When I saw Chimera’s post it seemed iffy to me, however there was enough ambiguity that I wasn’t sure Chimera was personally calling out anyone on social media based on anything other than information right there on an individual’s social media profile. What was less clear was if the impression of the advice that was being given to others might lead to the risk of misidentifications (and possibly mob mentality). Thank you Chimera, for clearing up that ambiguity today. I recommend nobody here heed your advice. And if you want to play it off as a harmless goof, well you could have riffed without making into the exact mindset that has gotten innocent folks harassed and fired.
There’s a difference – SJW is used as a slur, and only a slur. There aren’t self-identified SJWs (except in jest, perhaps). MRA is used by people who advocate for what they consider men’s rights that are lacking – it’s their identifier. Same with states’ rights and other political signifiers.
It’s like the difference between alt-right and alt-left. Alt-right is a real term that’s used by alt-right people to describe themselves. They came up with it. Alt-left is a made up term that some on the right have used to disparage liberals/progressives that they find extreme or otherwise distasteful.
Religion is all fun and games until we get the inquisition, witch trials, crusades, and other atrocities led by overly corrupt, psychopathic zealots who use a movement of “purity” for bad reasons. Social justice is the 21st century religion of the far left. It’s not about justice. It’s about shifting power structures.
Perhaps the crazy version of “social justice” that lives in the fantasies of right-wing radio hosts (along with a very, very small number of actual liberals), but maintsream “social justice” is the platform of MLK Jr., LGBTQ rights activists, reproductive rights activists, and nothing about atrocities like the ones you mention.
I know perfectly well what the issue is here, according to a pack of online “detectives” I was involved in one way or another (up to actual perpetrator) in a double murder and rape. Ironically enough, albeit not unexpectedly, as a consequence of speaking out against using social media as a means of dispensing justice.
Some like to call it the “Court of Public Opinion”, I think it’s more akin to good old mob “justice” (I know, lot’s of quotation marks) or witch hunting.
The problem with online mobs, of any stripe, is that unlike a real mob each individual member is largely unaware of the impact of their actions, one runs his mouth spouting some nonsense in earnest or in jest on some topic, the next one passes it around as speculation, next one down the line pushes it as unverified rumor, the next as “I heard from a reliable source” and before you know it everyone knows for a fact that the original hot air is rock solid information… possibly even the first person in the chain who sees his BS validated by “independent” sources.
Then, of course the other problem is that the targets of, shall we say, amateur sleuths are left without recourse or redress, once something is out there it sticks, the truth be damned.
Moral of the story, don’t encourage or join online mobs.