M&M, Cascadian Lovers
- Jun 7, 2014
This interesting article popped up today on my news feed - Internet Outrage, Public Shaming, and the Modern-Day Pharisee Phenomenon | Scott Sauls
I've been seeing a lot more of this on my 'community FRIENDS' fb page and others lately. The Friends page seems to be becoming less 'friendly'.
A couple of examples - post with photos about "horrific" graffiti tagging. Sorry - but simple non-racist, non-political, not hateful tagging graffiti is not "horrific" - concentration camps are horrific, deaths of countless numbers in LTC facilities might be considered horrific - but tagging? It's vandalism yes and not okay, but "horrific" no. Not IMO.
Pictures of trash cans in parks overflowing with trash after the weekend when lots of people have been out and enjoying the park (that's what they're for right? for people to use?) - "disgusting people coming into our neighbourhood - they're not even from around here" - uh - and you know this how? These sort of posts tend to get a lot of responses.
Comments about others not wearing masks; that businesses are negligent for not providing masks for their customers; people not physically distancing as others think they should ... the list goes on.
Posting a dissenting view, even when couched in the gentlest of terms - often nets one a backlash of nastiness - been there, received that. It's hard to know whether it's worth it to keep commenting with different points of view, but distressing to see the voices of the 'pharisees' becoming more strident in my neighbourhood. Are you seeing similar things on your neighbourhood pages? Do you scroll on by or say something? How do you decide?
Its all over the place
Since the 'net is now the World (see the many Corporate news articles that are just aboot twitter "controversy")...
Add to that to global humanity for the first time with a kind of telepathy...
Add to that this humanity is made up of many different BS, cultures, tribes, social norms, ages, lived experiences, neurobiological diversities, educational levels, etc.
Add to that legacy media which is dying, not being able to compete with this new world...
Add to that it only takes what some 10 per cent of population to contain fundy believers for that belief to spread through the mainstream...
Add to that different countries, governments, lifestyles...
We have the Peoplez Judean Front and the Peoplez Front of Judeau...
We have small brains and huge glands...
We have global minority whose metaphysics is so broken yet whose works are so successful the world is breaking under the strain...meaning and purpose merely epiphenomena overlain a deep meaninglessness...
Then we have the various Spirits and Agencies that have their own agendas who have been around as long or longer than humanity...some of whom are hungry...some of whom want to be left alone...and so forth...
We are creating a world where a complete ignorant person will have the capacity to affect the world on an unimaginable scale like that...3d printers...diy genetics...ai...robotics...internet of things...oh my!!!
So we have Chinese being cancelled by China for holding wrong opinions. We have a random USA guy losing his job because one wanker thot his ok sign was a white supremacy symbol. We have a global cancel culture movement against Palestinians. We have a worker talking at a meeting in regards to words not to say using the n word and getting fired. We have women getting FGM. We have a global surveilance state. We have powerful orgs like NYT doxxing journalists so that they have to move. We have a single woman with a terrible web page being designated a hate group by SPLC. We have various countries and governments egaging in compelled speech. We have accepted various racisms and sexisms and a whole shwack of isms but not for all identities. We have people fundieing, getting more narrow viewpoints. We have a personz place of business vandalized because of an advertizement. We have people pouring through decades of documentation to get an ordinary person fired for one bad comment.
It was the best of times.
It was the worst of times.
Scroll down for the Global Palestinian Cancel Culture ans even farther down for chilling tales of outrage and cancellation
I have seen several attempts at making a digital bill of rights. We r somewhere I dont think humanity has been before.
I hope we survive this bout of Creature from the Id madness.
I still love the net. As I joke there are lost civilizations in there. So much possibility and innovation ways of existing.