A few days ago, I considered writing two posts on the ongoing GamerGate controversy- or should we say manufactured controversy. Just so that you know, this post contains a lot of stuff that will upset established or wannabe SJWs.
It all started about two months ago (Aug 2014) as the fallout of some infidelity-related relationship drama between a manipulative fat white “woman” and her rather unremarkable boyfriend. While this dramatic bullshit might have remained localized in a previous less-connected age, the widespread availability and use of the web (especially social media) resulted in that toxic spat spilling over into, and contaminating, the rest of the world. FYI, I have no real interest in exploring the ethical issues stemming from the trade of sexual favors for favorable media exposure. As I like to say- to each their own.
This post is about why computer gaming has suddenly became so culturally relevant.
As you will see, this new-found cultural relevance of computer gaming is almost exclusively about corporations trying to sell people more crap. But why is this happening now? Why was computer gaming not a big cultural issue twenty or even ten years ago? What has changed? And why?
Well.. there are many reasons.
Advances in hardware design was the first necessary, but not sufficient, condition that made all this bullshit possible. Prior to the era of Microsoft Xbox-360s, Sony PS3s, Ninentdo Wiis, smartphones and tablets- most dedicated computer gaming occurred on Desktop PCs and high-end Laptops. To put it another way, the core customer base of computer games was fairly dedicated and almost exclusively male. Sure.. there were gaming consoles like N64s, Dreamcasts, PS1s, PS2s and Xboxs- but they too were mostly a male domain. Furthermore, computer gaming was largely (and perhaps rightly) seen as the natural habitat of socially-awkward and often poor males without female company. Companies that produced computer games in those days were often small or medium-sized and produced whatever appealed to their core audience.
This started changing in the mid-2000s, but especially after the introduction of reasonably good gaming consoles that could produce pretty pictures and more life-like scenery. The introduction of these consoles also came at a time when easy online gaming became feasible. Consequently, it began to attract people who would have otherwise not started playing them. Smartphones and tablets accelerated this trend further so that everybody and their grandparents started playing Angry Birds, Farmville and CandyCrush. Corporations saw this as an opportunity to sell more crap and changed their business model accordingly. The stagnation of growth in more established form of entertainment such as network TV, movies and sporting events also made corporations see gaming as the new frontier for growth.
To summarize my first point, computer gaming became more important because of stagnation and decline in profit from other forms of entertainment. It is therefore no surprise that events such as Comic Con now receive so much corporate backing and positive advertising. This corporate interest in profit-making is also behind an explosive increase in the number of “gaming-related” journalists or as I like to call them – paid shills.
While the previous three paragraphs explain the technological (and capitalism-linked) reasons behind gaming becoming “culturally” relevant, it is not capable of explaining how a toxic spat between a manipulative fat white woman and her unremarkable boyfriend has morphed into a another “culture” war.
To understand what drives the invective of SJWs and their supposedly “liberal” journalistic allies, you have to look at cultural factors- especially what they intend to gain. So what do they intend to gain anyway? What can they possibly gain from antagonizing hardcore gamers- who are almost exclusively male? Don’t they understand, or care, about the long-term effects of antagonizing the most important and reliable customer base for that industry.
The short answer is- they don’t care about the effects of their actions on the computer gaming industry because they are not really part of that industry. The somewhat longer answer does something like this.. All those SJWs and their journalistic “friends” writing ever more toxic rants about the core audience of computer gaming are in it for themselves. It is about attempts to gain power by screwing over other people under the pretense of helping “society”.
Let us first focus on what is driving the journalists, who are perhaps the less repulsive of the two groups- if not by much. Have you ever wondered what all these people would have been doing in the pre-internet age? The simple answer is that they would have been trying to advance their careers by shilling and writing hit-pieces for print media. Journalists, with a few exceptions, have always been paid sophists, shills and character-assassination specialists for their rich masters. Think of them as whores, though that comparison is kinda demeaning to real whores. My point is that most journalists, but especially those who are trying to climb up, will shill and whore for anything that has a chance of improving their career prospects.
