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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2017, 13:28 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 13:24:
Pigeon wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 13:13:
Sucks for Rodgers coming from what is apparently a 'legal' late hit. I understand they don't want to discourage defenders from pursuing the QB, but I see that kind of hit a lot, and I know it's meant to intimidate QB's and physically shake them.

I dunno, I didn't like that at all. It seemed there was a clear beat after the ball left his hand, and the defender definitely made an effort to fall on Rodgers with his full weight. I've seen flags dropped on far cleaner hits than that. I'd be beside myself if I was a Packers fan.

Agreed. He hadn't committed to the tackle when the ball left his hand. Yeah, it's easier for me to discuss this and criticize it from the couch, but it seemed clear he'd never hit Rodgers when the ball was in his hand. I'm all for knocking the QB down, it's how the Giants beat the Patriots, but this seemed a split second too late to be defensible.

I'm probably wrong and cherry picking.
 
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News Comments > CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent
7. Re: CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent Oct 16, 2017, 12:33 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 12:27:
Yeah, it's a massively different sort of game, will need a different style of gameplay, and of course they haven't done themselves any favors by claiming that Cyberpunk will be "massively bigger" than the Witcher 3.

Witcher 3 is already kind of TOO big. Every time I play through it, I make up my mind that THIS TIME I'm going to do everything, and I never do. It's just too much. I'm kind of dreading a game that's even bigger. Their writing staff nearly killed themselves trying to come up with good quests for a game that large, so they probably aren't over-enthused by the prospect of having to create even MORE.

But all that said, these guys know what they're doing. They've made three games in ten years, and every single time, the quality made a humongous leap. Witcher 1 is a good, but flawed game. Witcher 2 is a great game. Witcher 3 is an all-time classic.

If they keep going like that, Cyberpunk 2077 will be the game that ends the game industry, since everyone will just play that forever and ever, amen.

I can't believe you've played through multiple times. Sounds daunting. I extremely rarely revisit a game that takes longer than, say, the original Deus Ex.

But yeah, Cyberpunk sounds like they want to vary it enough to be endlessly replayable. I don't know if that's great - I like more tailored experiences, but at the same time The Witcher 3 somehow did the near-impossible and made it so you could play as an asshole or a saint and only rarely did dialogue around you seem slightly broken, and it still built a great character. Compare to Skyrim, where you don't really play a character, and where you're always annoyed that you're known by sight as the best warrior ever but morons keep talking down to you and challenging you to fights. Somehow I never felt like The Witcher 3 had this issue, even if I was still world renowned...
 
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News Comments > CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent
5. Re: CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent Oct 16, 2017, 11:48 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 11:03:
I've watched that entire (absolutely excellent) documentary about them, and it's become very clear that they absolutely know what they are doing. Yes, they take risks, but so far all those risks have born out, and have led to what a lot of people call the best game of all time.

Whatever they're doing or trying for Cyberpunk 2077, they have more than earned the benefit of whatever doubt someone might have.

I'm just hoping it'll come out before 2077

"The Witcher with Guns" sounds like an idea that's amazing in your head but much, much harder to figure out how to work when you start thinking about the actual details. I'd guess that that, combined with having to outdo TW3, is leading to a lot of internal development issues.

I still trust it'll be a great game, but I think they're tackling something very difficult at a very difficult point. I'm not envious, but I'm very excited to see what they do next.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
34. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 16, 2017, 10:23 Beamer
 
I still don't see how having 1 guy in a group of 8 being a minority is racist.

There can't be a such thing as colorblind in today's society. It's a nice goal, but doing so today isn't feasible.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
8. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Oct 15, 2017, 20:06 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Oct 15, 2017, 09:22:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 14, 2017, 16:51:
Or be allowed to hire H1-Bs out the ass at half salary.

I strongly doubt either Apple or Google do that. They surely both hire H1-Bs but not at half salary. Unlike Disney, or Bell Edison, or any of the other myriad companies that have famously axed their technical staff in favor of H1-B-based outsourcing firms, both Apple and Google view engineering as major profit centers, not cost centers. Likewise, both companies have an essentially infinite talent pool to draw on -- every software engineer on the planet would like to work there -- and the more they invest in engineering the more money they earn. In other words, their incentive structure is to find the best engineers on the planet, and then pay them lavishly to get them to join and to stay and to make the company money. Anecdotally, two of the engineers on my team have Chinese passports, and while I don't know their immigration status (H1-B vs. greencard) I can say for certain that they both make substantially more money than I do.

