Cue up the John Carpenter, play the Silver Shamrock (Just don’t give them the special masks), everyone hail to the pumpkin song, dress up like Tim Curry and sing about it in front of a green screen… it’s HALLOWEEN! Okay, Halloween isn’t until Thursday, but still the season for trick, treating, candy and costumes. And what better way to celebrate this tremendous occasion by listing off what scares me.
Wait… I’ve already done that blog five years ago. But I think in a times of uncertainty, there might be more things to be afraid about, before that was just general fears I have, but now going to something a bit more in-depth, and this time more fitting with the themes of CALLING OUT HATERS. Well without further ado…
6 MORE THINGS THAT SCARE FLUFFYMAN
Consumer Rights Stomping
If I hadn’t made it clear with my past rants on Xbox One (all six freaking rants of them) and my stuff about DLC and Online Passes is that I don’t take the idea of a company treading on consumer rights lightly. And yet with our ever-evolving future where digital is king it seems companies will go out of their way to own just about everything you buy. People always tout how good it is for Apple to offer legally viable digital music or Steam offering a wide-array of games, but the thing is we don’t really have ownership over the content we purchase; it’s the company that made them that does. They are the ones who are dictating how their items are being sold not you. And it’s not like they are hiding it, it is all written in the Terms of Service which I think part of the reason it’s so deliberately long so that consumers will overlook shit like this. They also can make the decision to say you no longer own this content if they ever decide to take it down.
This is why I feel like physical media is still something that should last is the feeling of something held in your hand that you feel you own, being able to re-sell it and make money off of it because you technically own it. Though there are companies that are trying to make even that illegal, some of which think is destroying their industry, for example being Gamestop and their Used Game policies. I definitely fear for those touting a future of all digital, but I also fear that the power of corporation may lead to our rights as consumers being eliminated just about entirely. With stuff like SOPA popping up every other week it would definitely feel like corporate heads want to own the people who buy their crap more than just with purchases.
Digital Rights Uncertainty
Having all things go digital isn’t just a concern I have about consumer rights but also a fear that we’re becoming more dependent on something that while less of a hassle with physical stuff but at the same time doesn’t feel certain. I mean there are reasons why people still buy Blu-Rays, DVDs, CDs, hell even keep their collection of VHS’ as opposed to going to put all their shit on digital, the feeling of something you can touch and handle, as opposed to the whim of some service. Reliance on digital avenues isn’t always as certain as just relying on something you can hold, and any sort of talk of cloud servers or Digital Rights Management, is definitely not something that feels like a solid investment, and when they go down so do the content you purchased and the stuff you saved. All that money you invested into these services would also be gone, pay lots of money for stuff you don’t completely legally own, and there is no refunds normally offered. And don’t think there will be a lawsuit in the future because now Terms of Services’ come with elements which make you wave any sort of rights to sue the company. So what I’m saying ultimately is, I would be extra careful of how much you devote to digital purchases because, they’ll likely not be around forever.
Widespread Human Apathy
The general feeling of humanity becoming more and more selfish, look out for only one person and that is themselves. That the idea of helping someone else or letting others be able to get an opportunity in this world as something that is offensive to them. The mentality shouldn’t be any sort of care towards others, we should be all miserable bastards. Some of which subscribes to an Ayn Rand philosophy of a person looking out for his or her own happiness above all else.
It especially becomes awful when you have people with power who decide to make it their goals in life to make it harder for others to make it in life. People who advocate voting suppression laws, restrictions on women’s reproductive rights, laws that give a giant backhand of the poor, laws that extend the rights of corporations to give them free will to do whatever they want to the common person. Stepping on the rights of others in order to keep themselves and their ideologically matched friends happy, whether it be the strictly Christian conservatives, uber-rich folks in Wall Street and major campaign contributors.
And make sure to always demonize the other side while doing it: poor and impoverished families who are in need are moochers, women who want abortions are heartless baby-killers, middle-class who want more from hard-working jobs are socialists, all Muslims are terrorists or are associated with, Hispanics can’t be trusted to be American citizens, African-American culture is to blame for the degradation of society, homosexuals are impeding on the sanctity of marriage… you get the picture. Be comfortable in your own skin and be absolute dicks to everyone else who doesn’t fit your narrow ideals.
It especially becomes troubling when we see those attitudes rub off on the common American person, a rising epidemic of people who don’t give a shit about what happens to their neighbor, as long as they aren’t affected. I just fear what happens when it becomes the most commonly accepted attitude, that it’s no longer alright to care about others, because it wouldn’t be American now would it?
I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me
I’ve already covered the aspect of NSA, spying and the curb-stomping of our constitutional rights in a previous COH blog but the aspect that our government is collecting information about everything we say, do and how we act is something that is still something to be afraid of. The idea of what they’ll use with the information to really be suspicious of their neighbor? And what is there to really tell them they are wrong, since they are constantly trying to push legislation in which you don’t have a say in how you are being accused? The concepts of privacy and due process, something outdated for a government who is always in fear of the next major attack or just looking out for friends who are really hurt when people talk bad about them or do something to upset their out-of-touch-with-reality ideals.
Today, we enjoy the freedom of information and freedom of speech, but tomorrow, they might be the places in which we are no longer allowed to speak, no longer allowed to call out haters or injustices. No longer be able to speak out on anyone because it would land you years in a dark cell with nobody to talk to or possibly dead. I fear the way this government keeps on pushing in this direction, that at some point, they will get their way, in one form or another. But as long as we’ll have oxygen in our bodies, we shouldn’t give up trying to fight and keep awareness of our rights being treaded on.
