By Dylan R.N. Crabb
The Democratic Party is moving further to the political Left, embracing more collectivist modes of ideology and doubling down on their identitarian activism. Today’s typical “Progressive” is now a caricature of my generation (Generation Y, the millennial generation) and it’s embarrassing; from screaming at Republican senators in the nation’s capital, to banging on the door of the Supreme Court of the United States after the confirmation of a new conservative-leaning Justice, to forcefully shutting down academic events hosting conservative speakers, it is apparent that Leftists (not liberals) are becoming more radicalized in this strange post-truth era.
How did we get here?
I think it started with internet connections and the World Wide Web which dramatically increased access to information for the general public. Greater access combined with more diversity is a double-edged sword in media because, with more choices of programs, confirmation bias becomes more prevalent; individuals will naturally gravitate toward programs that confirm what they already believe. This is why it is so important to make an effort to seek out points of view alternate to your own. The American public is currently experiencing the negative, balkanizing effects of confirmation bias.
What’s the solution?
I think the solution to our wide-spread confirmation bias ironically involves the very tools that encouraged this virus of the mind, although it also requires a change in mindset in each individual. We need to consider different sources, the motivations behind particular narratives, and power bases behind specific media companies. The ideological leanings of a journalist or commentator affects their news coverage as does the primary financing of an organization. In short, we need to be more skeptical.
Skepticism requires curiosity and acting on curiosity requires initiative. Journalist Tim Pool points out one the most stark differences between the political Left and Right today: the Left generally has no qualms with alienating individuals whom disagree with their mainstream narratives while the Right is constantly seeking out disagreements for the sake of discourse – the Left pushes people away with their dislike for nuance while the Right is actively recruiting people. This new inclusiveness on the Right will likely lead to a new conservative movement among younger Americans. We’re already seeing rising conservative media outlets catapulting young and energetic talking heads to national fame – figures like Ben Shapiro, Tomi Lahren, Roaming Millennial, and Dave Rubin are immensely popular with young people partly because they don’t condescend young people about how “oppressed” they are by forces beyond one’s control. A general narrative on the Right is one of an individualistic spirit of exploration and invention endemic in American history.
Liberalism was once the champion of individualism and personal liberty but liberalism has been corrupted by its own hubris. Leftists coming to dominate the fields of entertainment became obsessed with the appearance of diversity while ignoring diversity’s most important facet: the intellect. Now, the intellectually lazy neo-liberals are being beaten in the marketplace of ideas by their Right-wing counterparts who still see value in showcasing diverse opinions regardless of appearances and communicating across ideologies. If the Left wants to have a fighting chance in this new media landscape of individualism and curiosity, I think they need to rediscover liberalism and the intellectual traditions of Western civilization – from Hammurabi’s Code, to the oratory of Pericles, to the revelations of the Enlightenment, to the rational populism of Presidents Roosevelt.
By Dylan R.N. Crabb
The World Wide Web has grown a lot since it’s public premier (it’s no longer just for porn) and it’s easy to get lost in the electronic jungle as your L.E.D. monitor blares in your strained eyes but, once you carve out a path for yourself through the endless Googling, you can find friends in the strangest places.
Enter the YouTube Saints.
The late-night comedy show starring entertainers Jeff Holiday and Nick Goroff airs on the popular (almost monolithic) video-sharing website once a week (every Friday at 7:30 pm, Mountain Time). Holiday’s comedic timing and Goroff’s cynical wit makes for a hilarious (albeit depressing) Web program, but the insanity doesn’t end with those two bastards. Since the inception of the show in March of 2017, a community of geeks, half-wits, and creepy losers have flowered around the two comedic geniuses. To describe them as “saintly” might sound facetious at first glance until you take a look at their competition and then come crawling back to the relative Saints in abject horror. The Web can be a scary place and finding your niche can help you come out of your shell.
Behind all the sarcasm and the intelligent mockery, you will find an inclusive community of individuals from all over the globe who aren’t afraid to live and laugh with each other. For that, we can be grateful to Holiday and Goroff for bringing us together.
American politics has become so polarized that people are injecting their own political rhetoric into every activity, no matter how mundane. This is why identity politics is cancer to multi-partisan discourse. Ideologues are so intent on controlling culture that they will suppress individual expressions of art in an attempt to make entertainment reflect a specific view of the world and nothing else.
Whatever happened to “live and let live?”
By Dylan R.N. Crabb
Move over, Drunken Peasants! There’s a new podcast invading screens twice a week: the YouTube Saints. The rising talk show on the most popular video-sharing website to date is hosted my two entertainers, Jeff Holiday and Nick Goroff, each with fan bases of their own. Jeff Holiday is a scholor in the scientific field of biology and uses his personal YouTube channel to expose pseudo-science, promoting scientific knowledge amongst the general public. Nick Goroff is known throughout the Web by his YouTube username, “Wizard of Cause,” and he uses his personal channel to dive deep into the human psyche in an attempt to pursue truths beyond the empirical reality of the physical world. Together, they are the YouTube Saints, “blatant punk whores of the new media getting wasted and treating the cancer of YouTube with the chemo of mockery.”
If you’re a regular patron of the Web and you’re not an idiot, you’ve probably been exposed to many forms of mind cancer on a plethora of platforms. The Saints can be your chemotherapy.
Don’t be afraid to shitpost. Do it for the Kekistanis. 😀 lolololol
In recent decades, as internet access and web development have exploded, countless communities have been formed from every fandom imaginable. There are so many people logging onto the web that web life has developed its own culture and, by extension, a plethora of sub-cultures tailored to different fandoms. For a person who is almost constantly immersed in web culture, it can feel second-nature to them. However; to a person who looks at a computer with a puzzled facial expression, people on the web might as well be speaking another language. So, to clear up some confusion for the normies, here is YouTube user Roaming Millennial.