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review 2016-06-20 00:00
‘I Find That Offensive!’
‘I Find That Offensive!’ - Claire Fox ‘I Find That Offensive!’ - Claire Fox Today's zeitgeist is the pathologised individual. You are living in an era where the 'form of personality' that is valued and privileged is the vulnerable victim, where weakness is treated sympathetically and strength is demonised as arrogance or bullying, where anything smacking of the stiff upper lip is seen as a relic from a cruel, insensitive era. Today, emotional literacy is de rigueur.

Claire Fox writes an outraged pamphlet against outrage culture. Polemic, ranty, but not without worthwhile analysis.
The book's structured in three parts: Part #1 outlines the situation, part #2 tries to identify reasons for a mollycoddled youth, part #3 consists of letters to said generation of youngsters.

While Germany's educational system is very, very different from the ones in the US or the UK, a lot of what Fox writes sounds quite familiar and I can relate to many of her points. I'm 34 and I teach semiotics and feminist and gender aware linguistics. You may draw your own conclusions from there. About ten years ago, in my activist heydays, I roamed the streets, chanting „I'm not a victim“. In our work with survivors of domestic abuse, we try to teach them that they are exactly that – survivors, not victims, people strong enough to reclaim responsibility for their life, to change it for the better. And then, in my day-job, on social media, and everyday discussions, there's what Fox and others call offence generation or 'Generation Snowflake', seemingly claiming victim status as a part of their identity.
While I don't want to dismiss peoples' very real pains and bad experiences, I do see “This offends me” and “I feel hurt” becoming the go-to means to silence every reasonable discussion, to silence any critique or simply disagreeing opinions.
I'm not exactly innocent in that regard, especially not when it comes to discussions about the current refugee situation in Europe; discussions that are difficult, often heated, and, at least for me, emotionally draining.

So, yes, I think Fox has some valid points. Most importantly, she's not blaming the “younger generation”, but, as pointed out above, tries to identify reasons for young adults' apparent inability to stand criticism and the tendency to feel offended about divergent opinions, reasons she sees in the parent generation, the educational system itself, and the prominence of “Student Voice”.

Today's overly subjective youth are instead reduced to the status of objects, acted upon by an overabundance of official bodies. However, a lack of awareness of this passivity can mean that young people themselves are flattered at such third-party interests. They seem to enjoy being mollycoddled, gaining an artificial sense of empowerment from their various victim roles as well as feeling legitimised as objects of institutional concern and interventions.

Again, I recognised a lot. But I can't agree with everything Fox says in part #2.
For one, I don't really think what she describes is just a problem of a younger generation (a generation I might still be part of, if only at the very tail-end of it). I see the same overawareness of all things PC happening with much older people – at least here. But that might be the difference between Germany and the UK and especially the US, where “free speech” is defined quite differently.
Also, in contrast to Fox I think that words can hurt and do severe damage. I fear that outright dismissing this notion or ridiculing the concept of emotional abuse, like Fox seems to do, is not going to help the discussion in any meaningful way. Of course you have to differentiate if two children fight on the playground and one tells the other “I don't like you, you stink” - or if there's an abusive relationship where one partner constantly tells the other how worthless they are. Or if parents keep telling their child that their lives would be so much better if said child had never been borne. Of course that's one hell of a difference.
But it's this nuance that I miss in Fox's rant. And it's a pity, because neglecting nuances makes it all too easy to dismiss her points, her very important, very valid points, in return.

What's more, I fear she'll end up preaching to the choir here. Which is also a pity, because I think her conclusion in the third part, addressing 'Generation Snowflake' and 'Anti-Snowflakers' alike (stupid terms, by the way), are well worth considering.

(As a sidenote, I don't get her problem with adult colouring books. But to each their own, I guess.)
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review 2016-05-08 14:43
Offensive Behavior
Offensive Behavior (Sidelined Book 1) - Belinda Holmes,Ainslie Paton

I borrowed this through Kindle Unlimited.  It took me a while to get through it.  That's never a good thing.

 

I guess the author is Australian, but this story takes place in California and the characters are American.  A lot of the phrasing seems to be Australian.  It's definitely not spoken like an American would.  Some work on the punctuation would help, too.  Some additional commas and quotes.

 

Otherwise, I liked Reid.  But I didn't care for Zarley so much.  Reid is SO in to her, but Zarley is somewhat callous.  He basically kisses her ass and does anything to keep her, including letting a neighbor watch them have sex.  After she completely freaked out about seeing Reid kiss a random woman in a club where Zarley is performing as an erotic dancer, she then has sex with him in a public park and expected him to be okay with a random guy touching her breasts and upper body during the act.

 

The relationship seemed unbalanced.

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text 2016-04-08 13:21
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Dans le cas où vous n’êtes pas familier, Counter-Strike est une expérience entièrement multijoueur. Vous pouvez jouer déconnecté contre les robots AI, mais elles sont encore simplement simuler ce que ça fait de jouer en ligne, plutôt que vraiment vous donnant un jeu solo. Les bonnes nouvelles sont que cette est aussi bon que les tireurs sur la base de l’équipe-ligne obtiennent. Dans le mode de jeu traditionnel, il existe deux types de matchs et deux niveaux de jeu. Casual niveau est pour les nouveaux joueurs et élimine les aspects comme le feu amical et la nécessité d’acheter des armures et des auxiliaires articles à chaque tour (plus que dans une seconde). Classé niveau est le style original de CS, avec tous les paramètres de «réalisme» est activée, mais il dispose également d’un système de classement global basé sur les compétences pour essayer d’équilibrer les équipes et les placer de bons joueurs avec d’autres bons joueurs.

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text 2015-08-24 21:41
Die Offensive (Scarecrow, #2) - Matthew Reilly

action, action, action. keine ruhige minute in diesem buch, naja in den anderen ja auch nicht. wenn das mal verfilmt wird, dann wird das der action reisser.

ab und zu lese ich sowas mal gerne, aber dann auch lieber wieder andere sachen.

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