Another day, another twitter ShiTsunamiShashimi, eat up folks. It’s almost as if the internet is bad for people or something.
I try to be charitable when it comes to other peoples motivations, mostly because I tend to see the worst in people and I figure I should probably counter that innate impulse with a little optimism. Sometimes I am successful, sometimes, not so much.
A while back Richard Dawkins posted a sarcastic message on PZ’s blog, he was criticizing the amount of blogger ink being devoted to a rather minor incident that happened in an elevator at a conference, when in his opinion, there were much greater injustices that were not getting as much attention, and should be getting attention.
I think he was wrong. Not because I think Dawkins is a raving misogynist, nor because I think he is incredibly stupid, but rather because he, like many people do very often, was failing to see the forest for the trees. It was a small incident, but it resonated with people, many people, on many emotional levels, and even for diametrically opposite reasons. And that made it the focus of an ongoing stupid flame war.
He missed the context, was a total dick about it, and I think that is the time when one should apologize.
Dawkins is not the only one, the ‘Amazing Atheist’ did something… even worse in my opinion… he went after someone who couldn’t defend themselves, when he attacked Amanda Todd…. and her silly little middle class suicide.
Guess what? Yes many people have worse problems than you or I do. But depression and desperation can hit any one of us, so mocking someone’s desperation and suicide, is just fucked up shit.
Like I said at the time: It was a douche move. You should apologize. Full stop.
I don’t really give a shit what his point was, yes the media is going to sensationalize stuff. That is a fact of life, especially when some event resonates with people. Amanda Todd was a victim of bullying and depression and suicide.
And so we come to the most recent atheist self-inflicted stupid.
Here’s how you don’t respond to Williams death: as P.Z Myers has in a post at Pharyngula, in which he claims that the media (and our government) has taken advantage of Williams’s death to draw attention away from racism and other social problems….
Oh bloody hell.
Coyne covers the details, so no rehash here.
I don’t think PZ Myers is a bad guy. I don’t agree with him on certain things, but I have found him to be a thoughtful and compassionate person, most of the time. His emotions, like many of the social justice types, like many other people, sometimes gets the better of him, but I’m not going to jump on any ani-PZ band wagons. I can see the usual suspects already wringing their fists with glee over this one.
It was a douche move, PZ. You should apologize. Full stop.