September 12, 2014

Attempted to start a restaurant war between Corner Bakery and Chipotle.

Sadly, they caught on to my ploys.

September 11, 2014
To fair-minded proponents of #GamerGate:

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September 11, 2014

mn9archive said: How many times do you see that breach of conduct (the rules established by your AP book) in televised media? Also when is it OK to spread a alleged rumor or was it all just a "curse" made by 24hr news? Just curious here.

The majority of news on the ol’ picturebox just sucks. It sucks a lot. (As you seem to know.)

I think we can aim for a higher standard lol

I feel like there’s a large chunk of audience who only gets their news from one or two sources. And if those one or two sources happen to only be on television, they’re missing out on any chance to get a good look of what’s actually happening. Right?

So yeah, it seems really easy to take advantage of your viewers when they don’t read multiple news sources/worldviews. I think the root problem here is education, most high schools don’t seem to teach a media literacy class, but that’s an entirely different conversation, and doesn’t cover the fact that MSNBC and Fox are shady as hell.

So yeah, that should not be the bar game journalists, or those looking to root out corruption in game journalism, should shoot for. 

When is it okay to spread an alleged rumor? Ethically or legally? Defamation cases are monumentally different with celebrities than non-celebs.

So question one question: are they a celeb? You can get away with more if they are, especially if you use the word “allegedly” in the sentence as much as possible, and it can’t be proven you’re purpose is to ruin their good name.

Another question: what’s the source? I think I talked about sources enough in my #GamerGate ramblings.

Right now, Vivid Entertainment is claiming they have an Iggy Azalea sex tape. So what will most media outlets do? They’ll share the story, use very non-commital terms in the body of the text, and let Vivid take the fall of this is untrue.

But! I have not seen the Associated Press write anything for this. Unless they obtain proof that it’s actually her (Vivid claims to have passed around stills), they probably won’t.

All of this live outside of whether it’s ethical from a “human being” standpoint though.

It probably isn’t.

Regardless, it seems unethical to make unconfirmed/shady accusations or spread rumors when your intention is to uphold journalistic integrity, which is what happened at the beginner of #GamerGate.

September 11, 2014

Anonymous said: Alright. Sounds reasonable enough. But in that case, what do you propose #gamergate supporters do about the various articles still being written by journos that throw strawman accusations of misogyny & everyone being a cis/male/whatever? Shit like that still shows up; fuck I saw one from TechCrunch right now, and a lot of it misrepresents or flat out attacks us to defend your journos & portray them as innocent victims. We don't like that at all. We honestly don't trust you guys right now.

I can’t speak on all the journalism that’s out there. There’s some good stuff, there’s some shit.

I think people, readers in particular, should be able to call out the bullshit that comes across their computer screen. Bombarding an author seems excessive, especially when a small minority might jump on the bandwagon and turn the conversation abusive (I’ve been too busy working to follow events lately, but this has seemed to lessen significantly). There’s a comments section. There are always emails listed to send criticism to.

Probably it’s best to ignore those articles. Instead of criticizing those you think are getting it wrong, lift the few articles you think are getting it right.

For everything, there is a news cycle which will inevitably churn the facts and rumors in a blender and make them one big discernible smoothie that may or may not have kale in it. The more you feed the blender, the longer it’s gotta run. So don’t feed the blender, I guess.

One of the thing that’s hampered journalists and gamers alike is the speed of the internet.

Had journalists slept on their articles that sounded “anti-gamer” an extra day or two, they may have been able to communicate in a more equal and understanding tone.

Similarly, had the beginnings of GamerGate not been based off what turned out to be false assumptions, had there not been a chorus of abusive trolls, the mainstream media may have picked up on more than bad generalizations.

Hopefully one side figures out how to completely ignore the other side for a few months.

September 11, 2014

Anonymous said: May you someday be accused of a crime of which there is absolutely no evidence, and your reputation be slandered across the internet by those who know nothing at all about what happened under what circumstances, or whether the accusations against you are credible at all.

^_^

September 11, 2014

mariecalloway:

"In the 1890s, when Freud was in the dawn of his career, he was struck by how many of his female patients were revealing childhood [sexual] victimization to him. Freud concluded that child sexual abuse was one of the major causes of emotional disturbances in adult women and wrote a brilliant and humane paper called “The Aetiology of Hysteria.” However, rather than receiving acclaim from his colleagues for his ground-breaking insights, Freud met with scorn. He was ridiculed for believing that men of excellent reputation (most of his patients came from upstanding homes) could be perpetrators of incest.
Within a few years, Freud buckled under this heavy pressure and recanted his conclusions. In their place he proposed the “Oedipus complex,” which became the foundation of modern psychology… Freud used this construct to conclude that the episodes of abuse his clients had revealed to him had never taken place; they were simply fantasies of events the women had wished for… This construct started a hundred-year history in the mental health field of blaming victims for the abuse perpetrated on them and outright discrediting of women’s and children’s reports of mistreatment by men.”
― Lundy Bancroft

September 11, 2014
When cheerleaders have to literally sue their NFL team just to earn livable wages, the message becomes clear:
Women are worth less than men.

When cheerleaders have to literally sue their NFL team just to earn livable wages, the message becomes clear:

Women are worth less than men.

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September 11, 2014
Forget About Ray Rice, The NFL Just Doesn’t Care About Women - CBS Chicago

I was afraid to jump into the overcrowded fray, but then I did.

So yeah, I done wrote this.

September 10, 2014
themason:

I wrote about Net Neutrality and tomorrow’s “Internet Slowdown” on CBS Chicago.
Read: There’s An ‘Internet Slowdown’ Tomorrow, Which Isn’t As Bad As It Seems…. Yet
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So far I’ve seen it on Netflix, Vimeo, Digg and now here.

themason:

I wrote about Net Neutrality and tomorrow’s “Internet Slowdown” on CBS Chicago.

Read: There’s An ‘Internet Slowdown’ Tomorrow, Which Isn’t As Bad As It Seems…. Yet

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So far I’ve seen it on Netflix, Vimeo, Digg and now here.

September 9, 2014

themason:

Chipotle tweeted at me twice today, but never once mentioned how awesome Point Break is.

Who doesn’t know Point Break?!

Life will literally never be better than this.

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