RAB: The Nature of This Medium

I have been writing on this website since 2009.  This website of mine has been my baby for over nine years.  I remember the first thing I wrote.  Back in the days when I wanted to be a legit journalist, before realizing how dead the medium has become, I went to the rally that was had as a response to the Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin event in my city.  It was a perfectly civil event where you had people with signs, slogans, and all-around quirkiness all over.  For the days when liberal protests were known for their civility, and not their violence.  How far we have come.

Covering that event was fun.  I met a ton of people, some of whom still recognize me to this day and say hello on the off-chance that we run into each other.  Some of them became part of my circle going through college.  None of those who went that route are in my circle anymore.  For whatever reason, we fell out.

However, went I look back at that post, you know what the first thing that catches my eye is – how raw and amateur the writing is in comparison to what I do now.  The days when I was a young idealist, looking to change the world.  Yeah, I was kinda pretentious in those days.  Look me in the eye and tell me that you weren’t.  As I got this website started, I never figured that I would have an audience.  I figured that I was just languish in obscurity with only a few people reading and enjoying my perspective on whatever issue comes before me that I feel is worth commenting on.

Nine years later, I have come a VERY long way.  On WordPress alone, I am creeping up on 900 subscribers.  That doesn’t include the people who aren’t on this platform who I know follow my site.  Some of them are family.  One of them is a coworker of my mother’s, who I find out can be very strongly opinionated on some of the things I comment on, but has never left a comment herself.  Hell, my new boss follows my site!  He tells me about how much he has enjoyed my outspoken perspective, even though I know that him and I see the world differently in a few ways.  He likes the passion and the way I tend to blaze about the things that annoy me or the nerdom that I talk about on the regular.  That makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

But I know that this medium is never going to be a big one.  There are thousands upon thousands of blogs, with the vast plethora of them being incessant drivel that nobody reads.  I know that the written word is a dying medium, and I am probably going to be one of the very last who still does it religiously the way I do.  This website has been so much to me.  It’s been where I get to rail against religion and how I think belief in a deity is an outdated values system from antiquity that has somehow stayed on in the age of reason.  It’s been where I could rail against whatever political thing comes my way that I think is worth talking about.  It’s been where I can talk about whatever nerdy thing catches my eye, rave about the things I love, trash what I hate, and rage about the politicization of my nerdy hobbies.  This place has also been a confidant of mine when life is really ugly and I am needing to get shit off my chest.

As I see what is happening to mediums like YouTube, and seeing the homogenization of new media, I think about how I am one of the people who still sticks around old media.  This format, without any mainstream appeal, where I have somehow been able to eek out this audience of people who still come and read what I have to say, even though they may not always agree with it.  And I know that there are those who have come and gone.  There is an ebb and flow to this stuff.  Every so often I’ll get the people who, for a time, hit the “Like” on everything I write, regardless of subject.  There are those who always like certain kinds of posts or those on certain subject matter.  Helps me know who I engage with most.  Even have those who come and go and comment on most everything.  I enjoy my time with all of those people, because it reminds me that there is a small, dedicated community on this page.

This really is a random assortment of bullshit, because I genuinely don’t know where I was going with this.  I guess it’s just saying that I am aware that I’m lucky, in that I have a loyal audience of people who find whatever I have to say worth reading.  This always strikes me as odd because (and this is something not many people know, until now) I have this irrational belief that everyone I know secretly hates me and can’t stand to be around me.  Yet here people are, engaging and reading and liking what I have to say.

I don’t really know what I want from life.  I have this general idea of what I’m doing, but the specifics and where all of this ends is totally a mystery.  At least in the sense of having a clear direction.  I’ve been really depressed lately when interview after interview after interview goes absolutely nowhere, and it doesn’t feel like I’m making a dent.  Hell, the first place to actually do reference checks for me didn’t hire me.  In the end, it was just about experience.  Which bugged me because I’m thinking to myself – why did they bother with the reference checks?  If it was just about experience anywhere, then why bother?  Why not just hire someone based on experience and skip the bullshit interview process altogether?

My friends don’t really talk to me when I’m down like this.  Super sick too, so there’s that.  But in general, when I’m depressed, they tend to be very distant.  I guess it gets to the point that they don’t know what to say anymore.  So better to say nothing, right?  Is that typical?  Probably.

So, as I listen to LoFi music that is to relax and study to (I’d like to thank Lt Corbis for introducing me to this stuff), and ruminate on how far I have come in a medium that is very dead in comparison to where it was, I am grateful to those of you who are still here, reading my assortments of nonsense and getting something from it.  You all mean a lot to me.

