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[edit] Recent possible hacking of iCloud and leakage of nudes

Not a WIGO, but what are you people's opinion about the whole leakage of actress nudes that went on yesterday? I feel a bit disappointed how many people decided to share illegally obtained photos and not standing for justice, for once. Maybe I'm too optimistic? Shadow Nirvana (talk) 10:29, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

The most disturbing thing is just how many people blamed the celebrities themselves for having the images saved on iCloud. I haven't come across many people defending their right to privacy outside of feminist forums. It makes me very concerned for the women that I know how little people care --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 10:54, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
Right? Isn't safety one of cloud's features? That's what people are paying for. Isn't it nearly the same thing as storing the pictures on a computer with internet connection? And the logic... Even if they made a mistake trusting cloud, the fact that people go "Well, they shouldn't have done that." before damning the person who hacked their accounts seems a lot like saying "Look at what she's wearing." Yet, near zero speaking out against the criminal. Hell, I've even seen people saying that the hacker had done a great public service, was going to get into heaven for such a deed and getting so many prayers etc.
The people who were questioning the morals of these women and the ones who are accusing others who are speaking against this of being whiteknights were pretty disturbing, too. This whole session made me feel a bit depressed. Take the manosphere, dilute it a bit and spread it to the general public and you get this disaster.
After this I'm so for surveillance, even the NSA wouldn't be so pro-NSA. Shadow Nirvana (talk) 12:57, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
It's horrible, I doubt any of these people would appreciate it if it were them. It's the danger of anonymity on the internet. It allows people to be bestial and because society is so sexist, it's women who they attack, whilst simultaneously claiming that there is no need for feminism anymore. Absolute creeps --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 13:02, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
I don't know if things would have been different, had the celebrities been men. Probably would have received just as much victim blaming. Nullahnung (talk) 13:57, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
That's a good point, it happens much less often but when it does there is the same victim blaming. I'm trying to find examples, the ones of Pete Wentz and Kanye West come to mind. I don't think people talked that much about West's but with the fan base that Fall Out Boy attracts Wentz's leak was quite a big deal. He seems to be cool with it now but it seems he was quite hurt by it at the time [1]. Unlike the current celebrities, there's nothing about it in either's Wikipedia profile though --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 14:50, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
It always annoys me when people always cry "___ism!" when something nasty happens. Thanks for providing an island of sanity. TheriziπosaurusG (talk) 20:28, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
That island was paid for with taxpayer money! Socialism! Shadow Nirvana (talk) 22:18, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
You're a famous person and a) you take nude selfies and b) you think the best place to keep them is some amorphous space out there "somewhere" that has passwords, so it's totally safe. What could possibly go wrong? PsyGremlinHable! 12:28, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
So it's their fault. Got it. Shadow Nirvana (talk) 12:57, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
Yes it is victim blaming. The celebrities probably didn't know that iCloud is open to hacking. Apple are a pretty big company and it's recommended on the devide to have it on. My android phone used to back photos up without me realising through my Google+ account until I turned the option off. Sure, it could go wrong, but it's not like you can blame them for not understanding how it works. If anybody is to blame it's the hacker, the people sharing the photographs, and in some part Apple --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 13:02, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
As any tabloid editor will tell you, the frailties of the rich and famous have a dreadful fascination. If you look at the biggest selling papers then you'll find they're the ones with celebs in embarrassing situations, even if the papers have to make these stories up. 'Twas always thus and lamenting it, or expecting it to be different, is pointless. I'm not, for one moment, saying that the victims are to blame but I am saying that it is part of the price of fame. Doxys Midnight Runner (talk) 13:32, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
Oh well that's a different argument, I agree that the press will always jump on stories like this, it's what happens when millions of people are invested in the life of an individual. Things like this do happen all the time to non-celebrities though, it doesn't make it any more right. I suppose that's what makes it a big story, that they are so famous, but I know somebody who had pictures stolen from their private Tumblr blog and posted on an image board after it was hacked into, it could happen to any of us. There's the revenge porn thing which is quite popular as well. It happens and there is a community built around it, this should hopefully bring the problem into the public eye. It's a shame that the option people offer is not to take them, it's a normal expression of sexuality. There are lots of cultural factors involved in this, including that of celebrity, but primarily I would blame it on the people consuming and spreading the images --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 13:54, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
too many people virtually liveblog their lives through the likes of Facebook twitter tumble etc. They seem to have no concept of their own privacy why would they give a fuck about anyone else's? With the fact that various governments and google reading your emails not generating more than a murmur, someones nudey pix going public is par for the course. Get used to everyone watching everything you do online AMassiveGay (talk) 14:48, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
