I’m reminded of the GG meme (“They targeted gamers. Gamers.”) that posited ‘Gamers’ as somehow uniquely prepared to triumph over adversity… as though years of uncritically overcoming obstacles that were designed to be overcome in order to provide players with a deliberately manufactured sense of accomplishment somehow meant those players were destined to be the hero(es) in real life. When all that copypasta speech really communicated was that victory was more important than understanding and that grinding is apparently considered inherently virtuous.
Loved this essay. Critiques of beloved and seemingly-sacrosanct cultural [artifacts/systems] are absolutely necessary to escape the cycles of reactionary oppression we’re continually caught within.