Until next time, a quote,

“From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.”
— Edgar Allan Poe, from “Alone”

Peace out,

Maverick

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Media Silent that DNC Hack Was an Inside Job

As a graduate with a degree in journalism and public communication, seeing the media’s blatant attempts to try and subvert the conversation about the DNC leak last summer was infuriating.  It was 24 hours of “Russia done did it!”  A pathetic dodge that fooled only the same liberals who were going to suck Hillary’s dick anyway.  Do I support Trump?  Fuck no.  But seeing evidence being released of a political candidate working in collusion with the media to outright rig the primaries was fucking infuriating.  We all got to watch democracy fail in front of us, and just like every other time I’ve watched it fail, nobody cared.  Not really.  Because then the narrative become, “if you don’t support Hillary, you support Trump!”  Or they tried to hide under the email scandals skirts.  Even now, all the “But her emails!” memes sure do not want to talk about the REAL reason we hated that cuntbag.  It’s so frustrating.

But now we know that it was not Russia.  In the Daily Mail (article linked here), they discuss an article from The Nation, where a series of experts came forward with information that the amount of information leaked to WikiLeaks was too large to be done over the Internet.  It would have had to be someone inside the camp getting the information directly from there.  In other words, someone in Hillary’s camp grew a conscience (hard to see, I know, given Hillary’s outright refusal to admit that ANY of what she did was wrong) and leaked the information.  The news media is unable to do their fucking job, so of course it was from an outside source.  If they could do any REAL investigative reporting, what a wonderful world it would be.

What do we hear, now that all the “Russia did it!” crap has been debunked?  Not a lot.  In fact, it’s pretty much radio silence.  You’d think this would be big news.  Proof that the left’s eagerness to restart the Cold War to cover Hillary’s ass sure was misplaced.  But nope.  It’s just lots of silence.  Though, there was a report from New York Magazine where they made the argument that The Nation’s article was poorly written.  So that invalidates the information they got?  Un-fucking-real.  Will you people say ANYTHING to avoid taking responsibility?!

Just once, I’d like to see a news outlet with integrity.  They don’t exist.  Not anymore.  How I’d love to find the teacher I had for Journalism and the First Amendment.  She made the argument that the news in this country isn’t nearly as broken as I claimed it was in a class discussion.  Wrong, bitch!  Now we know that it is.  Because when the news was caught in a lie, rather than taking responsibility, what did they do?  “RUSSIA!”  When they were caught using that as a dodge because now we have evidence that it wasn’t Russia?

If the media is this incapable of admitting when they do wrong, then what is their ethical standard?  What is the line that ethically-void talking heads like Rachel Maddow draws?  Where is that place that CNN is willing to admit that what they did was wrong at?  I genuinely want a fucking answer.  We all know that Hillary will NEVER admit that anything she did is wrong.  She released a fucking book called “What Happened,” which is basically her denying what really happened.  What happened is you, moron!  What happened is the fact that your a vindictive cunt, who was so desperate to get your turn at the wheel that you rigged the primary against a candidate who would have destroyed Trump.  That’s what fucking happened!

All I want is some sign that the field of journalism is something other than sellouts and ideologues.  Just one.  Just one goddamn sign that the field has some redemptive qualities.  But no!  They get busted putting their hands in the cookie jar and all they can do is deflect and then hope if they don’t talk about it for long enough that everyone will go away.  Because hey, if you can’t make those almighty dollars and get in tight with the heir apparent (at least in her mind) to the Presidency, then what are you doing?

Moments like these make me feel like I wasted my time with this degree.  After all, if everything that comes out these days is just click-bait bullshit, then the field really is dead.  Now it’s just ideologues on one side of the fence or the other telling their audience exactly what they want to hear.  I follow liberal and conservatives, and see a complete lack of nuance on any side.  When I am seeing Laci Green giving the most nuanced perspective these days on Twitter, something is fucking wrong!  Not that anyone cares.  Or ever will.  After all, better to just be told what you want to hear.  This country is so lost.

Until next time, a quote,

“An empire toppled by its enemies can rise again.  But one that crumbles from within?  That’s dead.” – Baron Zemo, Captain America: Civil War

Peace out,

Maverick

Video Games Aren’t Destroying Men! (A response to The New York Times)

Every few years I find that video games are somehow the ills of society, in some way.  Whether it be them causing violence, or them causing sexism, there is always some reason to blame video games for all of the problems that society is suffering from.  Feminists don’t get why gamers are so busy fighting for their hobby.  Well, it’s quite simple – because society has never really stopped having an issue with gamers and the games we play.  The media takes every opportunity to shit all over them.  No surprise, really.  After all, Hollywood is scared of video games.  So is the rest of the mainstream media.  Gaming has become a multi-billion dollar industry, while publications like this one are bleeding readers.