It's still a huge breach of privacy. I wouldn't want hundreds of thousands of people masturbating over that sort of media involving me. When you consider that most new phones automatically upload to iCloud or Google Drive or whatever then we have a real problem that can't really be attributed to the individuals themselves. You certainly can't blame people for taking the pictures, I imagine they all intended for them to remain private. Look at it this way, imagine somebody breaks into a celebrities house and sets up a secret camera. They film the celebrity having sex and then upload it to the internet. Would you blame the celebrity for having sex? What if the secret camera was an unprotected webcam? If we cared enough we could prevent things like this from happening. There's a real problem and it seems that there is going to be some kind of governmental action against it. If it's illegal then it's illegal, there are people who use Tor to buy and sell credit card information. Would they be prosecuted if the police found out? Of course. We can pretty much accept that people will be using the internet to breach the privacy of others nowadays, but that doesn't mean people shouldn't be able to have private lives. The fault here is in the people hacking and distributing the content. I think they should at least expect letters from their internet provider, if to just make the point that what happens online is real life --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 15:48, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
i am not blaming the victims for having accounts hacked and photos distributed online but I am far less concerned with such illegal breaches privacy. There are already laws against such things. People can and will be prosecuted. Its a non story. The legal breaches of privacy are more worrying and too few people care about those.AMassiveGay (talk) 17:43, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
"People can and will be prosecuted. Its a non story." Yeah, I'm sure hundreds of people who actively shared the pics and the hundreds of thousands who fell over themselves to view them will be prosecuted. I'm also sure the pictures will be removed from the interwebzz also. So, you are right, this is a non-story. Man, this mushroom is good.
After this "fiasco" and realising that people have zero interest in privacy anyhow, I am completely for government surveillance. I just wish that we could do away with internet anonymity in the process. Shadow Nirvana (talk) 19:21, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
I personally think everybody who shared/downloaded the pictures should receive a letter in the post from their internet provider explaining what happened for the pictures to surface, much like the plan to prevent internet piracy. I know it's possible. No "you've commited a crime", just explaining that the pictures were hacked from a private server. It would at least stop them from thinking what happens online isn't real or doesn't harm real people --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 19:47, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
shadow nirvana: the people who did the hacking and stole the photos are likely to face prosecution, you know the people that did the crime. I believe the feds are looking into it. As for people viewing them, they were on Perez Hilton's website at one point for all to see, so they could found with little effort. Do you know what angers me about the whole thing? The myriad of revenge porn and z list sex tapes have been finding their way into the public domain for years and no one gave a fuck. A poplar but bland actress get her account hacked and suddenly outrage. When it blows over more such material will continue to appear to nothing more than meh. Privacy is dead. That disgusts me. AMassiveGay (talk) 20:09, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
Plenty of people gave a fuck. It is a shame that it takes this for people to care but I guarantee you that there are communities of people who put energy into fighting revenge porn. It's partly because of the activism of feminist groups that the laws were passed against it in some States. Search "revenge porn" on any feminist website, I'm sure you will find numerous articles on it. There are people who care about these issues out there, this should make more people aware of it --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 20:51, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, it's pretty messed up to spread people's private pictures everywhere and justifying it by saying they shouldn't have put them up in the first place. But I don't think its fair to shout down anyone who says the celebrities shouldn't have put them on the internet in the first place. I mean, people shouldn't ignore the ones who hacked the accounts and spread the pictures everywhere, but the victims played a part in this whole thing, the way an Orca trainer might play a part in their own death (the animal's tame after all, and attacks are very rare, but it's still a 30-foot carnivore). So I guess I'm on the fence. It's an interesting issue really.TheriziπosaurusG (talk) 20:28, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
Oh no, you di'nt! Giving up a token "of course x is bad" and continuing to victim-blame, is still victim blaming. First of all, some of the actress' had their pictures stolen by different measures, like apparently Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who says she never uploaded to cloud and deleted to pictures 3 years ago. Okay, so let's talk about the others, who uploaded their pictures to iCloud. Some of them apparently left the backup option automatically open, as it is recommended. Some may have uploaded the pictures themselves. And I say, so what? Cloud technology and modern banking have similar working and logic. With both you give what you want to store(money or data) to a private specialised corporation, which they do for a fee on the digital plane. Security is one of their selling points. If someone's money was stolen from the bank, you would say "I'm very sorry this happened to you" and perhaps hug that person. I've never seen a person get chastised and asked why he'she would ever trust somebody else with their money. Similar to this, the only thing we should be saying to those who have had their cloud accounts hacked is "I'm very sorry this happened to you", not "You shouldn't have done that". These people didn't go "Hmm, here's some random place that I can dump these pics.". They trusted a company with not many errors like this in the past(that I know of) and their trust seems to be misplaced(although maybe not, the information just isn't solid enough.)
I'm not even mentioning the people who get their internet-connected computers hacked and their private info distributed prior to this. At what point of suggested precautions do you become the dude pouring sriracha sauce in a used condom to reduce the chance of getting spermjacked? Shadow Nirvana (talk) 21:35, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
Suggesting that maybe you should be careful about what you do on the internet ≠ saying it's all your fault for this terrible thing that happened to you. I'm not sure why this is difficult for people to grasp, but I guess they've heard that argument so many times they've just decided it's fallacious.TheriziπosaurusG (talk) 00:41, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Well, I've explained why it isn't people being careless that's the problem. Funny how you skipped that part. But I guess, it's just "difficult for people to grasp such a concept". People can and will continue to make small mistakes or trust seemingly secure stuff that they couldn't have known to be compromised. For example. Standing around waiting to throw a self-righteous "Hey, you have some of the blame" under acute situations seems more than lame. It is a fallacious argument(Historian's fallacy or hindsight bias/knew-it-all-along effect - here is a research that studied hindsight bias in victim-blaming, here is another. ) and criticising it isn't "shouting people down".(even writing that made me feel I'm arguing against someone who is saying that the liberal Cathedral is shouting down neoreactionaries). For more information about victim-blaming, one can read Crime Victims: An Introduction to Victimology, Chapter 5, Victim Blaming vs. Victim Defending.
