“When I ask about the risks of contractors developing PTSD, a counselor I’ll call Logan tells me about a different psychological phenomenon: “post-traumatic growth,” an effect whereby some trauma victims emerge from the experience feeling stronger than before. The example he gives me is that of Malala Yousafzai, the women’s education activist, who was shot in the head as a teenager by the Taliban.
“That’s an extremely traumatic event that she experienced in her life,” Logan says. “It seems like she came back extremely resilient and strong. She won a Nobel Peace Prize… So there are many examples of people that experience difficult times and come back stronger than before.” – quote from an article about American Facebook moderators by Casey Newton.
Great strength can be found in completely ignoring the news!
Why would I write something like that? Well for the simple reason that the political “engagement” that is constantly being touted as extraordinary, not to forget “the never ending political conversation” that the people of the West are supposed to engage in is nothing but a sham. At least it is in terms of social media.
“Engaging” is only valid for as long as you “engage right,” which means that you are perfectly fine for as long as you “react right.” The moment that you “react wrong” to an event you will be guilty of “wrong think,” probably without even being aware of it, for after all you were just expressing your opinion. Freedom of speech is allegedly one of the amazing values of The Western world, a value that our fighters are defending and fighting for, in fact dying for (while fighting in…. The Middle East…go figure)…
A value that enshrines liberty: “Look at us we are not like those others! We can say what we want so our societies are superior! This is a model that ought to be replicated all over the world, even if it means bombing other nations into oblivion. Here, have some freedom!” BOOOOOM!
I’ve mentioned it on this blog before but I never tire of pointing it out that voting patterns are surprisingly even. It is nothing but a falsehood to claim that “progressivism” is more than a 50% world-view (roughly speaking,) it is not a massive majority viewpoint, nor is it “common sense,” this is a cultural political illusion in the USA, in the UK, in Norway, and elsewhere. Diversity is very real indeed and this makes it difficult to generalise. “We the people” could be anyone or anything. It will always be too broad a statement.
Not that it is ever a valid argument to say that: “the masses say so and so hence this has to be common sense or this has to be correct.” There are a number of strange things that have historically been considered “common sense” that we now laugh at…
Nothing is more comical to me than to go out there on the public space advocating and shopping for public engagement only to censor people and shut them off your platform (for ever) when people do precisely what you asked for: engage.
I’m not sure what sort of “discussion” tech people expected, but if there is one thing human interactions and history will teach anyone who bothers to read and observe it is that people certainly struggle to get along, and that not-getting-along seems to be more of a default setting than “glorious Utopia.” If I’m wrong in stating this then I wonder why it is so difficult to get communal living to work out, why bands with only 4 members break up, why small businesses suffer with internal backstabbing and why lawyers are being hired left, right and centre to settle the most petty of arguments.
If anything I think that social media has made political division and hostilities even worse, because as I’ve written before, you’ll be reminded of people’s values and opinions not because you are hanging out with them but due to their online activity….
I’m assuming that it is particularly damaging to declare ones “side” in ones short social media bio, as this can easily be perceived as confrontational and aggressive, even provocative from whatever other side. Do you declare your faith and political affiliation whenever you shake someone’s hand for the very first time? No.
I find it interesting that the political left is consistently being accused of identity politics while the political right is consistently being accused of racism due to nationalism and patriotism. Humanity = identity politics, for we would be nothing without our identity markers, and I think most would prefer to be something rather than nothing.
Abolish the nations (which is what the internationalists/globalists) are going on about and you will only get the emergence of new nations. Abolish new, radical, non-religious, political identities and you strip people of their raison d’être. In a best case scenario they’ll find another one in a worse case scenario they might go insane.
Maybe it can be claimed that social media has accelerated societal meltdowns since civil war and genocide was a factor way before we obtained our shiny little gadgets. The truth however is that there are plenty of people out there who you might get along with on a personal level but who you would end up in a shouting match with if your only interaction was based on “values.”
There are no such thing as “universal values.” These will be different from person to person, and roughly speaking from Nation to Nation, or from belief set to belief set, and a belief set by the way could might as well be a secular one, etc;
The geniuses over in Silicon Valley were seemingly surprised to find this out, which is why they’ve cracked down on “wrong think” on their platforms. They cannot claim moral superiority however, after all their very own social media moderators (who are not even official employees) suffer emotional scars after witnessing the true face of unfiltered humanity, in fact many articles have been written about these “invisible hands” keeping our digital landscape tidy. Muslims have complained of not having their prayer time respected and pan-Africans (in Africa) lament all over social media that American tech-companies are draining African soil for minerals without this benefitting the Natives….so what’s up with all of this senseless morality posturing?
Great strength can be found in completely ignoring the news!
At least it will prevent you from engaging, in addition it will shield you from idiocy.