#21: Time is an illusion
Everything feels heavy.
You’re probably wondering why you’re hearing from me on a Wednesday night. Or maybe you’re wondering why you didn’t hear from me in May.
The truth is, I’m tired. I tried writing last month’s newsletter three different times, but every time something else would pop up on this hellscape timeline and I’d lose the will to do anything but doomscroll and scream on Twitter.
Reproductive rights being threatened. Hate crimes. A mass shooting, another mass shooting, a third mass shooting, so many fucking mass shootings.
Oh, and there’s still a pandemic going on.
I want to write this newsletter. I want to keep sharing useful information with all of you. It’s just really hard sometimes to tell my anxiety-riddled brain to get over the executive dysfunction and do the damn thing. You know how it is.
So I think moving forward there won’t be a real schedule for Accessible Social. It’ll just be whenever I have the energy for it. After all, who said I needed to set deadlines for my own projects? Things might get moved around as well. You never know what my exhausted brain will do next!
PS: thanks for sticking around while I sorted myself out. It means a lot.
News and Updates
Reproductive Rights and Disability
Y’all, we need to think before we speak when it comes to abortion and disability, plain and simple. The way that some people have chosen to justify someone’s right to an abortion is callous and insensitive. You can talk about reproductive rights and abortion without being ableist and ignorant.
Don’t Abuse the Alt Text Field
Some of you may have seen the major misstep recently made by the Twitter account for Manchester United. If you missed it, the account tweeted out a picture of ManU player Juan Mata, as shown below. The tweet read, “Read the ALT text.” The provided image description read, “Who’s the greatest player in the Premier League? It’s you Juan Juan Juan…”
I cannot stress enough how inappropriate it is to use the alt text field this way. Your number one priority when it comes to writing alt text is making your image accessible. The team received a lot of well-deserved backlash for this tweet. Thankfully, it was removed and ManU acknowledged its mistake.
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Additional bits of wisdom, thoughtful moments, frank observations, and maybe even a few pointed remarks that caught my eye.
Adrian Roselli 🗯 @aardrianAudioEye’s attorneys sent me a Cease & Desist letter (and a follow-up). I have posted it along with my response: https://t.co/2mUMyej6Xp TL;DR: I deleted three tweets, considering I am a self-employed independent consultant, not a multi-million dollar start-up.
Parag Agrawal @paragaElon has decided not to join our board. I sent a brief note to the company, sharing with you all here. https://t.co/lfrXACavvk
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