But do go on. Tell us how maybe that girl at the party shouldn't drunk alcohol, too. Also, don't break up comments in the future, please. Thanks. Shadow Nirvana (talk) 05:51, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Don't mean to intrude upon the exchange you two are having, but technically: It's only victim blaming if you're actually meaning to lay any of the blame on the victim for a problem that happened, see. If you're just making a suggestion that you think may be a smart course of action, then technically you're just trying to be helpful. Nullahnung (talk) 10:37, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
It depends whether it's done it retrospect or not. It's one thing telling people you know how to better protect their iCloud after reading that this is possible. I messaged a few of my friends and gave them security tips for their iPhones. It's another making the point when the people have already had their devices hacked. What good does it do them now? It helps nobody and lots of people have been doing that to excuse their spreading of the photographs (i.e. well they should have better protected their phones, so it's fine what I'm doing) --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 11:23, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Exactly. Write all the blogposts and security lists before these types of incidents all you want. I don't necesarily think it will change too much, because this, for example, was a flaw not on the user-side but on software-side. But think twice before you talk after such incidents because like I said, hindsight is 20-20(she shouldn't have sent that photo to her then-boyfriend, then the ex-bf wouldn't have been able to release it etc.) and your intention isn't a magic shield that will protect you from being "misunderstood". Shadow Nirvana (talk) 13:53, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
You know that guy who talks to you about what you could have done better after the situation passed and you can no longer apply it? Yeah, that sounds like a coach, right? They'll tell you what you could have done so you can be better prepared for the next time, in the future. Nullahnung (talk) 11:34, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
A coach? --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 12:31, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Or a bragging, self-righteous douche?(Not directed at anyone here, more towards the people in the comments section of news sites. Or maybe?...) Shadow Nirvana (talk) 13:34, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Intent isn't magic. Shadow Nirvana (talk) 13:53, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
I'm not telling you what to think, I'm just saying that technically intent decides whether it's victim blaming or not. Nullahnung (talk) 16:40, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
I also think it's worth emphasizing the point made prior that in many cases, these cloud features are outright recommended or even enabled by default without any notice. Consider, for example, that most Android phones automatically upload any phone images to Google+ (to a private album) as soon as a Google account is linked to the phone. Those who know about that feature can turn it off by default, but those who don't may not even notice if they don't use Google+ or their Google account regularly.
It's also worth asking the question: at what point is it no longer the victim's fault? Online services (including online banking as Shadow Nirvana mentioned) are very much prevalent today, and it's generally considered fine to trust systems like Google Drive or GMail using two-factor authentication. However, if Google suffered a severe enough security breach, even two-factor authentication wouldn't save all of that information. Should the victims be chastised for using such systems? Sure it's far safer to encrypt every email using PGP or similar encryption schemes, but is it fair to expect that to be the norm and blame anyone who isn't that rigorous should their information be stolen due to a breach? Victim blaming is a dangerous game in situations like these, given that most technology significantly blurs the line between what's online and what's offline, often with little to no transparency. - Grant (talk) 21:57, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
I'm not intending to shout down people for saying they shouldn't have put them up, per se. We should educate people about the different security measures that can prevent it, such as two step verification [2], but people are always going to want to take pictures like that when the technology exists, especially those who spend time apart for business trips or because they are in long distance relationships. I personally think it's a normal expression of sexuality that is sadly very easily exploited by predatory scum. I'd like more to be done to prevent the hacks from happening in the first place --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 20:56, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
Sorry I didn't clarify: I wasn't referring to you when I made the comment about shouting down people. Just anyone else reading it who might have been doing that.TheriziπosaurusG (talk) 00:41, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Who is shouting anyone down? Are you one of those people who go "They are shouting me down" when you get criticised in any way? Shadow Nirvana (talk) 05:51, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
I agree, the conversation here has been relatively civil --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 10:35, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
A lot of talk here about how we're all supposed to not be 'blaming the victims' here. I agree with the general sentiment at least. On the other hand, carrying on about how horribly they've all been violated (!!!!) strikes me as more than a bit overheated, and itself constitutes a sort of victim blaming. The suggestion seems to be that being photographed or photographing yourself in a state of undress breaks an awful threshold and puts the resulting images in a moral category somehow different from other private snapshots. This reaction to mere nudity probably only makes it worse for them, and I think it too inherently blames the victims, by investing these particular images with fearful significance. When in fact part of a more reasonable reaction would include an acknowledgement that it isn't that big a deal. - Smerdis of Tlön, for the defense. 18:48, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
