“Being Tumblr”


(You can see whole conversation and the green-text which uses the quote here.)

This really made me think. Not just someone describing a person through a social network she uses but everyone else (including me) understands what he meant. Of course you can’t tell exactly what “someone being tumblr” means but most of us have an image about that.

We have some other kind of adjectives close to that like “tumblr girl”, “redditor” and “/b/tards” and we all have images about those adjectives but I guess this is another level. This is not a nickname for someone who uses a website/social network, you’re calling her exactly what she uses/visits. And everyone else understands.

I know some websites creates a subculture around them and gets bigger and bigger with it but this looks different to me. Tumblr is mainly a blogging platform and there are users all around the world and they’re all using Tumblr with different purposes. But they’re just “tumblr users” in this case, they can’t “be tumblr”. You can have a Tumblr account but you can’t be tumblr.

There’s a tumblr persona and you just can’t create an account and be a part of it. You have to transform yourself to be tumblr, if you’re not naturally a tumblr. Wait a minute, how can someone be a natural tumblr?

The more I think about this, I feel like I should dig this more. But right now, this is just a quick note to begin.

UPDATE (5:53pm)

After publishing this post, something flashed in my mind and found this. I strongly recommend you to watch/read it.

At that talk, Jay Springett gives the best explanation so far to “being tumblr”. Stacks, like Facebook and Google, turning more and more into states and we’re getting used to it. Being tumblr turns exactly into “being citizen of a country”. Every country has images in our minds (may call stereotypes if you wish) and when you say “she’s tumblr”, our brains gets this signal similar as “she’s Turkish”.

About the difference between “a tumblr user” and “tumblr”. It definitely fits in that idea too. You can take, for example someone from England goes Italy as a tourist or starts to live there. She never can be “Italian”, she’ll be just a “tourist from England” or “Italy citizen”.

I guess I found the missing piece on “being tumblr” problem but now I have to dig into “Stacks and States” problem. There’ll be lots of fun (I hope).


Free Alaa Abd El Fattah!

Alaa Abd El Fattah is a Egyptian blogger and activist, mostly known with what he did since 2011. He’s recently arrested again and sentenced 15 year prison. There’s an detailed blog post on EFF’s site written by Jillian C. York, so you can get more detailed information here. I’ll continue in Turkish because so far no one wrote something about him in Turkish.

Alaa Abd El Fattah, Mısırlı bir blogger ve aktivist. Kendisini Arap Baharı zamanında Mısır’ı yakından takip edenler tanıyacaktır. O dönemin simge isimlerinden birisi olmuştu ve Mısır’da ifade özgürlüğünün simge isimlerinden birisi hâline gelmişti.

Ancak Mısır’da başa gelen her yönetim kendisini asla rahat bırakmadı. Çünkü Alaa, gerçek bir aktivist olarak her ne koşulda olursa olsun ifade özgürlüğünü savunmaktan çekinmedi ve bu konuda elinden geleni yaptı. Hem eski yönetim, hem de yeni yönetim tarafından birçok kez hedef alındı ve tutuklandı. 11 Haziran’da ise 24 kişiyle birlikte çıkartıldığı son duruşmasında, “yasadışı gösteri yapmak” ve “polise saldırmak” suçlarından dolayı 15 yıl hapis cezası aldı.

Alaa, gerçek bir aktivistin yapması gerekeni yaptığı ve ilkelerinden asla ödün vermediği için 2011’den bu yana hep baskı altındaydı. Onun istediği birçok Mısırlı gibi özgürlüklerini kullanabildikleri bir ülkede yaşamaktı, sadece bir siyasi grubun yerine başkasını getirmek değil. Bu yüzden de Mısır’da 2011’den bu yana başa geçen hiçbir grup kendisini sevmedi ve hep susturmak için çalıştı. En sonunda da 15 yıl hapis cezası verdiler.

Alaa ifade özgürlüğünün bir savunucusu ve Mısır’ın gerçekten özgür bir yer olması için çabalayan bir aktivistti. Onun hapse atılması kesinlikle kabul edilemez. Mısır’ın Al Jazeera ekibine yaptıklarının ardından Alaa’yı da hapse atması, oradaki durumun ne kadar kötü olduğunu açık bir şekilde gösteriyor.

