Happy New Year! 2017 is the year to punch back against PC nonsense
Well, somehow we’re back (my guess is it is due to a lot of good people working overtime over a holiday weekend to restore access – thank you!). There’s still a problem being chased down, but for the time being, we’re up!
Oh, and we’ve also been under a brute force attack for some reason – probably just DHS trying out their new hacking skills. So again, we may disappear, but we’ll be back.
Hope everyone had a great New Year weekend and are looking forward to 2017. It will certainly be an interesting year. I may regret saying this at some time in the future, but January 20th can’t get here soon enough for me.
And this sort of nonsense has to end as well. Nor should it be tolerated:
Ranking high among the surrealities of 2016 was the meltdown at a literary festival in Australia when the American-born novelist Lionel Shriver defended the freedom of fiction writers to conjure characters unlike themselves.
“Taken to their logical conclusion,” Ms. Shriver warned, “ideologies recently come into vogue challenge our right to write fiction at all.” Among the concepts she skewered was “cultural appropriation,” the notion that members of one ethnic group mustn’t use (or eat or wear or write about) things emanating from other ethnic groups. The illogical impracticality of the idea, especially with fiction, hasn’t impeded its spread, and the resulting umbrage was a wonder to behold: An Australian writer of Egyptian and Sudanese origin stormed out of the speech, later blaming Ms. Shriver for celebrating “the unfettered exploitation of the experiences of others, under the guise of fiction.” The officials in charge of the event disavowed their keynote speaker’s remarks.
Such exquisite sensitivities put a lot of well-meaning people into terrible predicaments in 2016. In the children’s literary realm, where “diversity” has become the lodestar, the year began and ended with choler, indignation and the repudiation of books.
How would any writer write Science Fiction if this was the standard? It is stupidity on a stick. And you have to realize that the “cultural appropriation” only works against those the PC police don’t favor. It is another attempt at exclusive entitlement. I mean, look at all the musical instruments dead white men invented and look at the diversity of artists who play them. How far do they really want to take this?
It is time of a little intolerance of this sort of stupidity on the non-PC side. Point it out. Laugh at it. Shame them.
Short one today. Doings and goings on in play.
Back with more tomorrow.