A person who probably hasn't ever been on the receiving end of such a violation, calls the leakage "not that big of a deal". Someone might call it privileged, I call it ignorant(the view, not you, although you do have a lot of bizzare antifeminist views). We don't walk around naked and we call our genitals our "privates"(at least a lot of us). To acknowledge this and the fact that a lot of people apparently view sex as an intimate and special activity, isn't victim-blaming. Shadow Nirvana (talk) 21:02, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
or maybe it really isn't that big deal these days. Embarrassing sure, but not much more than. You should see my gaydar profile. You don't even need to be a member. The actual hacking - thats the real crime. AMassiveGay (talk) 21:34, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
All of their friends, parents, bosses, colleagues etc saw the pics. Even if some of them chose not to view the pictures, facts are a lot of people in their social circles will have, even if by accident. More than just a little embarassment, I think.Shadow Nirvana (talk) 22:11, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
I've thought about this more and I think there is some truth to what you say. Although not too much :P. Shadow Nirvana (talk) 22:13, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
This is one of many cases where noisy outrage will be counterproductive; that's the main point. All it does is to advertise the material's availability, and automatically makes it a bigger deal than it ought to be. 'Awareness' here is specifically unhelpful; once awareness is reached, the Streisand effect and Total Depravity™ do the rest. I wouldn't have heard of this until somebody decided they had to deplore it in public. - Smerdis of Tlön, for the defense. 04:31, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
Just saw what you've written. How about "fuck no"? The pictures had already made the rounds on a lot of social media websites, had an entire subreddit for them, people even posting links on frigging Facebook and somehow it's the fault of those who spoke out against this injustice? No. "Awareness" had already been reached and even if it hadn't been, the fact that one can look at a picture after he/she knows that picture was meant to stay as private and was stolen(meaning that looking at it is non-consensual) means that one is not that much of a swell person either. End of story. No "but"s, no "what if"s. Shadow Nirvana (talk) 10:33, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
Shouldn't the people who are in the pictures get to decide if it's a violation or not, or whether or not it was a big deal? Lawrence clearly isn't happy about it, lots of websites have been hit with takedown notices. As I said earlier, taking/sending naked photographs is a normal expression of sexuality, so I get what you are saying, but consent is important. I'm just as much against "creep shots" and the such, that doesn't mean I'm not sex positive, I just hate the entitlement these people have and lack of respect for consent --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 19:06, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Okay yeah this thread is relatively civil. *Retract previous statement*. Also @Shadow Nirvana, sorry if I screw up other people's comments, I haven't quite figured all this out yet. And honestly, I would probably also trust a major corporation to protect my information too. Previously I was posting my initial thoughts that were not totally informed. Probably should have specified that.TheriziπosaurusG (talk) 20:50, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
trusting major corporations to look after your data after so so many hacking attacks and their own nosing your private information seems increasingly naive these days. AMassiveGay (talk) 22:03, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
It's cool, as I think I said earlier, I know somebody who has had naked pictures of them stolen from a private Tumblr blog and posted on one of those image boards, so I knew a little about this before now. It happens more often than you think and people rarely just shrug it off, especially as they often find themselves reading the predatory comments on the public forums. There are real human beings behind these photos, a little empathy goes a long way. I'm sorry again if I haven't been civil in any way, this topic makes me quite angry but I've tried my best to discuss it calmly --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 21:15, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
I also apologize if I have been ultra-snarky and insulting. This situation made me more than a little disgusted, I actually felt somewhat close to tears of frustration and sadness reading some of the callous comments made by people(not here, but generally. People here have generally created a good converstaion I think). I don't know how feminists do what they do and endure what the things thrown at them without having mental breakdowns every 3 minutes. Also, screw Larry Wachs and most ancaps/libertarians. :@ Shadow Nirvana (talk) 22:11, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
as has been said before its sad that folk are so willing to publish the private photos or data of people. But really the issue for me is not what people are doing with these things once they have been thrust into the public domain but how they came to be there in the first place. Trusted service providers have been hacked. Trusted service providers security , whose boast that their security is top notch, is joke. Repeatedly shown to be a joke. The trust is misplaced. Your data is not secure. This is the crime. This is what the focus should be. AMassiveGay (talk) 22:23, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
I don't know how feminists do it either, it shows real strength to fight for women's issues in the face of an organised antifeminist movement. I get emotional sometimes too, it's frustrating to see so many hateful and ignorant people out there. I'm just happy websites like this exist. I think you've pretty much been on point Shadow Nirvana, I'm happy that we've managed to keep the discussion revolving around the people involved as well as the technical reasons why it happened. I agree, it's a huge issue, companies like Apple put more resources into creating new apps and design features than protecting their existing customers personal data. We should design new software to help prevent these attacks by hackers, as well as educate people on the dangers of cloud storage. It's going to be very satisfying when some of the people selling the pictures get caught too --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 23:05, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Given my own exhibitionist tendencies and general ultra-pro-sex-positive beliefs, I wouldn't mind if this happened to me. Hell, I would absolutely love to be walking in public for strangers to just come up and start groping me. I would seriously enjoy that. The problem is that other people wouldn't, so strangers shouldn't grope people in case they wouldn't enjoy it, and likewise shouldn't expose their nude photos in case they wouldn't enjoy it. Even though I personally would. (Is there a way I can get that to happen to me? Wear a "GROPE ME" T-shirt or something?) Thanos6 (talk) 03:53, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

