The woke do not want to win intellectually or academically, they want to win socially.
The perfect example of this is NOT cancel culture, it is the phenomenon of the “call-out.”
Cancel culture is the phenomenon where a person or group seek to get a person they disagree with fired, kicked off social media, removed from a position of influence, or de-platformed. The point of canceling someone is to remove their ability to earn a living as a way of punishing them for disagreeing with wokeness. …
There are times when people will spontaneously use social rejection to enforce certain social norms. An example of this is if someone insults the bride at a wedding and now everyone is staring at them with silent disapproval. That sort of rejection is enough to make most people apologize immediately for whatever they did wrong.
Call-outs exploit social rejection:
The woke hijack this social mechanism and make not being woke one of the things that society will reject you for.
The way social pressure works in the case of woke call-outs is by making the person the woke are calling-out feel that ominous feeling of hyper-visibility that one feels when they have made a very serious mistake in a public setting.
The woke are trying to take the anxiety that most people feel when they get put “on the spot” in a very public way, and mix that with the feeling of “everyone is looking at me and I just humiliated my self and everyone disapproves of me.” …
The woke want everyone to think that being non-woke is like insulting the bride at a wedding; a huge social no-no. …
You will often see woke people on twitter or other social media sites respond to things that they do not like with such phrases as:
- “Read the room”
- “This isn’t a good look”
- “You need to rethink this”
- “This isn’t it”
- “Yikes” …
It’s artificially induced virtual social rejection done at scale. …
What to do:
Call-outs thrive on the drama of the call-out. That is, a call-out generates a whole lot of publicity and interest as people wait to see how someone reacts. If you simply refuse to react to a call-out sooner or later the digital crowd which has gathered will lose interest. …
If you are in a real setting where someone is trying to call you out at work in some public way, the simple answer is:
If you want to discuss this in private that’s fine, but I refuse to allow you to try to put me on the spot and then pepper me with questions and accusations under the bright light of social pressure so you can rake me over the coals. If you want to have a real conversation then we will set something up, if not then I consider the matter closed.
The thing you must remember in a real life situation is that under no circumstances will you answer any questions in public. If they want to schedule a meeting fine, if not then let it die. There might be some drama or tension for a while, but not nearly as much as there would be if you indulged them and answered their questions.
After all, no answer you give will ever be good enough, so it is best to highlight the fact that the person who is calling you out is weaponizing social pressure and then refusing to engage.…
Call-outs can be difficult and scary, but if you remember that the pressure is artificial, the outrage is fake, and that call-outs run out of steam quickly if you don’t feed them attention, you can make it through without bending the knee to wokeness or fearing for your future.
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