So up to the plate comes The New York Post, here to tell us that video games are destroying a generation of men.  Oh boy, this should be totally objective and not some stupid bullshit that someone who just doesn’t like video games pulled straight out of their ass.  Here’s a link to the article from another retarded conservative publication, let’s talk about it.

One night in the mid-1990s I tried out a computer game called “Civilization.”

Why, oh why, do ALL of these articles decrying video games begin with someone name-dropping a game?  They all do.  I’ll spare you the next two paragraphs and say that the summary is that this person played Civilization.  It was all fun and shit, but then they saw that it was taking up their time, which is wrong, so they said “no!” and swore off games forever.  I spared you so much boredom.

Today millions of people, disproportionately young men, are similarly caught in the throes of video games, which are far more enticing than their 1990s counterparts and often involve many players engaging at once. The hand-eye coordination of these men is no doubt impressive, plus they form friendships and learn to work through problems in teams.

Um, idiot, I got a little secret for ya – the average age of a gamers now is early 30’s.  My boss at work has played WoW since it came out.  By the by, she is a woman well into her 40’s.  Her account is still active.  Gamers aren’t the young men in basements that you are trying to cast.  We’re grown adults, often with families and social lives and responsibilities that we balance with a hobby that we like.  Much like how some guys can get together and bust a nut over football or go out and drink beers with their buds.  We’re not young men.  We’re grownups who are living normal lives.

Next, I love how a conservative publication is taking cues from Anita Sarkeesian – praising aspects of games that are totally meaningless before then changing tactics to attack again.  Ugh…

The problem is that for many young men, video games have become a substitute for living. They’re so addictive and soul-consuming that they’re unlike other leisure activities. Every hour spent on “Ghost Recon” or “Grand Theft Auto V” is an hour that could have been spent more productively.

Doing what?  I’ve already pointed out that it’s mostly men in their 30’s now.  How many of them have families?  How many of them are busy raising kids and tending to marriages while they have this hobby.  The reality of demographics are kicking your ass so hard.  But it is The New York Post, after all.  Facts never got in the way of a good narrative.

Sure, that’s also true of golf — but rarely do you hear that someone has quit his job and is living in Mom’s basement obsessing over putting.

No, but I have heard of a lot of guys who like going out to drink with their buddies spending more time at the bar than they do at home and getting drunk and beating their wives.  So, I kinda think that maybe the person whose worst hobby is gaming is a step above some of the shit I see on your side of the fence.

Yet video-game addicts are engaged in a mass retreat from life. Men aged 21 to 30 worked 12 percent fewer hours in 2015 than in 2000. The percent of young men who worked zero weeks over the course of a year doubled in that period, to an alarming 15 percent. Those working hours were largely replaced by gaming, and fully 35 percent of young men now live with their parents or other close relatives, up from 23 percent in 2000. Their unemployment rate jumped by 10 percent.

Where is your evidence for any of this?!  Are we not going to talk about how the job market in this country is so much harder for people trying to crack into the workforce?  Are we going to ignore that middle class jobs are becoming fewer and fewer as it dies a tragic death in this country?  There are 1001 things that could factor into this bullshit statistic you pulled straight out of your butthole, and you choose to examine none of them.  What the fuck…?

A huge proportion of young men are simply dropping out of the workforce and becoming PlayStation’s willing slaves. The numbers are in a National Bureau of Economic Research study and in an essay by economist Erik Hurst of the Booth School of Economics at the University of Chicago.

Which you don’t cite.  The only citation in your article is another article from your publication.  Why not cite this study here?  I don’t want to read another bullshit article.  Get me to the evidence!

Also, I kind of love it that I am PlayStation’s willing slave.  Dude, I work a 40 hour week at a thankless job.  I am not anyone’s willing slave.  I buy games for my PS4 because it’s something I can do because I am saving money.  I know, that mature bullshit.  It’s weird.

Should we dismiss all this if these men say they’re happy? Heroin addicts are happy, too, as long as they’re high, but what long-term effects do they face? Consider what the future holds for men whose 20s get sucked into the maw of the Xbox. The 20s are when we pick — and begin to gain mastery in — a career.

Yeah, 30 years ago.  Dude, times have changed.  Currently, the number of stable jobs that a person will hold by the time they are 40 is 10.  That number is expected to be 12 to 15 soon.  A cruel reality is that while you and yours are busy judging my generation, the number of stable occupations and career jobs are becoming less and less.  You don’t cite any sources for your statistic, so you are again just putting this out of your ass!

Also I just love that you compare gamers to heroin addicts.  One is a drug that kills people all the time and is physically addictive, the other is a hobby that millions upon millions of people have that has never been directly responsible for the death of ANYONE.  A more apt comparison would be gamers to stoners.  Both are not physically addictive, but can be done in excess and hurt your life overall.  But then you have to deal with the nuances of that argument, which I realize isn’t something you are intellectually capable of doing.

