Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How To Sound Like an Idiot on The Internet

Always Avoid Alliteration takes a shift today to talk about an inhabitant of the Internet. Today's case will deal with language, film, and technology, which are all overarching themes and topics here at AAA. Before we begin, some background explanation needs to be set: in my spare time I like to play with Google, we all do it. Recently, the query "check your privilege" has become a treasure trove of incoherent babbling which froths to the top of the search results. During my Internet voyage I delved so deep into Google's recesses that I extruded pieces of bullshit under so much pressure of other pieces of meaningless shit that that they are now diamond pieces of comedic travesty.

In order to define my terms, I am going to use the definition of "privilege" I found from this site:
Privilege is a concept used in anti-racist, anti-sexist, and similar anti-oppression movements.

Anti-oppressionists use "privilege" to describe a set of perceived advantages (or lack of disadvantages) enjoyed by a majority group, who are usually unaware of the privilege they possess. It is a term of art that may not align particularly well with the general-use word "privilege" or the programming term "privilege".
The whole concept is thought provoking and I sincerely suggest reading the whole article, however what stands out in this post it "Privilege is a concept used in anti-racist, anti-sexist, and similar anti-oppression movements". Which means that if you want to align your ideology or argument with these ideals, throw out the "Check your privilege" card.

Here's the diamond:

Link to post

Unfortunately, the author never goes on to mention privilege once in her post which leads me to believe that she only wants the reader to think that she is being oppressed because of how films she has never been were cast. Here's the problem. If you have NEVER SEEN these films, how do you KNOW these films have the whitest, most heterosexual males?
  • Independence Day - Will Smith, White heterosexual male? NO!
  • Jurassic park - Laura Dern, White heterosexual male? NO!
  • Terminator - Linda Hamilton, White heterosexual male? NO!
  • Star Wars - Carrie Fisher, White heterosexual male? = NO! 
  • The Avengers - Scarlett Johansson, White heterosexual male? = NO!
The person who wrote this post could not be more wrong unless she included The Jungle Book and Ilsa She Wolf of the SS in her list. Had she seen Star Wars our blogger would have know that Carrie Fisher ends up being the female leader of the rebellion against the xenophobic, white male dominated empire. The worst part is that her criticism could have gone somewhere positive if she had been asking why so few movies have strong female characters. Instead she decided to complain about what movies other people like, and how their favorite movies are not her favorite movies.

Here's the deal, if you're going to lecture about "checking privilege", consider the following.

1. Mention why that term "check your privilege" is relevant at some point. Using it to support why nobody likes the same movies you do just demonstrates what a hallow, useless, and pretentious phrase "check your privilege" is.

2. Every person's experience is different than your own. You should try talking with them about your concerns rather than blaming the heterosexual males, an act which is ignorant and prejudice within itself.

3. You're not entitled to your opinions, your opinions are not to be taken as "truths" and it is not disrespectful to argue against you just because you decided to align yourself with being "anti-opressionist". Furthermore: To assert the existence of the right of an opinion is a failure to assert any justification for the opinion.