Sunday, May 5, 2019

Yes, "wokescold" is better than SJW

Sorry to be late to this. I've wished for years that someone had come up with a less ironic name than "social justice warrior"—it's too easy to think that's damning both the original social justice workers and the angry people who appropriated "social justice" as a justification for being awful. "Wokescold" is much better because "woke" is so clearly a cultish term like "enlightened" and "scold" cannot be interpreted as praise.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

3 short films about Bret Weinstein, Heather Heying, and Evergreen State College

Monday, April 22, 2019

Hypervigilance and Social Media

Hypervigilance and Social Media « Nina Paley's Blog:
My impulse is to check the internet to find out “what’s happening” — who is reacting to me, to my event, to my film; what are they saying, thinking, doing. They say abuse survivors are “hypervigilant”; it’s a symptom of PTSD. Certainly those being actively abused are. Social media supplies abuse and enables hypervigilance, everything a victim needs. It’s perfect for compulsively monitoring your abusers. Every social subtlety is significant, a cue and a clue to your safety, who will come to your aid and who will betray or condemn you, as Robin Dunbar elaborated in Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language. We constantly need to know where we rank in the hierarchy, who our allies and enemies are, and how those alliances shift. We need not only keep track of our friends and enemies, but our friends’ friends and enemies, and our enemies’ enemies and friends. For this, the human brain was designed; language evolved merely to keep better track of ever-shifting ranks, alliances, and enmities, according to Dunbar. No wonder fecebook is so addictive.