Pluralistic: "Brand safety" killed Jezebel (11 Nov 2023)

Today’s links “Brand safety” killed Jezebel: Reality isn’t brand-safe. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018, 2022 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading “Brand safety” killed Jezebel (permalink) Progressives: if you want to lose to conservatives, all you need to do is reflexively praise and support everything conservatives turn into a culture-war issue, without considering whether they might be right. Because sometimes…they’re right. Remember early in the Trump presidency, when conservatives all woke up and discovered that America’s spy agencies – excuse me, “the intelligence community” – were dirty-tricking psychos who run amok, lawlessly sabotaging democracy? Progressives have been shouting this ever since Hoover’s FBI tried to blackmail MLK into killing himself: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FBI%E2%80%93King_suicide_letter But millions of progressives forgot about COINTELPRO, CIA dirty tricks and CIA mass spying when this “intelligence community” temporarily set out to wrong-foot Trump. Remember James Comey votive candles? https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/08/30/james-comey-fbi-memo-leaks-trump-inspector-general-report-column/2157705001/ Anthropologists have a name for this phenomenon, in which one side reverses its positions because their sworn enemies have done so. It’s called schizmogenesis, and it goes like this: “If they hate it, we love it”: https://pluralistic.net/2021/12/18/schizmogenesis/ Schizmogenesis is an equal-opportunity delusion. Within living memory, white evangelicals supported abortion, because their sworn enemies – Catholics – opposed it. Some of those white Boomer women who voted Trump because abortion was literally the only issue they cared about held the opposite position on abortion not so long ago – and completely forgot about it: https://text.npr.org/734303135 The…Pluralistic: "Brand safety" killed Jezebel (11 Nov 2023)

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