Wednesday, July 3, 2013

when you think social justice warriors can go no lower: the SFWA edition

Joe McCarthy's witch-hunt ended soon after Joseph Welch asked him on public television, "Have you no sense of decency?"

I keep waiting for that moment to come with the internet's social justice witch-hunters.

The answer to Welch's question is that witch-hunters have no sense of decency. They're hunting witches, after all. To holy warriors, decency is only weakness.

The latest example is a tumblr, Speculative Friction, dedicated to sharing posts made at a site that's not available to internet search engines, and which has an explicit privacy statement. At Vox Popoli: A scandal a day for SFWA  there's a claim in the comments about who's behind specfriction, but I haven't been able to verify it. (And for gentle flowers, I'll add a warning that Vox Day's fans defer to no one's concept of propriety.)

Warriors claim they respect privacy, but they only respect their own. They doxxed Zathlazip, who tried to keep her identity private, then turned around a year later and accused people of "outing" Coffeeandink, who was using her legal name in public posts. Hypocrisy lies at the heart of their identity.