Alaa’nın yanındayım ve o (ve Al Jazeera ekibi) serbest kalana kadar elimden gelen her desteği vermeye devam edeceğim. Herkesi de bu konuda duyarlı olmaya, en azından onun yanında olduğunuzu göstermek için bir şeyler yapmaya çağırıyorum. İfade özgürlüğünü dünyanın her yerinde savunmalı ve bu özgürlüğü kısıtlamak için yapılan her eylemin karşısında olmalıyız.

Cuma Postası / Friday Post [23.05.2014]


Everything is Broken by Quinn Norton

N’existe Pas by Bruce Sterling

Stand up for Sex Workers: Eden Alexander, WePay and Whorephobia by Laurie Penny

The myth of heroism by Charlie Stross

“It Continues Not To End”: Time, Poetry, and the ICC Witness Project by Aaron Bady

Privacy is a right


How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance by Cory Doctorow

Mozilla: Publish and be DRM’d! by Glyn Moody

Pervasive Monitoring Is an Attack by Tim Bray

The lie about Edward Snowden that just won’t die by Trevor Timm

The Connection Between The Copyright Industry And The NSA by Rick Falkvinge

Secrets, lies and Snowden’s email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit by Ladar Levison

Should U.S. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them? by Bruce Schneier

The NSA is Not Made of Magic by Bruce Schneier

June 5th is Coming: Actions on the Anniversary of the First Snowden Release by Danny O’Brien

Twitter Steps Down From the Free Speech Party by Eva Galperin

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and European Civil Society: A Case Study on Networked Advocacy by James Losey

Dear Google: Parody Is Not Trademark Infringement by corynne mcsherry

Kame Live 0.4.0 by Kus


Permission Slips by Nathan Jurgenson

A Short History of Game Panics by Jesse Walker

What to do if Your Friend is a Communist: The Hilarious Wikihow Guide

Magna Cortica by Jamais Cascio

The Paper Chase by Rob Trump

Me Meme by Rob Horning



#ResistComics – A Kickstarter Comics Anthology

There’s an awesome Kickstarter project just started and you should definitely check and support it if you can.

Project is called #ResistComics (#DirenÇizgiroman). This Kickstarter project is for an comics anthology by Can Yalçınkaya. Can is from Sydney, Australia and he’s an academician, comic book writer and an amazing guy.

This project, Resist Comics, is a comics anthology which all stories inside it connected with Gezi Protests in Turkey. I don’t know how many comics in total but the previews shows that there are lots of different kinds of story inside it. Classic stories, sci-fi, superhero; and all of these about Gezi and how their creators feels about it.

Also one of the other amazing things about this project is, Can and almost everyone in this project has punk/DIY soul inside them and this is the reason they want to self-publish it and use Kickstarter for this. They want this anthology to be independent and free from any kind of pressure.

This is one of the previews that made me excited about it:

So, that’s all I can say for now. Project’s Kickstarter page is here; you can get more  information from there and I hope you’ll support this project. There are lots of gifts you can get other than anthology too :)

