Thursday, January 29, 2015

'The Social Justice Illuminati is real'

Logo of Crash Override Network 

Via a posting on Supergee (lot of interesting news over there today) comes word of the Crash Override Network, a secret group of online hate group activists who are trying to help victimized by some of the online harassment groups, some of them associated with Gamergate. The piece is headlined, "The Social Justice Illuminati Is Real, And It’s An Anti-Hate Task Force." (Zoe Quinn is one of the founders.) The problem of online harassment is real (with women particularly singled out for vicious treatment), so it's good to hear about the group. You can find out more at the official site. 


Bobby Campbell said...

I'm very happy to see this kind of push back against the Gamergate insanity.

Though I kinda wonder what RAW's take on this would be?

One aspect of his work that has always seemed odd to me is the amount of time he spent arguing with "radical feminism." (Which is a major theme amongst Gamergate supporters.)

Not to say that misandry doesn't exist, but it hardly seems to be a significant social ill.

Though he did say that his annoyance was mostly personal, based on criticism he received about working for Playboy.

I'm reading Cosmic Trigger 3 for the first time, and came across a chapter where RAW is attempting to provoke "the new tyranny called Political Correctness." (Nowadays the initials have switched from PC to SJW, the scourge of Gamergaters.)

The point of the piece "Pride and Prejudice" seems to be an attempt to bait the reader into judging RAW as homophobic or racist, which obviously I don't think is the case, but I do think he show his age a bit. (As I'm sure we all do/will eventually.)

In this chapter RAW attempts to point out the hypocrisy and ridiculousness of "militant gay pride" by explaining that straight people do not require "straight pride" and that it would be considered offensive.

"although the Gay Pride people, most curiously, never never get accused of heterophobia."

At this point RAW is employing the age old logic of "oh yeah well when's white history month!?!"

At which point someone has to point out "every other month!"

I'd like to think that RAW is being facetious, but at no point does he seem to acknowledge that he has made a false equivalency between gay and straight pride.

The pride in being gay, obviously, is in defiance of the still vast social pressure which suggests that being gay is something to be ashamed of.

The logic RAW uses to ignore that distinction is precisely the logic used by Gamergate to claim their own victim-hood against tyrannical SJWs.

And there you hate it: RAWGATE!

RAW quotes in the chapter heading:
"I'm the bad guy?"
(from the film Falling Down)

But he also frequently quoted in his MLA classes:
“You respect a good book, contradicting it”
Ezra Pound, CANTO CXIV

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

I agree with your criticism, although it occurs to me that much of RAW's criticism of feminism actually was a criticism of some of the language of certain feminists. I would argue that he supported the goals of feminism.

A bit more on this tomorrow!