Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Stone Cold

Today's piece for the Daily Banter, the last before the holiday weekend, takes a look at the internet furor over a young woman named Lindsey Stone. If you don't know who she is and what she did -- you're probably really lucky.

Here's the opening shot:

"Anybody who’s kept up with me on my site, here, or at the Huffington Post knows that I have a habit of defending people who say really dumb things, particularly if those dumb these were intended to get a laugh. The issue as far as I’m concerned isn’t that you shouldn’t expect to face criticism if you say or do something that could easily be perceived as offensive — it’s simply that, with the rise of the internet as a global forum for shaming, retribution and general piling-on, the backlash to a perceived offense is usually so loud and so organized these days that it in short order winds up being anything but a proportional response.

Case in point, America’s newest internet pariah: Lindsey Stone."

Read the Rest Here


ZIRGAR said...

Amen. People need to be allowed to make mistakes without it becoming some kind of crisis of universal magnitude that causes rending of garments and wild-eyed histrionics. But I guess it's really fucking important that folks let everyone else know just how righteous they are and how better to do that than go apeshit over really trivial and pointless things? Grow up people and get the fuck over yourselves.

Marsupialus said...

Amazing what can gin up outrage. Republicans do everything they can to disrespect the troops -- cut funding any way possible, vote down an employment bill for veterans, give no bid contracts to companies that produce inferior body armor. Not a peep. Then there's all those folks threatening the president. Where's the genuine outrage at that? But this Stone incident? Wow. Now that matters!

Benoit from Ottawa said...

Agree. Your p.o.v. once again unassailable.

JohnF said...

This story irritates the hell out of me. Are we really not allowed to do anything stupid ever, without fear of the harshest reprisals imaginable?

Fucking internet.

No surprise that Michelle Malkin and her Greek chorus of clueless morons jumped all over this one.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Matt said...

As a 42 year old who was something of a drunk idiot in my 20's, I am constantly glad that digital cameras, cell phones, and social media were not around during my dumb years.