I have long argued (privately) that our current phase of online activism is very much hobbled by the logic of neoliberalism and its emphasis on the individual, in ways that many of us are completely unaware of. Much online activism exalts the particular at the expense of the collective, rewarding individual episodes of catharsis and valuing them with considerably higher esteem than the more hard-nosed and less histrionic work that sustains a community. This is the dark side of the anxiety over the “tone argument.”
The essay is both thorough and thoughtfully written and really deserves a read. From Quinnae Moongazer with “Words, word, words: On Toxicity and abuse in online activism”. I also have HUGE problems with the way neoliberalism dominates feminism today, particularly at the expense of maternal feminism.
Thanks to Alison Croggon for the link.