If these men intend to start their lives at 30, they’re going to find themselves at a huge disadvantage. They’re going to be sullen when told to start at the bottom, when peers they knew in school are already in management positions.

So, the implication is that gamers are just lazy fucks who don’t do anything?  Dude, I am a gamer, with a thankless job that I am desperately hoping doesn’t become my career, because the longer I stay here, the worse my outlook gets for finding a job in a different field.  It’s depressing.  I know a ton of gamers who all work stable jobs and have relationships and all the usual bullshit that comes with life.  How will playing video games stop a person from excelling at work?  By the same token, I can say that you going out to drink beer with all your fatass friends is doing damage to your life.  Depending on how much you chug down, your liver may agree with me.  Both statements have equal amounts of evidence to support them.

Maybe they’ll turn down work and pick up the gaming remote. Maybe they’ll drift toward their 40s without ever really launching.

Maybe you’ll get drunk and beat your wife for not having enough Moon Pies in the pantry.  Maybe you’ll kick your dog for getting in your way.  Maybe you’ll eat so many Doritos watching the big game with your bros that you have diarrhea and miss your big interview.  Oh, I’m sorry, I thought we were just making up bullshit about “what-ifs.”

Women usually don’t go for men who are less successful than they are, so gaming is going to cause a surge in dissatisfaction among members of both sexes. Unemployed, or underemployed, men residing at Casa de la Mama whose major life skill involves pretend shoot-em-ups are not going to impress many ladies. Accomplished women are going to discover the competition for male peers even tougher than it is today, when there are about three women for every two men enrolled in college.

Hey, dude, I got a little secret for ya – the number of women in high-powered positions, moving forward, is only gonna grow.  There is going to be a gradual shift in society where women accept that the number of men who are their intellectual or financial equals is going to greatly be diminished.  They may not like it, but it’s true.  Women are more and more pursuing high-powered careers.  Not playing video games ain’t gonna change that.  Nothing is going to change that.  Men putting down the controller and being macho men isn’t going to stop a cultural mindset that women would rather be employed in a career than home with the kids.  That’s just how this went.  You have this wonderfully stupid attitude about women and men.  It’s amazing.

By the way, is the implication here that gamers are stupid?  According to a study, it’s found that gamers are actually more likely to be educated and pursue a stable family life than non-gamers.  But again, don’t let facts get in the way of a good narrative.

Happiness is not to be confused with fleeting pleasures delivered by artificial, drug-like stimulants. Genuine life satisfaction is closely linked to the feelings of productivity we derive from doing jobs well and to the security of enduring close relationships, especially marriage.

Yeah, that’s why birth rates in the western world are plummeting.  Also, neat fact – the amount of people happily married is actually going up.  There’s a reason – fewer people are getting married.  Those who are are finding commitments that they can actually value.  Cultural mindsets are affecting the habits of people in those communities.  Who fucking knew?!

Gamer zombies risk losing touch with both the world of work and with the potential for real human relationships. The parents and friends of these young men are doing them no favors by thinking, “I never see him anymore but he seems happy.”

And you are doing your beliefs in your own intelligence no favors by stereotyping everyone who plays games as an unhappy, uneducated loser who has no job, no relationships, and no drive to seek emotional fulfillment.  This was fucking retarded.  Your only citation here is your own publication, and given the level of “reporting” I have seen here, that’s a wash.  All you can do is make assertions without a SINGLE piece of corroborating evidence to go with it.  This was a chore to sit through and I got dumber for my trouble.  Thanks for that.

Until next time, a quote,

“What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” – Christopher Hitchens

Peace out,

Maverick

PewDiePie and the Death of Old Media

Before you go off and say that I am doing what everyone else has been doing and mining what has happened for clicks, hear me out.  I got me degree in Journalism and Public Communication.  I have an understanding of this medium better than most.  And it is because of that that I feel a great sense of shame and pity for what has happened here.  Everything about what has happened was a sign of how the medium that I grew up loving, who was supposed to be the vanguards of democracy, is failing.  And there is no coming back from it.  But here’s the thing – we all should have seen this coming.  From a long ways off, this was apparent to me.  It’s happened before, and it now it is beginning to happen again.

Where did it start?  You could make the argument that it most recently started with the Wall Street Journal putting out a video which was an unfounded hit-piece on the YouTube personality PewDiePie.  There was no defending that video.  None.  It was such blatant bullshit that you felt ashamed of yourself watching it.  To think that a news outlet that was once believed to be a very respectable source could make an attack video against a YouTuber for a video where he was blatantly satirizing the people calling him racist and making a joke about finally giving in and becoming a Nazi.  It was all so obvious, and the Internet tore the Journal to pieces over it.  But that isn’t where it started.

