2020-07-20: Social Justice WAAAGH

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2020-07-20: Social Justice WAAAGH

Postby Nosy Neighbordroid » July 20th, 2020, 8:24 am

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Re: 2020-07-20: Social Justice WAAAGH

Postby dark_lord_zagato » July 21st, 2020, 1:00 am

When I was a kid, angry pitchfork mobs used to be an evangelical christian thing. I find this new world strange and confusing.

Greenface, eh? Next time try using blue, Naga. Angry Smurfs are easier to sweep off your front yard than orcs. :mrgreen:
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Re: 2020-07-20: Social Justice WAAAGH

Postby Forrest » July 22nd, 2020, 11:54 am

dark_lord_zagato wrote:When I was a kid, angry pitchfork mobs used to be an evangelical christian thing. I find this new world strange and confusing.


There's been at least a decade of people making (IMO quite valid) comparison between the angry pitchfork "social justice" stuff and religious evangelism.

Also parallel to that development, somehow atheism came to be associated with the right wing, while I grew up knowing religiosity to be a right-wing thing and so atheism to be associated with the left.

And then between those two things, a bunch of people who used to be just atheist YouTubers are now a bloc of so-called "rational" "skeptic" anti-feminist, anti-anti-racist, anti-socialist, anti-trans, anti-anything-vaguely-left, alt-right wingnuts.

This is indeed a strange and confusing new world.
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Re: 2020-07-20: Social Justice WAAAGH

Postby dark_lord_zagato » July 23rd, 2020, 2:11 am

Forrest wrote:There's been at least a decade of people making (IMO quite valid) comparison between the angry pitchfork "social justice" stuff and religious evangelism.


I was a little slow to pick up on this because I don't use social media, no Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr accounts.

There's a lot going on all at once and it's a big tangled mess. I think a big part of it though is people who are immature listening to people who are dishonest. The extremes of both sides seem to operate like this. Just tell young people exactly what they want to hear and they believe you if they don't have any good role models in their lives to tell them otherwise.
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Re: 2020-07-20: Social Justice WAAAGH

Postby Ugwump » July 28th, 2020, 7:16 am

angry pitchfork mobs


The pitchfork wielding mob was popularized by the movie version of Frankenstein. It indicates a preference for physical action over inquiry. It has its origins in how humans are cognitive misers. (Your brain uses 1/3 of your bodies' energy resources just sitting still and the rest of your body is jealous.)

The imagery might be cynically described as visual shorthand for, "How dare you make me waste calories thinking! I'm going to make myself feel better by using my muscles to spend twenty times as much on a social activity!"

And yes, I know emotions originate in the brain so there's hypocrisy in there, too.
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