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December 2, 2014

What we have here is a prime example of a fascinating Internet phenomenon:

the preemptive denunciation of a controversy that doesn’t exist.

People live to be outraged, and they’re so excited for things to be outraged about that they’ll more or less invent an outrage to get their dander up. We can see another example of this phenomenon here, in which a blogger denounces a raft of columns questioning the character of a football player who walked off the field before the game was over before a single column of that variety had even been written. The preemptive denunciation is a form of moral posturing, an effort to show that you’re a serious person who believes all the right things, unlike other, bad people who believe all the wrong things.
There Is No "Black Stormtrooper Controversy" | Washington Free Beacon

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 2, 2014 10:59 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Space opera isn't new, it is old, and I suspect was read by many who went on the careers in engineering and science. What has changed is that "science" fiction has been replaced by "fantasy" fiction, and whereas one can hope to be a scientist, one has little chance of being a sorcerer. Perhaps that change in the popularity of literary genres reflects a larger cultural/industrial change where few deal with tangibles, whereas many deal with abstractions, aka, the digital world.

Posted by: chuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 2, 2014 11:45 AM

IOW the world is turning into a big daycare center with no one in charge. wunnerful

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 2, 2014 7:13 PM

Yeah the day after the trailer showed up, these articles showed up, complaining about outrage and anger at the black stormtrooper.

But NO articles about actual outrage or anger. Anywhere. I have not yet to this day seen one, or even an example of one in any of these articles. Its made up, its invented whole cloth.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 3, 2014 8:43 AM

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