Maybe it started back in 2014, with a little uprising known as GamerGate.  Indeed, the parallels between what happened to Felix and that instance are rather shocking.  We have a corrupt press colluding together to take on an Internet culture that is clearly a threat to their industry, and now we see the beginnings of a new culture war.  And just like with the “Gamers are Dead” articles, now we have every major media outlet releasing a barrage of articles lambasting Felix and his politics.  Also just like GamerGate, this is blowing up in the media’s face so badly that not one person involved is walking away clean.  I don’t think this is where it started either.

The first time I truly got a taste of the downfall was looking at a video on NPR.  I didn’t believe what I was seeing.  There was a link to a video that was, quite literally, an unboxing video.  That’s right, NPR, one of the most respected journalism outlets who does some truly biting work from time to time examining critical issues. was doing an unboxing video.  It was of a PS4.  A lot of people tried to make the argument that they were trying to talk about unboxing videos.  That’s wrong.  It wasn’t a video about unboxing.  It was a fucking unboxing video.  I was so embarrassed for them at that point.  However, that most certainly wasn’t where it started.

So where was it?  Where was the great downfall of the media’s beginning?  The beginning of the Internet?  Getting closer, but still no bueno.  It was actually around the time when Princess Di was killed.  The news at the time wasn’t talking about the facts of her death.  Instead, they were creating narratives.  It couldn’t be enough that a great woman died.  No, the narrative had to be that a wonderful, fantastic woman died.  And her passing needed a good catch phrase and sad music to be played over it.  It was when cable news decided to come into the picture and turn the news from a discussion about the events of the day that transpired, to a narrative telling their audiences how to think about the news.

Here’s the thing – this idea of unbiased reporting is bullshit.  There is no such thing.  You can strive to be as unbiased as possible, have a rigorous vetting process to remove the scruples of bias to whatever extent you can.  But the cold hard truth is that you still have to deal with the fact that bias exists, and it will always be there.  Edward R Murrow admitted his bias, but his way of counter-manning it was to let the other side have its day.  He let Joseph McCarthy come on his show and give a very passionate defense of his position, where he called Murrow and his ilk all sorts of unprofessional names.  In giving his stage to his opposition, Murrow did more to cement how right he is in the eyes of the public.  Still, Murrow was biased.  The best minds are.  Walter Cronkite told some harrowing stories about the war in Vietnam, but he did so with an agenda to get the troops out of there.  He had a bias, but he had enough dedication to his craft to make sure to get people to the truth as close as he could.  It wasn’t hard to sell people on the war in Vietnam being a bad idea.

PewDiePie is the victim of a medium that is lost.  Print media is dying.  I feel it all the time.  I am just one of a thousand blogs that are ignored by the masses.  My audience is still pretty awesome, but I realize that I am part of a bygone era.  I don’t have video-making chops.  This is the best I can do.  Like all animals that feel their end coming, the media is lashing out.  PewDiePie makes for an easy target.  His popularity cannot be overstated.  Traditional media has to work very hard for all of their stories.  Felix basically just gets in front of a camera and plays video games, then he makes millions.  He makes astronomical amounts of money just by exaggerating his expressions while playing video games, and now making more original content.  Of course the media who has to work hard to make any content would despise such a person.

And for those who will say “it’s not anything to do with that!  It was the fact that he used Nazi imagery in his videos!”  First, the video they went after was so cherry-picked and avoided context where Felix showed that he has no love for Nazis, but decided to give the media who attacked him to no end what they wanted.  They do everything they can to take his videos out of context.  And when the Internet took them to task for it, the media overall decided to try and make it in to a big deal about how context doesn’t matter.  Actually, dumb fucks, it does.  It really does.

Old media is dying, and its final death throes will not be pretty.  But I don’t miss them.  Sure, the person who spent $40,000 on a degree like me would be pissed that some guy on YouTube can make boatloads of money.  But I don’t see any of them trying to make a niche for themselves.  I mean, when a high school dropout can become the biggest atheist channel on YouTube and last for longer than anyone else on the site, that means that if you can keep a fresh idea and change up for your audience enough, then you can make a new brand for yourself.  Media has to change with the times.  Its refusal to do so leads to some unbelievably sad things.

