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[–] Sinkip 0 points 77 points (+77|-0) ago 

I think it's at least partially because anything that makes people angry tends to spread really quickly. CGP made a great video on this effect. As for why people are getting so offended to begin with? Your guess is as good as mine.

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[–] AVX 0 points 58 points (+58|-0) ago 

Maybe because being offended gives people a sense of 'cause'? Like people like to have a cause, a motive, and to feel wronged by something and to want to fight against it (however minor/trivial) gives them this.

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[–] radamhadameal 0 points 63 points (+63|-0) ago 

You're absolutely right. Everybody likes to be apart of a cause. I do. The problem is they're looking in all the wrong places because these SJWs, ironically, are the privileged ones. They don't typically suffer from any real problems, or feel affected by them. They see a tragedy on the internet, jump to conclusions, find a relatable experience that never really affected them in their lives, and suddenly they feel like a victim of something that didn't actually happen to them. They could try to back real cause like wealth inequality but that's too hard and actually requires work to be offended about.

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[–] Sinkip 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Excellent point. +1

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[–] feistylemur 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

My theory is that it's the adrenaline release of working ones self into a rage. Conflict is addictive and a fantastic medication for depression or just plain boredom. Social justice seems to attract empty broken people looking for meaning and a group to fit in with and it gives them that. A group where being the most angry obsessive idiot not only gets you points and status within the group, but makes you feel good with delicious adrenaline at the same time.

So really a combination of what you just said, having a "cause" combined with easy gratification through working yourself up, and searching for an answer as to why they are unhappy with their life.

I theorize it's all connected to a great dissatisfaction with the power structure of society as it currently stands. This is why I think opinions like Russel Brands have rose as high as they have. Also why post-apocalyptic zombie themed stuff is so immensely popular. A lingering desire to smash the current system (or have it collapse) and move to a system where the dis-satisfied individual can gain power and influence, be something other than an unhappy and un-influential nobody with zero chance of ever coming to power.

Social Justice plays right into this. It tells you you were right all along. The odds are stacked against you, nothing is your fault, patriarchy and the man and capitalism are to blame for it all, and it has to all die so we can move over to some as of yet undefined socialist utopian system of living where you won't be an angry unemployed millennial nobody, but someone important in the new world order.

Maybe I'm out to lunch, but these are just some of my rambling theories on the topic, for what they're worth.

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[–] Symphonic_Nightmare 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think this is a big part of it. To further add to this argument, it's a safe way to feel like one is making a difference. At least as it stands now, it's unlikely for SJWs to face any real world negative repercussions for their (often damaging) actions. It's like being able to shoot at unarmed passers-by with a paintball gun from a high-tech hunting blind while playing "guerrilla."

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[–] javierNelson 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

the trigger warnings on tumblr are probably my favorite aspect of the movement.

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[–] reodd 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

There are no SJWs to which none of these factors applies.

Man, that is a very certain statement for which there can be no confirming evidence.

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[–] Laron 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

that sadly might be the disgusting logic they go by.

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[–] hawkster9542 1 points 65 points (+66|-1) ago 

It's seems to me like it has a lot to do with parents in the last two decades or so wanting to be a friend to their kids instead of a parent. Sure, you're going to do things that make your child angry but instilling discipline in them and not giving them everything they want is something that is the mark of a good parent. Getting trophies for everything and never wanting kids to feel badly also has contributed a lot to the rise of the SJWs.

With people wanting to be friends they wind up creating a culture where kids have had everything handed to them and have been. They have been told they are the best and brightest without ever doing anything to earn that. When they hit the real world (or in most cases, the Internet) they find that there are people better at something than them or who just have a different opinion. It doesn't fit with their own world view since they have been sheltered their entire lives and they wind up being either offended or complaining that something is unfair.

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[–] PushYourself 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Unrelated to the topic:

I was ready to transfer and get a BA in Information Systems, but the opportunities looked grim. Unemployment rates among IS graduates is fairly high. Is the field impacted? What exactly do you do day in and day out?

Sorry if this is random, but I am considering whether it's worth changing my major before I go back into school and take out loans etc.

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[–] heyitsfred 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

work outside of the classroom

That's the trick. My GPA was borderline (2.95, many companies require a 3), but I tried hard throughout school to get good opportunities for real-life on-the-job learning while I got my bachelor's in IS. While I didn't immediately become a manager, I was given top pay for new college hires at the company I chose and they were more accommodating regarding location and job role, and it's all because I tried to diversify my real-world experience as much as possible. And realistically, while I value my degree, the work experience was much more valuable as well. I also chose to move to a less-popular (though still great!) area, where my pay (while lower than some of my classmates going to LA and NYC) gets me a much higher standard of living, as well as the benefit of plenty of other jobs available in the future, as some areas are oversaturated with IT/IS people. Living the post-graduation dream is totally possible, but it requires hard work and some compromise.

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[–] Baron_Bridges 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

My college's business school made Introduction to MIS a mandatory pre req, and the first 6 weeks of the class is all about how if you switch your major to MIS you'll start work as a Project Manager or something high ranking sounding. That might explain the entitlement.

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[–] codioBunny 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

This really should be the top answer. I teach a lot of computing workshops on the weekends and over the summer for elementary - middle school kids. Because of the subject matter and area, these also happen to be some of the richest kids in the country. They are the most spoiled and simultaneously completely helpless kids I have ever met. You can tell them exactly how to do something--even show them a video showing each step--and they will pitch a fit and make you do it for them instead. Their parents don't teach them how to think and fend for themselves, instead they do all the work for them. We've even had these parents try to sit in on the class and do everything for the kid, a class that they are PAYING for!

