A Business Insider executive has made some comments on Twitter that do not reflect our values and have no place at our company. The executive has left the company, effective immediately.A bit coy, but whatever. I guess Henry Blodgett doesn't have to tell us whether Dickinson will be eligible for unemployment or not. He's busy bending over to please a bunch of implacable harpies. Apparently this whole thing was sparked by someone named Nitasha Tiku who noticed that Dickinson has little love for feminism and became all OFFENDED. Commence Twitter firestorm, and emails fired off to Blodgett calling for him to axe Dickinson, and a day later he is no longer working for Business Insider and his reputation is in the dumpster.
You ever get the feeling that the adults are not running the show anymore? That we are now living some large landlocked Lord of the Flies experiment with the angry, hysterical kids getting all the pork? I mean, honestly, who cares what a segment of people on Twitter think? Do none of these company heads have the basic fortitude to simply reply, "Thank you for your concern," and hit delete? And what is with all of the asinine snark? Is douche one of those words that you can just add any noun to in order to enhance its basic quality. Douchecanoe? Are we in 7th grade? Don't people get that the brogrammer tweet was supposed to be self parody? And why is it kosher to mock his name?
Again, are we in middle school? I feel like we're in middle school, and the teachers are long, LONG dead.
I don't always agree with Pax's tweets, but I've found a lot of them funny. I felt the same way when I was an expat in Russia and would get together with other Americans. There's nothing funny about the fact that Russians use a spoon to eat their cake instead of a fork. Unless you and everyone else in the room have had the experience of picking up a fork and being laughed at for it. Then it is hilarious. Just hilarious.
Here's my serious question to all the people who ganged up to deprive Dickinson of a job, are rejoicing that he's unemployed now, or are happily making comments threatening his physical safety: what are you supposed to do if you actually, truly don't believe all the humanist, progressive propaganda the news media/educational system/corporations shovel at you day in and day out? Think but never talk? Talk only in whispers amongst your family and hope a neighbor doesn't hear and report you to the Party? Because it gets old, really really old absorbing it all day long and never venting. Do you enjoy mouthing a creed you don't believe in? Somehow, I think not.
I mean, what if you don't believe white people are the source of everything that's wrong in the world? What if you think traditional gender roles worked just fine? What if you think the overall impact of religion was - gasp - positive for humanity? You can't say these things at work any more. Or in college. Or high school. Or in news articles about cops being shot during traffic stops. Not without being downgraded for it. Or suffering endless anti-religious trolling. Or being fired. And apparently you can't say them on unrelated social media either. Teachers have been fired for status updates, and kids get sent to jail for making sarcastic comments on Facebook.
Ironically, it's the behavior of these people spouting off their humanist values that make me sigh for humanity today. We are so tribal, and ever ready violently vanquish anyone from an "enemy" tribe and whoop it up at the post blooding celebration.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.