I understand, appreciate, and even applaud the instinct to stick it to the man. There’s so much sanctimonious, stifling, joyless politically correct nonsense around today that it deserves a good poke in the eye. Several, actually. If the brittle and clearly disturbed champions of the new “decency” are so mentally fragile that they can be broken by a damn politician, then they deserve all of the triggering they get.
It would be fine if people like this weren’t telling the rest of us how to live our lives all the time. But they do. And that’s what I object to.
That said, doing something for the sole purpose of pissing off the “right” people is just dumb. Dumb and counterproductive.
It reduces any actual movement, as it were, to a parody. Mere trolling. A novelty act.
Spiteful posturing is the province of adolescents. It’s similar to the worst of the hippies back in the 60s, who wanted to tear everything down because they didn’t want to be “square,” which really meant (a) not getting drafted (which I can understand), (b) not wanting to work, and (c) “free love.”
Now, there’s a similar desire to say and do things just to send the morality crusaders into an admittedly amusing tizzy of rage.
But beyond that?
If there’s nothing underneath the controversy, it makes you look unserious. And being unserious is actually serious business.
If there’s no intellectual heft behind your “triggering,” no steak beneath the sizzle, it becomes a gag, and a gag only works once. Continue reading “When the Novelty is Gone: Triggering for Triggering’s Sake”