ON THE STOPJOHNGREEN TUMBLR SPECIFICALLY AND THE PRIVILEGE WARS IN GENERAL (Alt. title: THE FAULT IN OUR YOUTUBE STARS)
God I have been trying to find a way to articulate EXACTLY THIS SENTIMENT for a long time. “Save the guns for the gunfights”.
I don’t normally reblog other people’s videos, and I try to be careful of what I put on a personal Tumblr, even though only a handful of people actually continuously follow this. But this guy makes a point on what and what does not constitute “privilege” and how it can be used in a manner that discourages an exchange of ideas (i.e., misusing -isms to highlight an otherwise marginalized issue and then telling everyone else to STFU when someone points out a hole in their logic), as well as attacking the person, and not the issue itself.
Being someone who can be considered an old fogey on Tumblr, I’ve always come across angry, manipulating, personal rants against other people without providing concrete reasons or at least reasonable arguments that support their theses. (And one of the very first things I learned in writing class in high school was to always support your statements, either with hard evidence or at least a logical train of thought that shows the cause and effect of your thought processes.) I think the Internet functions in such a way that ideas are taught without the existing framework in which to view the idea in a more coherent and focused manner, and as such, somebody just takes the idea and runs away with it… in a crazy manner.
I’m hoping more people see this, and look at the situation, and instead of fighting fire with fire, why not address the issue at its core and see what can be said/done regarding the issue.
Oh, and don’t feed the trolls.