Isabel Fall was on a path to living as an out trans woman with a career writing science fiction, and now, she says, there will be no more Isabel Fall stories. She is done writing under that name, and she now considers “Isabel Fall” an impossible goal to achieve, a person she will never be.
“I don’t know what I meant to do as Isabel,” she says. “I know [that publishing “Attack Helicopter”] was an important test for myself, sort of a peer review of my own womannness. I think I tried to open a door and it was closed from the other side because I did not look the right shape to pass through it.”
At my work, I manage a hyperlocal social media site in a rural area heavily focused on discussion and debate of issues. While we continue to work really hard to develop a good misinformation moderation strategy, one thing I’ve personally learned and disagree with from the post is that that people who believe in misinformation or conspiracy theories may very well read — but what they read is impacted by the quality of the “news” sources and echo chamber media environment around them. They think and come to logical conclusions... based on the heavily biased and often false sources they are unfortunately exposed to. Unfortunately I do think there is a way for misinformation to spread on Readup with the rise of outlets like the Epoch Times and Gateway Pundit. And I think if Section 230 is repealed, you will need to have a very careful moderation plan in place.
Love Readup and love recommending it to my friends and family. Here's to another year of Readupping.
On the note of paying writers. I'm curious how this will work with publishers themselves? Like do you envision publishers of a piece ever wanting to take a cut... And do writers have to opt-in or will they automatically get a cut if their piece goes viral on Readup?
China is hardly exceptional when you think about the Snowden revelations about the NSA and digital surveillance in the U.S. Democracy is good when it works, but at some point one has to admit that the U.S. is getting dangerously close to certain authoritarian tactics (mass surveillance) while maintaining the facade of democracy vs. countries like China....