NYT on the (((Parentheses Meme)))

A week ago, on the Counter-Currents website, Dissident Right noted:

In the last few days, there have been no less than 5 major publications posting articles “exposing” the way people are using punctuation to seemingly “track Jewish people” online. Many ideological enforcement organizations were quick to blow the “anti-semitism” war horns, prompting many Jewish media figures on Twitter to quickly begin complaining and engaging in histrionics about “gold stars”, likening the act to the identification of Jews in National Socialist Germany. This punctuation symbol was characterized by Jews & non-Jews as “disgusting”, “horrifying”, “terrifying”, and one user went so far as to say that “the world was made worse just by this existing” (referring to the Coincidence Detector, a Google Chrome extension that highlighted Jewish names).

This reaction was not entirely unexpected; there are entire organizations devoted to hunting down and committing social & economic violence upon those who don’t buy into the religion of Equalitarianism, with anti-semitism falling under this umbrella. These organizations and many Jewish individuals have expanded the definition of anti-semitism to include simply noticing that an individual is Jewish, diluting the power of these charges and normalizing those accusations. These organizations strictly enforce the PC narrative, and attempt to shut down dissenting thought and discussions. As Steve Sailer once said,

Political correctness is a war on noticing.

The meme in question is the use of sets of parentheses around a Jewish name, the parentheses serving as a simple designator. Dissident Right continues:

The editors of the media site “The Right Stuff“, the originator of the meme, responded to the media stories by discussing the echo meme with Slate:

“The inner parenthesis represent the Jews’ subversion of the home [and] destruction of the family through mass-media degeneracy. The next [parenthesis] represents the destruction of the nation through mass immigration, and the outer [parenthesis] represents international Jewry and world Zionism.”

The Coincidence Detector has naturally already been removed from the Google Store.

This was the sin of the [1]() meme and the Coincidence Detector. It allowed thousands of people to notice the disparate impact that Jewish people have on our core industries, particularly in politics, academia, media, finance. It allowed non-Jews to see exactly how under the influence of Jewish thought they were, by highlighting those people who are Jewish. At its core, [2]() and the Coincidence Detector was a tool for highlighting the massively high levels of Jewish Privilege & Power in our society. Once one sees the number of Jewish folks in the media, finance, academia, etc, and once one realizes that the Jewish population in America is only 2%, the scale of this privilege & the disparate impact it has on non-Jewish individuals attempting to enter these markets becomes apparent.

The reaction amongst Jewish individuals to noticing this privilege & power has highlighted the extent of “Jewish fragility”. Any critique (if one can even call noticing a “critique”) must be shut down, shamed, removed from public view and all tools that aid in noticing this power must be prevented from being used. That speaks volumes about what’s being noticed & critiqued. One Twitter user, @ReactionaryTree, caught a Facebook ban for the following comment on the Mic article on the topic:

“It seems that merely noticing Jewish power and influence is enough to send Jews into a neurotic conniption fit.”

Today, in the JYT, Daniel Victor…err, I mean [3](Daniel Victor) starts his news (?) piece “To Beat Anti-Semitic Trolls Online, Some Co-Opt Their Weapons and Mock Them” thusly:

The internet is full of bad people. This is not breaking news.

But in the past week, the anti-Semitic corners of social media have received increased attention because of sustained harassment campaigns against journalists and other public figures and a highly visible effort to combat them by Twitter users.

Jonathan Weisman, the deputy Washington editor at The New York Times, created a stir when he said Wednesday he would quit Twitter, where he had almost 35,000 followers. He was fatigued by a month’s worth of anti-Semitic messages and photos sent his way, an experience he wrote about in May.

In true SPLC fashion, Weisman’s immediate response was to write Twitter, demanding that the anti-Semites be forcibly removed from Twitter. Weisman was crestfallen, however, when Twitter responded: “We see nothing here that violates our rules.”

The precise examples that triggered Weisman’s indignation aren’t given, naturally, so I suspect they were relative ‘microaggressions’.

There is a silver lining to Weisman’s cloud though. After he then emailed Twitter telling them he’s quitting Twitter due to their inaction, there’s this:

Mr. Weisman said Twitter suspended about 30 accounts shortly after he tweeted that he would be leaving.

Which brings us to the [4](parentheses meme) the MSM is all abuzz about:

The anti-Semitic strain of trolls gained renewed attention after Mic, a news site, reported last week that neo-Nazis were using parentheses as a way to target social media users for harassment campaigns. When they suspected that a Twitter user was Jewish, they put parentheses around the target’s name, essentially inviting other anti-Semites to attack them.

Soon afterward in a countercampaign, Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, added the parentheses to his own name. That inspired Yair Rosenberg, a senior writer for Tablet Magazine, to suggest others do the same…

The NYT doesn’t elaborate, but I believe Jeffrey Goldberg and Yair Rosenberg may be Jewish.

Then, as is the norm, the NYT piece pivots to overt journalistic activism:

Now, a wide swath of Twitter users, both Jews and gentiles, has also adopted the parentheses, hoping to spread awareness of the issue and make it more difficult to target individuals. In an interview, Mr. Rosenberg said it would also allow more people to see the parentheses and ask what they’re all about, turning anyone into a potential educator on anti-Semitism.

What exactly is a ‘wide swath’, anyways?

Is that a term they teach at CSJ?


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