…is how insulated I am from society and, more specifically, it’s modus operandi. I’m so used to the sane reasoning that Tumblr has on social justice issues and our collective disdain for stereotypes. I work for my parents, I’m only good-morning acquaintances with other people in the office, I have about 3 friends that now live within reasonable driving distance of my house, and only a handful of others around the country that I rarely get to see. Social media is quite literally my social life. Of course I love my internet peeps and we all have this progressive ability to accept soundly reasoned logic and feel a sense of justice over basic human rights. This isn’t a post about my lack of a physical social life. This is a post about how now when I do experience people or things that operate under a lazy mainstream morality I am taken aback.
The best examples I can give from my own experiences is recently I’ve been watching a show on network television - usually I download TV shows, once again insulating myself from society - and thus I have been seeing advertisements. At least thrice every ad break I am outraged at something I see and I get this shock when I realise this is for real. There’s an incredibly demeaning and sexist advertisement for a wedding reality show which perpetuates the idea that all girls are bridezillas who have dreamt of their wedding day since they were born and all men are buffoons with a complete inability to even look at a wedding magazine. In general, as a guy who likes to be the opposite of what’s expected, I find 90% of advertisements I see fundamentally insulting and they place frighteningly restricting standards on impressionable viewers.
I could go on but basically this was just a little brain vomit. I will finish with one of my favourite quotes from Thomas Moore’s Utopia. I’ve never read it but Drew Barrymore has spoken it to me since childhood.
“For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.”