February 6th, 2016
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And the larger LARGER problem for the blogosphere and twitterspehere is that a culture is developing — thanks in part to time-saving, fragment-tossing platforms like twitter, that by design silence dissenting voices — we have all become easy targets for extinction, the casualties of casual dismissal.
THAT’s what bothered me about this situation, about what Mike said to Shelley, about what Mike and others said about Lane without asking Lane anything, and STILL DOES bother me.
The “you’re just” mantra is getting way out of hand.
It is cultish and thought canceling.
Any voice that isn’t Techmeme-vetted is so easily dismissed with the wave of the hand: She always takes the woman’s side; he always piles on; she’s just negative; he’s just a troll; she’s a suck-up, he’s just a fascist.
READ: Stop being unpleasant. Stop being negative. Get with the program.
What that means is that the next conversation you take part in, your role has already been assigned, and you better fit it, or you will be reminded how you are supposed to behave.
That Shit Is Wrong. It’s passive aggressive game playing, and those who execute it well to exclude differing opinions and critical thought ought not wonder why their victims get pissed off.