A better, more positive Tumblr

A better, more positive Tumblr:

The long and short of it is that “adult content” is now banned on
Tumblr. Not illegal content, not hateful content, not manipulative
content, not contentious content. Adult content.

I’ve never
reblogged any kind of pornography to any of my blogs. I‘ve always kept
my dashboard SFW, except for perhaps graphic depictions of real life
circumstances. To me, by banning adult content, Tumblr is making a clear
statement that Tumblr is not for adults. It’s for children.

I’ve operated this blog for almost a decade. I’ve run it since I
was a child (this may come as a surprise to some of you, but I’m not in
my forties or something). But this blog isn’t for children. It probably
won’t be affected by this ruling. It might be affected by future
rulings that broaden what is considered “adult” content, as they always
do. It doesn’t matter, because I don’t see what Tumblr is becoming as a
place where I am welcome or even want to be.

Adults can be better than what Tumblr has been for the last decade. Adults can be positive. Look at Mastodon
(which, by the way, I highly recommend you go to instead of Twitter if
you are going to be leaving Tumblr), which is probably the most positive
social media I know, and has accomplished it while instituting a system
that allows porn to be shared right alongside all other types of
content without making anyone see it who doesn’t want to. Mastodon is
social media for responsible, reasonable adults. Tumblr clearly is not.

I
don’t want to be a part of it anymore. So, finally, I am joining the
scores of those who came before me and, finally, retiring this blog. My
reasons for doing so are as personal as they are principled. I don’t
expect many people will care or even notice; after all, this blog’s
prime was like 7 years ago. I’ve considered it for a long time. This is
the straw that broke the camel’s back.

So I disappear back into the ether from which I came. Goodnight, and remember:
He who fights monsters should take care that
he himself does not become a monster; and when you gaze long into the
abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.

But thus I counsel you, my friends: Mistrust all
in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. They are people of a low sort
and stock; the hangmen and the bloodhound look out of their faces.
Mistrust all who talk much of their justice! Verily, their souls lack
more than honey. And when they call themselves the good and the just, do
not forget that they would be pharisees, if only they had—power.