The "Reddit is innocent" comments in this article's comments section is hilarious. And by hilarious, I mean generally depressing and a presentation of exactly how people think what they have done is nothing wrong. Shadow Nirvana (talk) 22:13, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

you should know by now about the bottom half of the internet. 22:23, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Yeah it's pretty fucked up, they did the same thing with the Zoe Quinn fiasco. They spent days harassing her, even going so far as to publish her personal details, hack into her accounts, and file tax fraud reports. To try and deflect their criticism, they donated to a charity set up to get more women working in the industry. Considering the number of people that it would take to sustain these online movements, as well as subreddit subscriber counts, I can imagine it's a small amount of the groups overall income. It's a way of avoiding criticism, or making them seem like they "aren't such bad guys". It won't work, and I respect the prostate cancer charity for returning the money, they probably need it --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 23:13, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Excuse me, but you do not simply ascribe all these things to the same amorphous mass of people and expect to have expressed something meaningful. These are all individuals with their own nuances we're talking about here. The people who harassed probably have overlap with but are not quite the same as the people who hacked and filed tax frauds reports who are not the same as the people who gave generously to a good cause. Caught unawares in the midst of all the flak are of course once again people who aren't even willing to become part of the shitstorm, who are just calling for cool heads to prevail and appealing for moderation because they don't know any better, and who just gave as soon as they saw what by all accounts is a good cause, like TotalBiscuit. Nullahnung (talk) 23:48, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
I seriously doubt 4chan would have spearheaded such a campaign if it weren't for the criticism concerning the Quinn incident. And the people donating after the hack? Couldn't they donate under their own name rather than "the Fappening" in that case? The money was returned, they can redonate without giving positive press to these movements --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 23:50, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
(EC)Oh, you mean this?: http://www.viralglobalnews.com/entertainment/second-charity-turns-down-money-from-reddits-the-fappening-donors/16046/
Because I totally have not heard of that before you mentioned it (not being the type who likes to follow controversies).
What I meant was this: http://thefineyoungcapitalists.tumblr.com/post/95626418480/on-the-conspiracy
We really have got to stop starting conversations from different reference points...
This is the most I could find about the Fappening: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/the-fappening-celebgate and I really fail to see any connection to "the gaming community" and Quinnspiracy. I mean, I suppose you could ascribe some cross-pollination/inspiration, but to blame the same amorphous blob of people every time is not very meaningful. Nullahnung (talk) 23:58, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Also, in hindsight I probably should have looked at those verge links from above. I would have been made aware of the Fappening before Drowninginglimbo mentioned it... Mistakes were made. I still think I've got a point, though, about the TFYC donations! Nullahnung (talk) 00:14, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
Sorry I guess I felt there were similarities, what with them both happening on the same websites (4chan/reddit), and both being campaigns targeting specific women. It seems to be a repeating trend from the outside that's all, what with there being overlap in userbase, and them both starting charity campaigns at the peak of their criticism. I've also spent a lot of time, probably too much time, engaging with these online communities in order to properly understand and criticise them, whilst also feeling some level of revulsion towards them, so I am definitely starting to generalise, something that I apologise for. I wouldn't otherwise choose to use 4chan or reddit and probably don't understand the nuances of their cultures. I presumed that, if the front page of /b/ was full of threads concerning Quinn one day, and the next day the "Fappening", then it is the same people posting, at least, if the threads are frequent? At what point does it stop being generalising and start being a valid criticism? While I'm here, I want to say that I have nothing against the gaming community en masse, my issue is primarily these particular sexist individuals within it. I think that might be why we argued earlier. A substantial amount of gaming journalists wrote in support of Quinn and I respect them for that. I am also sorry for lumping them in with the pervert hackers, that's not really fair. Well, other than the people posting her naked pictures. I guess that's a definite similarity. Again, I am sorry if I have spoke out of turn during these debates, I think I might take a break from all of this. I find it quite exhausting and I am probably beginning to make emotional arguments because of that --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 00:27, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
I definitely have not been following these things as much as you did and even I need a break because I find the obsessive detailing as well as shallow generalising that runs through these controversies like the plague very draining (still referring to Quinnspiracy, again, I am sorry for slightly derailing this thread about the Fappening). Nullahnung (talk) 01:07, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

