Nextdoor: Neighborhood McCarthyism, From The Convenience Of Your Phone

McCarthyism, meet Nimbyism.
By Asher Meyers | Sep 16, 2018 |
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By Asher Meyers | Sep 16, 2018 |
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Restlessness sets in, and you get that gnawing feeling of, “I need some crazy in my life.” The tech world knows your existential angst, and brings you… Nextdoor. This app allows nosy neighbors to raise drama about non-issues in their ‘hood. That lady who calls the cops whenever she sees a black guy after sunset? This is *her* safe space. Nextdoor is what happens when Facebook meets Craigslist, leavened with Nimbyism and McCarthyism. And now it is appeasing the anti-bike crowd.

Recently, a number of L.A.-area streets had one lane in each direction replaced by a bike lane on each side and a middle turn lane. On Nextdoor, the more sober opponents claimed that slower driving speeds to save lives was… an attack on the environment, because cars might idle. But the more gentlemanly among them took it even further: “I’ve suggested sniper rifles on the bluff with scopes to fire at Culver Blvd” as a way to reduce traffic congestion. Thank you, Nextdoor. And Silicon Valley.

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