Several months after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke out and the #MeToo movement succeeded strongly, Katie Ruby, in the trusted liberal journal Harper, wrote an article about what she called “The other whisper the network.“It was this type of book that took great honesty in writing and more courage to publish.
The original “whisper networks” consist of women who quietly warn other women of predatory and abusive men in their work and social environments. But as a sequence of #MeToo unpublished stories in the media – some of which seemed more obscure and less terrible than the first major cases – Rubif noted something else: Women were publicly afraid to guess aspects of the movement that they felt had lost a sense of fairness and proportion, to an extent Big for fear of a culture calling Jacobin for social media.
“Can you see why some of us whisper?” Rove asked about this new network. “The feeling of brutality that lies in waiting, or the violent hatred that awaits it to be lifted from others, is what drives people to keep their opinions on their own, or to share it only with close friends.”
In recent years, these whispering networks have only spread from one subject, one institution, one domain, to another. Is sex biologically binary? A columnist at the Denver Post believed this and Last month he lost his job, Claims as a direct result. Should writers of one race or culture be able to create personalities and live in cultures not of their own? One of these writers recently canceled her book tour because of safety concerns after criticizing her account of the plight of Mexican immigrants.
You do not need to take one or another position on any of these questions to notify and object to the general trend.
Speech is free, except anywhere and when it is not. Widespread religious opinions involve occupational hazards that can be devastating. Extensive areas of intellectual inquiry are dealt with outside the boundaries. Having a “bad opinion” means being a bad person. People who freely share the most intimate details of their sex life with close strangers consider sharing some of their political views with old friends.
And there appears to be a newer version of Miranda’s warning that applies to all media, social and traditional: anything you say, or have said before, in context or outside, intentionally or accidentally, can be brought against you.
This brings me to the largest network ever whisper: the network with an inner flash of sympathy, often turning into ballot box support, in favor of President Trump.
A lot of people are aware of this phenomenon: Modern academic study Note that the so-called secret voters supported Trump on Hillary Clinton by a one-to-one margin (54 percent to 27 percent) in 2016. These statistics should be worrying to Democrats this time, not least because they indicate that polls have shrunk dramatically Large Trump support.
However, beyond asking why people want to hide their preferences for voting – reputation management, social harmony, etc. – it is worth asking whether voting for Trump is supposed to be shameful or not. Also What made it so attractive. After all, forbidden fruit is attracted not because it is fruit, but because it is banned. Each elector pulled the lever for Trump out of sympathy for his views, how many others did so in contempt for the cynical army of morals (at the time including myself) to tell them that voting for Trump was unacceptable?
Intuitively: it may suffice to make the difference in the cases that made the difference.
I also think that the number has only increased because the regulatory left has become more aggressive and has failed to condemn it. No wonder the administration has taken Flag of Freedom of Expression: Even the president who described the media as the “enemy of the people” has an issue that makes his opponents more aggressive to the letter and spirit of the First Amendment.
The conventional wisdom in this year’s elections is that it will reach around 300,000 voters in five or six states. Maybe this is true. Republicans will stage their campaign around the material prosperity of the country under Trump. Democrats about its moral decline. The latter is the most difficult argument to be made, but it was done before, the last of which was when George Bush promised to restore honor and integrity to the White House eight years after Bill Clinton.
How do you withdraw it from this time? By treating voters Trump with respect. By asking why they ended up so much in his tent to begin. By admitting that not everything that is said in silence is shameful, and that not everything that you disagree with is fanaticism. By listening, not denouncing; sympathy, not sarcasm. Understanding, not expulsion.
Whisper networks should have a place in the land of the free.
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