by William Skink
Today was a big day at Reptile Dysfunction: 31 visitors as of 9:19pm. It’s the first time we’ve gotten over 30 visitors in the month we’ve been writing here. Thank you for reading!
I check 4&20 every time I open my browser because I haven’t gotten around to changing it as my default website yet. There hasn’t been a post since jhwygirl indicated she’d try to start writing more regularly again. That was June 14th.
I think it’s pretty clear Jay Stevens was more interested in shutting us up than he was in rebooting his vision of providing a platform for progressive voices to write about local Montana issues. Putting the pressure of posting on someone who hasn’t written for 3 years for good reason was as much a shitty move as was his reactionary blocking of our posting privileges.
I don’t think there’s really anything more to being shut out from 4&20 than Jay could, so he did. Steve Kelly posted a link to a featured story at MIT Technology Review about Democrats and Big Data that’s absolutely worth a read, but I’m hesitant to leap to this kind of conclusion:
It is time in the election cycle to calm things down, which apparently requires a ban the online distupters. 4 & 20 must have been deemed beyond control. Maybe this is so the data mining operation and new algorhythmic models can be tweaked to near perfection for millions more individual voters in 2016. You and I are being “followed,” and not just by the NSA.
I don’t exclude this as a possibility, especially because of the gratification my ego would receive to be “deemed beyond control” and therefore in need of further marginalization, which ultimately is what happened thanks to Jay’s indelicate eviction notice.
But Jay is right, the readership was already down because the topics and angles that interest me are not the same topics and angles that interest more mainstream tastes, and that’s fine.
JC and I haven’t had a chance yet to “plot” the way some local Democrats are apparently plotting, but I am interested in exploring a more expanded online presence, considering my inclinations toward poetry, collage and, increasingly, music. In the meantime, this is the 25th post in a month at our new digs. Writing here will continue.