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

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Bad PR 112: #CNNBlackmail and Journalistic Ethics Going to Die

Listening to the news anymore can be an exercise in patience.  Trust me, I get it.  I got my degree in journalism.  Which I am not using in any productive way now, getting yelled at in a call center.  Doesn’t my life sound great?  However, as I watch this field that I once wanted to pursue as a career deteriorate around me, I can’t help but see some of the most recent incidents as sad reminders of what a shallow grave this profession is digging.  If you want to see why, look no further than the most recent fuck-up by CNN.  This is bad PR nirvana.  I could go on for hours about how bad this looks.

Some kid on Reddit, and it has been verified to be a kid of 15 years of age, decided to do a little trolling on The Donald subreddit and create a video image from WWF when Donald Trump kicked Vince McMahon’s ass, putting a CNN logo over McMahon’s face.  Is it immature?  Sure.  Do I care?  Nope.  Not even a little.  It is kinda funny.  I don’t even like Trump and I find it funny.  A stupid, intentionally-juvenile video clip made to troll CNN.  To normal people online it would have begun and ended there.  Except Trump found it as it was getting shared around and liked it.  So he shared it.  Well, as you can imagine, in the world of professional outrage, this act had to have some deliberately-stupid consequences.  Because a professional organization like CNN couldn’t show that they are the bigger people and display a little maturity.  No, that’s asking WAY too much.

Like CNN finding out about this and getting their dander up.  They claimed that Trump was threatening them with violence, and how that is completely inappropriate.  Then, when the kid who made the GIF came forward to them, they, in no uncertain terms, made very clear that if he does anything that they don’t like, they are going to publish all his personal information online.  Don’t believe me?  Here, see for yourself.

CNN just came out and said that if this underage kid does anything that they don’t like in the future, they are going to dox him.  They are fucking threatening a teenager with destroying his life if he does anything that they disapprove of now or in the future.  That’s…unbelievably stupid.  This is a crime.  A news outlet that claims to be about journalism has just published a story where they outright say that this kid could have all his personal information put online by them.  Maybe Ben Kuchera and Jim Sterling should work for this company.  Both of them support doxing too.  Maybe get Anita Sarkeesian and Rebecca Watson in on the fun.  Why not?  After all, if you can’t destroy the life of someone who made a GIF mocking your ethically-vapid news outlet, what can you do?

This is such a step in the wrong direction for this news outlet.  In a time when the regular news is going the way of Myspace, for this company to choose to get all butthurt and go at CNN this hard just blows my goddamn mind.  This kid did NOTHING wrong, CNN!  Not one goddamn thing!  But because he made you look kind of silly in a GIF that signifies absolutely nothing (but they will swear up and down in a secret threat), you had to go at him this hard?!  What the fuck is wrong with you!?

And hey, let’s not have CNN have all the fun.  Another intellectually-void publication decided that they wanted to get in the spirit of things too – Salon.  Take a look.

No, Salon, CNN is not the good guy here.  They are forcing someone to do what they want, and if that person doesn’t do that, then they will use something they are holding over their head against them.  That’s called “blackmail.”  Huh, I wonder if that’s a crime.  Well, it turns out there is a rather fascinating debate on the matter.  Here’s a link to that debate.  Makes me wonder what would happen if that kid decided to take CNN to court.  I sure as hell would.  Or that kid’s parents.  If someone threatens my child with doxing if he doesn’t do what they want, and it’s a professional organization like CNN, all for making a GIF, I would have my lawyer on the phone that day and the filing of a lawsuit the next.  After all, thanks to the wonderful people of the Internet, this action is never going to leave.  Ever.  For the rest of their time as a “news” outlet, CNN will have this sort of press following them around.

Here’s the PR lesson I have to teach – I cannot possibly imagine a worse look than this.  Their entire professional image is destroyed.  They got so butthurt about someone mocking them that they went out of their way to find out who it was and now holds their identity hostage unless this kid does what they want.  How do you spin that to look good?!  I honestly am trying to think of a way.  Nothing’s coming to me.  All their talk about how they are the good guys, and Trump is the bad guy for attacking them and making them look bad, now they do shit like this.  They might as well just put Jerry Springer on their network and flush all their ethical integrity down the fucking toilet.  Hey, Anderson Cooper, are you proud of the network that has your name associated with it?  Hey, Wolf Blitzer, what about you?  Jack Cafferty?  Any of the talking heads on that station?

