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June 7th, 2019

I've been building Wordpress blogs for over a decade now. In that time, I’ve learned some fundamental truths about Wordpress as a platform: it is cheap, it is relatively easy, and it is okay. Just okay. Sometimes Wordpress doesn’t work, but most of the time it does and _all_ of it would be very, very hard to replicate on my own. Do I know how a blog works? Not really, and therefore I shouldn’t be _that_ mad when Wordpress inexplicably refuses to update my post drafts. I can’t design a blog fully from scratch, so should I really be that mad when I spent three hours fiddling with my Wordpress theme and still can’t get it to look exactly how I want? For the longest time, I was comfortable—yet often unsatisfied—building websites on top of Wordpress.

Using the language of progressive fury (without any regard for nuance, context, or the passage of time), the alt-right scored a major coup recently when they forced Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn out of Marvel by resurfacing regrettable Tweets from, in some cases, a decade ago. Last week, the dummy horde rallied against Sarah Jeong, a newly-hired New York Times op-ed columnist. Her crime? A lot of tweets bemoaning white people in both broad and specific terms, a reflection of the “lol white people suck” humor that you often see on progressive minority Twitter circles. This was framed as an example of Jeong’s anti-white racism, discourse unbecoming of an institution like the New York Times. Except joking about white men’s mediocrity does not equal racism. Of course, this fact barely matters. Her alt-right critics are wrong, but they know that. That isn’t the point.

It’s another dumb situation in a very dumb time, and the half-hearted cowardice of the Time’s statement in defense of Jeong gives the numbskulls all the more leverage in their future disingenuous campaigns of harassment. But there’s something unique in Jeong’s situation—that her Bad Tweets are mostly fuck white people jokes brought on by the terror and constant harassment tied to being a woman of color writer on the internet—that is making some “sensible” commentators slip up and reveal how bad they are at this whole social analysis thing. In other words, the Bald Conservative Men are at it again.

Take, for example, the Weekly Standard’s own Beautiful Bald Boy Damon Linker:

Linker is taking the unspoken Respectable Conservative position of “white racism is real and a problem” and taking it further: Sarah Jeong is a racist Spencer-ite because she tweets angrily about white people. Except: Richard Spencer’s work revolves around building a white ethnostate. Even giving Linker the (massive and unearned) benefit of the doubt and taking Jeong’s obviously tongue-in-cheek tweets at face level, the boldest world she argues for is one where white people are, uh, canceled?

In equating the words of an avowed ethnic cleanser to someone who thinks there should be a Wikipedia page for ideas white people have claimed credit for, Linker is saying more about his prosecution complex and analytical simple mindedness than Jeong’s supposed racism.  He is not alone among his conservative media peers. Which, I suppose, should tell you a lot about how seriously you should take those conservative author’s ruminations on racism and how deep systems of oppression can affect a population.

A less egregious but still ultimately silly response to the new problem of Bad Tweets: how do we deal with them? If you are Commentary’s Big Editor Boy John Podhoretz, your answer is as nebulous as the value of Commentary Magazine in 2018, but you are apt to point out how this might just be another liberal media thing:

Ahhh, among the many fuckups of Jeffery Goldberg’s Atlantic, maybe the worst was making Kevin Williamson—a Bad Writer and Dumb Human—the hired-then-fired martyr that these people will call back to until the end of time.

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I've been building Wordpress blogs for over a decade now. In that time, I’ve learned some fundamental truths about Wordpress as a platform: it is cheap, it is relatively easy, and it is okay. Just okay. Sometimes Wordpress doesn’t work, but most of the time it does and _all_ of it would be very, very hard to replicate on my own. Do I know how a blog works? Not really, and therefore I shouldn’t be _that_ mad when Wordpress inexplicably refuses to update my post drafts. I can’t design a blog fully from scratch, so should I really be that mad when I spent three hours fiddling with my Wordpress theme and still can’t get it to look exactly how I want? For the longest time, I was comfortable—yet often unsatisfied—building websites on top of Wordpress.

Using the language of progressive fury (without any regard for nuance, context, or the passage of time), the alt-right scored a major coup recently when they forced Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn out of Marvel by resurfacing regrettable Tweets from, in some cases, a decade ago. Last week, the dummy horde rallied against Sarah Jeong, a newly-hired New York Times op-ed columnist. Her crime? A lot of tweets bemoaning white people in both broad and specific terms, a reflection of the “lol white people suck” humor that you often see on progressive minority Twitter circles. This was framed as an example of Jeong’s anti-white racism, discourse unbecoming of an institution like the New York Times. Except joking about white men’s mediocrity does not equal racism. Of course, this fact barely matters. Her alt-right critics are wrong, but they know that. That isn’t the point.

It’s another dumb situation in a very dumb time, and the half-hearted cowardice of the Time’s statement in defense of Jeong gives the numbskulls all the more leverage in their future disingenuous campaigns of harassment. But there’s something unique in Jeong’s situation—that her Bad Tweets are mostly fuck white people jokes brought on by the terror and constant harassment tied to being a woman of color writer on the internet—that is making some “sensible” commentators slip up and reveal how bad they are at this whole social analysis thing. In other words, the Bald Conservative Men are at it again.

Take, for example, the Weekly Standard’s own Beautiful Bald Boy Damon Linker:

Linker is taking the unspoken Respectable Conservative position of “white racism is real and a problem” and taking it further: Sarah Jeong is a racist Spencer-ite because she tweets angrily about white people. Except: Richard Spencer’s work revolves around building a white ethnostate. Even giving Linker the (massive and unearned) benefit of the doubt and taking Jeong’s obviously tongue-in-cheek tweets at face level, the boldest world she argues for is one where white people are, uh, canceled?

In equating the words of an avowed ethnic cleanser to someone who thinks there should be a Wikipedia page for ideas white people have claimed credit for, Linker is saying more about his prosecution complex and analytical simple mindedness than Jeong’s supposed racism.  He is not alone among his conservative media peers. Which, I suppose, should tell you a lot about how seriously you should take those conservative author’s ruminations on racism and how deep systems of oppression can affect a population.

A less egregious but still ultimately silly response to the new problem of Bad Tweets: how do we deal with them? If you are Commentary’s Big Editor Boy John Podhoretz, your answer is as nebulous as the value of Commentary Magazine in 2018, but you are apt to point out how this might just be another liberal media thing:

Ahhh, among the many fuckups of Jeffery Goldberg’s Atlantic, maybe the worst was making Kevin Williamson—a Bad Writer and Dumb Human—the hired-then-fired martyr that these people will call back to until the end of time.