Until next time, a quote,

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” – Buddha

Peace out,

Maverick

You Are, Officially, Too Low-Hanging Fruit to Mock (A response to The Guardian)

When you see sites like The Mary Sue or the click-bait garbage fire that is BuzzFeed, you immediately realize that mocking their “articles” is a waste of time.  Why?  Because they are the lowest of the low-hanging fruit.  It’s like attacking shockofgod or VenomFangX’s videos.  We all know that they are trash.  It’s not even fun to ridicule such bullshit.  You feel like your time has been wasted and all you really got from the experience was older.  Then you have what some people believe is the higher-hanging fruit.  Kristi Winters challenged all non-sjws to go after the most rigid, academic sources and the most robust arguments that we could, in an effort to really grow as people.  Well, I can’t do that, because the sources that are supposed to have credibility are dying out, fast.  Which brings us to The Guardian.

Time was, this newspaper was regarded as an unbiased source, printing some of the most hard-hitting news, like when Edward Snowden went to them first to reveal the leaked info about the NSA.  They used to be one of the few publications telling the truth about the quagmire wars in the Middle East, while the rest of the media was sucking George Bush’s cock.  But those days are long gone.  Now we have the new Guardian.  This version is infested with sjws, and has them all writing articles, like this lovely tidbit.  I’m going to share the title with you (the link to the article will be in the title), and you can judge if this has added any value to anything in modern cultural discourse based on that.  You’re gonna love this.

The ‘tears of joy’ emoji is the worst of all – it’s used to gloat about human suffering

If you heard that title and aren’t immediately inclined to smash your head into the nearest wall, I genuinely don’t know what’s wrong with you.  This is what it’s come to.  We’re talking about emojis now.  Those stupid little things that people use the same way the Elcor do how they explain the emotion behind their statements to other species.  These stupid little things are now being equated to somehow gloating about human suffering.  Like you can’t be laughing so hard that you cry.  Nope, that never happens.  Instead, the article will go to all kinds of sjw logical leaps and bounds, like commenting on the Pepe frog, to make a contrived, bullshit point that this article is somehow indicative of people making light of human suffering.  This is the shit that I see and I can’t help but think that there’s no hope for journalism.  Because this is a mainstream publication putting this bullshit out.  Not some rag that we expect it from.  The Guardian is viewed as a respectable publication.  They have won Pulitzer’s, for fuck’s sake!  Now it’s come to this?!

The cackling grin and tears of mirth are the mockers’ attempt to tell us that, in a world full of human suffering, their brand of callous disregard is winning

What the fuck does that even mean?!  Winning?  At what?!  At not being as tinfoil hat-conspiracy nuts as you?  If so, then oh yeah, I won.  I won hard at that.  Because I don’t see “oppression” and “privilege” and all BS terms that you have everywhere.  I see the world not in black and white, but shades of grey.  I see nuance everywhere, which is something that the woman who wrote this article (Abi Wilkinson) is incapable of doing.  That sentence says nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Is that what The Guardian is aspiring towards?  Saying nothing?  Well, they let Jessica Valenti post articles with them.  So maybe.

I got my Bachelor’s in Journalism and Public Communication.  I was raised believing that the Fourth Estate’s job was to be the vanguards of democracy.  But that’s not what I see when I look at the news anymore.  I see every left-leaning news outlet doing whatever they can to tear Trump apart.  I see endless articles about white nationalists everywhere, as if they are the biggest threat in the universe right now.  Even though the last white nationalist gathering had 200 people at it.  To contrast, the last brony convention had 7,000 people attending.  Had they wanted to, those 7,000 bronies could have easily gone over to the white nationalist gathering and beaten the shit out of them.  There are more bronies than white nationalists.  That’s how seriously I take the “neo-Nazi” rise under President-elect Trump.  It’s a non-issue.  I wonder how many articles The Guardian has published about the “alt-right” and “neo-nazis.”  Take a look for yourselves.  Any publication with ANY credibility should see all this bullshit for the gross hyperbole it is.  But that seems to be too much for the poncy British assholes who write for this publication.

The sad reality is that journalism is dead.  The Fourth Estate is crumbling before my eyes, and the Fifth Estate “journalism” is a bad joke.  The punch line being that they so often report such sanctimonious garbage that anyone who can take them seriously anymore is a fucking retard.  And I’m done commenting about things that The Guardian has written.  They have officially become too low-hanging fruit to go after.  If Jessica Valenti’s contrasting articles about how men are too forward and she’s offended, and how men are too submissive and she misses when men weren’t so submissive (that woman’s lack of self-awareness is awe-inspiring) didn’t clue you in, perhaps this latest bit of intellectual diarrhea will.  We’re talking about fucking emojis now.  That’s the best that these British fucks can do.  And they make fun of Americans…why, again?