When you reach a point that your image is synonymous with this level of incompetence, when you have reporters being fired because they got busted faking a story about Russia hacking the election, when the first thing that people see when they look you up is this tire fire that you started, it might be time to throw in the towel as a news network.  Just put on some trash programming about women fighting in Wal-Mart’s parking lot and you can join UPN in the garbage bin of networks that had potential and flushed it all away.

How pathetic.  How utterly, unbelievably, unethically pathetic.

Until next time, a quote,

“There is no better test of a man’s integrity than his behavior when he’s wrong.” – Marvin Williams

Peace out,

Maverick

My Fellow Liberals, Stop Antagonizing Russia!

There’s probably the greatest quote ever spoken from George Santaya, “those who cannot remember the past a condemned to repeat it.”  More and more, this quote is making me feel an overwhelming urge to smack my head into a wall as I watch the media of every stripe going out of their way to antagonize Russia over alleged (it has not, under any circumstances been proven) hacking that they did of the DNC that was sent to WikiLeaks.  And the more I watch the media and the saber-rattling that them and President Obama are doing, the more fearful I become that the past will come back.  Only next time, it won’t be a cold war, it will be a hot war.  One where the next war is fought with sticks.

If, for no other reason, I am glad that Trump won, it’s because he was immediately able to settle people’s worries about World War III.  Listening to Hillary talk about how she was going to be taking offensive action in Syria with a no-fly zone, that scared the hell out of me.  All of the saber-rattling after the leaked documents sent to WikiLeaks that exposed that corporate money-whore for who she is.  In reality, if it truly was Russia who leaked that info, I want to thank them.  If the Fourth Estate was doing its fucking job, we wouldn’t have needed Russia to leak documents.  They would have been stepping up and exposing Hillary for what she is, instead of doing everything in their power to polish her knob.  For my take, even if Russia was responsible (there has been NO conclusive evidence), we should be thanking them.  Given what the Hillary’s knob-polishing media is trying to provoke, all of what has been said about the media’s collusion with her has been vindicated.

I guess that people are too young to remember that there was a time where the threat of nuclear war was a real thing with Russia.  It was a thing that my parents generation lived in constant fear of.  Two nuclear-equipped superpowers going to war, it would have been the end of life as they knew it.  There were so many close calls, and it was only thanks to cooler heads prevailing at just the right moments that two nations didn’t destroy life on this planet.  How I wish that my generation wasn’t full of dumb fucks.  Or corporate shill media that will do anything to kiss the ass of the person that they supported.

However, I am going to try and be the voice of reason here.  My fellow left-leaning people, the antagonization of Russia needs to stop.  Not only does this make your side of the political fence look like butthurt little bitches, but it is toying with disaster.  Think of what would have happened if Hillary had won the Presidential campaign.  Given what a vindictive bitch she is, you just know that she would have put her pantsuit boot down on the situation in Syria.  We’ve been fighting a proxy war in that country against Russia for years.  It’s been a powderkeg that looked to blow up at any minute.  But Trump immediately started talking to scale that back.  Thank Groj.  I honestly can say that the only time I have ever been afraid for my nation’s future was right then.

As for the liberals who want to be mad about the hacking, keep this in mind – nothing that was released has been shown to be doctored.  None of it.  Glen Greenwald did a fantastic article ripping the people who are butthurt about this and their pathetic attempts to defend Hillary to pieces.  Hillary Clinton was a shill, who used every single tool she possibly had, media collusion, and her entire party’s backing to destroy Bernie.  It was stuff people already suspected it, but WikiLeaks proved it.  Then there was the release of the speech transcripts that everyone was asking for.  Once-again, everyone already knew that they were a love letter to Wall Street, but now we had definitive proof.  No wonder Hillary couldn’t show her face election night.  Her own corruption destroyed her.  If anything, all the media’s attacking Russia looks like is them attempting to cover for their own transgressions.  How about we not do that?