But why are they focusing so much on GamerGate? Why are they not paying a similar level of attention to far bigger issues like systemic racism in the american judicial system, narco-wars in Mexico or the endemic corruption and patient abuse in the american health system?
Apologists might say that some journalists do cover those issues- and that is true. But media coverage and critique of those problems bears no proportion to their impact on people. Moreover, journalists who cover the big and difficult issues have always been in the minority. But why is that so? Why do most people who pretend that their profession is devoted to speaking truth to power shy away from it whenever they have an opportunity to do so? Well.. it comes down to money and the fear of reprisals.
Systemic racism against non-whites in the USA is, has always been, state policy. Critiquing that beyond a certain extent is not good for your journalistic career. Nor is it unique to that issues as most journalists were willing shills for the case to invade Iraq under false pretenses in 2003. Similarly most american journalists have been extremely unsupportive of people like Edward Snowden or Julian Assange, inspite of the importance of their revelations. Similarly people who do actual field-based reporting on the government-abetted narco war in Mexico run the risk of losing their heads- literally. Therefore the vast majority of journalist will never focus on the truly important issues of that era.
So how do these shills maintain their public credibility- or whatever is left of it?
While the general credibility of journalists has been on a downward slope for many decades, they still attempt to make occasional attempts to maintain their credibility. But as we talked about just now, they cannot do so by antagonizing people who pay them or are likely to kill them. Most investigative journalism is therefore about issues, groups or people they can antagonize without fear of reprisal. That is why journalist spend so much time on subjects that can let them demonize or at least look down upon people. These include single mothers, drug addicts, black men, small time con artists and medium-sized scams.
Journalist who write about games are no different. They, and their colleagues at “social-issue” driven publications, have no real expertise or empathy for the subjects and issues they write about. I could have compared them to pimps, but that would be insulting to pimps. In a way, they are part of a trend sweeping american society in which the best pretenders (such as CEOs) make the most money and get the most power. The massive user response to recent and continuing biased journalism in computer gaming therefore represents an affront to their self-perceived power and importance. In a way, the response of journalists to GamerGate is not unlike the response of parasite to the host immune system.
However parasites, unlike journalists, never believe that the host exists because of them.
I will talk about my views on SJWs and their real “motivations” in an upcoming post.
What do you think? Comments?
Questions surrounding the nature of impersonal society and “civilization” (such as link 1, link 2) have a habit of popping up in my posts. While they can sometimes appear repetitious, it is hard to ignore them since they are also highly relevant to many facets of your day-to-day existence. One related topic, which I have also touched upon in previous posts (such as link 3, link 4), concerns the effect of changing circumstances and realities on the individual-group dynamic.
Do you really have an obligation or duty towards any human group that is incapable of, or unwilling to, fulfill its end of the deal- explicit and implicit?
As I have said before, humans are not mindless eusocial creatures like ants or bees. Formation and cohesion of human groups is based on reciprocity (or a promise thereof) between each individual in it and the rest of that group. To put it another way, real cooperation with your group only makes sense if you have a very high chance of receiving what was promised to you (explicitly and implicitly) in the first place. One of the many reasons that I rightly consider CONservatives to be less than subhuman is their repeated parroting of the “society does not owe you anything” meme. Now I know exactly what they are trying to, but don’t have the brains or balls, to say- but that is best discussed in another post. This one will focus on something different and explain my insight through a series of thought experiments.
The first one occurred to me, many years ago, at a time when I had just started using escorts. The circumstances surrounding what I am going to talk about have been mentioned in previous posts (link 5, link 6). It centers around an interesting paradox – I could get high quality paid sex (including frequent freebies) from attractive and reasonably priced escorts while I was being simultaneously rejected by far more plain, dumpy and mediocre women. So what was going on? Well.. in my opinion, it was largely about the belief of those mediocre women in their intrinsic racial superiority, even if there was no evidence to support it. Then again, most humans have an almost infinite capacity for self delusion- something that I will write more about in another post. But it does raise an even more important, if almost never asked, question that is best framed as a thought experiment.
