So there is a new imaginary problem that people are complaining about on the Internet. A summary of the complaint for context, but I really don’t want to engage in it. Understand, based on my calling in life I have no problem defending misguided people,
but what is happening is that a few people are angry that an insensitive person used specific imagery designed to “shock and awe” in order to get attention for his event. He used what is understandably called a racist image to promote a completely ordinary, otherwise uninteresting music show. He did this with the goal of getting exactly what he is getting: attention!
And to be clear, there’s no suggestion that he is consciously racist or misogynistic, simple that he is insensitive.
I’ve already talked about that more than I want to. As this blog has long been centered on *how* to argue, or *why* to choose certain rhetorical strategies more than *what* to argue, the interesting part to me is the techniques in the arguments, not against the racist, misogynistic poster creator, but against the people who say “Racism? I Just don’t see it!” I want to talk about the shaming of the people who are simply saying “it’s art”, “it’s stupid, not racist”, or “it’s really unimportant”. Because the argument against these people spueaking is very very scary to me. what’s more so, it is much more frequent than I imagine it should be. Look at these screen captures so I don’t take anything out of context (to be clear, these are two separate comments — click more):