In the meantime, let’s dial back the calls for retaliation against Russia.  One guy on CNN actually said that “cyber war is the same as real war.”  That fucking imbecile was actually believing that we should respond to this unproven allegation that Russia aided Trump with military force.  The very idea scares the fuck out of me.  It’s an opinion from a person who never has had to fear for their future.  The statement of a person who didn’t live through a generation where nuclear annihilation was a very real threat.

But hey, the media has to cover their ass somehow.  Might as well blame Russia.  World War III?  Price you pay to not have to eat crow and admit their mistakes.

Until next time, a quote,

“Yeah, let’s try that.  Then the next war really will be fought with sticks.” – Punished “Venom” Snake, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Peace out,

Maverick

A Shocked Farewell to GT…

GameTrailersFor those who didn’t know, it was just announced that GameTrailers, a site that has been very good about gamer content, is closing their doors.  I’m shocked.  No joke, it’s a genuine shock to me.  More than anything, it is so damn unfortunate.  And to be honest, with GameTrailers dying, I am kind of worried about the state of the industry.  I mean, we have this site, which has been pretty pro-consumer and has put out some damn good content for years.  These people aren’t Kotaku.  They aren’t Polygon.  If those “journalists” lost their jobs, no one would lament.  But these people were huge!  They were still producing some damn good content.  I just watched their review for a game called Firewatch, and I look forward to getting my hands on it.  Someday.  When I have money again.  What is going on in the industry right now?

That’s not a rhetorical question.  I legit want to know.  There is something really messed about the games industry right now, and I honestly don’t like it.  When I first heard of them, it was to watch their reviews.  I hated the fact that they didn’t put their reviews on YouTube, but it was still worth it so that I could see what games were out that I wanted to play.  Now that’s gone.  Those personalities and all the content they made is dead and buried.  That sucks!  What’s more, I can’t help but feel bad for all the people who worked there, now jobless and thrust back out into the maw that is the job market.  Trust me, I know EXACTLY how you feel.

I’m honestly not sure what else to say.  A site with all the production power and talent like GT is just going down the shitter.  Who is next?  This genuinely can’t be a good sign for the industry, and I am nervous as fuck about where things are headed.  Because these people were a household name in gaming.  If it can be them, then who’s next?  Anyway, I will say that I wish the people there, like Brandon Jones and Kyle Bosman all the best.  I hope they all land on their feet.  This must have been hard for them as well.  Hopefully I’ll get to hear Brandon Jones’ voice doing reviews on another avenue.  Maybe he will be doing his own videos or partnering with another network.

It’s a sad day in gaming.  So many games that I came to love, I heard about through them.  Games like The Last of Us, or Arkham City.  This is so nuts.  Who knows where things are going to go next.

Until next time, a quote,

“There is no real ending.  Just a place where you stop the story.”  -Frank Herbert

Peace out,

Maverick

The Kentucky Lady and News Obsession

I’m going to put a thought out there – I do not give one measly, scraggly fuck about the lady in Kentucky who is denying marriage licenses to gay couples.  Not one.  The field in which I grow my fucks is very, very barren.  The fact that this story has been turned into some huge national rallying cry baffles me.  I mean, are we seriously so out of issues to talk about, real issues, that we have to make a mountain out of what isn’t even a molehill?  This is nothing.  This means nothing.  It is significant of nothing.  The fact that people are getting so upset is more amusing than anything else.  Why?  Because it genuinely goes to show just how much our culture is just a waste of skin.  Let me elaborate.

People are jumping to say that this woman is indicative of some part of society.  She is.  What part?  That’s easy – the part that’s becoming irrelevant.  The hold-outs from a bygone era who desperately want to believe that they still have the moral high ground that they are clinging to.  The people who would rather watch two people be cry in front of them than just accept that gay marriage is now the law of the land.  These are people, driven almost-entirely by faith (and the rest by their disgust for gay people.  In reality, it truly is just the fact that they hate gay people, with their faith giving them backup for that belief), who just can’t live with how things are.  The same deal happened after interracial marriage became a thing.  We’ve seen this play out before.  So why is this one woman becoming such a huge national sensation?

