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  • Aug 25, 2017 @ 02:43pm

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    Sure. Your blog is unlikely to be free for all discourse on every conceivable topic at all times. Nazi discourse at the very least would likely be off topic (among other things).

    I'm moreso referring to public square social media sites like Twitter or Facebook or Reddit.

  • Aug 25, 2017 @ 01:49pm

    I find it disappointing that so few people have faith in their fellow human beings (and Internet-using dogs). Hasn't the free speech argument since the Internet's inception been to let people speak and have listeners make up their own minds?

    I get the distinct impression that most censors fear a critical mass of people will embrace ethnic cleansing if they're exposed to neo-nazi speech. And that kind of fear speaks to deep cynicism, contempt, and fear in their fellow person.

    To those who point at Nazi Germany as an example, I say that Hitler's rise to power was accompanied by blackmail, routine intimidation of physical harms, and murder of critics. All of which are unacceptable and crimes in the modern era in any civilized society.

    My response to Neo-Nazis would be to let them speak and box them in. Put them under enormous scrutiny and if they do anything remotely approaching intimidation tactics, blackmail, or any other crime that they be given the boot then.

  • Jun 06, 2017 @ 01:05pm


    I'm not sure what you're trying to express here other than generic cynicism.

    Yes, people use cell phones because it's a requirement to participate in much of modern society.

    A change in the legal landscape is the most reliable way of protecting our right to be left alone. We can't keep trying to develop technologies that our own governments keep fighting against as they'll just take over the infrastructure. We need policy/legal changes to create lasting societal change.

    As for your cynicism - I suggest a different outlook: Hope springs eternal.

  • May 18, 2017 @ 06:48pm

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    It does no good to demonize a political party.
    This is primarily a generation gap problem more than anything.

    Democrats and Republicans both overwhelmingly want to keep Net Neutrality. Don't forget that. The partisan division here is needless and helps no one other than telecom lobbyists and their employers.

  • May 18, 2017 @ 08:33am

    Pai and O'Reily will not get the open welcome for the remainder of their political careers that they think they will.

  • May 16, 2017 @ 04:21pm

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    If this were 4chan I'd be giving you a (you), but nevertheless you get a response for effort. Your provocations ring hollow.

  • May 16, 2017 @ 02:49pm


    Troll elsewhere.

  • Apr 12, 2017 @ 10:19am

    ISPs recording your browsing history, even if they don't directly sell it, have a centralized repository of your Internet history.

    Wouldn't that leave it vulnerable to malicious hackers and National Security Letters?

  • Feb 17, 2017 @ 07:04pm

    Re: Wanted: Better financial models for journalism

    Aren't you an egotistical one? Mike has had lawmakers and Congressional staffers on his podcasts saying that TechDirt's writings was substantively responsible for changing some legislation on tech issues.

    That's pretty damn important in my eyes.

  • Dec 16, 2016 @ 06:30am

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    If you want an explanation as to why "ethics in game journalism" became the tagline - GamerGate wad originally stated by the /v/video games board of 4chan. It just happened that one of the obsessions /v/ has had for years was "ethics in video game journalism".

    Even back in 2013 they were creating musicals mocking unethical video game journalism¹²³⁴.

    So much of a clusterfuck happened in the first few months of GamerGate that other groups effectively took it over but never bothered to change the tagline. The endless "right wing antifeminist" news reporting attracted a bunch of right wing antifeminists and demoralized the people who primarily cared about video games.

    The phrase "ethics in video game journalism" is a relic of Internet cultural history at this point rather than representing what GamerGate was about for more than a month or two.

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  • Dec 16, 2016 @ 05:46am

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    I am not here to promote GamerGate. The years of reporting on it being "ultra right wing" became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Turns out news reporting can act as advertisement that attracts demographics to the target group - who knew?

    I only mentioned it in the context of online harassment to present the perspective that efforts to fight it, when done poorly, causes far more harm than good.

