Saturday, December 29, 2018

New Forum

So since I'm banned from Facebook, I can't access the Facebook TVCU forum, or it's predecessor, the Crossovers Forum, or the Facebook forums related to the podcast Random Fandom or the forum for the book Horror Crossover Encyclopedia. 

So I've created a new forum on the very inferior (but at least they'll have me) Google Plus, which you can find if you click here.  

Come find me to talk about the Television Crossover Universe, Crossovers, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia, Cartoon Multiverse, Sci-Fi Multiverse, DC Multiverse, Marvel Multiverse, Comic Book History, Comics to Screen, the Whoniverse, etc, etc. 

Friday, December 28, 2018

Facebook’s Arbitrary Cruelty and Bigotry

I’m poor.  I’m disabled.  I suffer from social anxiety.  All of the people with whom I share the most in common I’ve found to live far away.  People in my neighborhood, my town, my community… do not get me, and I do not get them.  But through social media, I have found close friends from throughout the world who I can geek out with.  People who get me, and I get them.
Facebook has disabled my account.  First they said it was for my security, and then it was for violating their terms of service.  These are my violations:
I am bi-gender and queer.  Though my legal name (which I use as an author) is Robert E. Wronski, Jr., to express my feminine side, I use the name Robyn.  My friends all call me Robyn.  So my profile name was Robyn.  Facebook didn’t like this.
Because I have a male body but identity as both male and female, I used avatars of female characters like the Doctor (Jodie Whitacker) or Supergirl as my profile pictures.  I wasn’t trying to pretend I was someone I’m not.  My Facebook photo album had plenty of real pictures of me.  But Facebook didn’t like when I used a female picture.  (Note they never minded when I used male fictional character avatars.)
And the worst offense apparently was that I was too social on a social media site.  Apparently I liked too many people’s posts, as if that’s a bad thing.  I participated in too many discussion groups and I shared too many funny memes.  The social network site told me that being social and being true to myself were violations of their terms of service.
I tried to create a new, straight account.  After a day I guess they caught on that it was the same queer me, because of their facial recognition and gps locator tech.  So they disabled my new account.
Facebook has cut me off from my social world.  This is what a social network has done.  They can claim they think I’m a fake person, because clearly they use computer algorithms to make their determinations.  If a human actually looked at my page they’d see I was a real person using the site the way they say it’s intended.  But meanwhile they allow Russian hackers, Nigerian scammers, and Sunglasses spammers.
I don’t do well in face to face social situations.  I don’t get along well with the people in my community.  I’m a poor person who has to eat at soup kitchens, where most of the folks around me have interests that involve shooting up heroin and fighting.  I found a way to get past my circumstances and found an outlet where I could connect with people who liked to talk about alternate timelines, shared realities, and all sorts of important trivial fiction.  But Facebook took that away.  Because they don’t like people who are gay and they don’t like people who are transgender, and they seem to want to target people who actually use Facebook as a social network.
I no longer have a connection to my friends.  I can no longer have my forum where I can collaborate with the other fanboys, geeks, crossoverists, authors, publishers, and podcasters.  I no longer have access to the forum where people discuss my website, my books, and my podcast.
And also, I am no longer able to be the social media person for my church, a volunteer position that I’ve held for a couple of years now and that’s given me some purpose.  That’s gone now too.
So I am asking someone out there to make a better Facebook.  Make a social network site that allows people to be true to themselves, that allows people to be able to be friends with whoever they wish, and are allowed to geek out and collaborate with other creative types about whatever geekdom that tickles their fancy.
Now I’m just going to be alone, isolate from all those I care about, because Facebook has decided that I don’t get to have friends, because I’m queer.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Experiment: A fourth word from our sponsor...

From Chris Nigro:

THE EXPERIMENT Linear Horror Anthology --
The fourth in the quartet of initial books released by Wild Hunt Press for Halloween is now available for pre-order in digital format for just $2.99! And the print edition is coming soon!
This multi-author anthology of strongly interconnected tales is the brainchild of Zach Cole, the author responsible for the series of books featuring Jeremy Walker, werewolf monster hunter (beginning with BLUE MOON) and the Marugrah kaiju novels (beginning with KAIJU EPOCH) before combining them into a single series (in fact, Wild Hunt Press's next release will be the latest in Zach's Jeremy Walker/ Marugrah series, THE TITANS' CHILDREN -- watch for it!).
THE EXPERIMENT deals with the infamous Area 51 and the black ops biological experiments being conducted there. One of the most nefarious of these secret programs, Project Hydra, goes horribly awry when its six bioengineered monstrosities -- all unique and uniquely deadly -- all of which are a gene-spliced chimera of several animal predators native to Earth, along with DNA from certain predators not of this world, are loosed upon an unsuspecting world. The bloody carnage each of them individually wreaks upon hapless individuals who cross their paths are chronicled by a different author -- including Zach and yours truly. All before weaving back together in a framing tale where the survivors of the individual attacks must band together for mutual survival -- willingly or otherwise.
I am extremely proud to be able to publish one of Zach's projects, and with enough support, THE EXPERIMENT need not end with this volume (yes -- hint, hint!).
Stay tuned for our fifth word from our sponsor (and final for now) with a promo for the above mentioned Titans' Children.

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Area 51. Known by many to be the housing area of recovered aliens and their technology. However, it is actually a military facility harboring numerous top secret projects, one of which is biological weaponry. Six creatures were created for Project Hydra: a genetic mix of predatory animals, along ...