If You Can't Handle Me At My Puparazzi Shots, You Can't Handle Me At My Sunset Urban Landscapes.
Hi! Happy Tuesday, my sweet ones. I know I said I hate April Fool’s Day (and yes, I absolutely freaking do, since I saw this BBC headline and for a moment was genuinely excited to attempt a Skrillex-cleanse of my apartment to rid me of the flying jerk bugs that bit my arm up last night.) But there is only one April Fool’s stunt that I tolerated, nay, ENJOYED, yesterday: Pomplamoose's very important letter to Elon Musk
Anyhoo! Pssssssst, don’t tell anyone, but the internet is still around.
Over the weekend, Mark Zuckerberg(’s policy comms team, I assume) wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post asking policy makers to regulate the tech industry. For those of us who’ve worked in and around technology in the last decade, I cannot tell you how radical a 180 stance this quote from the piece represents: “Internet companies should be accountable for enforcing standards on harmful content.” And when I posted that observation on Twitter, Washington Post technology policy reporter (and must-read morning newsletter publisher!) Cat Zakrewski pointed out that she wrote this story less than four years ago: Social-Media Firms Resist Role of Policing Terror Talk. Are we finally starting to move out of the content moderation Wild West? Dunno, but it’s going to be fascinating to watch this un-fold.
Wait a minute, is scoring digits only a thing the oldz are doing now? Because Taylor Lorenz at The Atlantic is telling me that cool kids are exchanging instagram handles when they meet instead. But how soon is too soon to let someone know how obsessed I am with taking pictures of other people’s dogs? And the real question is: are you the kind of person who would break it off with someone if their insta only contained badly-written memes and fart jokes when you’ve been paid to help individuals and organizations build and maintain a vibrant online persona? Asking for for a friend, who maaaaaay have done just that thing ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
And finally, a federal judge ruled that requiring female students to wear skirts and skirts alone is unconstitutional. Yup, it’s 2019 and there are still educational institutions that require girls wear skirts, because of course. So hells yes, ACLU of North Carolina.
Don’t forget: I really really really really really really like you. Be kind to each other.