The H1-Bs at my old company made as much as I did for their level and experience. This was in MBA positions, not engineering, but still a lot of H1-Bs. As you said, for a wider talent pool, not a cheaper one.
 
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News Comments > BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers Demo
6. Re: BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers Demo Oct 15, 2017, 11:23 Beamer
 
Did you just say "anyone who knows anything about driving cars" in a topic about a game called Brakes Are For Losers?

Are you the guy that complained that anyone who knows anything about hand to hand combat knows that pulling a guy's spine out isn't the best way to win in a Mortal Kombat topic?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 14, 2017, 15:12 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Oct 14, 2017, 12:47:
Choobeastia wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 21:27:
Why would anyone against online harassment be on Twitter in the first place?

That's a very victim blaming sentiment.

Why would someone afraid of heights ride a roller coaster.

Oops, there I go blaming the victim again.

Roller coasters have one purpose. Twitter ostensibly has one other than harassing people. Or arguing with people. Or debating.

I don't think it's very good at that purpose anymore. I don't think it's good for communication, or ever was, nor for brand building. It's really only good for throwing mud. There remains a few people for whom it serves a professional or personal purpose, but man, let it go. Other social media lets that happen better. Yeah, you can reach a wider audience on Twitter, but it's no longer the audience looking for what you want. Twitter let that boat sale.

So I don't think your comparison is 100% perfect, but each day it gets closer to that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
32. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 14, 2017, 09:44 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 20:49:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 19:31:
What's conflicting? His post doesn't spell it out, and his posting history is full of white panic. The fact remains that being black in America leads to drastically different experiences. Is that right? No. Is it true? Yes. And if your company needs the perspective of black people, being all white won't help. Period.

I said we would pretend, don't push your luck. Your comments here were disturbing, you don't even seem to grasp your own internal racism. Hire a black man, they know how to relate to all those other black men! No black person would've allowed this commercial to happen.

It is no wonder you constantly lash out at others for their beliefs when you can't even seem to make peace with your own. Period, end of sentence the fact of the matter at the end day. Yes that's the wave off you deserve. Thanks for the laughs.

What can't I make peace with? I gave one example, trying to simplify it, but you guys seem really creeped out. You really don't think there are reasons why having one black person in a group of 8 white people can be more advantageous than having another white person?

Taking a step back, what makes a good board member? Is there a limited quantity of them? Even for something as prestigious as a board member of Facebook, no, it's not difficult to find someone qualified that will do a good job and wants the job. So what are you looking for out of them? In this case, someone that users and employees relate to.

I don't think it's Stormfrontish at all to say black employees and black people relate more to black people than white people. Nor do I think it is to say that being black in America is a unique thing, as society treats all black people differently than white people, so black people understand other black people better than white people understand black people. Did I use the word "all" there? No.

This isn't internalized racism, this is just what society is. White society treats black people differently. This isn't controversial. And people concerned when a company commits to diversity are usually people stupid enough to think there's one candidate clearly better than any other, as if such a thing exists and as if people are always hiring for the same thing. You're not stupid, which is why you coming so hard on the side of "protect the white people or you're racist" is so weird. You get that the other guy and Cutter are agreeing with you, right? That's a bad sign.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
31. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 14, 2017, 09:39 Beamer
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 20:01:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 19:31:
Redmask wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 18:56:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 16:31:

There are times that race matters. Being "color blind" is as bad as being racist, as it just enforces the status quo. Yeah, I know, you're saying I'm as bad as the racists and I'm saying you're as bad as the racists and it comes across as me echoing you, but I've seen your posting history here and, honestly, I'm pretty certain you prefer white people, so I'm done even talking to you and your horrible, unrealistic ideas that probably often strike you as "real" due to it being "race realism." At the very least you feel white people are the most persecuted in America and have it the hardest.

Sure why actually confront your own conflicting statements when you can vaguely dismiss him. We'll just all pretend you weren't a massive hypocrite.

What's conflicting? His post doesn't spell it out, and his posting history is full of white panic. The fact remains that being black in America leads to drastically different experiences. Is that right? No. Is it true? Yes. And if your company needs the perspective of black people, being all white won't help. Period.

