What better way to get back into the swing of things than with a rant on something that annoys me on multiple levels. Idiotic and disingenuous Youtube activism. You know the type of garbage I'm talking about. Videos wherein some stereotypically pretty person performs spoken word poetry about imagined persecution like it's supposed to make them seem like a deep thinker. When in reality, their trite prose is no more deep than the intro portion of this rant that I've expended little to no energy in writing so far. That, or they make a sign that says "Hi, I'm a member of (insert grievance group here), will you give me a hug" and stand on the street with their arms open. This crap is not activism. It proves nothing beyond the fact that there are enough people dumber than the self proclaimed activist/film maker out there to spew in a pseudo-intellectual manner about how deep and thought provoking said pretend activism is. It in no way calls attention to societal ills in an effort to fix them, it simply plays on the emotions of gullible young women in an effort to generate ad money.
Acts like this come from a very dishonest position. Take the random hug crap, which I've seen from multiple sources. This is emotional manipulation, plain and simple. The skit is designed to make you look at the people who simply walk past with some sort of haughty derision. When in reality, they didn't skip out on hugging the person because he was gay, or muslim, or transgender, whatever. No, they skipped out on the hug because at the end of the day, this is just some random idiot standing on the street with his arms outstretched. Besides, the average upper-middle class hipster type that constitutes the Youtube activist set usually carries an odor of filth so pungent (believe me, I've been to plenty of concerts with upper middle class hipsters) that you would be perfectly justified in assuming that body to body contact with them would result in contracting some type of infection or parasite. Then there is the "10 hours walking through New York City as a (insert group here)" garbage. We get 1 to 3 minutes of video allegedly culled from 10 hours. This doesn't prove that people in New York are inherently meaner to Muslims, meaner to women, whatever. All it proves is that a disingenuous prick with a camera and a Macbook pro has the patience to sit through ten hours of video looking for utterances of catcalls or "islamophobic" insults. On the whole, Youtube activism essentially boils down to stupid stunts, ridiculous moral equivalencies, strawmen, and ludicrous no true Scotsman arguments. It's difficult to watch, and you can feel yourself becoming exponentially dumber for every second of video that ticks by. No, group A being violent in the past does not excuse the violence of group B in the present, no matter how many dumb millennial women's emotions you appeal to. Selectively editing Youtube videos before you respond or "debunk" them makes your argument look weaker. Reflexive cries of racist (especially when your group is not an ethnicity), sexist, homophobe, xenophobe, whatever are not an argument. And posting emotionally manipulative content on Youtube does not make you an activist. It actually makes you something more akin to a cult leader. Of course, the average Youtube activist doesn't even give a good goddamn about whatever cause he is claiming to represent. It's clickbait to generate ad money. A lot of the time it veers off into pussy begging as well, but that's a rant unto itself.
Anyway... stay tuned. Coming soon: A whole bunch of content recycled from a now defunct online Heavy Metal and nerd culture rag, a B movie review of "I Come in Peace," and "Male Harems: How to Tell if You're in One."