[edit] "5 million ‘compromised’ Google accounts leaked"

If anybody here has an Android mobile they should check the list and their log in history: [3] [4] [5] --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 17:01, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Chopra quote generator

Awesome! The strangest one I got was "Dogs are insects." Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 04:46, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

I thought that was whales. SophieWilderModerator 20:48, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Islam is Socialism

Anyone else click on this and get a 'Date Muslim Chicks" ad down one side?MatsFan (talk) 14:33, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Maybe it's "Date Muslim Chicks and educate them out of their evil socialistic ways"? Shadow Nirvana (talk) 20:37, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Obsidian Article

Man hits woman multiple times in an argument, knocking her out; this guy's saying "Feminism isn't about justice, it's about sacrificing men"(conclusion paragraph). This guy used to talk about how protesting street harassment was demonizing and illegalizing male sexuality and how rape was a natural part of male sexuality in the Dr Nerdlove comment sections back in the day. He is quite something.

Also, I couldn't read past the "NFL is completely feminized" part in the comments. dafuq?

P.S. I read past it a little bit, only to be stumped by a "black women are ratchets" comment. Can't believe I used to follow these guys. Shadow Nirvana (talk) 20:54, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

[edit] All this Illuminati BS, where is it coming from?

I don't consider random bullshit youtube videos about the Illuminati to be of any importance, they are a dime a dozen posted by the hundreds on a daily basis, so why the hell are they showing up so much in the clogs lately? I mean they are showing up a FUCKTON, more than I have ever seen before. I remember seeing them a lot in the paste week or so, but I look back now and there is only one, are they being removed? I mean people rambling about the Illuminati is not even "WTF" worthy anymore, it is not surprising what anyone in that mindset will say and we have pretty much heard it all from that particularly nutty corner of the internet. NolanSyKinsley (talk) 10:52, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

It does get a bit samey. I haven't tended to vote on videos unless they're so outlandish I'd actually watch them (tv;dw). So yeah, I'd suggest applying downvotes as sensible, and that posters consider the novelty factor - David Gerard (talk) 11:35, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Those videos were (with one exception) months or even years old, so Weaseloid went through and removed them. That's why you only see one now. As to why they were there in the first place, one BoN was responsible for all of them. - Grant (talk) 14:47, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
One guy but he's changed IP a couple of times so may not have seen the message I put on his talk page. If it keeps up, maybe a temporary lock against non-autoconfirm edits would make him/her get the message. €₳$£ΘĪÐWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 21:31, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Did Dan Brown publish another book about them? As a rule of thumb, when Dan Brown talks about a conspiracy theory every other conspiracy theorist in the USA starts talking about that conspiracy theory (tailored to suit there particular interests of course). Look at this graph <http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=Illuminati> notice now the release of the Angels & Demons movie in 2009 coincides with (read: causes) a massive increase in interest in the Illuminati. Conspiracy theorists are nothing if not predictable. Alsto003 (talk) 19:57, 16 September 2014 (UTC) Alex

[edit] Richard Dawkins, again(yes, really.)

