The “Scott Adams Meltdown”? Oh, all right. Here’s a Mercifully Brief Backgrounder: For some time now the podcast of the once-popular Scott Adams podcast (Real Coffee with Scott Adams ) has been circling the drain. There are a number of reasons for this but their tendrils are all rooted deep in the adamantine ego of Scott Adams and his inability to free himself from the quicksand of his increasingly toxic online personality. Indeed, the ScottAdamsSays show has become all about the aberrant online personality projected by Adams retaining its primacy in the face of withering contempt and criticism. The result has been to watch Adams react in increasing levels of contempt for his audience until… the Shelly Moment.
In that moment of inspired if not intentional trolldom that will live in infamy one commenter named only Shelly managed to ask a question so soft and yet so slyly barbed that she triggered the tirade of rage whipped misogyny on Adams part; a rage that seemed determined at times and all by itself to keep the C-word alive in the 21st century. A rage I must say I am certain was not at all triggered by the fact that Adams’ ex-wife was also named Shelly. And yet triggered it was.
Barely were the flecks of his foaming rage dry upon his face than another always unpleasant and sometimes repellent Internet personality arrived on the scene as one “Vox Day” to apply salt to Adams’ self-imposed lacerations and plug in the belt sander.
Next step? This salvo in the always problematic genre known as “Cracker Rap;” this knock-out sucker punch Adams did not see coming and clearly invited, “Scott Adams Can Shoot Any Booster”.
Yes in this Battle of the Twits Adams gets the shitty end of a very sharp stick. Yes yes. Yes yes. But. If he did not more and more resemble a talking penis with every passing day Adams’ mere humanity would argue for empathy. But in “Scott Adams Can Shoot Any Booster”, no whisp of empathy can be found. It is, after all, a creation of that stealth Jesuit, Vox Day. This is raw radium Internet flaming from which the subject cannot soon hope to recover his shredded persona, if ever. This is a permanent page in his Eternal Internet Scrapbook and Tweet Mausoleum. This is Mega Mockery by a master of the mow down. This is your scorched earth, Adams. Lie down and let the grass do its work.
Then again one is, upon reflection, mindful of the observation by Henry Kissinger, “Academic politics are so vicious because the stakes are so small.”