Another Blowup

There is yet another blowup over a journalist who made an ass of herself on Twitter.

I know I never mentioned this before, but I passionately hate Twitter.

18 thoughts on “Another Blowup”

  1. I saw this yesterday. And now we have the NYT, Slate, and probably soon the whole left media sphere closing ranks to declare that swill like this person’s tweets are A-OK. Cuz privilege…or something.

    The 4channers probably aren’t wrong in thinking that anything that degrades public discourse further is ultimately a win for them. I really worry that these idiots will succeed in getting Trump a second term.

    And I’m increasingly convinced that twitter literally causes brain damage.


    1. To clarify, I’m not saying that they need to fire the person in question. But there’s a difference between declining to fire someone over old tweets and defending the content of the tweets for reasons that are convincing only to the sort of people who think that the cultural appropriation of making tortillas is one of the gravest issues of our time.


        1. Twitter isn’t making anybody smarter, that’s for sure

          A few weeks ago, the organization behind one of the most high profile awards in science fiction put out a request that people please dress “semi formally” for the awards ceremony. Within a few hours, a group of supposed adults on twitter managed to work themselves up into a full blown 2 year old style meltdown over this minor suggestion. And in the context of an SF convention, “semi formal” basically means “Please don’t show up in ratty jeans and a 20 year old pizza stained “Xena: Warrior Princess” t-shirt. It was really no big deal.

          Not getting a twitter account (I only found out about this story when it was posted elsewhere) is one of the smartest things I ever did.


            1. I doubt that even the participants could explain it to you if you asked them. Someone speaks in their “I’m so very righteously outraged and snarky” voice, and the collective must proceed to throw a temper tantrum because that’s just how twitter works. The actual reasons, if there are any, are secondary.


    1. I think Stringer Bell’s point it very important and one that gets lost. My campus is a passive one overall but the conservative students are far more dogmatic and far more liable to complain about texts or campus events than the liberal ones.


      1. Working the refs has been a time honored strategy among republicans. Facebook and Twitter got Trump elected, but conservatives still complain falsely about censorship on social media. And get Zuckerberg to meet with them to redress their made up grievances.

        lol @ anyone who ever believed in this bullshit. Let me know when the conservative equivalent of Steven Salaita happens. Then we can talk censorship on campus.


        1. I called Trump a vicious cockroach on FB under my own name. But I’d never post anything of what I write here about trigger warnings or pronouns there. Because I’m scared. So where is this conservative Salaita going to come from?


    2. The other side of it is that faculty who aren’t politically left don’t engage in any speech because they self-censor. So the data is skewed.


  2. Of course, the example of an unacceptable horrible conservative statement – which is liable of becoming acceptable if the 8-year-old twit isn’t fired – is about Israel. It figures.


  3. I hate it when my country is treated like that. Hate.

    Thinking about it, I am against her getting fired if the linked article’s author is correct. Since accusing Israel of genocide and other similar things are already acceptable in Liberal circles, letting Ben Shapiro “go fully mainstream” may serve to make the mainstream discourse more balanced and closer to reality.

    Wanted to apologize for talking about Israel again, but why should I if my country is the first example coming to American Liberals’s minds when they try to think of “the ugly things that the “respectable” right wants to say” ? It’s this identity game again – since Trump does nothing of importance in America, Liberals have only Middle East’s problems left to take care of.


  4. I’m glad that they aren’t firing her. We need to move beyond a culture of firing people over old tweets.

    And I’ve been pleased to see many critics of political correctness say that she shouldn’t be fired. A lot of them recognize that you don’t defang political correctness by fighting back with the same tactics.

    At the same time, what would happen if it were discovered that a newly-hired NYT writer had previously criticized the culture in some segment of some group other than “white people”, e.g. anti-education attitudes in certain segments of the black community, or sexism by some Muslims? That would actually be a narrower critique than her broad brushes against white people, and it would be one that many writers from those communities have echoed. But I am pretty sure that the online mobs would be merciless, and the NYT would capitulate.

    There’s a double standard here, and it won’t help ease tensions in our culture war.


  5. Brian Williams on MSNBC said that Twitter is “where human souls go to die.” I’m pretty sure I heard that right. If he didn’t say it, someone should. As I posted on my own blog a couple days ago, I have disabled my Twitter account. I will not miss it. Twitter does not make the world a better place.

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  6. While reading about Sarah Jeong & the NYT, I came across an excerpt from an interview with Bernie Sanders about open borders:

    Bernie Sanders: Open borders? No, that’s a Koch brothers proposal.
    Ezra Klein: Really?
    Bernie Sanders: Of course. That’s a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States. …
    Ezra Klein: But it would make …
    Bernie Sanders: Excuse me …
    Ezra Klein: It would make a lot of global poor richer, wouldn’t it?
    Bernie Sanders: It would make everybody in America poorer — you’re doing away with the concept of a nation state, and I don’t think there’s any country in the world that believes in that.

    Here’s a link (it’s the post below the one about S. Jeong):


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