I just go onto the BBC website to check out the news and I'm greeted by a story hailing Silence of the Lambs as a movie "ahead of its time" (horrible phrase") because it's all about the male gaze (or something), and I'm told how we've all been shown up as voyeuristic patriarchal monsters because we fell in love with Hannibal Lecter (or something).
Well, I didn't fall in love with Hannibal Lecter. I really liked the movie Red Dragon (a lot more than Silence..., which I thought was mediocre), but I thought Hannibal was bad beyond words, and I've lost all interest in Hannibal Lecter and co. since then.
I'm just so sick of the preaching, the man-bashing, the white-bashing, the heterosexual-bashing, the white heterosexual man-bashing, the multiplication of ever more and ever weirder "identities" which I'm supposed to tiptoe around, the relentless consciousness-raising, the weird and arbitrary division of "identities" into those which deserve extravagant commiseration and those which deserve nothing but calumny.
I've mentioned several of my reasons for leaving Facebook already. The main one may have been left-wing Catholics who were very willing to preach their left-wing beliefs but very unwilling to defend the Faith itself.
But another was the endless consciousness-raising. "Ten Things Not to Say to a Parent." "Ten Things not to Say to a Vegan." "How to Interact with an Introvert", etc. etc. etc.
Introvert pride really seemed to be all the rage by the time I jumped ship. You know, I'm an introvert, and I don't see any reason to be especially proud about it. I wish I was an extrovert! Or at least, I wish I was less introverted. A world full of introverts would be a nightmare.
But if you are going to be proud about it (and I suppose, by what I've previously written about identity, I can hadly complain about that) then celebrate introversion-- don't bash extroverts or complain about introverts being misunderstood and underappreciated. Write a novel with an introverted hero. Start a League of Introverts. Wear an "Introverted and Loving It" badge. Just don't whinge about it!
Increasingly, I just ignore the mainstream media.