economy stays afloat in place of large public works projects. Regardless the author doesnt do a great job of fleshing out their points or really proving much of anything.

The question itself is interesting. I would argue that the American empire has been fairly unique. It is a much softer empire than most. Where most of the effort has been in creating a favorable world order, not direct utilization and exploitation of foreign lands. I think the most explosive parts of the US empire are in the Middle East but I dont know if you could make that part of the world any more explosive. The key US strategic concerns at this point are in Asia. And there the only thing that matters is if the Chinese can maintain course. If China manages to maintain control over its people I dont see why US interests wouldn't naturally shift to Chinese ones.

Overall, totally speculative, but I would come down on the side of soft landing as an empire. As a nation state though ...

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So if the goal is to educate then it makes sense for folks like me to come here and read the articles and scan the comments but not really participate (which for the record is a-okay and I enjoy scanning the articles)

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Is raddle meant to be a platform to affect change towards some variant of anarchy or is meant to be a space for people with interest in leftist ideas to interact?

I would like to see the latter but a lot of the time I stay away because places feel like the former.

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Watched some early stuff, saw a couple of recent ones. Overall I think she is excellent especially when tackling more complex ideas.

I will say that the last few videos seemed to be lacking in the creative juice. Though that might be because she set really high standard for herself in earlier videos with multiple sets, costumes, takes etc. Recently the videos felt less creative and more nerdwriter-esq.

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It is almost certainly the algorithm.

My handwavy guess is that it has to do with the large and tightly correlated media consumption of digital right wing. A lot of this stuff gets watched, the videos are highly predictive of more viewing, more so than most other categories. So it rises in the algorithm.

Most interests, like workout stuff, hobbies, cats, is a soft predictor of stuff you care about so it alters your feed slightly. The alt-right stuff is highly predictive so even getting close to it alters the feed significantly.

I picture it as different interests have different gravity which affects your feed and the alt-right stuff is super large and dense so it has huge gravitational pull for the algorithm.

...the internet was a mistake.