What if all those women, and guys like them, disappeared from the face of the earth?
While I have talked about similar in a previous post, this one tackles a different question. Does the continued existence of people you do not particularly care about matter to you? Also, under what condition or circumstances would that answer change- either way? If you think through my questions systematically and rationally, you will arrive to a somewhat disquieting answer.
In an impersonal and atomized society, the existence of other people matters only so far as it translates into a high probability of serving your own needs.
The demise of anyone whose existence or actions do not serve your needs or desires is, at best, inconsequential. The reader might wonder if the demise of people who did something important for you, but not in a very obvious manner, would be detrimental. The short answer to that question is- perhaps, but not really. Let me explain what I am talking about through one somewhat tasteless thought experiment.
Imagine a situation in which 80-90% or even 100% of white physicians and surgeons in the USA died within a week. Would it matter? Well.. it would certainly matter in the very short term- perhaps a few weeks or months at most. However, their positions would almost certainly be filled through the mass importation of equally competent non-white physicians. Moreover, people who work under physicians perform most of the actual work in healthcare. So the somewhat longer answer is as follows: short-term disruptions seldom translate into long-term disruptions. The only time such large-scale disruptions translate into long-term effects is when those who became extinct had some unique ability that their successors are incapable of developing. In the case of physicians or surgeons, that is simply not the case. A non-white person with similar education, hours of experience and access to technology will do just as good a job as a white person, and the same is true of every job, profession and vocation. And this brings us to another disquieting idea.
People whose utility to others is defined by their jobs are completely replaceable and fungible.
The same is also true of employers- more specifically the people you work under. In an era where people do not have stable jobs, the demise of your immediate superior in the corporate hierarchy is largely irrelevant as most people in that position have no interest in helping you as a person. You could even replace them with a similar looking person and nobody would notice or care. This is especially true in countries such as the USA where all corporations are slow death-marches, as far as most of their employees are concerned. One could make the same case for other institutions, from universities and research institutes to schools and sports leagues. Do you really think that the sudden demise of all the “top” scientists from “prestigious” universities and institutes would somehow set our knowledge of science or progress back? Heck, if anything it might have the opposite effect by removing a lot of politically connected and uncreative courtier-types.?
In an atomized society there are no rational reasons to feel any sympathy or compassion for people who just happen to exist around you.
Now, you might say- this is cold, heartless and inhuman. Well.. perhaps, but it is rational. More importantly, is your experience any different? How many people you have worked with can you trust to not screw you over? What about any person or corporation that has ever employed you? Or what about the women you might have married? Can you really trust them to not screw you over for ego or minor financial gains? What about the government that claims to protect you from “all those bad people” if you just agree to go deeper into bonded servitude?
Perhaps you might want to reevaluate your interactions with people and institutions around you. There is no reason to be loyal, kind or even fair to people and institutions who abuse your trust in every possible way and at every possible turn.
What do you think? Comments?
Following up from my previous post in this series, I made the following statement:
A mentally ill murderer who believes that he is god is far more honest and possess significantly larger balls than the pathetic piece of shit who has to hide in the shadow of a socially acceptable belief system and defend his actions through misdirection and sophistry.
Scamming others and oneself through outright lies, misdirections and sophistry is one of the main foundations of all traditional religious and secular belief systems. But how does anything this fucked up become popular in the first place. How do such scam-ridden belief systems gain any amount of social legitimacy? Well, it is easy..
All traditional and secular religions portray themselves as an answer to a problem, even if that problem is non-existent.
A few contemporary examples of emerging ideologies and movements will help you understand what I am talking about. They will also show you what motivates the early adopters and evangelists of any religions or secular ideology.
Let us start with PETA aka People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. While it was initially started to protest some very egregious examples of medical experimentation and abuse of animals, it did not stay that way. As soon as the group got its first wave of new followers, it diversified into other areas such as opposition to factory farming, fur farming, animal testing, and animals in entertainment. Personally, I do support the core ideas behind organisations like PETA and have, on numerous occasions, clearly stated my opposition to cruel and inhumane treatment of animals. But if you have spent enough time following their actions, it is clear that the organization is now largely driven by the need for ever-increasing amounts of publicity, money and power.
