Prez wrote on Feb 15, 2020, 10:38:
Beamer wrote on Feb 15, 2020, 10:02:
The funny thing about "virtue signaling" is that nothing signals the lack of virtue like believing there's validity to the phrase.
The term actually had at one point a very valid and legitimate meaning. There is in fact A TON of virtue signalling going on whereby people pathetically try to score social acceptance points by very publicly endeavoring to appear progressive and tolerant, usually to the point of ridiculousness. Problem is, as with most of the terminology that crops up in a culture war, the term and others like it ('woke', 'white-knighting', 'snowflake', 'SJW' etc) have simply been misused to such a ludicrous degree that they are virtually meaningless beyond causing the user to look like a self-parody. On the other side of the aisle, in my view terms like 'misogynist', 'racist', 'nazi', 'fascist', etc basically fall under the same category. These words have real meaning and often very much apply, but they get used so often when they simply do not apply that at this point they practically lack any real meaning, at least to me. People will all too often call you these things not because you meet the definition, but simply to discredit you and render your viewpoint or argument null and void. I mean, who listens to a racist or a fascist? It happens here from time to time unfortunately.
Personally I prefer to explain my position in detail rather than falling back on words or terms that basically signal the reader to not take me seriously.
Nazi is used as an extreme, no one thinks that many people are true Nazis, but it's a short-form. Plus, when people like Richard Spencer and Milo Whatshisname do the Nazi salute, you have to call a spade a spade.
But when people whine about 3 sentences in a Polygon review, who do they think they're signaling to?
I think, in reality, some people are just rotten individuals that can't imagine empathizing with someone not like them, or wanting to make the world better for people not like them, even if it makes things slightly less great for themselves. Hence "virtue signaling," because they think that people are doing something to make themselves look good (to whom? no fucking clue) rather than because they feel it's right.
Some people are just selfish and rotten. The type of people who, on a long car ride, insist on playing music they like and don't care that you don't, or setting the temperature to one they can tolerate but you find annoying, rather than a middle ground. Because "this game would be better with more brown people in it" is, to them, somehow "white genocide." I don't mean you, Prez, I know you come down in the middle, in a space not "enlightened centrism" but "one side is worse, but both sides have ridiculous actors." I mean some of the people on this board that truly believe that a video game not made for them is somehow white genocide.