Tuesday, December 31, 2013

two old posts about SJW censorship

• warriors love their echo chambers, plus a major sign you're dealing with a cult

Had my comments deleted from All Skulls On: Teaching Intersectionality through Halo. Le sigh. I think what I find most obnoxious about people who delete one person's comments but don't delete the responses to them is future readers are deprived of the context—but then, the point is to make it impossible for anyone to judge what a dissenter said. SJ warriors care about victory, not context.

To pretend deleting some comments is creating a "safe space" is very odd. If the discussion is "triggering", it should be entirely excised.

One of the first signs that you've landed at a cult's web site is when you find that polite disagreement is banned.

A copy of my first comment there is still at it's all one thing: Regarding Scalzi's "Lowest Difficulty Setting" and Teaching Intersectionality through Halo.

• where "more inclusive" means "less inclusive"

Liza Groen Trombi, editor-in-chief of Locus magazine, announced, "The writer who penned the offensive Wiscon post will no longer be contributing to or associated with Locus in any way, online or in print. The Locus Online editor will retain his editorial autonomy, with the understanding that nothing like this can or will be permitted to happen again. I’ve worked very hard in the past three years to build a better, more modern Locus, with greater parity, social awareness, and more inclusive coverage."

I disagree with Lawrence Person on a great number of issues, from capitalism to Islam, but I would never fire someone because I didn't like the politics of their humor, then claim my reason was to be more inclusive.

Monday, December 30, 2013

If I was cataloguing all the types of SJWs, I'd include animal-rights activists

And I say this as someone who had kept a near-vegan diet for years and wishes everyone would adopt a mostly vegetarian diet. Really, there are lines that activists should not cross, and death threats to dying people is one of them: Animal-Rights Activists Bully Dying Italian Girl - The Daily Beast

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Is the Internet a Mob Without Consequence?

Is the Internet a Mob Without Consequence? - NYTimes.com: "“This default to hate, this automatic mockery and derision, needs to be viewed with the same hatred as Sacco’s tweet,” wrote Tauriq Moosa, a tutor in ethics, bioethics and critical thinking at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. “Indeed, more so, since more people do it, no one is arbiter of said hate, and it’s constant, wide-ranging and terrifying if you’re the target.”"

Friday, December 6, 2013

Identitarianism articles at The North Star

At The North Star, Mark Fisher's Exiting the Vampire Castle does a nice job of dissecting identitarianism. A taste: "The Vampires’ Castle specialises in propagating guilt. It is driven by a priest’s desire to excommunicate and condemn, an academic-pedant’s desire to be the first to be seen to spot a mistake, and a hipster’s desire to be one of the in-crowd. The danger in attacking the Vampires’ Castle is that it can look as if – and it will do everything it can to reinforce this thought – that one is also attacking the struggles against racism, sexism, heterosexism. But, far from being the only legitimate expression of such struggles, the Vampires’ Castle is best understood as a bourgeois-liberal perversion and appropriation of the energy of these movements. The Vampires’ Castle was born the moment when the struggle not to be defined by identitarian categories became the quest to have ‘identities’ recognised by a bourgeois big Other."

It starts a bit slowly imho, but it's got grand bits. I suspect I'll be using "embourgeoisement".

Reactions, pro and con, and additional articles on the subject are also at The North StarI especially recommend Eve Mitchell's I am a Woman and a Human: A Marxist-Feminist Critique of Intersectionality Theory.