Someone unironically using 'sjw' is a record scratch. 'Social Justice Warrior Culture' is like vacuum appearing and eating all sound for a couple seconds. Comparing this to the Cultural Revolution is like, I don't know. The death of sound, maybe?
You may think the comparison isn't apt. I disagree. The whole point of the Cultural Revolution was to promote and inculcate Maoist thought amongst the Chinese people (cloaked in the guise of protecting 'true' Communist ideology), and purge dissenting viewpoints (such as that held by Deng Xiaoping).
One viewpoint. One correct way of looking at things. Decided by a small handful of people.
You've already got the movement clamoring for hate speech codes, involving the police in these matters, and an insistence on 'academic justice' (IE, telling the right
story) over academic freedom.
And that's nothing to say of the fact that revoking the First Amendment - which is effectively what they're trying to do - isn't just a pipe dream anymore. A couple of guys went to Yale and spent 1 hour asking students to sign a petition to overturn the First Amendment. They got almost one signature per minute
. And keep in mind, Yale is supposed to be the bastion of liberal principles.
Which culture has fallen? And from where? What is the pinnacle of culture to you?
If we're talking about the US, then Western European-based culture. From where? I can't really say how high, but I would say our peak time culturally was somewhere in the range of the 1700s to the start of the 20th century. I'm a bit of a classicist, so I use the following definition for culture: "a pursuit of total perfection by means of getting to know, on all the matters which most concern us, the best which has been thought and said in the world."
Why is Twilight any worse than the silly stuff people read two/three/four/five/six/seven/etc centuries ago?
It's NOT. The difference is that A: you didn't have university educators confusing it for real academic work, and B: we haven't any idea what that silly stuff is, because the vast majority of it no longer exists (or is inaccessible to the average person). Twilight is going the same way as all that silly stuff from a while ago, it just hasn't happened yet.
Why do you want to police and censure what Click writes?
I don't. But I don't think her scribblings on 50 Shades of Grey
should be considered 'acceptable' collegiate level work, much in the same way that a high school English teacher should not accept a book report based on Dick and Jane
. It's beneath
the level of academic rigor that should be demanded for that level of education. I'm not asking her to go out and read Eco's The Name of the Rose
, but she can certainly find something better than this.
Have you legitimately read her stuff? What arguments is she making?
No, I haven't. Mainly because her stuff isn't either available for reading, or I don't have money to be flashing around to buy an article online.
What advances the course of human civilization? What makes something worthy of study?
Quite simply? Knowledge.
The more we understand something, the more knowledge we gain and can thus better ourselves. But while studying anything is going to add to our knowledge base, not everything is equally worthy of study.
Things worthy of study are things that can actually be used
to benefit mankind. I go and I study engineering, I can learn how to build bridges, houses, structures necessary for the existence of modern industrialized society. I go and I study something like Twilight
, what can I do with that?
When I was at university, I had a choice - I could study science or I could study history as my major. I picked the former, because while I recognized that science was harder and required more study and thought and idea, I also recognized that science can be used to build
. The smartphone in your pocket, self-driving cars, rocket flight? Science
. Furthermore, I realized that there's no money
in history, unless you are a university professor, a New York Times-bestselling writer, or work in a museum.
What is bottom-barrel culture? What is top-barrel culture?
Kanye West, the Kardashians, Jersey Shore, to give the three examples that immediately
spring to my mind. I could probably list a few more, but they
are the exemplars of it. (Plus, one of them would probably get me lynched.)
Lord of the Rings, The Wealth of Nations, Lovecraft & Derleth. And I understand that none of us can be concerned with high-minded culture all the damn time. I admit that I get chuckles from watching things like World's Dumbest and enjoy loading my Monty Python DVDs into the player for another round of silliness. There's nothing wrong
with a good bit of humor and low-brow things. But when everything
is low-brow, when there is no appeal to higher nature and everything is just sex and violence, that's not
a good thing.
Now i am just going to sit here and wait for the revolution to devour it self with any luck.
That's what it's doing right now. The people the revolution is eating? Are the people who started it back in my parent's generation. Insistence on ideological purity is dangerous, because you can always be accused of not being pure enough if you go out of lockstep with the movement.
You know honestly this generation needs its George Carlin, and people like him just to knock some of the wind out of the righteous sales. Taking your own dumb shit to seriously is like the number 1 disease of this generation.
This generation has its Carlin. He's called George Carlin
. He talked about a lot of things - the thing I keep remembering from him? "Political Correctness is Fascism disguised as Manners."