Not a WIGO, but Goddammit... Dawkins has gone full anti-feminist slimepitter this time. Remember the times he used to advocate for sociobiology against Gould and Lewontin? What a swell fellow. Shadow Nirvana (talk) 16:58, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Uh, context? Not that I have any sympathy left for his political views after "Dear Muslima" and "Pedophilia isn't so bad". Ikanreed (talk) 18:14, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
All I can find today are complaints on clickbaiting and "So are you now saying you'd jail a man, however poor the evidence, because STATISTICALLY rapes are common in the population?".-- Forerunner (talk) 18:23, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2014/09/16/richard-dawkins-the-wrongering/
Those two arguments(one regarding criticism of Sam Harris's idiotic argument and his "excuse" post, the other regarding Shermer (Mark Oppenheimer article),never minding the fact that this wasn't an isolated incident and forget being jailed the guy didn't even get reprimanded for his behaviour despite the fact this stuff was blown open.), basically. Also peddling Christina Hoff Sommers, calling opponents Feedingfrenzy Thoughtpolice Bullies(he made an acronym joke, you guys.) etc etc etc.
Ophelia Benson's and other FTBers' take on the issue is also good. Although as the issues are the same if you read all of them it may get repetitive maybe.Shadow Nirvana (talk) 19:05, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
Much has been said about Dawkins' self-immolation, but as long as we see people like Sam Harris (probably the most vitriolic of New Atheists on Islam) embrace gender stereotypes without a single thought, the skeptic community shouldn't be surprised that it isn't gaining influence. Osaka Sun (talk) 07:19, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
I don't really know about that though. How many people think about gender critically, in any way? Shadow Nirvana (talk) 20:26, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Is culturalmarxism.net poe?

I just can't take it seriously. Shadow Nirvana (talk) 05:41, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Likewise... I've marked it with the Poe tag. Mayo2017 (talk) 14:27, 26 September 2014 (UTC)
I have never understood what cultural Marxism is supposed to be, but if the "bee challenge" is the best that they can come up with, I don't think that we need to worry too much. (Agrajag (talk) 19:01, 26 September 2014 (UTC))
Originally, cultural marxism was an actual concept foisted upon academic institutions in soviet nations, wherein certain academic ideas were supposed to be rejected automatically without critical consideration for not being in line with communism: like sociology, economics, and evolution. Now it's a conservative snarl word for describing academic ideas they automatically reject withing critical consideration, for not being in line with conservatism: like sociology, economics, and evolution. Ikanreed (talk) 20:10, 26 September 2014 (UTC)
You don't know what you're talking about. Cultural Marxism (including the Marxist school of history, Marxist literary criticism, etc. etc.) was and is a hugely influential phenomenon in nineteenth & twentieth century thought, applying Marxist analysis (e.g. the influence of economic relationships, power relationships and class divisions) to culture, popular culture, society, history, language, etc. It was at least as popular in free countries as communist ones, and influenced people such as Foucault, Derrida, and generations of historians, as well as movements like feminism, the civil rights movement, deconstructionism and postmodernism. WėąṣėḷőįďWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 20:37, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Re: GOP really wants to lose the Asian vote for good

Ehhhh, distasteful as it was, speaking as a Korean-American, I think it's more likely to be primarily the Japanese vote rather than a broad East Asian vote. As far as I'm aware, not very many Koreans were held in internment camps during WWII, outside of prisoners of war. Sure, they faced discrimination and racism from Americans who didn't know better (see: "How to tell Japs from the Chinese" pamphlets and articles), but at that point in time (and even now among older and more nationalistic Koreans), the sentiment against Japanese and Japanese-Americans from Korean-Americans was very strong. Noir LeSable (talk) 16:57, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Know Your Meme

