note: this is not an invitation to discuss the safety of vaccinations. if you want to spout on about that, start your own post. if you want to comment here, try first of all reading the article and hearing this person out - a human being, just like you, who has been hurt by some of the rhetoric and that's what this is post is about - nothing else.
tl;dr: autistic people are human beings and their lives have value. being autistic is not a fate worse than death. and having an autistic child is not worse than having a child die of measles. it's a lot better. a lot lot lot better. I've known autistic people, I have friends who have autistic children - they are alive, and their lives have value. and talking as though it's the worst thing ever and you're willing to risk people dying rather than autism - just listen to yourselves! as the writer points out - talk about lack of empathy! (yay, an autistic person did irony. way to go.)
I repeat: no derails. I will delete comments that attempt to use this post for rehashing the endless arguments about the risks/safety of vaccinations. That is not what this post is about.
(via loads of people in my circles. which I find highly encouraging.)
"But it would be a mistake to categorize today’s p.c. culture as only an academic phenomenon. Political correctness is a style of politics in which the more radical members of the left attempt to regulate political discourse by defining opposing views as bigoted and illegitimate. Two decades ago, the only communities where the left could exert such hegemonic control lay within academia, which gave it an influence on intellectual life far out of proportion to its numeric size. Today’s political correctness flourishes most consequentially on social media, where it enjoys a frisson of cool and vast new cultural reach. And since social media is also now the milieu that hosts most political debate, the new p.c. has attained an influence over mainstream journalism and commentary beyond that of the old."
I do think it's very much the case though, that certain modes of dogmatism in online speech are actually creating a barrier to understanding, and segregating people in ways that face to face communication does not.
In great parts, the vast multiplicity of conversational participants, paired with the "words left hanging in the air" effect of social networks, and further complicated by an insistence that once something is said, there can be no equivocation, or clarification all add up to one big problem.
There are enclaves being created, and what I typically experience is the assumption that because I don't speak in the accepted code of a given enclave, I am assumed to be from the diametrical opposition, rather than a sympathetic party that has different words for the same phenomenon.
I can't say I agree with everything in this article 100%, but it's an important probe into how codified language on the net is being used to form ingroup, and outgroup dynamics that actually prevent like minded, and similarly interested parties from working together.
It’s one of the saddest travesties I know, that some American blacks, yearning for a refreshed identity, created the Black Muslim movement. No religion did greater harm to Africans than Islam. Endless slave caravans crossed the Sahara, while Arab slave ships plied the Indian Ocean and Red Sea, their fetid hulls full of “Zanj.” The Swahili coast of East Africa was a vast exporter of slaves from the interior, while Muslim Berbers, Arabs, and converted blacks looted the savannahs of the Sahel and the West African forests to their south. Even after the European slave trade began to expand, Muslims remained the brokers almost everywhere.
- The Broken DrumApe Wrangeller, present
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