While some folks can be a bit screamy in their virtue-signalling, I am increasingly impressed with the number of people I see on Mastodon/Ostatus having open-minded, non-confrontational, logical, and even courteous-if-not-friendly discussions from divergent places on various social and political spectrums.
That's just plain fucking inspiring.
"Engaging in speech or behavior for the sake of signalling membership in a group, or loyalty to an approved set of beliefs, rather than for the sake of that speech or behavior primarily."
Examples include wearing white at a Catholic wedding to signal virginity, denouncing outgroup members so the ingroup sees/hears, etc.
Perception of no consequences? Feeling of always being watched by your ingroup-of-choice? Feeling threatened by exposure to opposing views? Fear of guilt-by-association if observed engaging with the "wrong" people/ideas? Something else?
Anyway, I'm always happy when people spend time and energy engaging instead.
I really don't get how it has alt-right connotations. The term was coined, IIRC, to describe tribal behaviors and behaviors of people in religious communities. I see virtue signaling in degrees from "well, okay, tune it out" to "this person is not engaging because they are too worried about their image" everywhere.
@KatamariChaos @oceangrunge Dunno, but you may want to be fully aware of a word and its associations when you use it. For example, even if I knew someone who was an incredible advocate for civil rights, I would never now call them a social justice warrior. Because that's a term primarily used by assholes now.
@chrisgrace @oceangrunge I watch associations to some degree, but it's impossible to account for completely because it's a big world with LOTS of people broadcasting nearly all the time. At some point, I think we have to hold judgement until we have enough content to judge it with a little wiggle room for imperfect delivery.
N.B. The amount that I guard my language in formal publication is VERY different than quick social media chatter.
I see "virtue signaling" very differently because it's a serious anthropology/sociology/social psych term that only entered colloquial use recently... if one means the precise discipline meaning of it, I'm not sure how else to be clear?
@KatamariChaos @oceangrunge the words "social justice warrior" also have a precise neutral meaning that has been corrupted. Keep using whatever words you want... I'm just saying in the general online conversation, "virtue signaling" is a marker that you're coming from an alt-right perspective. If you're not, you're creating extra work for yourself to clarify. If you're happy to do that extra work, no worries!