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The Terrible Sea Lion: a social media parable

mostlysignssomeportents:

Wondermark’s classic “Terrible Sea Lion” strip is getting a fresh lease on life as a perfect parable for the experience of posting about #Gamergate and then being haunted by endlessly persistent entitled jerks.

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antiporn-activist: tobefearfulofthenight: sturmtruppen: totallynotagentphilcoulson: takashi0: So does Anita just have no shame whatsoever? Oh grow the fuck up you pissbabies this has been discussed in sociology for the past two decades she is literally just saying what hundreds of actual scholars in sociology, anthropology, and gender studies have pointed out before get your heads out of your asses and learn to criticize someone for something they actually need to be criticized for woman: *points out a fact relevant to a discussion on the gendered socialization that leads to violent acts by males* pissbabies: wow way to use a tragedy to further your own agenda Also, if anyone is allowed to discuss this, it should be THE WOMAN THREATENED WITH A MASS SHOOTING FOR TRYING TO GIVE A DAMN TALK Dr. Jackson Katz has noted this in multiple articles. I was reading one last night. He says that 67 of the last 68 school shootings was committed by a male. As far as I know, nobody’s threatened him for saying this.


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taylorswiftmademefearless:

stydiaofficial:

if you don’t think some of the hate Taylor Swift receives is unnecessary and sexist let me just remind you that she once wore a black turtle neck, jeans and boots and this was a result

scandalous wow cover your eyes

So…the same outfit Steve Jobs wore for years….

“Steve Jobs sexes up the WWDC stage with figure-hugging black turtleneck”

Wow if I’d seen Steve Jobs do a keynote in black skinny jeans and knee boots I think I’d have remembered it.

But the point stands. :)
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lirulin: thespectacularspider-girl: lirulin: thespectacularspider-girl: JONTRON, MARTYR OF THE REVOLUTION. JONTRON OFFICIALLY COMES OUT AS PRO GAMERGATE AS OF LAST NIGHT. http://ift.tt/12B8tiK MASSIVE Spoilers for Bioshock Infinite below. I find it deeply hilarious when I see any Bioshock references used as real propaganda. (Intentionally lighthearted, hopefully, but still sincere. I’ll assume this isn’t being used sincerely and with a firm belief that its super serious.) It’s double funny when used for Gamergate because, seriously? Using the poster of Booker? Booker DeWitt? This is the guy who became a fanatical, violent, ultra-religious political extremist, who stole a child, murdered his wife for attempting to speak out against him and reveal truths regarding Elizabeth, ruined a potential utopia, and was so staggeringly racist and awful that it was decided that preventing his coming to power was important enough that they were willing to (and did) kill him in the past to prevent it? He’s also the same guy that committed more than a few war crimes, slaughtered a considerable number of people before he was born-again, and who sold/bought his daughter to/from crazy people from another dimension. The version who sold her even snapped, and his mind cheerfully supplied the delusion/fantasy that he was a mercenary, hired by debt collectors, and his mission was to kidnap some girl, and all because he couldn’t cope with what a shitty person he was. Then you get to the problem with this particular piece of propaganda, you know, the one from yet another an alternate timeline, that was accessed because Booker needed guns to fight crazy dictator him, where he was the (martyr’d a.k.a. dead) face of a movement revolting against other him’s institutional racism and violence. As the face of this movement, he ideologically replaces and sidelines the only woman of color in the game (before actually killing/having his daughter kill her) and accidentally advocates and exacerbates the brutal upheaval of marginalized people in Columbia and the slaughtering of countless citizens in the process. For real, now. This is like using a poster of Andrew Ryan to demonstrate a pro-capitalist agenda. You’re using satire sincerely, friend, and you don’t seem to notice. Or somebody just liked the poster aesthetic and used it. Especially since the pose is one Jon actually uses. By your logic Maddox supports the same things Che did. Or anyone who uses the “I want you for XYZ” slogan promotes the same ideals as the US military. Apparently you’re not allowed to take a well known piece of art and alter it for fun. People aren’t stupid and Bioshock Infinite’s story is not deep enough for people not to get the poster’s intent, nor Booker’s place in the story. People don’t lack awareness. They just don’t have a stick up their ass. Or maybe we could not try to strip away all context from the situation in order to devalue my point. This poster was clearly chosen because it’s from a video game, which makes sense for a video game related movement. What doesn’t make sense is that the video game poster used represents literally every single negative stereotype of the movement coopting it. Aesthetic or no, sort of an unfortunate choice, really. Take images of iconic art and alter it all you want, pose like Che or Uncle Sam or whatever else you like and take photos, or alter images of them to suit your needs, but severing all context to an iconic image is a challenge even when both things aren’t directly related to one another. (That’s why they’re called “iconic”, they are icons, they are simultaneously self-referential and evocative on a considerable scale.) But, if you want to just imagine I have a stick up my ass and ignore the fact that, at it’s shallowest interpretation, you’ve just cast Jon Tron as the face man in front of a mob of crazed terrorists intent on killing all the bourgeoisie and setting fire to the city, that’s cool. I really don’t care what you do, I just had to share the deep, deep irony of this image with my dash. Most amusingly the pro-gamergate martyr of the revolution is one who has said it isn’t about ethics in journalism, all media is biased by nature and gamergate should stop. If that’s the best pro-gamergate supporter anyone can find in media that says a lot.


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