Let me illustrate that point with a few examples of their actions and behavior within the last decade. You might have, at some point in the last few years, come across a news item about how PETA wants everyone to become vegan or something like that. My question is- What does not eating meat have to do with the prevention of cruelty to animals? Human beings are an omnivorous species, and while we can survive close to either end of the carnivore-vegetarian gradient- it is rather obvious that our physiology works best when we are somewhere in the middle of that gradient. So the real question is- How do you raise and kill animals for meat in a way that minimizes suffering, preferably to levels experienced by the same species in the wild.
As you might have realized, getting people to agree on not abusing animals raised for meat is relatively easy and straightforward. Nor is it especially costly or technology intensive to do so. You just have to support and perhaps legislate for moderate density animal farming as opposed to the high density crap that is supported by large corporations today. So why is PETA more famous for throwing fake blood on fur coats, constantly promoting veganism or killing animals in their pet shelters? And yes, they have rational-sounding reasons for all of those actions. But is it really about preventing cruelty to animals? Could there be a better explanation for the large gap between what they could feasibly achieve and what they actually devote their energies to?
PETA is now a nascent religion and, like all other older religions, is now far more interested in screwing up the lives of other people than trying to solve the problem it was created to solve in the first place.
Their constant obsession with fur coats, promoting veganism and defense of kill-only shelters is about trying to force other people to live as they want others to live. In that respect they are no different from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or any flavor of Capitalism or Communism. It is therefore no surprise that their more famous supporters sound more like evangelists on a moral crusade than rational people trying to find a better solution. Now let us turn our attention to another nascent religion aka the ‘religion of catastrophic man-made global climate change’ which used to known as the ‘religion of catastrophic man-made global warming’.
While I have written a couple of posts, including this one, about my thoughts on that subject- they tackled the more technical issues involved in modeling complex interactive systems and understanding the mechanism behind previous instances of dramatic climate change. But as many of you have come to realize, for some time, all of that talk about man-made climate change is not really about preventing climate change. It is really about maintaining power, specifically the primacy of a rapidly aging and sclerotic white west in the face of sustained global increases in the quality of life.
At their core, movements centered around “preventing climate-change” or any similar environmentalist bullshit are about trying to prevent non-white populations from enjoying a higher standard of living.
For a century or so (approximately 1850-1950) only the west (and predominantly white people) enjoyed a rapidly increasing standard of living. At that time, they believed that they alone were genetically capable of developing and using science and technology. But reality has a way to spoil delusions and the post 1950 era saw a diffusion and uptake of science and technology among non-white populations who were considered to be generically incapable of doing so. Now we live in a world where the level of scientific understanding and technological competence is rather similar throughout the world. Today most technology intensive manufacturing occurs in East Asia, a lot of chemical manufacturing and processing occurs in places like India and countries like Brazil make commercially viable airliners. Did I mention relatively inexpensive and successful interplanetary probes to Mars?
To put it another way, being white is just not what it used to be and the process is not reversible.
The support for movements to ‘reduce climate change’ should therefore be seen as a last-ditch effort to sabotage the development of non-white countries. And here is the real problem with that approach- it is not working! Countries like China, India and pretty much all other non-white countries can both see through this charade and have the means to tell the rapidly aging and pathetic predominantly white countries to fuck themselves.
So why do I call it the ‘religion of catastrophic man-made global climate change’ rather than a conspiracy to sabotage predominantly non-white countries. I am certainly not the first person to point out the religious nature of belief in man-made catastrophic global climate change. Michael Crichton said something very similar a few year ago. But his main focus on how it resembled the belief system of traditional and secular religions. He did not talk much about how the motivations of prophets, leaders and priests of this new religion are almost identical to their counterparts from more traditional faiths.
