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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Postby pauljthacker » Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:12 am

Garrett Gilchrist wrote:http://badassdigest.com/2014/10/27/film-crit-hulk-smash-on-despair-gamergate-and-quitting-the-hulk/

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You have to understand how problematic this is. It's almost thought to be impossible. What has essentially happened is that we have taken a cult behavioral approach to discussion and philosophy - normally a really difficult thing to instill into people and requires isolation, direct programming and full-on cultural separation - and turned it into something that has been casually learned on the internet's proverbial streets through the organic process of being a part of video game's most toxic subculture.

This is one of the scariest things Hulk has ever seen."


Honestly, this doesn't sound to me so much like cult behavior as what political commentators have started referring to as "epistimic closure". This is where a movement forms a closed loop of information sources which reinforce each other while not letting in any external criticism. So, for example, you can get many conservatives believing that global warming is a hoax, despite the fact that this has been proven as an objective fact about as well as anything can be.

http://www.juliansanchez.com/2010/03/26 ... -of-doubt/

"One of the more striking features of the contemporary conservative movement is the extent to which it has been moving toward epistemic closure. Reality is defined by a multimedia array of interconnected and cross promoting conservative blogs, radio programs, magazines, and of course, Fox News. Whatever conflicts with that reality can be dismissed out of hand because it comes from the liberal media, and is therefore ipso facto not to be trusted. (How do you know they’re liberal? Well, they disagree with the conservative media!)"

It's strange to think of video games becoming just as politicized as anything else, but that may be where we're heading.
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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Mon Nov 03, 2014 4:02 pm

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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Postby pauljthacker » Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:20 am

Shit. Looks like I'm living in one of the last four states that will legalize gay marriage.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/06/us/same-s ... ?hpt=hp_t1
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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Fri Nov 07, 2014 5:22 am

Yellow journalism in Minnesota as police and media smear mayor.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/0 ... ry-of-2014

Police are angry about being forced to wear bodycams, for a start -- apparently.
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/06 ... dy-cameras
On October 9th, @MayorHodges said some police officers "abuse their trust" and vowed to clean up the department.
http://www.startribune.com/local/minnea ... 08441.html
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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:18 pm

Racist Reagan in his own words .... “If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, he has a right to do so.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rene-bryc ... 45684.html
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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:29 am

“Why do police have quotas? If a doctor went around intentionally sneezing on people to get more patients, that would be seen as a travesty to their profession. But police, can sit around and wait for someone to turn on a red light or commit other mundane ‘offenses’ because they have quotas to meet. Quotas are all the proof we need that policing is not a public service vocation; it’s a business and a subsidiary of Wall Street.”
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/inde ... 653AACRXs7
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