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Asked by Anonymous
I think this is a deeply flawed way of looking at the world.
Now, I have talked about Ferguson, and I’ve talked about Gaza. (In fact, I’ve been writing and talking about Israel and Palestine for more than a decade.) But there are many important problems facing the world that I haven’t talked about: I haven’t talked much about the civil war in South Sudan, or the epidemic of suicide among American military personnel, or the persecution of Muslim Rohingya people in Myanmar.
Is that okay? Is it okay for me to talk about, say, racism in football and lowering infant mortality in Ethiopia? Or must we all agree to discuss only whatever is currently the ascendant news story? Is it disrespectful to Ferguson protesters to talk about continued political oppression in Egypt now that we are no longer reblogging images of the protests in Tahrir Square? I think this is a false choice: If you are talking about Ferguson and I am talking about Ethiopian health care, neither of us is hurting the other.
I think the challenge for activists and philanthropists online is in paying sustained attention, not over days or weeks but over years and decades. And I worry that when we turn our attention constantly from one outrage to another we end up not investing the time and work to facilitate actual change. We say “THE WORLD IS WATCHING,” and it is…until it isn’t. We’ve seen this again and again in Gaza and the West Bank. We’re seeing it in Iran. We’re seeing it in South Sudan. And we’re seeing it in the U.S., from net neutrality to Katrina recovery.
The truth is, these problems are complicated, and when the outrage passes we’re left with big and tangled and nuanced problems. I feel that too often that’s when we stop paying attention, because it gets really hard and there’s always a shiny new problem somewhere else that’s merely outrageous. I hope you’re paying attention to Ferguson in five years, anon, and I hope I am, too. I also hope I’m paying attention to child death in Ethiopia. I don’t think these things are mutually exclusive.
I really don’t want to minimize the effectiveness of online activism, because I know that it works: To use a personal example, I’ve learned a TON from the LGBT+ and sexual assault survivor communities in recent years online. People on tumblr make fun of me for apologizing all the time, but I apologize all the time because I am learning all the time, and every day I’m like, “Oh, man, Current Me has realized that Previous Me was so wrong about this!”
But we can only learn when we can listen. And when you call me a hypocrite for talking about X instead of talking about Y, it makes it really hard to listen.
At times, online discourse to me feels like we just sit in a circle screaming at each other until people get their feelings hurt and withdraw from the conversation, which leaves us with ever-smaller echo chambers, until finally we’re left only with those who entirely agree with us. I don’t think that’s how the overall worldwide level of suck gets decreased.
I might be wrong, of course. I often am. But I think we have to find ways to embrace nuance and complexity online. It’s hard—very, very hard—to make the most generous, most accepting, most forgiving assumptions about others. But I also really do think it’s the best way forward.
Lots of questions in my ask about my stance on the Taylor Swift Shake it Off music video. Here are my main thoughts right now:
1. The physical positioning of Taylor in the foreground with faceless black dancers away from the camera in the background. Later there is a clip of them laughing and turning around — I think it would have made a big difference to have the twerking dancers introduced with this clip rather than the one they chose.
2. Putting on the “costume” of black culture without the associated experience of what it means to be black. In fact, treating it like a costume. She has the luxury to remove that costume. Music video here is actually symbolic of that - she flits between scenes - and could be read as commentary/parody of white pop stars who attempt ownership over elements of black culture.
3. This comes on the back of a particularly big year for music videos in which black women’s bodies are used as props — Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lily Allen’s ineffective attempt at satire. Is this in response to it or playing into it? Can someone effectively respond to racially charged tropes in music videos if they are a. in the position of power b. in a position where they risk perpetuating those tropes. Also, is the visual medium inherently sexist (male gaze etc.?) and inherently biased against dark skin? If so, we must work doubly hard to counter these things.
4. Basically, mostly, is the fact that she is unable to master these dances to the same level as the professionals an empowering idea, effective parody, or a 21st century form of mimicry/exhibition of power? Or other?
Just some thoughts! Would love to hear your responses.
I am not saying that Taylor Swift is racist, I am not saying that whoever produced the video was racist, I am coming from the perspective of someone interested in the coding behind the ways we talk about ourselves and each other. To clarify, I love Taylor Swift. I was second row at her RED concert this year. This isn’t a question of loving/not loving Swifty.
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