Virtue Signalling Gallery

Post examples of corporate and institutional virtue signalling in the comments.  Here are a few to get the ball rolling.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space



The SETI Institute

Microsoft

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art: virtue signalling

Autodesk

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Author: John Walker

Founder of Ratburger.org, Autodesk, Inc., and Marinchip Systems. Author of The Hacker's Diet. Creator of www.fourmilab.ch.

111 thoughts on “Virtue Signalling Gallery”

  1. drlorentz:

    Roxie:
    I’m wondering how to rescind my life membership.

    I was thinking along the same lines. Ten years ago, Hal Lewis resigned from the APS with a scathing letter. It was aptly described as a Martin Luther moment in science history.

    drlorentz:

    Roxie:
    I’m wondering how to rescind my life membership.

    I was thinking along the same lines. Ten years ago, Hal Lewis resigned from the APS with a scathing letter. It was aptly described as a Martin Luther moment in science history.

    Thanks. I may use this as my model.

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  2. Over a decade ago my company added “Diversity” to our “Core Values.”  They created a small Office of Diversity within H.R.   We all undergo Diversity Training as part of the rotation of training modules.   H.R. has been trying real hard to hire for Diversity, but the market is limited.

    Today they announced they have hired an “Inclusion and Diversity Consultant” to review our status and make recommendations.

    Oh, boy.

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  3. MJBubba:
    Over a decade ago my company added “Diversity” to our “Core Values.”  They created a small Office of Diversity within H.R.   We all undergo Diversity Training as part of the rotation of training modules.   H.R. has been trying real hard to hire for Diversity, but the market is limited.

    Today they announced they have hired an “Inclusion and Diversity Consultant” to review our status and make recommendations.

    Oh, boy.

    Do you have the email address so I can “help” you out, Bubba?

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  4. MJBubba:
    Over a decade ago my company added “Diversity” to our “Core Values.”  They created a small Office of Diversity within H.R.   We all undergo Diversity Training as part of the rotation of training modules.   H.R. has been trying real hard to hire for Diversity, but the market is limited.

    Today they announced they have hired an “Inclusion and Diversity Consultant” to review our status and make recommendations.

    Oh, boy.

    Corporate America is lost. My guess is most small businesses will have none of this nonsense. They’ll also be the first to stop playing dress-up with masks. The bedwetters and pantywaists at big tech will be the last to let go. I hope Nancy Pelosi leaves her mask on forever. Same goes for creepy Joe.

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  5. John Walker:
    Boy Scouts of America

    From the article:

    “This is not a political issue,” the organization’s National Executive Committee said in a “Dear Scouting family” letter released Monday. “It is a human rights issue and one we all have a duty to address.”

    I hope Bryan G. Stephens will post here to let us know whether the Boy Scouts of America Inc. can keep diversity and inclusion training to human rights, or if they quickly veer into politics as we are guessing they will.

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  6. WordPress

    Proposal to Rename the ‘Master’ Branch of WordPress-Owned Git Repositories

    This document is completely hilarious—read the whole thing.  A few excerpts…

    Yesterday, core contributor Aaron Jorbin proposed renaming the default “master” branch for all WordPress-owned Git repositories to “main.” The proposal comes among a flurry of related terminology changes that the larger tech community is considering around oppressive language.

    “As a part of tearing down the systems of oppression that exist in the world, WordPress should remove references to master and replace them with trunk in all git repositories,” wrote Jorbin.

    Amidst the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement and following the death of George Floyd, the tech community has been taking a deeper look into its systems and determining what changes it can make. While there are larger systemic issues at play, many are determined to remove any potentially oppressive or discriminatory terminology. The idea is not that these minor changes will create an evolution overnight but that they are small pieces of the much bigger picture — cogs in the machine that must move for the wheel to turn.

    “This is a small move, but if it makes one more person comfortable contributing to a WordPress project, it will be worth it,” wrote Jorbin.

    As harmless as the word “main” seems in most Western cultures, a comment posted by Mike Schroder (original Japanese text by Takayuki Miyoshi and translation by Shinichi Nishikawa) pointed out that it was problematic in Japanese culture. “In Japan, for example, to put ‘main’ and ‘others’ as different groups has been utilized as an excuse to justify discrimination,” said Miyoshi. “Not caring about suppressing the Ainu people and their culture at all is possible because of the assumption that Yamato folk is the main and others are secondary. I now came to a point to think we should consider that to set one thing as ‘main’ creates marginals that get oppressed.”

    This would not be the first time that WordPress has made a move to change terminology such as this. David Artiss, a Support Engineer at Automattic, created a ticket seven months ago to rename “comment blacklist” to “comment blocklist.” The change, which replaced only the user-facing text, went largely unnoticed and landed in WordPress 5.4.

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  7. “Only after < and > are banished from mathematics can oppression be done away with. We are reviewing the whole idea of subtraction caused by the -. Numbers need to reflect more positivity and “truth”. “

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  8. The New York Times

    New York TImes: Capitalise “Black”

    We will retain lowercase treatment for “white.” While there is an obvious question of parallelism, there has been no comparable movement toward widespread adoption of a new style for “white,” and there is less of a sense that “white” describes a shared culture and history. Moreover, hate groups and white supremacists have long favored the uppercase style, which in itself is reason to avoid it.

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  9. John Walker:
    The New York Times

    New York TImes: Capitalise “Black”

    We will retain lowercase treatment for “white.” While there is an obvious question of parallelism, there has been no comparable movement toward widespread adoption of a new style for “white,” and there is less of a sense that “white” describes a shared culture and history. Moreover, hate groups and white supremacists have long favored the uppercase style, which in itself is reason to avoid it.

    SETI in the original post deserves bonus points.   They beat the New York Times at identifying the need to capitalize black and not capitalize white.

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  10. “Diversity & inclusion in oral care — and quip

    Black Lives Matter.
    Black Trans Lives Matter.
    LGBTQ+ Lives Matter.

    #brushingthoughts

    This June, in addition to celebrating Pride Month, we’ve stood alongside our colleagues, customers and dental professionals to support the Black community. We condemn and are taking action against systemic racism, injustice and discrimination. In this edition of the Mouthoff, we take a look at how racism and other biases impact oral health and dentistry, and how quip is driving diversity and inclusion in the company, community, and dental industry.”

     

    So now they tell me what I should be thinking about while brushing my teeth, and of course tell me what I should think about the subject they tell me I should be thinking about.

     

    “Through our Give Back Task Force, quip is matching employee donations to organizations like the Equal Justice Initiative, the ACLU, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund.”

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