Imagine the amount of moral arrogance and bad faith you have to have in your body to type the words ‘the woman who called the cops on a black person was blind.’ pic.twitter.com/lT9D19niVS
There’s a ‘serious crew’ of journalists on this site. They generally can be categorized thusly
1. Super online
2. Their ‘reporting’ involves searching twitter or like reading psychology reports
3. Inscrutable about their politics Bc they think it makes them complicated
4. Defenders of ‘the discourse’ which always gets defined as credentialed idiots opining on the day’s issues without fear of unpleasantness.
5. They say ‘wait for the whole story’ but weirdly they only wait until they find whatever they need to yell about outrage culture
6. They invent elaborate and ahistorical justifications for why ‘outrage culture’ is a threat to democracy. They never say what they really mean: ‘hey this thing everyone is mad about is stupid’ because they’re cowards who want to find an easier path to saying ‘this is stupid.’
There are stupid things online. They generally are ignored except when they’re held up by these idiots and shared widely as the reason why some mythical, impressionable kid was drawn to the alt right by a too-woke article on Mic dot com.
The reality of all this hasn’t changed. Media ppl spend all their time online. The job market in our industry has caused a lot of insecurity. Twitter opens up ‘the discourse’ to a lot of people who 90% of media ppl would never have encountered before.
The rise of this serious crew who spend all their time refereeing ‘outrage culture’ has its roots in the most conservative impulse ever: leveraging credentials to preserve the power of their industry and weeding out everyone who might look out of place on a journalism panel.
For the most part the serious crew is just annoying. There’s a bit of white resentment where I generally can tell that they’re worried about their job future and the tiny flood of minorities who were hired to - GASP - write about race post Ferguson.
But I’ve noticed recently that they are so eager to jump on the other side of one of these blow-ups, and, apparently, fabricate shit like ‘the woman who called the cops on a black person was blind,’ that I think they now should just be called out every time.
There are a lot of shitty uncomfortable moments online where things actually do spin out of control. Critiques lose context.
But a true ‘defender of discourse’ should think all of this is good, on balance. They shouldn’t be hall monitors. They should be opening gates.