It’s simple, really – because she’s good click-bait.  The modern media is lazy.  Unfathomably lazy.  The news outlets who are expected to do the research don’t, and then the cheap rags then rip them off.  Then people with blogs like myself look at those rags and then subsequently parade those lines around.  Actually, those aren’t blogs like mine.  I actually try and talk about something other than gossip.  Though, I guess I am still guilty.  After all, I did put the stupid Kentucky woman in my title, didn’t I?  What can I say – I get that the best way to reach people is to have a title that gets their attention.  But at least I do have something more substantive to say than “that woman is an evil bigot and symbolic of how intolerant America is!”  That’s the entire line.  That’s the argument in a nutshell.  But that argument is wrong.  You’d think that history would have been a better teacher to these lazy clicktavists.  But it’s not.  Everyone is sharing and talking about it, but if you go back 60 years, we’ve seen this all before.  It shouldn’t even surprise anyone who actually studies history.  The real kind, not the white-washed garbage in public schools (that I did attend.  Thankfully, I was born skeptical, so I was able to learn more from outside sources).

Why do these kinds of stories become so big?  What is it about this Kentucky woman and her stupid beliefs and actions that makes her such a conversation on a national and relatively-worldwide scale.  After all, the Internet has no borders.  It goes everywhere.  People in other countries get to see how stupid people in American can be.  I am hoping that people in other countries are able to see where I am coming from.  Hopefully some agree that the fact that our nation is talking about this with such passion is stupid.  That’s not to say that they are.  After all, look at that stupidity where someone took the photo of Steven Spielberg to a British tube station and showed it to people, with them talking about how awful it was.  That Spielberg shot a dinosaur.  They actually believed it was real.  So Europe can have some stupid dumbasses too.  But they must see America’s news cycle and think – is this REALLY all the problems you have?  Some lady in Kentucky who won’t marry gay people?  I mean, it’s not like this is going to amount to anything.  The ACLU has already filed legal action against the state.  And why wasn’t this woman fired, anyway?  Is there some union thing that is holding them back from kicking her out the door?  It’s odd, sure, but not so odd that it needs this kind of Internet attention.

Here’s the thing to walk away with from this rambling – the Internet is stupid.  Really, really stupid.  It’s full of brain-dead fuckers who only care about the next story so that they can justify their non-stop taking in of bullshit.  And we have a non-stop media that is more than willing to help supplement our cultural ennui to bring in revenue.  After all, it’s not like anyone is REALLY going to do anything.  People will just keep scrolling.  Maybe they’ll share the article, get a Like or a Comment or two, then move one.  Maybe they can talk about how Obama has now decided that Mt. McKinley can be renamed Denali, and how fucktards on the right think this is Kenyan for “black power.”  I’ve lived in Alaska all my life.  Those people are idiots.  And that’s making the rounds now too.  Seen a dozen memes about it already.

The media doesn’t seem to realize how much they are feeding a gaping maw that is sucking away the intelligence of humanity.  They are feeding this gaping abyss that is making everyone on this planet dumber.  For real, they are all dumber.  This kind of obsession over bullshit is unhealthy, and it is making each person who makes it a mountain stupider for the doing of it.  But what’s the cure?  Can it be done?  I honestly don’t think so.  This is just going to continue until the few people who actually want to care about life are in such a minority that all they can do is despair.  Like that short CG film about the woman who abandons the colorless world to find this world that she sees as beautiful.  And since I am graduate of Journalism and Public Communications, I get to subject myself to this.  I get to watch the gaping maw swallow more and more thinking power every day.  No wonder I hate life with such a bitter passion.

Until next time, a quote,

“My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.”  -L.M. Montgomery

Peace out,

Maverick

Poor Journalists Love Click-Bait (A response to The Young Turks)

Was that title inflammatory?  Oh, I’m sorry.  I shouldn’t have made a title that was so deliberately made to increase clicks.  But I was just so inspired by a recent video that I saw on The Young Turks YouTube channel.  Indeed, this video saw fit to do nothing but exploit a current online trend to get clicks.  The same way as The Drudge Report or The Mary Sue does.  Oh yeah, I am putting this publication with them.  Why?  Because, to be honest with, I am seeing that The Young Turks were always like this.  I used to watch and enjoy their coverage.  I think that Ana Kasparian is the last vestige of anything approaching objectivity on their network.  The rest are a bunch of self-righteous, bourgeois liberals who, as Carlin once said, “think the only thing wrong with the world is there aren’t enough bicycle paths.”  Oh, and that insulting anything having to do with Islam is wrong.  And that all women and black people need them and their ilk to stand up for them.  In other words – sexist, racist, unbelievably condescending-left wing of this country.  And these people report the news.

