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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:45:53 +0000

Oh look, the "honesty in journalism" group took some time out of threatening to rape women in order to try and put some actual journalists out of business because... well, the journalists were a little too honest, I guess.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:38:52 +0000

The International Game Developers Association reports on sexual harassment in the games industry, and asks that game developers share there stories.

#videogames #misogyny  

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:19:19 +0000

Original Post from Michael Allen:

It can't be any clearer...‪#‎Vote‬ 2014   #Rock  the Vote!

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:47:25 +0000

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:47:11 +0000

+Benjamin Nash, thought this might interest you.

#scifi #tv  

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:30:42 +0000

Original Post from Felicia Day:

Some thoughts I had to share.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:15:29 +0000

Original Post from Jeremy Nixon:

My fellow Americans: There’s an election in two weeks, and the Republicans are favored to take control of the Senate.

There is only one issue at stake in determining control of the Senate: turnout. That’s it. Democrats are on track to lose the Senate because they aren’t going to bother to show up.

Candidates can make their speeches, and throw their tantrums at debates, but there aren’t really any swing voters anyway. All they’re doing is feeding their supporters’ social media posts.

Republicans have this figured out. They show up on Election Day. They work to pass laws to make it harder for likely Democratic voters to vote.

Democrats, not so much. They don’t bother to show up. If Democrats showed up and voted, Republicans would never control any branch of government again. No, gerrymandering wouldn’t make a difference: gerrymandering gives the Republicans only a small handful of House seats, and doesn’t affect Senate races at all. The only thing that matters is whether or not you vote.

Your vote is so important that the Republicans want to stop you from using it. Good Americans died for it. People around the world wish for it. How can you possibly take it for granted? How can you just decide it’s not worth your trouble? Are you frustrated by a lack of meaningful choices? Are you angry over the role of money in politics? Well, none of that will matter if you just get off your lazy ass and vote.

Are you upset that the politicians never take your views, your needs, your feelings into account? Well, if you don’t vote, your views, needs, and feelings don’t matter at all. They’re supposed to ignore you. It’s rational for them to ignore you. They’ll ignore you, and pay attention to the wacko teabaggers with the misspelled signs and nary a clue among them. Those people will be making your decisions for you.

Yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said that it’s important for Republicans to win state elections this year, so they will be the ones “overseeing the voting mechanism” in the 2016 presidential election. That’s how they plan to win elections: by controlling them. They’re doing everything they can to keep you from voting, and their most potent weapon is making you not want to bother. You may not think a midterm election is important, but they know it is.

“Not voting” isn’t a protest, and it’s not a statement. It’s an abdication.

Further reading:

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 05:50:56 +0000

Christopher Grant, editor-in-chief of Polygon, speaks out against Gamergate, and addresses the gaming journalism ethics concerns that have arisen in association with the hate group.

#stopgamergate2014 #videogames  

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:42:40 +0000

Dear BBC, I'd Like to Nominate Jamie Mathieson to Run Doctor Who

After "Mummy on the Orient Express" being mostly good, I figured two in a row was too much to hope for, so this time around I was bracing myself for another dose of nonsense, misogyny and contrived attempts at cleverness. Boy, was I glad to be disappointed.

As it turns out, Doctor Who 8x09, "Flatline", was written by the same person: Jamie Mathieson, who has previously worked on other popular British genre shows that I haven't watched (like Being Human), but is apparently brand new to writing Who. Like "Mummy", this episode wasn't perfect, but there was definitely a lot to like: Witty one-liners, an interesting if slightly goofy premise, the psychic paper failing for once (and without being attached to a big plot reveal, which I rather liked), Peter Capaldi's Doctor being sidelined for most of the episode, giving Clara a chance to shine, and Clara actually managing to do so instead of being incredibly annoying for once...

The core of this episode though, is an exploration of what it means to be the Doctor and how he does what he does. I think they've been trying to do that all season, but this episode alone does a better, more insightful, funnier job of it than every other episode of the season combined. Jamie Mathieson gets the Doctor, nailing small moments in a way Steven Moffat never has.

Unfortunately, according to the schedule, these are the only Jamie Mathieson episodes we get this season. Next week, we get some kind of "Little Red Riding Hood" riff set in a forest that pops up in the middle of modern London. Seems like a premise with some potential, and its written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, another experienced author that (as far as I can tell) is new to Who. For now, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we get one last hurrah before we have to finish out the season by swallowing two more turds from Steven Moffat.

#tv #scifi #doctorwho #doctorwhoseason8 #stevenmoffatsucks #jamiemathieson  

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 01:46:38 +0000

Fascinating article from TechCrunch on how search and social media algorithms have been manipulated by fringe groups to amplify their messages. Worth reading the whole thing, but here are a couple of choice tidbits:

"This rage-ful [...] fraternity of kids [Gamergate] share one core skill: playing games. Little wonder, then, they have proved so expert at driving a toxic hellbrew of misogyny [...] by gaming popular online channels using a sophisticated playbook of disruption."

"So, amid all the manufactured sound and the fury of #Gamergate, a useful take away is that small, orchestrated online groups can magnify the impact and influence of fringe viewpoints by weaponizing mainstream digital services to repurpose these platforms as propaganda machines." [Emphasis mine.]

#gamergate #videogames #politics #tech