iSteve commenter Spaulding Smails [Smails or Smalls?] says:
… there’s one particularly bizarre (in my dumb opinion, anyway) aspect of this smirk insanity that goes unmentioned in your article: borderline-hysterical journal obsessions with being bullied in HS (and to a lesser extent, college).
I first noticed this during the Kavanaugh imbroglio: a whole subset of people oftentimes well into middle-age who I would imagine enjoy six-figure salaries and a decent amount of social standing (at least in their blue-check, NPR tote-carrying circles) falling to pieces reminiscing about being abused, to varying degrees real or imagined, by the kids who were richer/whiter/more popular/stronger/thinner/more heterosexual etc. than they. It struck me as, if genuine, a sign of some woefully maladjusted people.
I mean shit, New York Magazine ran a piece solely comprised of interviews with five people (including an overweight gay Latino, of course) who went to Catholic high schools/colleges for varying degrees of time and had various unpleasant interactions with affluent-ish white teens who could probably be best described as being properly socialized. No, really:
Unsurprisingly, most of the journos and other commentariats writing these lame pieces or melting down on Twitter aren’t the most visually arresting people, to say the least. I doubt many of them were getting laid on prom night. I guess what I’m wondering is how much of this is just virtue-signalling schtick/grievance kabuki theater performance art vs. actual emotional trauma/damage from largely benign and typical experiences in their formative/teen years? Like, how genuinely defective and broken are these people?
Long, meandering blurb, I know. I’m goofing off at work while writing this. Been reading your stuff for close to ten years, though.
A huge difference between The Sixties and The Current Year is that The Sixties were the Revolt of the Good Looking (e.g., Beatles) and/or the Cocky (e.g., Rolling Stones), while The Current Year is the Revolt of the Unattractive and Uncool.