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trying to work out if it's a contradiction that i believe "virtue signaling" is an almost entirely fake idea created by regressive a-holes but also that "intelligence signaling" is real and annoying as shit.

I think the cultures around programming and more generally Knowing Computer Shit exude a lot of pressure to form strong opinions as a way of projecting intelligence and taste and asserting a public identity that commands respect. All of which seems like a pretty sad economy.

I still think "virtue signaling" behavior as publicly acting to demonstrate group belonging has always existed but its naming and use to discredit dissenting opinions is indeed recent.
I still think "virtue signaling" behavior as publicly acting to demonstrate group belonging has always existed but its naming and use to discredit dissenting opinions is indeed recent.

@jplebreton I think these assholes have stumbled upon a real thing, and it is called ‘trying too hard’ because ‘you admit you overcompensate bc the world is a morass of shit’

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