Social Media. Tyranny. And the Genius of the Crowd


‘Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance’
Albert Maysles

 

Second on a short list of phrases that have coerced me into a lazy belief in Divinity has been the ‘genius of the crowd’. While crowds have always been dangerous, they still cannot compete with the finality of police brutality, reigning supreme atop my list forth the thirty-fourth year in a row. Moving forward, imagine throngs of faceless incurious armchair activists prepared to rush forward to unmitigated conclusions without pause for reflection or a deconstruction of context, in order to be offended on behalf of others. The untrained eye might confuse this as a vehement advocacy or an aggressive social justice. Yet nevertheless, virulent condemnation without regards to either nuance or context has always amounted to tyranny.

Those best at intolerance not only preach tolerance, but they implore others to assume it as a cause. Is there a difference between a sanctimonious online mob viscerally reacting (quite aggressively) to whatever brings them out of the safety of their comfort zone and activists using the internet as a means for message advocating certain social reform?

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