KYM isn't really worth mentioning on here IMO. They get their marching orders from 4chan. Nothing they post is worth reading. Abed Nadir (talk) 19:41, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Proof? (And in any case, the link in question appears to be a user-uploaded image rather than an actual article by KYM)
Either way, I think it might be best to just let this GamerGate crap die already unless something major develops. The last several times it's popped up around here, it exploded in drama. Noir LeSable (talk) 19:58, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Proof. 4channer says "KYMfags lurking this thread... do your fucking job, you hear?" Image is posted onto KYM page on GamerGate. Image gets over 300 upvotes.
Also (and this isn't directly relevant but it really pisses me off) many of the highest-voted comments on the GG page are anti-feminist memes that have nothing to do with video games in the first place. Yeah I don't follow Vichy KYM anymore. Abed Nadir (talk) 20:12, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
I would hardly call that proof. If I called that proof, I'd also have to call half of the GG garbage proofs for a mass feminist conspiracy.
I also concur with Noir LeSable that we should just let this GG crap die already. It's done nothing but stoke fires over meaningless crap people on the internet spew at meaningless labels. Nullahnung (talk) 20:21, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Alright, I'll grant it's not the best evidence. I still don't like the site though.
Also, as much as I would love to just step back and let the controversy die, I think the fact that Zoe is still being harassed means that the "ignore it and hope it goes away" plan isn't going to do any good. I understand that there's some opposition to us covering this topic, but I think I'd like to start a personal essay about it on here. Abed Nadir (talk) 21:01, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
The motivations and culture of the whole mess is very on-mission. It's very hateful, paranoid, cranktastic and with the usual suspects of Breitbart and InfoWars cashing in on it, the whole thing will just get even more bizarre before it ends. Hell, these are people who think that cultural critics and independent game designers are able to get police departments to forge records. While I hope it fizzles out like all the other crusades and campaigns that the anons have pulled in the past, I'm worried about any possible long-term effects. --Paul S (talk) 06:50, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
My primary concern is they will succeed in bankrupting one or two of the gaming websites by getting them to pull adverts under false claims of corruption and then proceed to do this continuously with left-leaning news outlets of any kind. It's harder to make money with online media anyway. This is definitely a negative thing for free speech --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 09:46, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
Pressuring advertisers to dictate a website's content just screams journalistic integrity, doesn't it? Vulpius (talk) 01:16, 5 October 2014 (UTC)
DING! At least somebody gets it. - Smerdis of Tlön, for the defense. 16:50, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
Well, what can we do about it? I mean, yeah, it really sucks that Zoe's still getting crap over this (especially during a time of mourning), but we aren't the police or some vigilante techno-justice force, and I don't think the Boot to the Head over IP protocols will be implemented anytime soon. In my opinion, the harassment is most likely coming from a small group of asshole dickbags and/or immature teenagers, most of whom are probably so entrenched in their own opinion about this controversy that they don't give two shits about the opposing side (otherwise, why would they go so far as actually going out of their way to harass her?). The RL harassment is best dealt with by the RL police and authorities, who have the resources available to track down the harassers. I doubt any of us will stop you if you want to write and post an essay about this for the undecided, the uninformed, and the gray space between sides, but keeping this crap in the limelight for trivial things (Oooh! Look at this picture someone posted on a site where anyone can submit pictures!) when discussions of this topic already turn so toxic and divisive and only serve to encourage the RL harassment to continue -- that's just counterproductive.
It's like an internet troll or Westboro Baptist; the more attention it gets, the more people will do crazy stuff to harass others in order to draw attention to themselves and get "cred". Noir LeSable (talk) 15:49, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
Well yes it's a self perpetuating controversy, I'd prefer it weren't covered at all but many reputable media sources have covered it, and the numerous articles on it do create a weird sense of credence to their corruption claims to some. Hell, there was even an article on it in Jacobin today. I don't really know what to do, I was looking at the Wikipedia article today and it's ridiculous just how lengthy and bloated it is considering very little has actually happened --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 19:47, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Cosplay and the Economy

"People in bad situations seek distractions." It's not especially cloggy, the writer is just stating the obvious. --TheLateGatsby (The end of the dock )Moderator 14:15, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

Describing following a personal passion as "fleeing reality" is pretty stupid IMO, especially when you consider the jobs created by cosplay equipment sales and convention organization. Not to mention, why are (say) sports fans never accused of fleeing reality? Running a fantasy football league is exactly as unproductive as creating a costume of a fictional character, but the former seldom gets attacked like this.
Though it's far less horrible than that godawful Reason article on Gamergate. Reading that one, I saw so many distortions, long-debunked lies and bizarre non sequiturs, I thought it must have been from Fox News. Abed Nadir (talk) 23:19, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
No, running a fantasy football league is considerably less economically productive. Costumes cost money to make (though cosplayers tend to make their outfits themselves, subtracting those hours from the world of business - this may be this fool's objection), and money is spent aplenty at cons - David Gerard (talk) 11:02, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Satan's Hollow

"Haunted" places are some of the most pathetic kinds of bullshit out there. Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 14:52, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

It somewhat warms my heart that legend tripping hasn't changed much since Mark Twain wrote Tom Sawyer. - Smerdis of Tlön, for the defense. 15:19, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
I was excited to see this on here! I live nearby and have explored it numerous times over the years - it's just a big storm drain with weird passages and tunnels. Nothing spooky unless you're superstitious. I'm only a littlestitious though, not quite superstitious. Jrock1203 (talk) 15:09, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Argumentum ad X-Hominem

I tried reading the comments on that article. OW MY BRAIN. --Gulik (talk) 23:45, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

The dude deletes and edits comments too. Someone on the RW FB page posted screenshots - David Gerard (talk) 09:24, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, when they finally allowed my comment through, they only allowed PART of it. Apparently my snide comment about how you'd have to be an idiot to take fictional character with supernatural powers who come back from the dead as applicable in real life didn't go over well with them. --Gulik (talk) 09:56, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
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