Until next time, a quote,

“For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” – H.L. Mencken

Peace out,

Maverick

#GamerGate’s Vindication

Two years ago, there was a blog post written, a video by Mundane Matt DMCA’d, and a massive backlash that followed, which was given steam after a video by Internet Aristocrat.  That began the consumer revolt known as GamerGate.  It was a brutal struggle, with the media doing everything in their power to make those who supported the cause look like the biggest misogynists in the world.  The battle brought sides together who had always hated each other to fight against a common enemy.  Friendships were made.  Battle lines were drawn.  The struggle got ugly, and then it ended.  To be honest, it didn’t end with a bang.  It all kind of fizzled out.  However, something recently came to light that truly blew open the gates on the original beliefs surrounding Zoe Quinn and how all of GamerGate got started.  It is something that has vindicated everyone involved.  Leo Pirate made an amazing video about it.  See for yourself, then we’ll talk about it.

It is amazing.  Absolutely amazing.  After two years, we have finally been vindicated.  In conceivable way, GamerGate has been vindicated.  Zoe Quinn’s lies have been unmasked for all to see.  Her manipulation of the Rebel Game jam and her collusion with Nathan Grayson is laid out for all to see.  Gee, it’s almost like he had some prior relationship with her.  Oh, right, Stephen Totilo said that that didn’t start up until after the articles were published.  Because he’s TOTALLY not full of shit, right?

Quinn has been exposed as a doxxer, harasser, and being completely full of shit.  She was constantly trying to sabotage the Rebel Game Jam that she was made famous for.  This was something that she had planned to do.  Gee, Nathan, didn’t see you talking about that.  I wonder if it was because of a RELATIONSHIP that you had with her.  I’m not slut-shaming.  I’m collusion-shaming.  I will shame the fuck out of her and him for having a relationship that OBVIOUSLY made it so that him writing about her is a conflict of interest.  I don’t believe for a second that he just hit the send button on his article and then called her up and said, “hey, wanna fuck?”  That’s ridiculous.

Now it’s been exposed the Quinn’s network of scumbags, Crash Override Network (just CON for short.  How fitting) has been actively working to dox, attack, and blacklist anyone that they don’t like.  What’s more, we have evidence showing how some of them will take the blame so that they can avoid looking bad as a whole.  With people like an Amazon employee who publicly condemned people for doc-dropping being among their number.  It truly is amazing how far down this rabbit hole of bullshit goes.  But it proves, definitively, that Quinn and her little cabal are so utterly terrible

Oh, and as a nice little cherry on top, CON worked hard to help get the attention away from the disgusting pedophile Sarah Nyberg, aka Sarah Butts.  These people helped a pedophile.  But hey, when you realize that Feminist Frequency has a pedophile who goes by Valis77 modding her Twitch streams and pedophiles like HannibalTheVictor as her most ardent defenders, then does these people’s chumminess with pedophiles really come as a surprise?

Keep this in mind, all of this is coming from someone who went to the UN to talk about how hard her life is being the victim of “harassment.”  Now we have verifiable evidence that Quinn and her cohorts are harassers and doxxers.  What was that quote Quinn had about the harassers believing that they are the good guys?  With the release of the harassment episode of Candace Owens and how she was able to show that Quinn was using sock puppet accounts to attack her, I guess what that hypocritical, blue-haired bitch had to say is prescient, isn’t it?  She does think she’s the good guy, and she is in the wrong.  Funny how that works.

Oh, and here’s a nice little way to bring this back to GG – it has been revealed that Dina was indeed manipulating the development of Mighty No. 9.  It’s something that we already knew, of course, but irrefutable evidence just makes it that much better.  At least her story ended with her crashing and burning out of the game that she helped fuck up. Also in the chat logs, there is a bit where they were talking about how they needed to coordinate news articles to keep the pressure on GamerGate.  The link Leo posted in his video is just amazing!

GamerGate has been vindicated, and I’m not gonna lie – it does feel a little sweet.  I’m glad that now, two years later, we can rest knowing that our side of the fence truly has always had the moral high ground, in every conceivable way.  It’s just awesome.  With each leak that happens, the people who are abusing their power and feeling the hurt.  I’m glad about that.  I bet the look on Quinn’s dye-soaked face was just priceless when the Internet was ripping her and hers to pieces.  Wonder if that landwhale Randi Harper had to attack the Oreos for a while.  Mad about me insulting her like that?  She’s a doxxer, and we have irrefutable proof that she did that, how she was using sock puppet account and bots to inflate her social media pages, and abused her power with Twitter, who she and the rest of CON are tight with.  Fuck her.  Fuck all of them.

This is just great, and watching the hugbox of SJWs yelling and screaming puts a smile on my face.  It’s good to be right.