Ironic ad hominem (a sure sign of defeat), coming from someone whose posting history is full of collectivist racialism. Dodge all you want, the only difference between your ideas and Stormfront is that they admit they are being racist. Your fart-sniffing airs of noblesse oblige just mask your internal certainty that the poor POCs out there need your protection. See how easy it is to assign motives to those you disagree with (the difference is that mine almost certainly hits closer to the mark)?

If you want to pursue cultural and/or experiencial diversity, then I'm all for it. When you simplistically (and racistly) assert that such diversity is simply a matter of skin color, then you have gone beyond the pale. Asians can't experience poverty? Hispanics can't experience urban blight and discrimination? White people can't know what it's like to be visible minorities? That's what you are asserting when you limit your hiring to black applicants based on your logic. If you are looking for bigotry, I'm sure there's a mirror nearby...

Y'know, LittleMe also said an adhom is a sure sign of defeat, but it isn't. It's a sure sign I have no interest in dealing with people like you, him, and MA. You three are more or less the same. You're all super right wing and not worth talking to.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
27. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2017, 19:31 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 18:56:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 16:31:

There are times that race matters. Being "color blind" is as bad as being racist, as it just enforces the status quo. Yeah, I know, you're saying I'm as bad as the racists and I'm saying you're as bad as the racists and it comes across as me echoing you, but I've seen your posting history here and, honestly, I'm pretty certain you prefer white people, so I'm done even talking to you and your horrible, unrealistic ideas that probably often strike you as "real" due to it being "race realism." At the very least you feel white people are the most persecuted in America and have it the hardest.

Sure why actually confront your own conflicting statements when you can vaguely dismiss him. We'll just all pretend you weren't a massive hypocrite.

What's conflicting? His post doesn't spell it out, and his posting history is full of white panic. The fact remains that being black in America leads to drastically different experiences. Is that right? No. Is it true? Yes. And if your company needs the perspective of black people, being all white won't help. Period.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
24. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2017, 17:58 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 17:38:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 14:36:
Timmeh wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 10:54:
yeah I see your point, but they have a diverse clientele.

a normal black professional would be a wise addition.

Good point. Here's what can happen when you don't have blacks working in leadership at your corporation:

A Dove ad showed a black woman turning herself white. The backlash is growing.

That has nothing to do with the racial or gender makeup of your company and everything to do with just being scummy for a buck. It's Unilever. You know, the same assholes that own the Axe brand whose ads do nothing but show females as stupid sluts. You hire who's best qualified for the job and who your most comfortable with. And most people are only really comfortable with their own kind. The hardcore lefies out there can wail and wring their hands over the unfairness of it all but that's basic human nature in a nutshell. We are tribal by nature. And anything that isn't part of our tribe is a potential threat. That's 2 million years of evolution telling you it doesn't give a shit about these sorts of politics.

Race Realism Lite.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
21. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2017, 16:31 Beamer
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 15:55:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 15:31:
Yes, in general, being black makes you more likely to know how to appeal to black people and more likely to appeal to black people.

Beamer:

"So you see, folks, your skin color defines you. It determines your culture, your tastes, your interests, and your ability to communicate and empathize. No white person could ever understand a black person's concerns. No black person could ever truly be the same as a white person."

Reading your mental gymnastics is like watching a confused medium channel a Klan member. It's not just stupid, it borders on evil.

Either we are individuals, or we aren't. Either our differences are due (partly or wholly) to our race, or they aren't. If race is just the color of our skin, then culture and social influences explain our differences, and, consequentially, we can ALL understand each other, because our differences are the product of experience, not kind. That's where I stand.

Your statements above would be agreed with by any racial supremacist out there. It posits that racial divisions are uncrossable and unbridgeable, because they are the product of race itself. Otherwise color wouldn't matter, just lived experience. That's a pernicious idea, and one you should not be comfortable holding...

I love the black and white "either we're this or we're that."

There are times that race matters. Being "color blind" is as bad as being racist, as it just enforces the status quo. Yeah, I know, you're saying I'm as bad as the racists and I'm saying you're as bad as the racists and it comes across as me echoing you, but I've seen your posting history here and, honestly, I'm pretty certain you prefer white people, so I'm done even talking to you and your horrible, unrealistic ideas that probably often strike you as "real" due to it being "race realism." At the very least you feel white people are the most persecuted in America and have it the hardest.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
19. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2017, 15:31 Beamer
 
Red wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 15:25:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 11:41:
I'm suggesting there is in experiences, shared culture, and taste.
Do you think you could create a marketing plan that would appeal to urban youths without offending them as well as, y'know, someone with that background?
So being black qualifies some one to make a marketing plan aimed at urban youths? Because all black people started out there? Weíre talking about a board member here, the whitest people on Earth regardless of actual skin color. I wonít deny that, on the surface, hiring a black person would likely resonate better with some audience members. But I do hope they make a deeper effort than that to truly find someone that helps diversity. Because seeking some rich dude/tte that is conveniently black isnít trying very hard. Thatís just appeasing idiots with a token role.