My favorite example was when we got a formal complaint from a parent because the certificate of completion we hand out to all the kids at the end wasn't "fancy" enough for their darling baby boy.

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[–] MarianOnEarth 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Sad fact is those are the kids that tend to be guaranteed jobs.

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[–] Upvoats_McGoats 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Dealing with the realities of life hasn't been something instilled in children for well over two decades and that's the problem. Our freedoms are supposed to guarantee us certain things (good things like freedom to practice your faith, freedom of assembly and freedom of speech) but it also means we're practically guaranteed to encounter other people that we are not free from. The KKK can walk straight down your majority black street as long as they got the proper permits for holding a parade. It sucks. It really sucks that that hate is right at your doorstep and flaunting it in your face. But that's the reality you're dealing with and you need to teach kids how to deal with mundane things not going their way as well as the more hard to swallow things (the reality of racism, economic inequality, general evil in the world, etc).

You need to teach kids everything from winners vs. losers (keeping score and knowing who won/lost a game is important), to the importance of saving money so that they can actually afford things themselves to dealing with social situations that make them uncomfortable and even scared. This is reality, parents. You have to get them ready for it.

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[–] MarianOnEarth 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The money management point is important, but not all of the credit card generation is qualified to give that advice.

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[–] Winning_at_Losing 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

So Red Foreman is a role model for parenting? I like it.

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[–] cityfox 1 points 28 points (+29|-1) ago 

This is what happened 20 years after implementing a new system where every child got a trophy and hurt feelings were the worst thing in the world.

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[–] nikisunshine 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I think they are older than that. I'm 36 and I remember getting participation awards in elementary school.

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[–] Waldoze 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Similar to me at 35 ... we got participation trophies, but those got thrown away. It only mattered if the trophy was for winning. 1st place, Fuck yeah, put that shit up on display. 2nd place, eh, depends on how big the event/sport was. 3rd place, probably got stored and maybe displayed if it was important. Who the hell needs a reminder that they played on a soccer team that went 0-10 and couldn't even score a goal.

In the wise words of Ricky Bobby, "If you're not first, you're last"

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[–] feanturi 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

44 checking in. I recall everybody getting a ribbon at our schoolwide track and field events in the very early grades. I remember distinctly because that's the only way I could get one. Hey bronze can be thought of as goldish, it's just got some tarnish on it. ;)

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[–] Sullysq 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm 35 and remember the purple participation ribbons too. But the parents were different then. IIRC the PPR didn't start till my early teens (about 20 years ago) and by then I knew it was bullshit and the them away. My youngest sister didn't know they were bullshit though and now, at 30, she's almost as whiney about her entitlement as the rest of the PPR generation.

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[–] VSXD 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

41 checking in, can confirm, no medals, trophies or ribbons unless you placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. It was a rural area and nobody cared about your goat that won 3rd place let alone lower than that, same went for sports, any other organized competitions that i can recall.

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[–] wouldntsavezion 0 points 28 points (+28|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I think it's mainly because the developped countries have rarely ever been so peaceful for so long (Since information is easily relayed and communication is faster than physical mail). Every real issue and problem here in America seems to come from individuals, or multinationals (Or the gov.). Weak minded humans just badly need to identify to a common cause, individuals can't be one, and most people are too misinformed and/or uneducated to have any clue how they could fight back giants like multinationals or governments.

It could have been any other common cause really. I'm surprised anti-racism movements aren't making as much noise as SJWs.

Also, once movements starts fighting, in the case of SJWs, mostly unexistent problems, they create their own enemies themselves, thus resistance also grows. So in some way I'm glad it's the SJWs movement that gets most of the attention, cause that only creates more anti-SJWs, when anti-racism movements would have created more racism.

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[–] bourbonexpert 0 points 26 points (+26|-0) ago 

Because it feels good. It's also the easiest way. Anybody can say "that's racist!" And get approval from their peers. It's much much harder to try to actually solve problems and discuss issues.

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[–] solidsalamander 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago  (edited ago)

gasp You mean like...put EFFORT and TIME into LOGICAL discussion and debate?!

TRIGGERED

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[–] Waldoze 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Sarcasm?

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[–] i_am_not_crazy 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

IMO, I think extremism is becoming more acceptable as people keep creating a moral compass to help them justify their actions as acceptable.

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[–] 1Q84 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I agree that extremism becoming more acceptable is a large contributing factor to recent SJW popularity. Part of the cause of the moral compass you've described is as a result of the nature of online/Internet interaction.

Whereas in real, face-to-face life (i.e. the real, "adult" world) extremist opinions are often met with contrasting views and most people regress towards a more moderate stance on things, the internet creates filter bubbles/echo chambers, either as a result of website functionality (e.g. Google personalizing search results) or user choice (e.g. blocking people you disagree with on Twitter, only browsing/reading content that you're interested in). Instead of moderating opinions, groups of like-minded people serve to bolster each others' opinions and encourage their narrow-mindedness. I believe this is one of the main ways the internet has popularized all sorts of extremist views.

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[–] neonneophyte 1 points 14 points (+15|-1) ago 

because it is being taught in motherfucking school. this whole thing smells of an agenda

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[–] Didymus 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

People want to be a savior. They get a high off feeling important like they're standing up for a victim. If you don't have a victim to defend, you need to create one.

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[–] RuskFabbit 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I like this answer. We're at a point as a country where many Americans don't have to try very hard to get what they want. The chance to be a true hero and to stand up for things that matter is hard to come by, so trivial social issues are often abused so people can feel like, as you put it, a savior.

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