I’ll never forgive the internet for training a generation of artists and writers to call what they make “content.”

Boxes have contents. You’re a fucking ARTIST. You make ART. Own it.

@fraying @alcinnz @dredmorbius "content" has its uses as a technical term though. If you are building a general-purpose thing like a CMS, it might be used for journalism, or opinion, or art, or any one of 10,000 other things, but from the POV of managing it in the software, it's all content, and the users uploading and managing it are content creators.

@fraying @alcinnz @dredmorbius when you break it down, "art" is a similarly generic term. Writers produce writing. Musicians produce music. Film-makers produce films. Even these are generic containers, that could be broken down further. Not sure you can get any more generic than "content" though ;)

@strypey @alcinnz @dredmorbius yes, of course, other terms are good too. I love all those terms. Be as specific as possible, I say!

@fraying Both specificity and generality have their purpose. But too: all speech is political.

@strypey @alcinnz

@dredmorbius @fraying @alcinnz true, and "speech" is perhaps a more empowering generic term than "content", especially in the US context where speech has special protection it doesn't have everywhere else. That said, it might be confusing for CMS developers (for example) to use "speech" instead of "content".


@strypey I was referring to speech in the sense of "content" vs. other terms.

@fraying @alcinnz

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