Until next time, a quote,

“There we go!  That’s what I like to see.  A nice, big smile…” – Joker, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Peace out,

Maverick

You’re the Victim Here? Really? (A response to Stephen Totilo)

The people at Kotaku have decided to raise a stink recently.  See, according to them, they have been blacklisted by the likes of Ubisoft and Bethesda, and they want everyone to know what victims they are.  All the while making sure that GamerGate is known to be such an enemy, and how they are nothing but the victim of a massive conspiracy against them.  Here’s a link to an article written by Stephen Totilo, where he is crying the blues about what he calls “the price of games journalism.”  Yeah, because you are totally the victim here, Stephen.  You and Kotaku did nothing wrong, and us evil gamers are the ones who screwed you.  Of course.

Stephen, I am going to go through a list of things that your publication has done, and you tell me how sympathetic you are.

  • You were totally fine with one of your writers having a casual, sexual relationship with someone he had written about, and only saw fit to disclose it after it went public.  What’s more, in your disclosure, you said that the sexual relationship happened the day after the article was published.  That sure is convenient.  For you.  And your publication’s “ethics” principles.
  • You wrote a series of article demonizing gamers and taking up the “gamers are dead” party line.  Then, when the gaming community rightly gave you the finger, you try and white-wash history by saying that us gamers are just tops, and how we are super, and acting like what you said never happened at all.  Because a few months was all it took for everyone to forget about it, right?
  • You wrote an article where you talked about a sexual harassment claim, in great detail, without getting a single counterpoint.  Say, did Sabrina Ruben Erdely work for you guys?  That would explain a lot.
  • You reported the outright lie that Brianna Wu was forced to leave her home, while it was shown that she was doing TV interviews from her office.  Which is in her home.  Go figure.
  • Time and time again, you and your publication has ignored corruption and gamer dissatisfaction, such as after the “Doritogate” scandal.
  • Your writers have established relationships with people working for publishers like Ubisoft and Bethesda.  Relationships that got them to a point where they were under an embargo about releasing information about their latest games that were coming out.  An embargo which you then subsequently broke.  The irony is that you are crying the blues about something that was, quite clearly, your fault.  Something you did wrong, because…
  • Your entire publication is nothing but a click-bait machine that has been shown, time and time again, to lack ethical standards, objectivity, and a desire to improve.  Any publication that tries to white-wash its own history such as after the “gamers are dead” incident obviously has no sense of shame, and does not deserve any respect.

Stephen, I’m gonna give this to you straight – the people who write for you aren’t journalists. They’re salesmen/women.  Any publication that is as dependent on click-bait as you are is trying to sell to people.  What is your product?  Simple – sensationalism.  You want to make the most stink and the most fuss out of anything that comes to your doorstep.  Given that your parent company is Gawker, this isn’t a surprise.  Just look at the hot water they are in because of them leaking the Hulk Hogan sex tape.  That case is getting so ugly for them that they may very well not survive it, which will mean that you and everyone who works for you will be out of a job.  I’d feel bad for the people losing money, except I actually do have a degree in journalism, Stephen.  And I think that anyone who uses the Yuppie Nuremberg Defense to do the kind of work you do does not deserve even the slightest amount of sympathy.  After all, if you didn’t know that your position was wrong when you did the “gamers are dead” articles, then why did you feel the need to whitewash it?  You knew, and you tried to make it go away.  Just admit it, and let’s stop this pathetic charade of you being the victim, when it is so obvious that what is happening to you is years of unethical retribution that is being meted out on your company.

And since you are merely a product of how broken games journalism is, of course people are coming to your defense.  Naturally.  Games journalism has become nothing but a giant circle-jerk, after all.  The “gamers are dead” saga was coordinated.  It all happened at the same time.  You all were connected via the Google+ group “Gamejournopros.”  Everything about you and our industry is crooked and corrupt.  But you are the victim.  Who do you think buys this?  Who do you honestly think is listening to you?  Why, your friends in the various companies, of course.  Part of me can’t help but wonder if this whole article was you covering your ass now that Gawker is looking to fall apart, with Hulk Hogan on the war path and tons of lost revenue, which has led them to restructure around political commentary.  In other words, SJW bullshit.

If you ask me, what happened to you should only be the start.  This should be the beginning of every major game publisher cutting click-bait publications like you off.  I hope to see the likes of Square Enix and EA throwing you to the wolves.  It would be a fitting end to you and your publication, Stephen.  To watch as your coverage gets so bad that you actually have to step up and do REAL journalism, where you make a ton of calls and get interviews and coordinate with people.  It’s hard work, but it can only be good for the industry.  But let’s be honest, you won’t survive to that point.  You’ll just shrivel up and die, or move onto Polygon or whoever else will take you.  This article felt like your resume pitch, to whoever wants you there.

I don’t feel any sympathy for you, Stephen.  None whatsoever.  I think I’ll end with a quote that you might be familiar with.

“You made your gamergate bed, now get fucked in it.”  – Randi Harper

Peace out,

Maverick