Posts Tagged ‘livejournal’
Almost two hours ago, I deleted my LiveJournal. User rfmcdpei is no longer active on this site.
I do allow for the possibility that I might change my mind. Maybe I will bring it back temporarily, so as to convert it to some kind of personal docment via BlogBooker, or perhaps I will restore it in the name of minimizing link rot on the Internet and to continue to be able to read what few (ever fewer) people still write only on LiveJournal. This post, however, is the first post that I will not be crossposting from Dreamwidth over to LiveJournal, and no other post shall follow.
I did join the rush on account of the new user agreement unleashed earlier this week, of course.
Any number of news sources, like the Daily Dot and Boing Boing and Gizmodo and Charlie Stross at Autopope, have written at great length about the new terms of service agreement. That this agreement is not available, not in a legally binding form and not in a well-translated form, in the English language made the exodus inevitable.
Russia, as a classical dictatorship, wants to be able to restrict what people write about within its sphere, to do away with anonymity and to limit the range of permissible subject matter. LiveJournal, which happens to be based in Russia as a consequence of a long series of business decisions (bad decisions, I would argue, ones which kept LiveJournal from emerging as a lasting social network of worldwide scope), is subject. Therefore, anyone who is not dependent on LiveJournal is leaving a social network that appears to be fatally compromised.
(What is the opposite of soft power?)
I have long had alternatives ready. Back in October 2012, I blogged about how I had moved away from LiveJournal as a primary blog, towards Dreamwidth for LiveJournal-like social networking and to WordPress for the more blog-like functions. I am losing nothing as a consequence of this. My regrets about this are not especially profound ones, characterized much more by wistfulness and nostalgia than by serious regret.
rfmcdpei has been around for a month short of fifteen years. It’s amazing.
LiveJournal was always been there for me. I remember reading Tom’s LiveJournal, and the LiveJournals of others, back in early 2002 when I was so desperate to connect with anyone. I remember how excited I was when I got an invite code from Darren back in June of 2002. I remember writing an online diary of my life there, and then, first slowly then with speed, transforming this diary into a blog. I know that I met all sorts of people who I know nd like even know there, came to learn all kinds of things there, helped other people learn through LiveJournal. In my life, LiveJournal was a huge net positive.
And now it’s over. It’s an era that was bound to end, I know, and what an era it was. Thank you, LiveJournalers and LiveJournal founders, too, for making this so good and fun.
This, my default icon was posting, is a crudely grayscaled version of a photo originally taken of me by Bill Pusztai in January 2005. We were just outside the CIBC branch at 90 Danforth Avenue when I got a phone call from some telemarketers I was working for part-time, telling me that my week-long trial was over and I was done with them.
This icon, used for my [FORUM] posts, is drawn from a photo was taken by my ex, G., as I was leaning back against his balcony on a warm summer night.
This photo, which I use for my [PHOTO] posts, was a selfie, taken as I was standing in front of the shiny gold-impregnated windows of the South Tower of the Royal Bank Plaza complex.
My [CAT] icon is taken from a photo I took of Shakespeare when he was young, barely more than a year old, swiping at my visiting mother’s leg.
I do not use my [OBSCURA] icon much any more. It’s a shame, since there’s so much photography I see on my Flickr feed that I would like to highlight, but not such a shame, since to my embarrassment I can’t remember where I got this photo of a vintage 19th century camera. I hope it was from the Wikimedia Commons.
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