These headlines are always so amazing.
“BREAKING: ISIS Members Like Kittens!”
These are also real stories, and I’ll tell you why they’re worse than just stupid — they’re actively harmful.
It’s comforting to see them as Evil ™ - beyond comprehension.
Monstration only mystifies the problem you want to solve.
Are ISIS members monsters? Uncomfortably, also...no.
That’s super stupid, if you’d like to defeat them — for many reasons.
You make a fetish out of the propaganda you fall for.
I wrote about the phenomenon here:
Dismiss them monsters — and you’ll never see them coming.
(Trigger warnings: all of them.)