CONCEITS OF THE FOGY SET... Old People Need to Get Over Ourselves!
In the last few years I've had between one and six transgender students on my class roster. This is great! But where were these students in the first two and a half decades of my career? Well, they were there.
The seemingly sudden campaign against Critical Race Theory is just one small episode in a larger series of battles to control public knowledge and the accepted narrative.
The problem isn't Cancel Culture, per se. The problem is the overlap between capital and the public discourse. When advertising dollars rest on what a person says, capital will often become the priority when the norms of discourse are violated.
You agree with the protestors, you'll find plenty of examples on-line of protestors doing noble and heroic things. Think the protestors are nothing more than Antifa scum? You'll have this assumption reinforced when all of your friends post pictures and video of masked rioters breaking windows and flipping cars. Think the police are heroes? You'll get all kinds of footage of police being heroic. Think the police are fascist scum? Yeah. You'll be able to download outrageous acts of brutality.
Where mankind stands in the robot age will depend on the vitality of democracy when the transition happens.
If there were ever a time for stepping up a cultural critique of American militarism and our "forever war" footing, it's now.