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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

manwargi Re:Respect in anonymity (570 comments)

A failed comparison that utterly fails to grasp the original message.

On the internet being black or asian or anything is unknown and irrelevant unless you voluntarily draw attention to it. Outside of formal social media sites, we truly do exist without skin color or nationality or religious bias while online. Now, if you hop on voice chat and you sound fresh off the boat or like you were raised in the ghetto, or heck, even if you have a bit of Southern drawl to your voice, you might get a polarized reaction to such a salient detail about yourself. But there are plenty of people who can write and speak online without giving away anything about their background, and they are judged by the merits of their words and actions.

If you make it a point to make a huge deal out of the fact that you're a particular ethnicity or gender, there are going to be people out there that either dislike you for what you are, or see a great opportunity for getting under your skin about any insecurities you might have. And the two are not as often the same as you might expect.

about a week ago

The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

manwargi Abstracting the unstoppable beast (570 comments)

The essence and intent of the internet troll cannot be stopped, it will only be abstracted into more subtle and passive aggressive manifestations. Akin to people who develop extremely bizarre fetishes (i.e. the very act of renting an adult movie rather than anything to do with watching the content it contains) restriction will only cause it to take a more vague and flowery form in the direction of innuendo hinting at the intended message. The internet is extremely good at "rooting around damage" as so many here have often said.

As for all this talk about violent threats and actual harassment, aren't there already plenty of laws on the books for that sort of thing?

about a week ago

FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

manwargi Re:FBI Doesn't plant evidence (106 comments)

and they do a lot of entrapment of people who go along with whatever crime they set up (in most domestic terrorism cases you hear about the FBI is the one selling the arms to the "terrorists").

But at the end of the day, they're generally law enforcement guys interested in arresting people who violate the law, not in pretending innocent people have violated the law.

There is quite a bit of contradiction in those lines, and the former of them is the very reason the grandparent finds the FBI more threatening.

about two weeks ago

Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

manwargi Re:Internets (179 comments)

We kind of already have that. Depending on where one gets their news from and what one wishes to believe, one can comfortably find an echo chamber for just about any ideology right here on the internet we have.

about three weeks ago

DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

manwargi Re:disgusting (191 comments)

It sounds like sarcasm but Poe's law hits hard with that one, given how many Americans unironically feel that way.

about three weeks ago

Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

manwargi Re:Capitalism is enamored with Fascism (191 comments)

From the wiki link,

The election of Roosevelt was upsetting for many conservative businessmen of the time, his "campaign promise that the government would provide jobs for all the unemployed had the perverse effect of creating a new wave of unemployment by businessmen frightened by fears of socialism and reckless government spending."

Boy, the more things change the more they stay the same.

about a month and a half ago

The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

manwargi Foolish approach (182 comments)

Putting "the bottom line" under such harsh scrutiny is the wrong way to look at MOOCs. They are an opportunity for anybody with the time and discipline to learn things alongside others interested in learning the same subjects without the need for scholarships or high GPAs. The people there are going to be considerably more interested in learning the material rather than trying to complete a degree in the name of high incomes or not shaming their family, kind of like the way university was intended to be before society told us we needed a good education in order to not be lower class citizens. I sign up for interesting MOOCs from time to time, and if the material is too difficult or I do not have the time to complete the lectures/assignments I may not pass them, but I may have still learned very useful things from the course or otherwise enjoyed the use of my time.

Rather than looking at the 4 million that didn't attend the class or the other 3.5 million that attempted it but didn't pass, I would look with great optimism at the whopping 400,000 that were willing and able to run the gauntlet. In the big picture it sounds like MOOCs are still touching a hell of a lot of people.

about a month and a half ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

manwargi Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

Insightful observations. These days there are many immature or irresponsible claims being made that undermine actual issues of inequality. Rape is always a talking point with its definition continually stretched as broadly as possible by radicals who want to manipulate the leeway given to anguished victims of actual abuse. People with a stance such as Miss Nevada's are branded and shamed as "rape apologists", and I have read of people trying to use the label of "slut shaming" to defend someone under fire for cheating on her boyfriend. Not for being promiscuous or provocative, but literally for two-timing in a committed relationship. Doing something she and her boyfriend presumably agreed not to do.

Tumblr in particular is an echo-chamber of hysteria and mental illness-- I'm not being hyperbolic either as many people blogging there openly admit to having some manner of disorder, illness, or experiences that "trigger" them, and pollution from this toxic environment is spilling out onto the rest of the internet in ways that appear even stronger than 4chan's influence.