  • Dec 15, 2016 @ 05:33pm

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    Do you understand the concept of scapegoat?

    The serial harassers didn't get a taste of their own medicine. The Bill Waggoner Crew and Super Extreme Shitposting Team hasn't been inconvenienced in the slightest.

    No, innocent third parties got targeted because of "anti-"abuse activists charging at a poorly researched target like a raging bull.

    That's not schadenfreude you're feeling. It's sadism.

  • Dec 15, 2016 @ 04:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: oh ffs...

    That is the literal opposite of censorship. It is a flood of speech. That's a wholly different concern than censorship itself.

  • Dec 15, 2016 @ 04:14pm

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    You are correct that I'm referring to the events surrounding GamerGate. I am extremely bitter about what happened and the dehumanizing, one-sided nature of the news coverage.

    SRK forum mod reveived death threats mailed to his house for so much as allowing discourse regarding GamerGate on his forum (ElderGod received a death threat titled "GG or family" sent to his house)¹. A friend of mine (different person) ended up homeless for 4 months as a result of two guys socially engineering her medical info out of her and then misrepresenting it to her boss². A different person attempted suicide because of casual, dehumanizing abuse from "anti-"abuse crusader who created GG Blockbot (I imagine you know who I'm referring to)³.

    I literally FOIA'd the FBI on the investigations surrounding GamerGate. The doxing, SWATing, harassment, and death threats all came from third parties pretending to be GamerGate⁴.

    Detailing all of this would make this post an essay and not get as much engagement as a shorter post would. Let me know if you have any questions.

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    ² - My friend requested not to be identified as she didn't want to relive the hell she went through due to people asking her Qs about it if ID'd.
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  • Dec 15, 2016 @ 01:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: oh ffs...

    And I'm saying that blind zealotry towards trying to resolve this problem has created far more problems and far more abuse than its resolved.

    I agree abuse is an issue. I'm just gun shy after having been abused by activists manipulated by trolls into attacking subcultures I associate with. Not fun to see veteran forum mods quit because they had death threats mailed to their physical residence.

  • Dec 15, 2016 @ 01:01pm

    Re: Re: oh ffs...

    That's perverse logic you're using to describe speech as censorship. That could easily be twisted to be "any speech that regulars on forums don't like is hate speech and thus stopping it isn't censorship".

    I get nostalgia for social groups of the past. I do. But you'll find that getting rid of speech you find distasteful won't bring those groups back. At least, not in the form you want them in.

  • Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:46pm

    Re: Re: oh ffs...

    The traditional media responses to the harassment you're describing has incited orders of magnitude more harassment in retaliation which results in retaliation to the retaliation and so on.

    There's a lot of one-eyed kings being made over institutional responses to sensitive topics like rape. I plead that you don't go down the path that Vox, VICE, Bizzfeed, and other such outlets have gone down. I've seen too many innocents on the periphery get hurt badly by activists. I've seen too many literal sociopaths falsely don the mantle of "anti-abuse crusader" only to be the most heinous abusers of all.

    You speak of harassing phone calls and protesters. I've had a very kind friend end up homeless as a result of "anti-"abuse activists purposely trying to get her fired.

  • Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:45am

    I have unfortunately suffered through the obscene damage that unconstructive responses to Internet trolling can do. I'd be glad to see constructive responses to trolling used instead of the community-destroying fuck-ups by spearheaded by Vox, Vice, Buzzfeed, ect....

    More on the constructive end - are any distinctions being drawn for hateful/abusive/trollish speech? Different persons have different motivations for their conduct and would respond differently to a given solution.

  • Nov 30, 2016 @ 09:43am

    Are existing monthly donations handled by Beacon in any way?

  • Nov 30, 2016 @ 06:47am

    It is curious why Obama doesn't pardon him for the disclosures that had a nexus to the U.S. and not disclosures that had only benefit to foreign nations.

    Seems like it's a "have your cake and eat it too" solution for Obama, no?

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