On the subject of “antivaxxer” Andrew Nolch (damage control post)

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Although the descriptor “comedian” equally deserves quibble marks in Andy’s case

Most people’s idea of activism doesn’t extend to the desecration of memorials, but being that the – not yet convicted, but freely admitted – attacker of the late Eurydice Dixon is autistic, Andy apparently thought this was a good time to raise awareness of the vaccine-induced autism epidemic with obscene graffiti. Or perhaps he just wanted attention. Whatever, but I know this is exactly the kind of incident used to smear the anti-vaccine school of thought and it did make front-page news in Australia, which the apprehension of a vandal (no matter how offensive) generally doesn’t, indicating a distinct partisan spotlight in the press.

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Two Minutes Hate & Millennial Goldstein

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Actually, it was more like two weeks of hate

If you pay any heed to the mainstream media – or even the more “commercialized” alternative media such as Infowars – you’ll probably have been bombarded with updates on the silly saga of Michael Rotondo. The question you should be asking is why? Why should a litigious domestic dispute make it to the local news for a day, let alone headlines across the western world for weeks? There’s an agenda at work here, I’d say, an agenda to explain our guttering economy and declining standards of living by shifting blame from neoliberal globalization (among other things…) to a scapegoat like, oh let’s say, a convenient caricature of a misbegotten millennial exemplifying everything supposedly wrong with young people. Continue reading