Yes, in general, being black makes you more likely to know how to appeal to black people and more likely to appeal to black people.

It's so weird how that works.

Stop with the tokenism. You come across as really frightened some black guy will get a job over you because he's black. The odds are infinitely higher that you got a job over some black guy because you're white.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2017, 15:03 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 14:45:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 14:36:
Good point. Here's what can happen when you don't have blacks working in leadership at your corporation:

A Dove ad showed a black woman turning herself white. The backlash is growing.

The full advertisement, not the snippets that were cropped, is clearly meant to indicate that the Dove brand is inclusive. It shows three distinct ethnic backgrounds and a transition between them. The message is pretty clear "It doesnt matter what your skin color is", use our stupid fucking beauty product. Of course the media is only replaying a snippet of it to incense people.

There is nothing at all harmful about it, the message is fine. It is simply an ad made for a world that doesn't exist anymore, where people weren't always looking for something to be offended about. You actually don't need a black member on your board to see this kind of problem coming, you need common sense, something often sorely lacking in the corporate world. To further that point, the black model in the ad says it was fine and well intended, on the other hand I'm a corporate world white dude and that thing rings my alarm bells because I know the world is ridiculously PC and can't handle nuance at all.

If people want to pillory Dove for something, they should really start with preying on female body image issues, not having a dumb ad. All of Doves ads are awful for fucks sake.

Back to the topic at hand, I've spent most of my life in the corporate world and gender/ethnic quotas rarely serve anyone well in my experience. Our HR people say that creating a more inclusive hiring environment through incentives and targeted events is much more effective, whatever the fuck that means.

The media is focusing on the image Dove posted to Twitter, which did not have the context of the whole ad. Dove did it to themselves, and blaming the media seems to be absolving them of something dumb. Again, Dove didn't link people to the full ad, and didn't post the full ad, they posted what the media is showing, and that's what bothered people.

As for all their ads being awful and focusing on body issues, Dove is actually well acknowledged to be the beauty brand that bucks that trend, with its Real Beauty campaigns, amongst others.

Not sure you pay attention as much as your forceful opinion implies.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2017, 11:41 Beamer
 
dubfanatic wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 11:32:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 11:01:
Red wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 10:44:
So Facebook openly and officially commits to being racist. Couldnít they just happen to appoint a black board member and say he/she was the best fit for the job? Canít we at least maintain the illusion that all races should have equal potential and opportunity? Any black person who accepts that token position now is doing a disservice to promoting real equality.

Sometimes race does make one person the best fit, no?
I mean, it sounds obvious, but for some reason straight white dudes terrified of missing out on something because they're the most qualified on paper is ridiculous.

1) There is no perfect fit. Things are subjective. Outside of extremes, one person is never objectively a better fit than another reasonably qualified person

2) Fit has a lot to do with culture, which isn't on paper. A guy with an incredibly ideal resume may have personality traits that don't fit well with that particular organization, while someone slightly less ideal on paper may fit much better and be the better hire

3) As Timmeh points out, if you're making a product for a diverse audience having a less than diverse board isn't ideal. A black person, or a woman, is much more likely to understand the audience needs of a black person, or a woman, than anyone else. If your board is already very good at understanding white people but needs to be better at understanding black people, a black person is absolutely going to be a better fit for the current needs.

Your race baiting is illogical and based in bad business. And your final line, about needing to "promote real equality" absolutely outs you as a terrified white straight white guy that will likely never even be remotely qualified for this kind of role. You've clearly never built teams before.

Are you suggesting there are differences between races in the distribution of personality traits?

I'm suggesting there is in experiences, shared culture, and taste.
Do you think you could create a marketing plan that would appeal to urban youths without offending them as well as, y'know, someone with that background?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2017, 11:01 Beamer
 
Red wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 10:44:
So Facebook openly and officially commits to being racist. Couldnít they just happen to appoint a black board member and say he/she was the best fit for the job? Canít we at least maintain the illusion that all races should have equal potential and opportunity? Any black person who accepts that token position now is doing a disservice to promoting real equality.

