Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Twitter and humanity

It was reported today that Business Insider today fired Pax Dickinson for his history of "offensive tweets" on Twitter.  Business Insider characterized it thus:
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.

Does this seem a little controlling to anyone else?  I thought in this brave new post-modern, post-Christian world we were all supposed to live and let live, to accept diversity, to coexist.  To tolerate each other.  Who goes around gunning for the jobs of people they haven't even met and feels all righteous doing it?

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. 

5 comments:

  1. Thank you grerp. What *are* we supposed to do? That's a brilliant way of framing the problem with political correctness.

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  2. I agree, our priorities are distorted and so is our news.

    While Yahoo pontificates about this 'awful' racist homophobe, in the real world:

    1. A 62-year-old white man who was brutally attacked and killed in Union Square last week died Monday.

    Lashawn Marten, 31, who is black, “made statements to the effect that I’m going to punch the first white man that I see,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

    2. An attacker pummeled a bus passenger so hard he smashed the bones in his face after calling the victim a “cracker” in Manhattan–marking the second time in two days that people appeared to be randomly targeted in racial tirades against white people, authorities said.

    But that's NOT news, that's down the rabbit hole.

    Anti-racist is just a codeword for anti-white.

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  3. The question has been asked and answered. You can play their game and pay their taxes or you can go Galt.

    The sooner the productive people drop out of society, the sooner we can collapse it and rebuild it.

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  4. I agree with you, and I'm a brown guy who's also an atheist. So much disdain for white people and the religious these days -- it makes no sense.

    I make it a point to use my real name wherever I post these days because I don't want my true opinions and worldviews to be silenced. I will say what I want to say whether anyone likes it or not. Unfortunately, because I am a brown man in Canada, I will be less likely to be penalized for voicing what some may seem as an unpopular opinion versus a white man, all because of some invisible paranoid schizophrenic force known as "white privilege".

    Where is the true equality we speak of?

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  5. Welcome to Calvinism 2.0! The Religion of Statism. Go back into the past and read about the depths to which the fanatics sunk during the religious wars of the 16th century. Or during the Terror of the French Revolution, where people were hired by the government to spy on their neighbors and arrest anyone who didn't look happy enough about the revolution. Think it can't happen here? Think again. Fanatical religions that don't believe in God are no less dangerous than fanatical religions that do.

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