Thursday, December 14, 2017

Putting a Finger On What Is Wrong

Today I'm spontaneously starting a new series. In this series, I'm going to point out "thinking" that is simply wrong and which is ruining the world by twisting the way people see it. Let us begin with an attack on Taylor Swift.

To be clear, I am no Swift fan. Her work is obnoxious, amoral and full of messages that should themselves make this series. But tonight, I'm going to point out something that just happened to her which really highlights a problem with modern society. What happened was this...

Swift gave a concert to her fans in New York in which she celebrated her 28th birthday. For most people, birthdays are a happy occasion where we reflect briefly on the prior year and we consider the future. Add to this that concerts are generally meant to be uplifting for fans, who often feel part of the star's life. Hence, Swift thanked her fans and posted on Instagram that she "couldn’t have asked for a better year."

Internet trolls immediately descended:
"I mean, yeah there were Nazi's (sic) and white supremacy marches, and families are being town (sic) apart, and there were mass shootings and people are losing health care, but none of that affects me, so 2017 was great!"
Forget the fact that several of these items were BS; whether true or not, this troll has lapped this up and believes it. What matters here is not if any of this is true, but the idea that somehow because this idiot thinks these bad things happened, this idiot has the right to just Swift as immoral for telling people she had a good year. This is heinously wrong on several levels:
(1) The idea that someone has the right to judge whether someone else is insufficiently angry/outraged.
(2) The idea that the geopolitical must (or even should) outweigh the personal.
(3) The herd mindset that everyone must think and feel the same.
Seriously trolls, you have no right to judge another person's personal priorities, and that fact that you and your sickly fellow travelers do shows us what is wrong with you. Live your own damn lives. Stop trying to live through others. And stop trying to control others. Stop trying to spread your diseased mental states to other people. You suck. Go f* yourselves... the human race does not need you or want you.

Indeed, the very idea that geopolitical events should control your happiness and should trump personal events is mentally deranged. That makes you ISIS, Hitler and every other sick bastard who tried to evade their own failures by casting blame on geopolitical events that truly did not affect them. And the fact the things you point to as ruining you are BS makes it even worse. You are a rebel without a clue looking for an outrage to let you unleash your hate... you are nothing more.

Finally, your herd instinct is the very thing that drives the human race off the cliff time and again. People left to their own opinions and beliefs built this world, herd creatures like you periodically try to destroy it. Turd. I wish you a long, lonely life of intense unhappiness.

That's how I see it. You?


tryanmax said...

I had an encounter this evening along similar lines. A local celebrity posted that she thinks of Sandy Hook every time her son has a momentous occasion: birthdays, school programs, the like. I responded that that’s not healthy and suggested she talk to someone about it. I added that I have experience with depression so that was the focus of my concern.

She did not respond, but another woman did on her behalf. She told me I have no right to tell other people how to feel, insinuated that I have no kids thus no standing, and accused me of mansplaining. It’s amazing how people will defend negative emotions and seem actually suspicious of the idea that people should be anything but miserable all the time.

AndrewPrice said...

tryanmax, That's exactly it. There is this "movement" for lack of a better word, of people who want everyone to be miserable. It's like some sort of cult that worships misery. Any attempt at levity or simply happiness is viewed as an outrage that must be shut down. It's bizarre and oppressive.

AndrewPrice said...

OT: Two anchors have been accused of unwanted advances by a woman at ESPN. One of them released texts today showing that their relationship was consensual.

I think this will blow up badly on the metoo's because they've taken the hard position that all women must be believed.

Anonymous said...

There is a certain class of people who are simply mired in hate, bitterness, jealousy and self pity.Troll is an apt name for them. Yesterday I was reading an article at the Federalist about a movie. A few of us commented on itwhen someone who calls himself gaybobisangry, who ALWAYS trolls the Federalist commented, and I quote, "Movies are a waste of your life." Well guess what bob, so is spending all day every day reading articles at a site you don't agree with for the sole purpose of trolling it. I can't imagine a bigger waste of time. And that's just what a lot of people do. They spend their lives wallowing in self righteous anger which can't be satisfied, their only release is in sniping at others.

ArgentGale said...

Excellent idea for a series, Andrew. I observed a similar phenomenon among a group of liberals I knew a while back and you're right about how vile it is. There's definitely something about social media that's brought the dark side of Internet culture (forums, interest communities, and the like) to the mainstream and it's disturbing to watch. A lot of people see this, too, but I don't see social media losing its popularity any more than Hollywood's perverts being exposed is going to keep people away from movies and TV sadly. On that subject, good catch on the anchors. And people wonder why we have so much sexual dysfunction these days.

AndrewPrice said...

Wow. Yahoo now has an article up pondering whether or not the Alabama senate race "represents a sea change on abortion."

That is so far beyond delusional that I don't even know how to make fun of it. All I can say it, "run with that liberals."

tryanmax said...

Maybe if Moore/anybody else had actually pushed Jones’s negatives on abortion, they’d have a point. Jones successfully deployed the Hillary strategy: stay out of the headlines, hand your opponent a shovel.

Anthony said...

That tweet to Swift just strikes me as drive by s*** posting. Insincere and not worth thinking about.

Critch said...

Some reporter came unglued because she saw a young man in a bacon suit and immediately she branded him anti-Semitic...I figure if I trigger them enough they just won't be around much longer.

AndrewPrice said...

Critch, It would be nice if that was true, wouldn't it? I'd love to watch their little minds explode.

AndrewPrice said...

tryanmax, I thought it was crazy when they figured this was a sign that the Democrats were winning over the public. Pushing it down to the level of abortion is ludicrous.

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