Author Topic: The Me-Too Movement - Is Merit and Skill on the Job Important?  (Read 278 times)

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Offline MH

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Society seems to be taking a puritan attitude towards anyone in the public eye, especially politics.

McLuhan predicted this, btw.  More open media pushes society to be more conservative or somesuch.  Puritanical responses, even though done by liberals, is a conservative response.  It's a topsy-turvy "law and order" and "basic values" response.

Nobody is going to like me for saying that, I feel.


And all this seems part of the social media environment in which people hunt down those who post or say outrageous things (or things the sensitive think are outrageous), then call up their bosses to try and get them fired. Remember the two toronto firefighters fired for social media posts? Those two were the sort almost any young man might jokingly post.

Right.  But in the early/mid 1970s people got away with being joking and lewd.  It was also a more liberal time, and more locked-down in terms of media control.  It's all very curious as to why the puritanical wave comes up.

I feel that eventually things will calm down to the point where people are not ruined for screwing a cheerleader when married, etc.  I hope it does.


Two Toronto firefighters, Matt Bowman and Lawaun Edwards, lost their jobs in 2013, according to the Sun, after posting “misogynistic and offensive tweets.” One post by Bowman read, “I’d never let a woman kick my ass. If she tried I’d be like HEY! You get your b—- ass back in the kitchen and make me some pie.” Another by Edwards asked if smacking a woman in the back of the head would be considered “abuse or a way to reset the brain.” The posts were deemed to be in violation of city policy. The men challenged their dismissals. Bowman’s was upheld and Edwards was reinstated.

Yes, we can't sustain holding public servants to this kind of standard.  Pluralism means having to put up with ****, as well as living beside Muslims.