Sometimes race does make one person the best fit, no?
I mean, it sounds obvious, but for some reason straight white dudes terrified of missing out on something because they're the most qualified on paper is ridiculous.

1) There is no perfect fit. Things are subjective. Outside of extremes, one person is never objectively a better fit than another reasonably qualified person

2) Fit has a lot to do with culture, which isn't on paper. A guy with an incredibly ideal resume may have personality traits that don't fit well with that particular organization, while someone slightly less ideal on paper may fit much better and be the better hire

3) As Timmeh points out, if you're making a product for a diverse audience having a less than diverse board isn't ideal. A black person, or a woman, is much more likely to understand the audience needs of a black person, or a woman, than anyone else. If your board is already very good at understanding white people but needs to be better at understanding black people, a black person is absolutely going to be a better fit for the current needs.

Your race baiting is illogical and based in bad business. And your final line, about needing to "promote real equality" absolutely outs you as a terrified white straight white guy that will likely never even be remotely qualified for this kind of role. You've clearly never built teams before.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 13, 2017, 10:07 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 09:38:
Microsoft spent all of last generation telling Valve and Sony to fuck off about cross-play so you reap what you sow.

I don't think they ever said it to Sony, but they did try to avoid doing it with the PC, and this makes sense. It still makes sense. How is that fun for 99% of players?

Controller players don't want to play against mouse players, and vice versa.
 
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News Comments > Fortnite Battle Royale Boasts 10M Players
11. Re: Fortnite Battle Royale Boasts 10M Players Oct 12, 2017, 17:56 Beamer
 
Someone on another site said they believe this, because there are probably far more fans of a more casual experience than of whatever PUBG is. That Fortnite is short rounds that are a blast while PUBG is long rounds that are tense. That newbies can immediately start getting some kills in Fortnite but it probably takes several before they get one in PUBG. That Fortnite is running around like a happy idiot while PUBG is scrounging for items, running, hiding, not moving much, and ultimately getting shot by someone you never even saw.

I haven't watched a single second of the new Fortnite mode, but I did watch one or two Let's Plays for PUBG (I hate watching people play games, so this is rare for me.) Basically, I wanted to confirm that this wasn't like Day Z, or whatever that zombie ARMA mod I bought and utterly hated was. And... this was pretty close to that. It actually was people mostly hiding and not moving and getting shot by someone they didn't see, and it looked miserable to play solo.

I like action games that focus on action, not tension. I'd hate PUBG. I don't have the patience to spend 20 minutes waiting for something to happen only to die without anything happening. Some people love this. But I'd wager there's a much larger audience like me than like them. Doesn't mean the style of game is better (or worse), just more accessible and more people would enjoy it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 12, 2017, 16:41 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 15:56:
Verno wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 14:46:
Quboid wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 14:42:
Not for the first time, you seem annoyed at your own assumptions about me.

Quite the contrary, you're one of my favorite posters on this site. I was just explaining myself since you said I didn't do it adequately the first time.

Well I didn't expect that. Sorry for my assumption. Way to disarm me

I do wonder if I come across as more extreme than I am on here in general. When I get into foolish arguments I usually come down on the more liberal side, and on the internet nuance like "I dislike Sarkeesian too, but the fact is..." can almost seem to become "I <3 Brianna Wu!" which really, really couldn't be further from the truth. I'm not far-left, I'm opinionated-centre-left.

I don't think I'm the only person on this board - or even this thread - who this could apply to.

I can't believe you love Brianna Wu!

Actually, I more can't believe Brianna Wu still gets mentioned, but yeah, as you said, Sarkeesian still gets mentioned, and "I don't think she's great, but don't think she deserves the ire, or attention, she gets" is "RARRRR SARKEESIAN IS MY GOD YOUR GAMES NEED TO BE TAKEN AWAY!"
 
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4. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 12, 2017, 13:35 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 13:29:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 11:55:
Yet twitter allows the twitterer in chief to spread his lies.
Rose won this round.

No one won this. She posted someone's personal details, all the shit that she's facing doesn't make that OK. Twitter suspended someone who's speaking out against sexual assault, that doesn't look good.

Neither does describing a victim of assault as a fucking psycho, but I'm sure there's a reason for that... Worried

I hadn't seen the update regarding the phone number. I wonder if that will cool off angry people. Doubtful. Doubt that information will spread enough.
 
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