The forest is wide and brimming with natural sounds. In enclaves of umber, in shadowed thickets, mire-pitch and sweet with dew, live words left abandoned like brush under deerfoot. Beasts thrum in blood. Stags sup on new leaves. Insects act as jewels on brown bark.
A man in white and a person in orange have stalked past the prey-like, the predator, the buzzing-somethings, and the valley lilies in unnatural purple.
The man in white unfolds a circle of pink fabric, and produces water and tea from nowhere.
The person in orange sidles on the pink fabric, nestling in the comfort…
As an indie author — and neuroatypical goober who thinks in patterns — I’ve noticed something in recent days. Well, that’s not quite true.
I’ve been aware of a pattern for some time now, but as I’m releasing a trope-bashing LGBT+ sci-fi trilogy, I didn’t feel like I could talk about it.
Mostly because I don’t think many (not all) represented authors with the reach to broach this topic will, as they have little to gain by doing so.
Moreover, I think plenty of authors have misconceptions about what being represented means, which lends itself to protecting the industry that…
…egress to a point where we are encouraged to self-censor so as to not hurt other people’s feelings. Trans people exist, and deserved rights and respect, but this does not change the fact that menstruation, childbirth, menopause, cervical cancer, etc are women’s issues.
Yes, and they are also trans men's issues.
This is the key issue with your article:
When marginalized groups gain rights that they've historically been excluded from, this doesn't mean that other marginalized groups end up getting those rights taken away. This is a scarcity mindset.
Because of this, a lot of your talking points (and many gender critical talking points) just end up looking like a rehashed version of white feminism—centering white cis (generally het) women when there are so many other marginalized groups even just vying for basic human rights.
That's the issue.
See? You can be pro-trans inclusion and anti-trans activist. Who knew!
I actually don't think you're against trans activism.
I think you're against the very-online subset of leftist optics rhetorical table hockey, and for good reason. Abstracted and commodified leftist theory set out into the loose net of the interwebs yields...tangled results.
I think being specific is important. Optics and frothing seems to be your problem, not actual activism. Or am I mistaken?
I haven’t written in earnest for this platform in a very long time. In fact, I haven’t written for the THERE IS NO DESIGN publication in forever.
The reasons for this are long and convoluted, full of ranting about paywalls, annoying star subscription bull, weirdness about frontpage reach, and also about how Medium treats its editors; I’m sure we all heard about the union busting.
So what am I doing, where am I at, and what’s good?
It’s called CONSTELISS VOSS: a sci-fi romp bout tropes, class warfare, and a bunch of authentically human characters grappling with a dystopic…
Dauntless like sleep is dauntless
A frenetic thing, a live wire, a sieve
Cold black space, white hot stars
Prickle my palms
Elastic like the brain is elastic
A fragile thing, a live wire, a sieve
Heart of hearts, Mind of minds
Sing my syllables
Restless like rebirth is restless
A compulsive thing, every shot in every dark
Cold blue unknowing, warm red words
It is To Make
Whether you’re a scrappy startup or bustling big business there’s only one true constant in your line of work: consumers. Sure, profit is a big part of the equation, as is having an awesome product, but without putting “your people” first, longevity won’t happen.
There is only one thing that has never changed throughout my wacky career journey. Something I’ve seen countless brands, startups and entrepreneur hopefuls forget: the empathy economy must come first.
What does that mean?
Let’s begin with a definition, lead into brands that do it better, and outline why what they do works.
It would be easy to read the above headlines and imagine me — the writer — as some distant, unaffected milquetoast millennial startup yogi on some kind of tone-deaf spiritual journey.
Sopping up the milk of human suffering with an algorithmic sponge, to whip up a fluffy clout-chasing afterglow, looks something like this:
Marvel at the thought leadership buzzword salad! Harder, better, faster, stronger! Sleep is for the weak!!!! Hustle is the only drug we need! WHAT MUST I DO TO GET GARY VEE SENPAI TO NOTICE ME UwU!!1
The actual reality of my recent clarity is hardly that mentally…
So many consumers just do not trust marketing, especially right now. I don’t blame them at all.
Here’s the thing: marketing is still an industry that employs people, an industry that’s in flux. Maybe even an industry that you could say is currently having an identity crisis.
I’ve talked with agency founders, marketing professionals, and the developers who build their clients’ apps and websites. The overwhelming consensus is that “business as usual” isn’t it, chief.
Because of this, I want to give my peers some help and a dose of Real Talk.
First, I’m going to start by giving marketers…
For those not in-the-know, UX refers to user experience, which is a very important thing to consider when crafting platforms, products, websites, and software.
Users are going to be using them, after all. UX should be a huge priority, right Wrong. Sometimes UX seems like the last thing on anyone’s mind.
Furthermore, users just have to deal with it, because without the software/service, they can’t do their jobs.
I’m done dealing with it. Instead, I’m going to examine 3 extremely popular software/services, brand them sinners, and provide solutions.
Welcome to UX Hell. I have branded thee a sinner.