Dear the Facebook: You are out of your mind if you think I’m going to buy your new smart speaker that combines the Amazon Echo with a camera that follows me around the room while I talk to my Facebook friends. Seriously? I mean, really, you’ve had so many problems with privacy and data protection and selling data to the highest bidder that I’ve just quit counting, and you really think I’m not going to go out of my way to persuade my friends and loved ones not to buy this thing? I think I need some of what you’re smoking because that is some high-grade shit right there. I’d rather chew on broken glass than buy two spy boxes in one and put it in my house.
I needed more than 280 characters to handle this. No, I will not shut up. I am not guilted by my synagogue into publicly practicing my faith for curious Christians. In the WordPress community I am treated as an equal and if people have questions about my blindness they work to build and maintain a relationship with me first. LGBTQ people don’t ask other LGBTQ people to publicly perform for straight people, let alone guilt them into it. People on the autism spectrum are still fighting to be recognized as equals and they sure as hell aren’t guilting each other into publicly performing for the rest of us. If you want to play the Meet The Blind game have at it, but telling the rest of us to shut up and remain silent because you don’t want to deal with the fact that we’re actually deeply offended by this is about ten steps too damn far.
Not withstanding my overall agreement with you on this specific issue or on criticism of the NFB in general, I think the assertion that the NFB has accomplished nothing is unfair, and the pollemical tone of it risks alienating the rank and file of the organization.
Area conglomerate of loud and obnoxious blind people has trouble understanding how standards bodies work and how organizations are represented on same. More at 11.