Why Soma Happened and Why This Won’t Be the Last


  • Turkish state didn’t signed “Safety and Health in Mines Convention”, they have to sign it 19 years ago. (Source – TR)
  • Prime Minister has the right to give license to mining companies. (Source – TR)
  • In Turkey, work safety is just a thing that reduces companies profit. If you care about work safety and want to force companies about that, you’re the enemy of Turkey’s economy.
  • If you propose a research at parliament about work safety at mining facilities and you’re not in the governor party, no one really cares. (Source – TR)
  • Work safety inspectors can give positive reports about your facilities if you’re a friend of some good people. (Source – TR)
  • Prime Minister will say two words after that and returns his fun. (Source)
  • Some idiots can see these things as an opportunity to show themselves. (Source)
  • Companies can disappear from sight quickly and state does it’s best to save them. (Source)
  • Even ministers can say “We don’t want to talk about numbers right now.” about people who died. (Source – TR)
  • Everyone starts to use words like “destiny”, “We’re praying for them”, “providence”… Because they want to show it as an “accident” and save their asses.
  • Some professors can try to defend companies on TV, which causes these accidents and deaths.
  • Even some professors can say things like “Dying with carbon monoxide is a sweet death.” (Source – TR)
  • Some journalists(!) will try to find conspiracy theories and connections with the anti-government groups to save governments ass. (Source – TR)
  • Almost everyone in the media does their best to hide reality from public, instead giving us the real news.
  • One of the biggest unions of the Turkey will do “3 minutes walkout for a week” to protest this deaths. (Source – TR)
  • Lots of police and soldiers with go accident place, not for help, for protecting prime minister from workers families and friends. (Source) (Source)
  • Police will do their best to protect companies. They even close whole street, where company building is, to stop protesters. (Source)
  • And after couple of days later, media and government will do their best to make everyone forget about this and they’ll probably be succeed.


(from Getty Images)

Cuma Postası [02.05.2014]

Türkiye ve Siyaset / Turkey and General Politics

Forget 140 characters: Here’s How to Go to Jail for 10 Months for One ‘k’ by Zeynep Tufekci

Turkey’s Erdogan: One of the World’s Most Determined Internet Censors by Joe Parkinson, Sam Schechner and Emre Peker (Bu arada Soundcloud engelinde gördüğümüz sayfanın sahibi de belli oldu: http://www.turk-internet.com/portal/yazigoster.php?yaziid=45560)

What If the Feature Is the Bug? by Zeynep Tufekci

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The video below taken at May Day protests @ Beşiktaş yesterday. Summary: Police arrests one protester and forces him to wear “puşi” (traditional Kurdish scarf, also political symbol for Kurdish movement) and takes his photograph.

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Aletler ve Güvenlik / Tools and Security

TAILS: Snowden’s favorite anonymous, secure OS goes 1.0 by Cory Doctorow

Privacy Badger – A project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (Mutlaka kullanın! / Must use!)

Is Google Too Big to Trust? by Bruce Schneier

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(Siber) Kültür / (Cyber) Culture

Andy Warhol’s recovered digital artworks and copyright notice by Parker Higgins

Band releases album as Linux kernel module by Cory Doctorow

Pirate Bay Hits Historic 10 Million Torrent Milestone by Ernesto

10 Futurist Phrases And Terms That Are Complete Bullshit by George Dvorsky


Cuma Postası [18.04.2014]

* Bu postada tavsiyem olan haftalık rapor copy.me’nin hazırladığı “Short Copy” serisi. En son postlarına buradan bakabilirsiniz. / This week’s weekly blog post is from Copy.me. They call it “Short Copy”. You can read latest one here.

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Pulitzer Prize Is First Official Vindication of NSA Whistleblower by Annalee Newitz

Auditing TrueCrypt by Bruce Schneier

Hacker “weev” demands bacon following prison release by David Kravets

Google adds to ToS: yes, we scan all your e-mails by Casey Johnston

Twitter ekibiyle olan toplantıdan notlar… by Erkan Saka (You can read English version of this here.)

It’s Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet via WIRED

Three Questions for Eugene Kaspersky by David Talbot

Nespresso “open-sources” coffee pod business under government pressure by Casey Johnston

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George Bush’s Paintings Aren’t Funny by Molly Crabapple

Selfies at funerals and memorial hashtags: mourning in the digital age by Laurie Penny

This Open Source Graffiti Drone Will Give Cops Nightmares by Kyle Vanhemert

William S. Burroughs’ Wild Ride with Scientology by Lee Konstantinou


[Pazar Müziği] Can Kazaz


Can Kazaz’ı Gökim sayesinde keşfettim ve bu kadar geç keşfettiğim için gerçekten üzüldüm. Ben buraya üç favorimi koydum ama siz Soundcloud profilini ziyaret edip tüm işlerine bir bakın.

Göki helped me to discover Can Kazaz and I’m wondering how I didn’t heard about him before. I choose three of my favourites but you should definitely visit his profile at Soundcloud. (You may not understand Turkish cut-and-pastes but who cares, give it a try.)