Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV)
This Story on Hullabaloo got me thinking about the conflict in SFF Fandom lately regarding the Hugos and all sides.
There is a hell of a lot of “othering” going on, and yes, its not limited to one side, or even predominantly one side. There is also the perception of othering on BOTH sides that probably exceeds the actual amount going on.
Larry, Brad and Sad Puppies see themselves as being treated as pariahs and outsiders by the Worldcon crowd. Part of that perception, whether its ex post facto, perception only, or really there just amplifies itself on the Internet. Similarly, the other side (which I am going to call SJW, just because its easier) sees many right wing authors and people as being beyond the pale, unworthy or impossible to engage with, and sparks fly on that side.
Mike Glyer’s File 770 has been one of the few places where both sides have come to meet, mainly due to Mike’s attempts to document this entire affair. and even there, conversations often devolve into name calling, and labeling. There appears to be an interest in keeping people on the “other side” as Other.
I am not perfect even as I’ve tried to maintain decorum and contact with people on all sides. That has made my position complicated when it works, but I’ve mostly gotten a lot of grief for my attempts. Dogpiling, personal attacks, a lack of civility and dismissal, rather than actually wanting to engage in a dialogue seem to be easier than facing the “Other”. This amplifies with self-reinforcement that the other side can’t be reasoned with, and it goes on and on and on.
And sad to say, my quote of scripture above itself will be seen thusly by some:
Mark you this, Bassanio,
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart:
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
-Merchant of Venice, Act I Scene III