Yale administrators might be the only group more sheltered than Yale students, yet they’re the only group the media seems to have the energy to defend.Worse, media seems to be defending them in a way that attacks activists for being weak and defenseless instead of pointing out when they’re strong and abusing their power.OK, what is my mind picking up while asleep, the undercurrents of the cosmic pop-culture?BURNING MAN CROWDS and their highly focused Tibetan-Tulpa rays, centaur Real-doll scorpions, art installations with haunted randomizers and discarnate memories stored in the zeropoint nonlocal foam. Or, buy up some dead Violet Ray tesla-coil quack-medical devices on e Bay, then get them working for resale. Kumis beer from fermented mares' milk fueled Ghengis' vast army. The seller just didn't let it go long enough, like artisan carbonated grape juice actually being proto-wine.Certainly the SJ-critical movement has been stuck on the same side as people a whole lot creepier than self-serving humanities professors, so what’s the problem? When creepy white supremacists criticize social justice, they’re at no risk of taking over the wider SJ-critical movement.As the old saying goes, white supremacists are the best argument against white supremacy, and most of them couldn’t take over a blanket fort with a flamethrower.The Atlantic published The Coddling Of The American Mind. ) published Campus PC Panic Is Getting Ridiculous and How Coddled Young Radicals Got Discomfort All Wrong. Even President Obama has condemned what he called “coddled” college students, saying “that’s not the way we learn”.The UK political class is up in arms about Germaine Greer being denied platform, and the US political class is up in arms about the Halloween costume argument at Silliman College (nominative determinism! Complaining about social justice seems to be getting, dare I say, almost trendy.
And if people must focus on trigger warnings and safe spaces, I wish they would use one of about a zillion good arguments that don’t involve the pseudo-Nietzschean “You’re all babies! Finally, I think this might be a wake-up call to worry about the role of academia in media more generally.
But rhetorically-gifted Yale professors who get thinkpieces published in The Atlantic are exactly the sort of people who would take over the wider SJ-critical movement, become its most important voice, and define what it means both to the rest of the world and to its own members. Any general knows that you want to hold the high ground, and it really really shouldn’t be hard to hold the high ground against the sorts of people who continue to defend bullying someone to suicide because they drew a cartoon character differently than other people.
But the mass media seems determined to find a way to yield the high ground and insist against all evidence that it’s punching down.
I started criticizing social justice back in 2010, which doesn’t sound so impressive until you realize that’s two centuries ago in Internet Years. Many others were horrible people next to whom the lesbian-causes-witchcraft types looked like Voltairesque voices of reason.
At the time, you rarely heard such criticism outside of wingnutty lesbianism-causes-witchcraft circles. But over the past few years I’ve been privileged (sic) to meet many other people with the same concerns. But they all had something in common: they were nobodies, and nobody cared what they thought.