It’s short for “Some Random Person” by the way and I can’t imagine anything more clearly objectifying and dehumanizing than removing the word Person from a description of a person. And you’ll notice it’s often “Just Some Random” Reductive again.
as in “I threw a drink at a guy on the street!”
“Oh whoa who was it?”
“Just some random.”
You’ve had conversations like that. Now imagine it as:
“I threw a drink at David McBride, unmarried soon-to-be-father who works sixty hours a week and loves Iron Maiden.”
“No, it’s okay because I don’t know him personally.”
Just Some Random. Not even a random dude/chick, that’s too much identity to give isn’t it, afraid it might create some empathy? This is the breakdown of citizenship Socrates feared. I assume. From now on I’m going to be that guy whenever someone uses the phrase I’m going to get really facetious and say “A Random what, a random pine-cone?” Until the speaker admits they’re talking about a person, maybe a person who’s day they thought it was okay to ruin because it was just some random.
Also don’t use predator drones to blow up weddings, that’s the point of that comic, but I shouldn’t have to say that, right? None of us do that? Tony?