In the past, I have gone after Fox News and conservative media for how bad it is.  I still do, from time to time.  But let’s go after someone more on my side of the fence.  Granted, I am not on the same extreme-left side of the spectrum.  But I am on the left.  I know, shocking.  One of the first defenses that these people have when confronted by an opposing view is to say that someone is conservative.  Hey Cenk, if you ever see this – Find proof that I’m conservative.  I dare ya.  Or rather, have your unpaid interns find it.  When’s the last time that you did real research?  You gotta rehearse your schtick for the camera.

A recent video on their network, entitled, “Gaming Losers Hate Women,” (yes, that’s the caliber of “journalism” that we’re dealing with here) decided to find a study that is absolute garbage and then use it to justify click-bait.  I’ll share the video, then we’ll talk about it.

First off – Halo 3?  Not even the Master Chief Collection version, either.  The Xbox 360 one.  That’s their “source?”  Wow.  Right out of the gate with bad science.  Now, don’t get me wrong – just because the game is old doesn’t mean it doesn’t have people playing.  Look at how big Team Fortress 2 is.  The old version of Tribes still has dedicated players.  But do you honestly believe that a game that outdated is a good source to use for a study that isn’t old?

Next, to head off people making this point – yes, there are PLENTY of guys online who troll women who get online.  I am up front about that.  Shitty people exist in every medium.  Why, just look what the social justice crowd is up to these days.  Shitty people are in every community.  But if you think that the shitty people represent the majority, and your only evidence is this ONE study that looks at an outdated game that can’t have a lot of players on it, then you are out of your mind.

And I just love that little way that you say that not only are the guys who are rude to women, but that they also are nice to the guys who win.  Are you shitting me?  This is why it’s not good to make click-bait videos about one study.  Because then you miss out on things.  See, if they had done their study on the most recent Call of Duty game, they might have seen a different picture.  Like the ENDLESS shit-talking that goes on in online gaming.  It never stops!  That’s the nature of the beast.  You know where the term tea-bagging came from?  The first Halo and what people would do in multiplayer.  Online gaming, especially competitive FPS games, are the most smack-talk-ridden places one can go.  That’s just how it works.  Ana, you can argue about how our culture pushes things all you want, but it helps to have your facts straight.  Online gaming is about shit-talking and being a dick.  Skill is rewarded, but the term “camper” exists for a reason.  “Noob” exists for a reason.  Online shit-talking is the backbone of many a games’ chat.  It has ALWAYS been like this.  Another thing that the people who wrote this study that you did your story on failed to notice.

I was glad to see the lady they brought in to comment on this was able to see this more objectively.  That was a step in the right direction.  But, did anyone notice how nothing of any merit was really talked about here?  Cenk clearly didn’t know thing-one about this medium.  His little “doing this” and making it look like he was playing with a controller was juvenile, but it showed that he had no investment in this.  Kasparian and her instant need to get on the culture that she believes creates this was a sign that she had no connection to it.

Not one person associated with this, aside from the lady they had from Nerd Alert, seemed to give two shits about this.  So why talk about it?  Why go out of their way to make a story that they KNEW was going to invite gamer traffic?  I’ll tell you – for the same reason that Nightline decided to make a hit-piece about GamerGate, that they later admitted was nothing but click-bait.  For the same reason that The Mary Sue makes any article at all.  They wanted to get clicks.  This is what journalism has become.  The Fifth Estate is nothing but click-bait and a growing sense of ennui as our media has resigned itself to – let’s just capitalize on controversy!  Because that’s where the REAL quality of news is, right?  Whether it be Cenk and his half-assed attempt to make 2nd Amendment debates into a race issue, or NPR doing an unboxing video (I shit you not, it really happened.  And they even said in the story that they were doing this because it was popular.  Unreal), this is what journalism has stooped to.

Turks, this is just pathetic..  This is a new low, and that’s coming from me.  You have stooped to the bottom of the barrel, just so you can keep the income flowing in.  Honestly, how you all can look at yourselves in the mirror and think, “yeah, this is totally the person I want to be” is beyond me.