Rights to bear arms > All Other Rights
Now I could have just lumped this in with Widespread Human Apathy because it just covers that as well, but it is such a decisive issue I’m devoting this section to it. I’m of course talking about the most touted constitutional right which always fly in the face of any sort of gun restrictions, the second amendment. People have touted the second amendment as a way to say that the government has no right to actually prevent any sort of psychopath from grabbing a rifle, because every person has a right to bear arms and a person has a right to distribute a weapon the way they want. And within the argument you have justification of if we have weapons harder to get access to, they’ll always be able to buy them on the black market or steal them. There are people who seem to cling on the second much more than any other constitutional right, especially egregious when there are people who also think there should be Voter ID laws to curb supposed “voter fraud.”
I just have to say, I am not a person who is anti-gun ownership, but I am pro-gun responsibility. Considering the high probabilities in which a person can easily misuse/abuse a gun, to own a gun should be something that should be earned, not just given like candy. A psychological evaluation of a person who purchases is one step, another is to make sure a psychologically sound person has proper training before even discharging a firearm, as well as instructed on proper safety features so that neither they or any of their family end up accidentally hurting themselves or others.
And don’t equate it using a knife, or any sort of tool, since the proposed uses for guns have always been for violence, either carrying out or making the threat of. I mean for fucks sake, for all the mass shootings, accidental deaths, “stand your grounds”, any sort of threats with a gun pointed to someone’s head, people who should not be carrying any sort of firearm are able to due to a lax system that doesn’t do proper background checks. Everyone has the right to drive, but we still have licenses. Everyone has the right to drink, but there is still a certain age you must reach before you are able to. More significantly everyone has a right to free speech, but people can still be held accountable for the words that they say.
I haven’t really got anything else to say at this moment, except when the second was made it was in a time in which people had to load their ammo directly into the barrel of a musket, not to the hyper-fast reloads and bullet speeds of the modern era. Being able to make the hard choice to end someone else’s life has never been easier, so why do we treat the use of weapons like we’re still in a colonial era? Abolishing guns isn’t the answer, but don’t pretend having little to no regulation is absolutely good for society. It’s nice when to see people like the NRA market their shit to children. Hook em while their young, how very tobacco lobby of you. Right to bear arms, even to those who shouldn’t be anywhere near them.
I’m 27, Single, Live with My Parents, I Can’t Drive and Currently Don’t Have A Job
This isn’t a dating profile for depressed individuals but rather a blunt statement I’m making about myself. Right now I am pushing 30 and living a far from ideal life, in addition, don’t have a lot of money in my bank account, have looming student loan debts to pay and haven’t been keeping track of my personal health and nutrition. I did hold a job but that was only seasonal, and I had actually secured another late this past summer but ultimately couldn’t hold it due to me not meeting their expectations, not being the employee they thought I would be.
I am not trying to be a slacker, I am not trying to be a bum. I am constantly trying to apply to jobs on a near daily basis, yet I haven’t been hearing a lot back from possible employers. Driving I am very reluctant to do, would save the hassle for commuting but at the same time I have nerves when it comes to the prospect of holding so much responsibility behind the wheel, especially when one major flaw could end up in the hospital or worse dead. I am a great ball of nerves when it comes to talking with women, sometimes ones I find attractive or interesting might be taken, and I don’t always feel like taking that step to make a complete ass of myself. I also want to kick off a career into something I’m really passionate about, but I’m not certain on how to start.
But at the same time I feel like I’m never doing enough, never quite finding the right place to really push myself. Not so much society to blame, but rather I’ve been riddled with some of these same flaws for years and I fear that is what holding me back is that at times I’m afraid to go outside my comfort zone. Pushing 30 and I’m almost going fucking nowhere. Maybe a little bit melancholy to think about, but by god I really need to get my shit together.
Part of progress is maybe to just quit doing this blog series, though I am reluctant to even do that considering there are people who really like my opinion, but it is nothing really major in the gist of things, what does it matter really only to those who I don’t really personally know. I fear that this will be all I’m really good at, writing a series of blogs online with a small audience about the world being dumb and kind of shitty. Though I do have a journalism degree, I could be doing this thing professionally, but I don’t know if I’ll be quite committed to some of the bullshit that passes for journalism these days.
Wait, what the fuck am I doing moping on in my place in life, this is supposed to be a happy occasion. If I wallow too much on fear, than that’s how I’ll be still stuck in a rut. And part of CALLING OUT HATERS is supposed to be trying to let off the steam of frustration and fear I have about aspects of society.
Though I am facing cross-roads in which I feel I may unmask my Fluffyman persona, for I don’t know if there is quite a need to hide behind a toothy knock-off Batman grin. I am considering moving on to a place in which I don’t think I can afford keeping myself a secret, and at times I fear for my privacy but at the same time, I’d really like to let people know the real me, what I am and what I want to do with my life, so it could help me in the future and be something more than just an anti-hate blogger with a small audience. Okay, now I’m sounding close to selfish and apathetic, but I am making no allusions I’m entitled to it, just something I could do even parts of it are risky.
I don’t really know if that day will come soon, but I’ll definitely let you guys know. A few words of advice would definitely be nice in a period of uncertainty I have about myself.
Have a safe and happy Halloween.
End of Rant