I could and might come up with a fancier way to put it, but ultimately, it’s got traits identical to corporal punishment. It is immediate, there is no recourse or rollback possible. “Why did I get punished?”
“Because I say so!” “Because you deserve it!”
If it causes bleeding or injury, you’re told to hide that or clean it up yourself, and that, again, you should have known better than to force them to be so tough.
I’m describing a specific kind of corporal punishment environment, a working-class/lower-class kind, where frequently you don’t know why you are in fact being punished because it’s not about you doing something wrong. It’s about them taking something out on you.
Same stuff, just occurring in cyberspace, with whips or fists or birch switches of aether. Due to demographic changes I mentioned in a previous post, many of the people in charge of setting these policies come from backgrounds like that. It is their model of the world. In a cruel irony, they tend to be extremely anti-spanking, but pro-as much abusive action of this type as possible, even to the point of taking jobs directing and developing exotic new forms of instantly hurting people.
Conveniently for them, many of their fellow college-educated working class cohorts delight in aggressively literal dismissal of any noticing of how college education hasn’t made working class mores and norms go away, but has distorted them into meaner, pettier versions. At least the working class parent bitter about being fired from their job was gonna stop when the birch switch broke or their fists got tired. These working class folks will never stop hitting. Because they have turned it into a job. Because you deserve it and because they say so. And since it’s their job to corporally punish you, they will never, ever, ever get tired and a virtual switch will never break.