So I always start this off with some slightly laboured whine about how shit everything is, and how the world is going to hell in a handcart, and how this has been the worst week ever. I really don’t have the heart today.
It’s not like the world needs any more words about how fucked everything is, obviously, but fuck it, it’s my newsletter. Yesterday was horrific - genuinely, jaw-droppingly awful - and it’s sort of hard to know how to react, other than to maybe say the following. Of course Jo Cox’s death isn’t about political ideology; it’s about the actions of one desperately disturbed person, and it shouldn’t be attached to the actions of any particular group. Of course. That said, anyone who thinks that this isn’t a direct product of months of the most hateful political campaigning seen in this country for decades is a fucking idiot. You think that spending weeks upon weeks talking about TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK and US AND THEM and WE NEED TO TAKE A STAND and THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE and WE ARE BEING RULED BY ELITES OVER WHOM WE HAVE NO CONTROL doesn’t forment an environment in which the sort of scared, stupid madmen who perpetrate acts of this type become even more scare, that it doesn’t mean that this sort of event is exponentially more likely to occur? Please, you are a fucking idiot.
It’s not just that lot, though. The other lot are just as bad, with their constant talking down to the other side and the assumption that anyone who doesn’t listen to the opinions of the elites (and whether or not you consider the Bank of England, say, or the IMF, or any of the economic and political organisations who have come out to tell us what we should do to be elites is immaterial, as they are perceived to be such and that’s what counts) is an idiot; you think this doesn’t contribute to the disenfrachisement of an already-alienated body of people who feel belittled and ignored by a ruling class who considers them beneath contempt and their opinions of no import? Please, you are a fucking idiot.
A plague on all your houses, then. For what it’s worth - and not that I imagine I’m preaching to anyone other than the converted here, as you’re all, as far as I know, liberal-leaning tertiary educated mediamongs and you probably all read the Guardian JUST LIKE ME - I’d like to exhort you all to vote to remain next week. If you’re reading this, you probably quite like the web - there is much wrong with the world that the web has facilitated, but one of the greatest triumphs of the past 20-odd years of mass access to it in the West has been the opportunities for collaboration it has afforded, and the way in which it has fostered a sense of unity and collaboration amongst those who might not otherwise have found each other. As everything everywhere starts to feel colossal and jagged and frankly a little bit frightening, why would you not take steps to preserve one of the genuine, real-world collaborative unions we have, of which we can be an active, powerful part, and which we can shape to be an ameliorative force?
That’s a rhetorical question; you wouldn’t, would you?
Anyway, drink your soma. This is Web Curios, do with it what you will. I'm taking next week off - see you in a few weeks, come what may.