Amidst rants like these the legitimate topics are being lost, and it really doesn't help that when the subject of sexism is examined forums meant for promoting discussion are quick to disable comments, ban criticism, silence dissent, all things Sarkeesian has also developed a reputation for doing. This in turn causes disagreements to smoulder and turn foul.

about 2 months ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

manwargi Re:Just proves the point (1262 comments)

Hear hear, a shame I have no mod points today. Judging from past experience this summary is hardly the whole story, but rather cherry picked facts to make Sarkeesian appear the victim. She has built up a reputation of avoiding criticism and playing the victim as often as possible.

about 2 months ago

Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

manwargi Re:Brain ZAP! (284 comments)

The problem with dystopian theories like this is bullets are cheap. If you've subjugated the public to the point that you can force expensive brain surgery on them, why bother? Just shoot the people you don't like.

As technology gets better and better, especially at the rapid rate that it grows, exploiting this discovery may not always be that much more expensive.

about 4 months ago

In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

manwargi Re:Journalistic integrity in short supply (156 comments)

It all comes down to which of your sources has interests most aligned with your own.

And thus we have people of each ideology living in their own worlds due to the echo chambers that form. Ironic how truth has become a lost cause in the age of information.

about 7 months ago

US War Machine Downsizing?

manwargi Re:Drone Occupation (506 comments)

It absolutely does and a considerable number of officers will commit suicide, turn into monsters themselves, or otherwise wind up damaged as a result of years taking so many risks and being in that much danger. They see humanity at their lowest-- ranging from all the things you'd expect in the hood to domestic incidents in people who would appear normal to the rest of the world. They get to see the gruesome ways organized crime makes an example out of someone who crossed them. When there's been a big traffic accident, they have to go be there. They get to see and smell the aftermath of murder and death, and to a lesser extent witness how it affects the people related to these incidents.

Although the job may be less deadly while the soldier eventually gets to go home, the police officer is home. Over the course of a long career of this nature what might be changing psychologically?

about 8 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

manwargi Re:Why all the )(*)(@! Hate?!? (2219 comments)

Animosity towards change is natural and to be expected of an old fashioned place like Slashdot, especially considering how long it has been around. In the past there had been a couple of pretty terrible changes to the comments section that left a bad taste in the mouths of regulars, and precedents like that undoubtedly come to mind when a redesign comes about.

I'm... going to stick with the classic layout as long as I'm able to out of familiarity as well, but I'd be willing to give a redesign a fair chance if it retained all the traditional elements and didn't get too fancy with the scripts.

about 9 months ago

Lavabit Case Unsealed: FBI Demands Companies Secretly Turn Over Crypto Keys

manwargi Re:The USA is ruled (527 comments)

Flamebait, mods? There is nothing wrong with the analogy even if it is a strong one.

1 year,27 days

Obama Admin Says It Won't Fight Looser Marijuana Laws, With Conditions

manwargi Re:Why does everybody want to get on drugs? (526 comments)

Everyone has a vice for coping with a hard, painful world. Sometimes it is drinking. Sometimes it is smoking. Sometimes it is cheating on their partner. Porn. Hard drugs; and some would dare to argue that prescribed psyche medication is the same thing but more legal. Escapism to the fantasy of books/movies/games. The excitement of gambling. In the absence of these things people will do absolutely absurd things to get out of their skull such as strangling themselves or "i-dosing". Don't forget about suicide. Many brilliant minds belong to someone addicted to something or depressed and looking for a way out. While I don't smoke or use any drugs myself I won't judge anybody who does too hard.

about a year ago

Obama's Privacy Reform Panel Will Report To ... the NSA

manwargi Re:Happy President (569 comments)

Elections currently take the form of the Prisoner's Dilemma. The dominant strategy is to vote for the "lesser of two evils" because the risks involved voting third party are far more severe, as demonstrated in the 2000 election.

America could benefit from Approval voting and perhaps that would be a system that the public of both the left and right wing parties could agree upon? The big question would be how to get the idea to catch on and eventually voted in.

about a year ago

Gaming Roots: MUD and the Birth of MMOs

manwargi Re:MUDs are far from gone! (99 comments)

I had some good memories playing GS3 a long time ago, and these were indeed a sophisticated breed of text based adventure. Surprised these games are still kicking after all these years, after so many modern MMOs have come and gone.

about a year ago

Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

manwargi Re:Um... "suspect" (773 comments)

If America values justice rather than revenge, he will be tried, convicted (or released if he is proven innocent!), and sentenced to an appropriate punishment in a court of law. It is not the place of the police to "get medieval on his ass."

about a year and a half ago

FBI Releases Boston Bombing Suspect Images/Videos

manwargi Re:It's the Muslims !! (416 comments)

You completely ignored the GP's message to spout off your hostile and prejudiced tirade. The question was why do you expect them to give a crap about how innocents in America feel if America doesn't give a crap about their innocents?

about a year and a half ago


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