Thursday, June 13, 2013

Scapegoating Facebook over "hate speech"

It’s Facebook’s problem, right? Everyone says so. It’s all over the news. The New York Times editorial board thinks the problem is related to sexism in technology and Internet companies that are mostly run by men. GigaOM sees it as a slippery slope for free speech.

Whatever the opinion, the debate has focused entirely and singularly on Facebook. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is calling out the real perpetrators of the hate speech on Facebook: those who actually posted it.

Not only that, but if you Google “Facebook Hate Speech,” you get far more results (148 million, to be exact) than any other search term related to hate speech or violence against women, and that includes phrases related to India, Muslim nations, or Hip Hop music.

If everyone is so concerned about violence against women, there are far more egregious targets to go after than attacking Facebook for not taking down a page called “Kicking your Girlfriend in the Fanny because she won’t make you a Sandwich.”

Granted, there are more concerting posts on Facebook than that one, but nothing that even registers in comparison to what’s going on in India, some parts of the middle east, and rap lyrics and videos. So why is Facebook bearing the brunt of all this attention?

Because, we live in a very strange world. A politically correct world. A world where personal responsibility is no longer relevant. A world where everyone talks about blame 24/7 but nobody ever blames those actually responsible for wrongdoing.

The reason why nobody’s calling out the real perpetrators of all the hate speech and violence against women and others is that we live in a world where it’s only acceptable to blame five groups for anything: rich people, white men, CEOs, corporations, and the United States of America.

You can’t blame the morons who posted those idiotic Facebook pages or the barbaric treatment of women by entire cultures in other parts of the world because that wouldn’t be inclusive. After all, they’re minorities, members of some sort of protected class, victims of the man and American imperialism. 



A. Levy said...

The term "hate speech" is quickly becoming irrelevant because of it's abuse and overuse. As for facebook, and other similar sites, all they seem to do is give people the opportunity to make fools of themselves and greatly risk what little privacy there is left. And, human nature being what it is, people will never miss an opportunity to make fools of themselves, which is why facebook enjoys such massive success.

Perhaps someday, someone will compile a list of all the lives, careers, and reputations that have been destroyed by places like facebook. Then again, people in general are not known for taking advise, even very good advise.

Tidford Tatt said...

Like some Twilight Zone airplane permanently on hold, the author circles around the truth here but never really approaches it. The real problem results from the confluence of two Liberal psychopathies: racism and the expectations game.

There's and old racist phrase, "That's very White of you" which implies behavior that is in someway particularly classy or outstanding. Per this racist doctrine White people are simply expected to behave in a more upright, classy manner than others.

This type of racism is endemic among Liberals. They don't "hate" minorities any more than they hate their beloved pets. In fact they love minorities every bit as much as they love their pets because such love proves what "good" people they are. But that love doesn't prove that they aren't the racists they in fact are. Their racism is, in deed, proved by their extremely low expectations for minorities. They don't expect, and therefore demand, classy "White" behavior from minorities any more than they expect or demand it from their pets.

That's where the expectations game comes into play. While we rationally become angry with those who fall far below our expectations, say a 15 year old messing his pants, we don't rationally get angry with someone behaving well within much lower expectations, say a 6 month old messing his diaper.

Thus Facebook, a very liberal mega-corporation closely identified with its baby faced and very White Harvard trained founder, faces a much higher set of expectations simply because it is such a quintessentially liberal White institution. Liberals are embarrassed by Facebook, but solely because it reflects badly on them.

The author identifies five groups, rich people, white men, CEOs, corporations, and the United States, who are the only ones who are called out for hate speech. However the author does not identify the reason for this double standard. The reason for the double standard is simple: The listed folks are the only ones for whom profoundly racist and self-serving Liberals hold high expectations - those similar to themselves. All others are, bluntly stated, sub-humans for whom such high expectations are not appropriate.

Perhaps this "benevolent" racism would not be so profoundly vile and destructive but for one profound truth long known to the psychological sciences central to the modem Liberal worldview: People live up-to, or down-to, expectations. The greater the gap between the standards we hold different groups to, the greater the gaps will be between those groups behavior.

This works magnificently for the profoundly racist and narcissistic Liberals: By pretending to "help" minorities by establishing double standards, Liberals can preen each-other's inflated egos and climb the social status totem-pole as they chortle about how wonderful and caring they are. Disgustingly self-serving Liberals do this knowing, and intending, that the moral superiority gap so essential to ensuring their privileged social status only widens as a result of the disgustingly racist low expectations they force upon minorities.

Stefan v said...

Hey, he forgot about the real perpre....pertrep....uh....culprits of hate. Firstly, da Joos. Secondly, Krischuns. As a member of the latter, I feel marginalised and discriminated against by this omission. As white Christian male of Euro ancestry and the priviledge of growing up in a somewhat English speaking country, not to mention former military, I must be one of those fearsome Enemies of The People. To make it worse, I have a lovely magnificent fluffy beard, well kempt; unlike certain other supposedly peaceful nutters that publicly detonate whenever you draw a funny picture of their paedophile hero. Thinking about leftism lately, I've come to the conclusion that it is merely a catchall term for brain damaged barbarians rejoicing at their success at destroying civilisations. Think a leftist state ever grew from the ground up. It lacks the stamina and cohesion to flourish from nothing, it must have a healthy(ish) host to infest before it can take root and prosper until the host dies. It is up to the remaining somewhat healthy(ish) cells to find remote, non-leftist places to recolonise and start the show again. At least until The Lord gets back and fixes The Problem permanently. Not long now, because there are practically no leftist-free habitats left, and if left to their own devices they'd wipe out all life on Earth. Yes, the last Leftie would likely off him/her/itself out of spite because there's nobody left to blame and exploit and exterminate. The suicide note would read "it's not my fault".

President Not Sure said...

“Kicking your Girlfriend in the Fanny because she won’t make you a Sandwich.”

Doesnt he know you just need to use sudo?

Anonymous said...

"Beware of those who cry racism, for they are the true racists..."

Anonymous said...

"HATE SPEECH" is free speech: The U.S. Supreme Court stated the general rule regarding protected speech in Texas v. Johnson (109 S.Ct. at 2544), when it held: "The government may not prohibit the verbal or nonverbal expression of an idea merely because society finds the idea offensive or disagreeable." Federal courts have consistently followed this. Said Virginia federal district judge Claude Hilton: "The First Amendment does not recognize exceptions for bigotry, racism, and religious intolerance or ideas or matters some may deem trivial, vulgar or profane..."