Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Twitter User

(took this from yesterday down because it was a mess, and re-posting now; and "Twitter User" is a better name)

Ann Coulter dared describe the Democrats' current absolute state of white absolution, in their own words sans the sentiment, on Twitter:
"Dems don’t want people to notice that their base is composed of diametrically opposed groups. RESULT: Anti-Semites founding the Women’s March; Trannies screaming at vagina-centered [the Indy 100 article linked here put a "SIC" after this] Feminists, Hollywood dumping Kevin Hart."
And Twitter's voluntary auxiliary thought police rose as one, like zombies answering a witch doctor's conjuring, providing the content for a host of articles such as the one linked above, outrage-listicles for lazy journalists.

But I realize "Florida Man", a catch-all phrase for Floridians engaging in reckless redneckitude , has a counterpoint-counterpart, Twitter User. Just as "Florida Man" gets his name from news reports ("Florida Man Creates Lawn Chair Airboat, is Eaten by Alligators"), likewise Twitter User ("Twitter User Responds to Ann Coulter and it's Glorious!").

Twitter User is Florida Man's opposite. Where Florida Man's lack of judgement makes him as unpredictable as the outcomes of his various schemes, Twitter User seeks out predictability, as a virtue. And he invariably finds it.

Whereas Florida Man lacks awareness of his connection to society and his effects on it, Twitter User is obsessed with it, and has an aggrandized notion of his place in it--yet seeks ever more prominence. Twitter User is as engaged as Florida Man is disengaged, yet he appears to have even less self-awareness. Florida Man may be led by his impulses, but Twitter User is led by someone else's.

Twitter User repeats from a small store of platitudes, and prides himself not on some new insight, but on a more inventive and amusing way of repeating those platitudes.
Such a reaction as this could be any Twitter User responding to any Twitter Bait, for instance:
This has to be one of the most racist things ever said on television. Advertisers, are you really going to support this?’ one Twitter user wrote.
 Who will achieve self-awareness first, AI or the NPC? It's almost as if the former is progressing toward it at the same time humanity regresses away from it.


Steve Sailer likes to invoke the weak form of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (strong version: language determines behavior; weak: language influences it), defining it as "...having a term for a reality or a concept makes it easier to notice that reality and easier to think about that concept, while not having a term for it makes thinking harder."

This concept itself would qualify as just such a useful concept laying fallow. But it came to mind yesterday as I was introduced to the word "cryptonormativisim", which may sound like a pretentious jumble but is highly useful in understanding, just for starters, the inscrutable blob of mercury that is critical theory.

Joseph Heath on critical studies:
A long time ago, Habermas wrote a critical essay on Foucault, in which he accused him of “cryptonormativism.” The accusation was that, although Foucault’s work was clearly animated by a set of moral concerns, he refused to state clearly what his moral commitments were, and instead just used normatively loaded vocabulary, like “power,” or “regime,” as rhetorical devices, to induce the reader to share his normative assessments, while officially denying that he was doing any such thing. The problem, in other words, is that Foucault was smuggling in his values, while pretending he didn’t have any. A genuinely critical theory, Habermas argued, has no need for this subterfuge, it should introduce its normative principles explicitly, and provide a rational defence of them.
Cryptonormativism is everywhere, claiming the moral high ground on bases ultimately so obscure they can't be challenged. It travels well with its companion--the image of the  secular "liberal" as high social status versus the low social status "conservative."

I would add to the hypothesis the creation of false concepts. Not only are we limited, in Orwellian fashion, from naming and identifying useful concepts for understanding society and our world, we are loaded up with false ones that cause misunderstanding of it--racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia...more every day.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Intersectional Pile-up

Vanity Fair's expose on the Women's March movement is lit, and this devil is happy:
Mercy Morganfield, a longtime activist and daughter of blues legend Muddy Waters, has been one of the leading voices in calling for accountability from the co-chairs. For Morganfield, a former spokesperson for the Women’s March who also ran the D.C. branch, the various problems that people have had with the Women’s March—ideological, managerial, fiscal—should be seen as all of a piece. She recalled being startled earlier this year when Mallory—already a nationally recognized leader of the Women’s March—showed up at the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day event.
“When all of that went down, it was my last straw,” she told Tablet. “You are part of a national movement that is about the equality of women and you are sitting in the front row listening to a man say women belong in the kitchen and you’re nodding your head saying amen! I told them over and over again: It’s fine to be religious, but there is no place for religion in its radical forms inside of a national women’s movement with so many types of women. It spoke to their inexperience and inability to hold this at a national stage. That is judgment, and you can’t teach judgment.”
Does that go for mainstream Islam? Or just for the "Black Muslims" of the Nation of Islam?
“They don’t have a clue what they’re doing,” Morganfield told Tablet. “They were chosen for optics—for the image they brought to the march. They believe that being in the right place at the right time for this march and this movement made them the founders—but it didn’t.”
These people presented as national leaders are really just co-opting genuine grass roots movements started via social media. They are frauds. You didn't really think Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour are talented organizers, managers, leaders?

But they do bring value as figureheads, and this is very much a racket:
The Women’s March was obviously on its way to becoming a valuable brand, receiving millions of dollars in donations and raking in millions more worth of merchandise: T-shirts, pins, bags, mugs, and more. It began coordinating with a merchandising partner, The Outrage, which describes itself as a “female-founded activist apparel company.” (The Outrage also has a line with actress-turned-activist Rose McGowan, complete with #RoseArmy merch.) 
And in March of 2017, Women’s March Inc. filed a federal trademark registration for the Women’s March with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It was met with much opposition. As Refinery29 reported, 14 separate organizations opposed the mark. “You do not trademark a movement,” Shook told us. “The Women’s March should belong to all of us. The sister marches don’t get a dime. They’ve been asked to be transparent over and over.” Keep in mind the people jockeying for position in these fund-raising entities are relying on the volunteer true-believers, as is pointed out earlier in the article.
But whatever concerns were popping up were ultimately no match for the steamroller of the event’s progress. And when the day came, the reality far exceeded expectations. Estimates for the March on Washington range between half a million and a million people, giving the city’s metro system its second busiest day in history. Estimates for all the Women’s Marches that took place in cities across the country, had between 3.6 and 4.6 million people participating. In terms of attendance and publicity, the event was an enormous, iconic success. It took the swirling, latent energy of the country’s broad political opposition to Trump and turned it into a dramatic showing of strength.
Like a gold strike the March attracted prospectors, speculators and con men.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday Stream

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Reading from "Children of Ted; Two decades after his last deadly act of ecoterrorism, the Unabomber has become an unlikely prophet to a new generation of acolytes," in New York Magazine:
"The second point was that technology’s dark momentum can’t be stopped...
We doze off while exploring a fun new thing called social media and wake up to big data, fake news, and Total Information Awareness. 
All true, Jacobi thought. Who the hell wrote this thing? The clue arrived in section No. 96: “In order to get our message before the public with some chance of making a lasting impression, we’ve had to kill people,” the mystery author wrote. 
“Kill people” — Jacobi realized that he was reading the words of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski..."

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fantasy Island

GitHub has a helpful site, "Pronoun Island", introducing us to the host of new pronouns for biological-nonconformists:

The site should have a long life, with the introduction of new pronouns coming at a steady clip. They list "known" pronouns:

Oh brave new words!

Twitter User

(took this from yesterday down because it was a mess, and re-posting now; and "Twitter User" is a better name) Ann Coulter dared...