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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Opening Pandora’s Dox: The Unintended Consequences of an Internet That Never Forgets

Every year the Oxford English Dictionary adds a handful of new words in recognition of how technological and social progress have affected the English language.

One of the new words this year is the longstanding 4chan-ism “dox,” which, unfortunately, has become all too relevant in the modern world.

“Doxing” is one of those terms that’s problematically overbroad. I’ve argued about the definition of “doxing” at length with friends. It’s a corruption of “docs,” itself short for “documentation”; to “drop dox” on someone is to make publicly available private information about them.

Of course, what counts as “private information” is contentious. Most doxers aren’t genius hackers able to gain access to genuinely hidden, secret information–most of the dox that gets dropped is publicly available, it’s just information that the subject never expected to be widely publicized in front of a hostile audience. (For the record, federal law states that publicizing “restricted personal information” like someone’s home address in a context that leads to intimidation or threats is a crime, even if the address was publicly posted elsewhere.)

Read the full article at Techcrunch

Celebrity killer culture: When grandiosity, privilege and entitlement turn attention-seeking into violence

Let me tell you a story. It’s a story inspired by the tragic events of Wednesday morning, of yet another shooting in which two innocent people were killed followed by the gunman shooting himself, all grotesquely documented on social media. But it’s not a story about this morning. It’s a story about the 19th century. We… Continue Reading

The scifi fans are alright: I saw the future at the Hugo Awards — and it will never belong to the toxic right-wing trolls

This weekend I was attending the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, this year held on Spokane, Washington, where the 2015 Hugo Awards were being presented. It was my first time as an in-person attendee of the WorldCon and my second time as a Hugo voter, since, like most science fiction fans, I didn’t care enough… Continue Reading

Amazon and the pick-up artist: How the celebration of “purposeful Darwinism” destroys women first

It hasn’t been a good week for Amazon so far. It’s never a good week for Amazon when it’s revealed that, as the “Everything Store,” some of the “everything” they sell is morally reprehensible. The content currently being protested is the bibliography of Daryush Valizadeh/Roosh V, the controversial “pickup artist” whose “dating advice” consists of… Continue Reading

Darwinism at Your Doorstep: Why You Only Care About Amazon Now

I’ve seen a lot of people on social media talking about Saturday’s New York Times article by Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld about Amazon’s toxic workplace culture. Lots of people saying they find the level of stress and pain workers were put through unconscionable–80-hour work weeks, midnight emails, people threatened with termination because they let… Continue Reading

So, college “p.c. culture” stifles comedy? Ever hear a comedian sh*t on the American Dream at a Wal-Mart shareholders meeting?

So lately I’ve had people passing around this article by Caitlin Flanagan about the p.c. police ruining campus comedy, which appears to be stage one of a one-two punch from the Atlantic about how p.c.-ness is ruining college in general, with the haymaker being Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s magnum opus about how p.c. culture is somehow… Continue Reading

The gentrification of “Sesame Street”: Cashing out, once and for all, from the radical notion that the urban working class are people, too

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but it’s time to admit that like every other trendy NYC neighborhood that gets spotlighted on a TV show, “Sesame Street” has succumbed to gentrification. I admit I haven’t been a regular viewer of the program since I hit puberty, having long ago familiarized myself adequately with the alphabet… Continue Reading