Until next time, a quote,

“If there is one mental vice, indeed, which sets off the American people from all other folks who walk the earth, it is that of assuming that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that ninety-nine percent of them are wrong.”  -H.L. Mencken

Peace out,

Maverick

Please Don’t Insult My Intelligence (A response to the Alaska Dispatch News)

Let me paint a picture for you – I am home from work after a LONG day of paperwork.  I work at a doctor’s office, taking and sending medical records wherever they need to be.  Yeah, it’s as dull as it sounds.  Trust me, the fact that I do such a boring job brings me no joy.  But this job pays a wage that I can live on here at my new apartment and has some REALLY sick benefits.  We do what we have to do to get by, until we get to where we want to be.  It’s a hard racket out there, and I don’t begrudge someone who has to do a boring or dirty job in order to get by.  Pay attention to that fact, because it will come up later.  Anyway, I am home after a long day of work and am waiting to my lack-luster dinner to finish cooking.  I am watching a movie, and there is a knock at my door.  This confuses me.  After all, my chums are home from work as well.  Whoever could this be?

I get to the door and see this really young Native Alaskan fellow.  He’s dressed like a typical teenager, which it what he so clearly was.  This was either his first or second job, and it showed.  This kid wanted to do well.  Thus begins his attempt, with all the slick composure of a person with a stand at a market, to sell me on why I really need to subscribe to the Alaska Dispatch News, or ADN, as we call it.  It used to be the Anchorage Daily News, but they went under.  After all, print news in this country is dead, and where it isn’t dead, it’s dying.  We live in an age where reading is too hard for people.  You might think that this would distress me, since writing is what I do here is a passion project.  I never expected to have an audience, and now that I do, I am surprised and grateful.

This kid tries to pitch me, and I gotta give credit, his pitch is good.  He sees that I’m a male, in my 20’s, and not dressed like a hipster, and he makes a pretty fair assumption that I’m a gamer.  He tries to sell me that subscribing to the ADN would somehow help me with the procurement of Fallout 4, a game that (to be perfectly honest) I am really no that excited for.  I know, I’m awful.  I just never got much into Fallout.  So fucking sue me.

I played with this kid, because I actually have more than five brain cells to rub together, but in the back of my mind, there was a thought – is the ADN doing so poorly that they have to get what I’m sure are underpaid kids to pimp their publication?  They can’t sell people on the merits of what their publication does, instead having to have the modern equivalent of an AMWAY rep to hawk their wares?  The more I thought about it, the more sad it became.  Then angering.  This is how little they think of my intelligence?  That I am going to fall for this schtick?!  I don’t begrudge the kid that was there.  He was slick, and he has bills to pay, like anyone else.  I told him as much when I had to close the door.  Might have made a few sales at other places.  Though, probably not.  The Internet has made people into douchebags who watch WAY too many cat videos, and have this creepy and unhealthy obsession with bacon.

He left, not having gotten what he wanted.  Going back inside, I was still left feeling a little annoyed.  The ADN genuinely believed that this was the marketing strategy to sell their publication.  To make people have to suffer through a pitch, from some kid who is kind of adorable.  They have to sell their newspaper with the equivalent of used car salesmen.  That is just sad.

I have watched the slow circling of the drain of modern media.  News has become so vapid and dead.  Cable news is nothing but click-bait.  Internet news is empty at best, insultingly pandering to an ideology at worst (Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, The Drudge Report, The Mary Sue, Kotaku, the list goes on and on…).  The worst part is – from what I’ve seen, that isnt’ the ADN.  They are at least trying to do news straight.  So why the pitch?  It boggles the mind.  Unfortunately for them, they had their person try to sell to someone with an audience.  And now I am making sport of whatever idiocy made them turn to pandering to sell the news.  Although, I think that that says the most about all of this.

Even to the people who write the news, it’s a product.  Something to sell. That’s the most insulting part of all.

Until next time, a quote,

“Then cable news came in and it wasn’t along before the news became just another form of entertainment.  The purpose of entertainment is to transfix eyeballs to the screen and to sell the people attached to them shit they don’t need.”  – Mykeru Media

Peace out,

Maverick