Friday, April 10, 2015

Sad puppies triumphant

The Hugo Awards: How to fight back in the culture wars:
This is the era in which we are all being drafted in the Culture War. It doesn’t matter if you’re secular or religious, political or apolitical, frat boys or geeks, hipsters or bros. Nobody gets to be neutral or sit on the sidelines, because we’ll all be expected to make our obeisance to the latest politically correct opinion handed down to us by a Twitter mob.
By now, we know the basic ingredients of a typical skirmish in Culture War 4.0. It goes something like this: a) a leftist claque starts loudly pushing the “correct” Culture War position onto b) a field previously considered fun, innocuous, apolitical, purely personal, or recreational, and c) accusing anyone who opposes them of being a racist, sexist, bigot who relies on oppressive “privilege” to push everyone else down, while these claims are d) backed up by a biased press that swallows the line of attack uncritically and repeats it.
Any of that sound familiar? It’s just daily life for anyone on the Right, and it’s slowly becoming daily life for everybody else. AskComet Guy.
The innocuous field in which the personal is suddenly discovered to be very political might be fashion, musictoys, sports, or sex, not to mention weddings, flowers, cake-baking, and pizza.
Or video games. Or science fiction.
It's a staple among the manosphere and the mainstream Right that pop culture is a sewer. And they're right. Like most young people, I seldom watch network television. I don't even do Netflix. My television watching is restricted mostly to movies, The Simpsons, a few selections on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, WWE, and occasionally Fox News for major events. My five loyal readers may have noticed I haven't written about WWE in a while. A few months ago I found the product even worse than usual so I stopped watching regularly. Maybe that will change. I've noticed they've been pushing the PG boundaries with some of their language lately.

The International Lord of Hate Larry Correia and Brad Torgersen created the Sad Puppies slate of nominees for SF's prestigious Hugo award. Vox Day crafted the Rabid Puppies slate. The Puppies swept most of the categories. SJWs are taking it as well as you'd expect. More people are picking up on what I touched on the other day: SJWs are for the most part paper tigers.

The Sad Puppies were tarred with the usual progressive epithets: racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, whiny crybabies, etc. That last one is always interesting to me. Masculinity is officially scorned by our cultural overlords but when they're in a defensive crouch they always question their detractors' manhood. They proclaim their love for or describe themselves as strong, independent women, and then they're shocked, shocked when someone fights back because, after all, they're only girls. Occasionally it results in a bizarre sort of macho Eloi pose: "Why do you love guns so much, huh? Are you afraid of criminals or something?"

Correia sets the record straight here. He describes himself as a libertarian which means reactionaries and Traditionalists will find plenty to disagree with. Personally, I loved all of his Monster Hunter novels. Any man who lavishes such loving detail on firearms is okay in my book.

Many men take an "enjoy the decline" attitude toward life in the 21st century West. Others speak of a Benedict Option where Christians of goodwill withdraw from the larger society and into isolated communities where we try our best to pass on eternal truths to our children. If you read this blog or write a blog yourself, then you aren't totally withdrawing from society. Pop culture is poisonous most of the time, but it's also the most effective means of disseminating a particular world view. The Left understands this. I doubt that one American in 100 could identify Herbert Marcuse, but if you're under the age of 35, you've been steeped in the Frankfurt school since birth through TV, movies, books, magazines, music, and your education.

Resolving to take back the entire establishment can seem quixotic. But this is where the internet is proving to be one of the great blessings of our age, despite all of its many faults. It's never been easier to speak directly to the consumer. Sad Puppies might not have ever gotten off the ground without the internet. We can bypass the gatekeepers now.

Granted, we're very small in number. But the impression I get is that the alt-right, the manosphere, and all the rest is overwhelmingly a young men's preserve. As the decline becomes too pronounced to ignore anymore, more people will give a second look at tradition. They'll have to. In the mean time, if any man has the interest and the aptitude to get involved in artistic pursuits, I say go for it. I don't have a lot of patience for the type who pooh-poohs the arts. True, you shouldn't go into debt to study them in college but don't dismiss them all together. The progressives and Modernists didn't come to stand atop the commanding heights by doing nothing but writing learned disquisitions on the internet.

1 comment:

  1. As I have written in my own reaction to the Puppies coup, this is an impressive victory that will direct traffic back to the Reactosphere through Vox Day. I'm wary to hail the dawn of an era where we seize back the cultural institutions, because I just don't think you can reverse-Gramsci the left. However, victories like these generate huge buzz and inquisitive minds want to know who is really behind it.

    The next thing you know, they're on some blog wondering why a person would argue for monarchy and whether political correctness really is all a big stupid lie.