An underappreciated dimension of the Woke problem today is that underemployed journalists and freelancers, who have been overproduced by universities, have brought us literary criticism, the most useless of academic endeavors, writ large.
Nobody really needs to know or think about the problematic hidden messaging in every conceivable cultural artifact. Vox needs content, though, and underemployed freelancers with overpriced and mostly worthless degrees need fifty bucks and a dripfeed of pathetic social clout.
Literary criticism is just an academic way to suck the joy out of basically anything that can be considered literary so the person doing it can feel smart (and morally superior). It adds virtually nothing to anything.
Talk about "bourgeois values"... Just go read some literary criticism. Hilarious how many of them have Marxist bents, but that would be the relevant variant of the Iron Law of Woke Projection again, wouldn't it? Critic! Criticize thyself!

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This isn't really making history anymore. People mostly stopped caring about these little symbolic victories a decade or two ago. They're just cringe now when people try to milk them as a type of virtue signaling or whatever this is.
Literally nowhere in history has anyone ever sat down and said, "we won't have true equality until the entire crew of a Navy helicopter is gay, and I'm going to work to see this through" and then met with resistance to this. Civil rights LARPing with a fake expectation to cheer.
So far as breaking barriers goes, I could have got behind the "first woman president" thing, but that's basically irrelevant now too. The real barriers have all been broken, and everyone knows it. It's just circumstance now, and nobody cares. It's all civil rights LARP.
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If I were making a recommendation to people with the power to do something about it, say legislators, governors, mayors, etc., I'd encourage actions that offer support to keep police officers in departments and as duly moralized as possible.
This is what's actually going on now in (dumbass leftist) cities that have defunded and effectively castrated the police, including through DAs who just release arrested offenders. Think something like a match toward Antifa inside/as the police.
I see a lot of libertarian types jumping on the "yeah, but cops DO suck" bandwagon, and I see those in similar orbits encouraging police to retire or resign due to the risk and indignity of their jobs right now in these insane conditions, but I promise you: you're being played.
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The Democrats constantly tell us they're the ones fighting to end systemic racism, but when given a simple opportunity to stop ongoing (not "historical") discrimination happening TODAY against Asian-Americans, Senate Democrats did a party-line vote to maintain systemic racism.
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Wokeness is nothing but word games. Malicious word games. Subversive word games. Destructive and poisonous word games. But just word games. No substance! No understanding! Just manipulative words.
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"Create positive change" by empowering mouthy malcontents who aren't particularly good at anything except complaining about things they don't like because they don't understand them and bullying people who might dare to point this out with psychologically abusive techniques.
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Fact check: False. Method matters. Criticism is possible without adopting Critical Theory, which, at a minimum, demands (1) an idealized vision of society, (2) speaking only about shortcomings against that utopian vision (no perspicacity), and (3) social activism on its behalf.
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Critical Theorists like to invoke "free speech" to defend their right to critique, which is correct, but simultaneously reject free speech under a doctrine of Repressive Tolerance, which calls for censorship and precensorship of views that disagree, including other critiques.
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