January 1st, 2019

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There’s a BBC radio documentary "Right Click: The New Online Culture Wars" (says it first aired in October, but they re-ran it today). Right click. A pun on the right-wing politics and the Internet. Get it? Ha-ha.

The short description says "Gavin Haynes explores the rebirth of classical liberalism online", but it is very misleading. The program is not about the online intellectual landscape, nor about classical liberalism (of which I, for one, would be curious to learn; that’s how they enticed me to click on the link and start listening) — but rather largely about several prominent British youtubers whom the presenter is trying to discredit. "Once Paul Joseph Watson ran his channel from his mom’s house; now, he has a very big flat in London," says the journalist almost at the very start (are these factoids relevant for anything? or do they imply a loser (mom’s house) who has benefited unfairly from the attention he received (a very big flat in London)?). A bit later: "I am Gavin Haynes. Over the last three years, I’ve been watching them slowly crawl out of the Internet swamps" (the Internet swamps, fuck me!). "Paul Joseph Watson is closely associated with the ranting American Infowars kingpin Alex Jones (cut to Jones’ voice: I don’t like them putting chemicals in the water, they turn the freaking frogs gay)".

Is this some kind of a hit piece?

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Jonathan Edwards, a Welsh MP:

"Mocking an accent is a very serious matter as it ultimately undermines an individual's or a group of people's identity."

Undermines an individual’s identity. So the argument is not that mocking a person in general or making disparaging personal remarks during an intellectual debate is a bad rhetorical practice and an offence against the spirit of debate and is thus inadmissible, but that an individual has an "identity", which is a) sacrosanct, and b) can be somehow "undermined"; and that this undermining is therefore unacceptable.

It’s disappointing that the modern society prefers the latter argument to the former.

(BTW: I failed to recognize the word "matter" said in a Welsh accent; found the transcript on Google :-) )