Sorry, forgot to mention. The reason it sounded like you were pro council is that you spend a lot of time focusing on what you clearly see as community overreaction. Would it not be better to have a group of experts rather than the great unwashed? As I say, your position seems to be a strong support of the council except for the part where you say it isn't.
Not if the group of experts are going to quash free speech. Which is basically what this council's job is. Free speech means FREE SPEECH. It's the old Voltaire saw: "I might disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
Can speech be hurtful? Of course. Welcome to Earth
is hurtful, unless you're one of those fortunate silver-spooned scions that never has to worry about anything. But I would rather accept the possibility of people using hurtful hate speech against me, and knowing I can say whatever I want, rather than have censors everywhere making sure that nobody says anything bad.
They're like the guys from the 80s and 90s who tried to get music labeled because they were worried it might corrupt the poor little kiddies.
First. The fact that the phrase 'incredibly successful media franchise' can be applied to drivel like Twilight
is simultaneously depressing and horrifying, because it's shown just how far we've fallen as a culture. I should also note that Click's work includes such sterling hallmarks like 50 Shades of Grey and My Big Redneck Wedding.
Second. My objection to this is threefold. One: that this is allowed to pass for legitimate academic work
. Two: actual taxpayer money
was spent on this - Click received a grant in 2009 to attend a convention in Dallas. About Twilight. To study attendees. Not the work itself, the people who read it
. Three: Click has received awards
for this work. Strictly at the local level (thank God), but someone thinks that this is actually worth awarding
. Why? How exactly does better understanding something that's going to be forgotten fifty years from now advance the course of human civilization?
Click has no business being looked up to, being seen as someone to emulate, being a role model
at the collegiate level. If she'd like to take a few steps down to middle school, then I wouldn't have much issue with it. But you have to actually work
at middle school, you can't justify your continued existence by writing about what is bottom-barrel culture.
Third. Yes, I may have made a personal attack on Melissa Click, deriding her for her choice of 'work' in the academic field. But the difference between the SJWs and me is that I don't expect Melissa Click to come up to me and say 'Gosh, Reiji, you're totally right about everything you say' just because I said it. I expect it to accomplish nothing
other than to let me speak my own views. The SJWs expect their personal attacks to silence any dissension.
Yes. I may be explaining this badly. That is one possible explanation for how my position has remained unclear thus far.
So, if I may, let me try and explain my position in the most direct manner possible.
The Council is a concession of Twitter to the SJWs, who will use it to suppress free speech in the name of social justice and 'correct' speech.
This is BAD
EDIT: A couple of spotted grammar errors, unplaced spaces, and a word change for clarity. Plus one moved quote/response.