Internet culture and frustration

This Mastodon thread is bewildering. The guy behind the brilliant YouTube channel NotJustBikes talks about all of the hate and abuse he gets primarily from Americans on the internet. His offense is not virtue signaling hard enough, and the haters are people who largely agree with him.

I see this pointing to a larger cultural shift in subcultures that have lost contact with the real world and live primarily online lives. For these types, preaching an ever more radical message to the already convinced on social media platforms is the paragon of virtue. And that’s where it ends. Actual work in the real world is eschewed because it doesn’t scale or something.

It’s not a one off. He’s posted examples of people not getting an obviously over-the-top parody, and more of the same. Or people getting offended at mild self-deprecating humor.

This isn’t isolated to NotJustBikes. Take Greg Morris, who recently wrote about not publishing a rather vanilla blog post because of the expected backlash. And then an intent (mini) mob started screaming about his privilege.

This is why I’m glad that I’ve decided to blog under a pseudonym and have limited my interaction to email. People who take the time to write an email, even if they largely disagree with me, tend to be polite, respectful, and have something worthwhile to say.

But there’s not a panacea. This sub-culture of no connection to the outside world and hyper-literalism has become the standard among under 40 knowledge workers in many places.