Fuck, Writing DOES Have Negative Consequences

Facepalm. :(
Facepalm. 😦

Everything is awful.

Shakespeare’s plays Henry IV Parts 1 (my review) and 2 (review) and King Henry V (review) have given me a hopeless sense of a fallen world in which there is little or no good and only evils of various magnitudes. All people in every walk of life are criminals and hypocrites and all paths lead to Hell.

Meanwhile, in the technical writing class I’m taking this summer we read a monstrous example of the Nazi’s use of technical writing and how an ethic of expediency suggests the Holocaust is not just an “aberration in Western civilization” but instead an underlying ethic in Western culture, as well as science, technology, and capitalism, that can often lead to negative consequences. [Katz, Steven B. “The Ethic of Expediency: Classical Rhetoric, Technology, and the Holocaust.” College English 54.3 (1992): 255-75. PDF.]

But neither are why I am truly depressed this evening. I wrote a short response to the paper pointing out the Dark Enlightenment as a worrying contemporary example of where an ethic of expediency can lead. One of the other students in the class who read my response now thinks segregation (whether by race, intelligence, posthuman aspirations, etc., an idea promulgated by some neoreactionaries) is a great idea.

Fuck me. 😦

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).