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Shock Tactic Activism

I am going to get straight to the point.

Don’t post pictures of dead and/or cut up animals on facebook in attempt to shock people into going vegan.

  1. This rarely works.  I’m not saying shocking images don’t work, but people can come to those on their own.  Or you can provide a link and if they click it and then want to throw up and die, that’s on them because you gave fair warning.  But posting a gory photo in your facebook feed is a) trolling and b) electronically shoving a photo right in someone’s face.  The most likely outcome of this tactic is that people are just going to unfriend you or hide you from their feed.
  2. Since the best part of the internet for vegans is that even if we don’t personally know a single vegan, we can connect online, I assume that quite a few of your friends are vegan.  Or if you run a page for oh say, your vegan book or website.  Most of your ‘fans’ are probably vegan.  So, you’re not going to make us more vegan and some of us are soft, delicate flowers.  I became a vegetarian at the age of thirteen because a stray cat killed a squirrel right in front of me*, and I could go into gory details of what I saw, but that would make me kind of a hypocrite.  Point being, creatures being abused and killed upset me.  It’s kind of why i’m vegan.  I made myself sit through Earthlings even though I was already vegan, I have done my self-flogging already.
  3. If it doesn’t bother you to see these things and you’re already vegan, good for you.  But don’t tell me that it’s okay to post these things because it ‘needs to be seen’ after i’ve paused in my gagging to tell you that it upset me AND i’m vegan so you don’t tell me to go vegan or imply that i’m not a good vegan because I don’t shove pictures of mutilated animals in the faces of everyone I know.

As shown by my last post, i’m very passionate about animal adoption.  I wouldn’t post a pile of euthanized dogs to illustrate to people that they shouldn’t buy from breeders, though.  A big problem with the shock tactic is that people are so shocked, the message you are trying to convey doesn’t even register.  A shocking photo means nothing if people can’t see past it to get to the message.  If people try to sell you some happy meat, free-range bullshit feel free to lay some facts on them.  Or if they ASK, provide them with some links to videos or photos about factory farms.  Or just post the photo as a link, preview removed, and warn people!  Some of them will click out of morbid curiosity even if they don’t want to see it, they may or may not go vegan.  You will definitely lose friends and followers, and the ‘crazy ass vegan’ stereotype will be reinforced.

If you disagree with me, you’ll probably be thrilled to know that I had nightmares about vivisected animals last night.

In happier, more positive news, did you see that Peter Dinklage is this year’s spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s Walk For Animals? Post this video on your facebook, it contains a few sad images of animals in cages, but nothing gory or graphic. And don’t forget to sign up or sponsor a friend!

*Actually, I became vegetarian because I told my mom what happened and how I wasn’t eating meat ever again like a dramatic teenager, and she said i’d never be able to do it. EIGHTEEN YEARS LATER…

Also I know that animals have to eat other animals to survive, it was still gross to see.

posted: June 13, 2012
under: animals, elsewhere on the internet

Come play with me, vegans.

I have joined 2011 and gotten in on this smart device wifi thingamajig, via a loaned ipod touch. I didn’t really care about not having a smartphone until I found out that everyone I knew was playing Draw Something and _____ With Friends without me. I love word games, i’m pretty sure I came out of the womb clutching the Sunday crossword. ANYWAY. If you would like to play with me or check out my Instagram:

Draw Something: sendmorecops
______ With Friends: sendmorebrains (I play Words, Hanging, and Scramble)
Instagram: braaaaaaaains (eight a’s)

Since i’m using an ipod and not a phone, I can only use it at home (unless I take pictures and upload them later) so my instagram is almost all cats and dogs.

Last week I sprained my wrist and then didn’t take care of it properly, so I ended up wearing a brace and sitting in a heating pad for a week, while trying and mostly failing to do things right handed, and then due to some super stressful family problems I got the worst eczema outbreak i’ve had since I ditched dairy. So I started Draw something by using my right thumb and now i’m using my left ring finger (because the rest of my hand is covered in bandages), so if you play me and are wondering why even my stick figures look like a drunken toddler drew them, that’s why.

Also because I am really, really bad at drawing.

posted: April 13, 2012
under: elsewhere on the internet

RIP Cosmo’s, and why i’m watermarking my photos.

Last weekend was the last chance to order from Cosmo’s before they closed their doors. When Leigh and Ken announced they were closing, I immediately placed an order to help them clear out their stock (and I ordered enough to get free shipping so it wasn’t any more than I would spend at the health food store). But when they put up a code for 40% off of everything, I couldn’t resist even though I am not exactly rolling in the money.

One of the items I ordered got oversold, so Leigh emailed me and asked me what I wanted as a replacement. My reply was, “Chocolate, other jerky’s, chocolate, any non-perishable food item, chocolate, whatevs.” I got extra chocolate wrapped up like a present and a jar of Biscoff cookie spread, way more than the value of what they were replacing. This isn’t the only time that my Cosmo’s order has included a little something extra. Ken and Leigh are good people and I wish them luck in the next part of their life.

And now why i’m putting my url on my photos from now on: Pinterest and tumblr.

Actually, since this is long and not everyone will care to read that much about the subject, let me say that it is NOT because I think I take amazing pictures. I have nothing to sell, I don’t have ads on my site that I want more people to see. Since I only update about once a month i’m not even really concerned with how many people read/look at my blog. I used to think it was kind of ridiculous for non-professionals/non-artists to watermark their photos. If you still do, feel free to think i’m an asshole.

I have a Pinterest account and I think it’s great. I love having visual bookmarks of recipes, makeup ideas, gardening ideas, etc. There are some things about it that aren’t so great, like the fact that they save a hi-res copy of the pinned image. And that so many people DO NOT ATTRIBUTE/LINK BACK TO THE CORRECT SOURCE. I’m saying this as a user and not as someone who has found my images on there, I hate it when I see a pin I like and want to click through to the blog/site, and…it goes to a tumblr, or the person saved it and uploaded it themselves. Don’t do that, guys! I know when you’re re-pinning stuff you probably don’t always go and look at where the image came from, but if you are pinning something, make sure it’s from the site of the person who it belongs to, so at least people who want to follow the trail, can.

My friend Sunny has made a bunch of posts about this in the past month, if you want to read more about it.

What really gets me is tumblr. I kind of hate tumblr, but I know a lot of people who use it. My husband bought a tumblr t-shirt just to give me grief. Sometimes when I check my flickr stats, I get links from tumblr, and mostly I just make that Marge Simpson sound and move on. It bothers me that someone can post nothing of their own and get a couple dozen likes/reblogs for it, but the person who actually created the content gets jack. I’ve never turned off sharing of my photos on flickr though, until I found a referral on one of my food photos for a pro-anorexia tumblr. I absolutely do not want anyone using anything of mine to support hurting themselves, if I can help it. Can I?

But even if you have sharing disabled and your photo protection as high as it can be, someone can still use the bookmarklet function on either of these sites. The only other thing you can do is opt out of the flickr API search. But someone can still stumble across your photo and use the bookmarklet.

Now, a lot of people straight-up do not care about this stuff. That’s fine. If you don’t care, none of this matters. If you do care, you are basically screwed. There is nothing you can do except get off of the internet, because this is the way things are now. So that’s why I decided to just start putting my url in the bottom corner of my photos. Sure, someone can save my photo from one of these sites and crop it out, but considering how easy it is to repost things these days, less people are going to go through that effort. And if they do, there’s nothing I can do about that!

posted: March 27, 2012
under: elsewhere on the internet, life, pictures, products

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