Thursday, January 14, 2016

Excerpt of the Day

This is who profits from perpetual outrage:
This Is the Hollowed-Out World That Outrage Culture Has Created

Shamelessness. That’s the key.

Shamelessness is what our system is actively selecting for. You might even say we’re breeding for it. You have to breed for it, when you think about it. What normal, well-adjusted person would sell their soul, exaggerate their worst tendencies, suppress their self-awareness, just to get attention? What sane person would willingly subject themselves to a system that flays and mocks and criticize and screams? Who finds being yelled at or publicly derided simply a cost of doing business (poorly)?

A shocking amount of people, it turns out.

Unfortunately, none of them are the people you might hope for. The cartoonist Scott Adams, apologizing during a major incident over a minor flap a few years ago, wrote that “Ideas are society’s fuel. I drill a lot of wells; most of them are dry. Sometimes they produce. Sometimes the well catches on fire.” People like Adams—valuable cultural contributors—are losing the ability to take creative risks. A good person who happened to have said something dumb in an email once, or took a private naked photo, might have their willingness to drill those wells (as Adams put it) utterly destroyed, while others—due to their calculated shamelessness and delusional imperviousness—continue to operate with impunity, untouched.

Just look at Donald Trump. A Yale Professor is driven to resign over the microaggressions in an email while someone like him can stand on the national stage and spew ignorance and hate.

It’s a hollowing out of our world. The good employees are quitting and the terrible are made intractable and untouchable. The people who thrive are the ones who we wish would go away, and the people we value most as cultural contributors lurk in the back of the room, hoping not to get noticed and hurt.

At this point, everything in-between—vulnerability, nuance, truth—may as well not exist. When our culture encourages the fakeness and stupidity and trolling it is supposedly trying to rail against, there is no room for anything else.

And with these incentives we have decided to create, it’s almost certain this point will fall on deaf ears. It’s too subtle to cut through the noise.
The race-baiters, the man-hating feminists, the abortionistas, all of these cannot be touched: they are shameless. Shame requires both an objective, external moral code and a conscience. When the moral code is Consequentialism, there is no conscience required. Atrophy of the conscience results, and shamelessness is inevitable.

1 comment:

Steven Satak said...

"Just look at Donald Trump. A Yale Professor is driven to resign over the microaggressions in an email while someone like him can stand on the national stage and spew ignorance and hate."

You know, this sounds for all the world like an SJW complaining because they are now affected by the very world they have tried so hard to bring into being.

This guy's got nothing. His entire Op-Ed piece could have been summed up as another "Could have a chilling effect" piece. It's code; it means 'right now I got nothing substantial, but I detect a threat to my ideology, so here's something that sounds like a warning but actually has no content."

He's crying because he's discovered what all the SJWs and politically correct discover after a while - that they are *not* exempt from the consequences of their own stupid shenanigans. My, how they do squeal and carry on. One might almost call it 'outrage'; deliciously ironic. I love it when they succeed in sawing through the branch and begin to scream as they fall.

Better batten down the hatches, Ryan Holidays of the world. The ground is a long way down.