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"Won't someone think of the oppressed white boys!"
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 09:31:35 AM EST
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Well, quite. While the economic dimensions are probably overstated in the linked article, it describes a very real phenomenon. Specifically the (pre-Facebook) internet means that there is now a broad support network for clinging to all the insecurities and self-loathing that usually come with being 14. And there is very little to snap people out of it.
by generic on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 11:23:55 AM EST
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Trump managed a small margin through luck, voter suppression and disenfranchisement, a shrewd open appeal to racists, the resentment of white conservatives who generally don't give a shit what happens to poorer whites or themselves so long as blacks and other "minorities" get it in the neck and with the help of  a media that was either only concerned with exploiting controversy for clicks and viewing hours and/or being run by rich white racists in order to push a certain political agenda. Not to mention breaking the law in assorted ways to get an extra edge.

Lots of things one could worry about there, but the one we like to concentrate on is the poor little economically insecure white boys. If only they got more cash, more respect and more sex all would be well. Isn't it weird how that works?

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 11:32:23 AM EST
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Who is "we"? I certainly don't want to talk about the election right now and the article is only peripherally about Trump.

I posted it because I used to hang around there some years ago, long before gamergate was a thing. There was always a lot of casual racism and misogyny going on, as well as the stylised self-loathing.
But my general impression was that you would get many helpful replies if you found the right thread to ask and ignored the first three replies that told you to kill yourself. And while it certainly seems a hostile environment for women and minorities the very basic structure of the site made personal attacks difficult. And I know that the population of certain niche threads was neither as male nor as white as you would expect. Frankly, I had a certain fondness for the place.
On the other hand I can totally see how the "ironic" toxicity could quickly turn into the real thing, especially if it didn't involve getting up from the PC. I also hadn't really spent much thought on how the the very anonymity, the fact that you didn't have to be anyone, that you were discouraged from being anyone, would disproportionally attract people who couldn't just shrug off all the silliness. And this was the good old internet that was supposed to save our society before Facebook came along.
In hindsight it is no surprise that it would turn into Trump country.

by generic on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 12:33:56 PM EST
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And I should add, that I didn't think about how it would help grow entirely toxic sub cultures. I certainly hadn't heard about Men's Rights Activists at the time.
by generic on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 01:01:04 PM EST
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