So let us talk about what motivates the prophets, leaders and priests of this new faith. Well.. like their counterparts from older faiths, they are driven by the need for power- specifically the power to impoverish, abuse and kill other people. As with all older religions, there is a massive gap between the preaching and actual behavior of these prophets, leaders and priests. Most live in great material luxury and gleefully indulge in all the “sins” they rant and warn others about. No rich white supporter of global warming is ever going to give up any of the fossil-fuel enabled utilities and capabilities they warn non-whites about, except perhaps for photo opportunities.
Another important characteristic of religions, also seen in global warming, is the presence of a significant number of useful idiots who will enthusiastically follow the teachings of their duplicitous leaders. We have all come across a few ‘true believers’ who firmly believe in and obsess about man-made climate change. So what motivates them? Once again, and as I have said before, it is about providing them a rational to abuse other people- even though most of them do not yet have that power. Religions, you see, are a lot like ponzi schemes in that every person who joins it does so to get up to the next level and abuse those below them.
In the next part of this post, I will try to focus on secular religions such as feminism (including the white-knight phenomena) and all those poor and stupid southern whites who enjoy being shat on by rich white people as long as they get to fuck over a few black people. And yes, those two religions are connected.
What do you think? Comments?
A guest post by “Leopold Lawrence”.
At the start of this century and into the following decade, it is hard to imagine, indeed, even to ponder the possibilities of the mass revolt. Our times seem so distant from those of fifty and forty years ago, that we can now scarcely imagine how revolts of such scale were even possible and capable of almost overthrowing the regimes of their times. The disillusionments and disappointments that followed these revolts, the most spectacular being the May ’68 Revolts that took place in Paris, has since brought much of the radical, revolutionary Left into disrepute, unable to even mount an incisive cultural critique of our times. It would not be much to say that the Left has since ‘exhausted’ itself, repeating the dead old memes of identity politics and proletarian revolutions that can no longer capture the imagination of the masses that they so rely on. Workers are fed up with socialist parties that have routinely betrayed them in the name of a “Third Way”, a left-apologetic for the excesses of a global capitalism, a type of parasitic system that has managed to reach everywhere into our most personal of lives, especially since the advent of globalization and the fall of the Iron Curtain.
If the goal of leftism is to build a more ‘humane’ capitalism, then it has forfeited any radical critique it could have possibly mounted against global capitalism itself. To ‘humanize’ capitalism is simply to lay a colorful shroud over what is essentially, at its core, a most oppressive and alienating system of production/consumption that our ‘benefactors’ have invented. To ‘humanize’ something, that is at the bottom, inhumane, is to give a characteristic to a thing which does not belong to it, since what capitalism remains is essentially an inhumane soul. The humanization of capitalism only serves to distort and mask the reality of what capitalism really is underneath: a wolf in sheep’s skin.
Furthermore, the Leftist advocacy of identity politics has only enslaved us to particular identities rather than liberating us from them. Rather than allowing us to remake our own identities, leftist identity politics calls for us being ‘aware’ of how we are defined by external circumstances only to pigeon-hole us into an identity of victimhood that we should all be breaking out of, to break out of our externally imposed conditions of existence. Leftists want us to realize our potential as women, workers, students, etc, without realizing that these are the social roles that our society has determined that we are, that this is what we “truly are”. Although workers, women, students, indigenous peoples we may all be, but we are all precisely more than these and cannot by any proper means be defined by them nor reduced to these identities. These identities always remain something external to us, and thus in every single way, ‘inessential’ to us.
This does not mean, however, that we should not take on these struggles, but it does require us to recognize that neither of these struggles is more ‘essential’ than the other, and that the other particular struggles that we may take on cannot be reduced to a more ‘essential’ one. That is, “liberating” ourselves as workers, students, women, etc, will only ever amount to a partial liberation of our particular identities as students, women, workers, but never to a full liberation from those identities, which should be the goal of any genuine movement towards self-emancipation. In short, the problem with such identities is that they define us always by what we do rather than by what we are (what we ‘are’, however, remains essentially indefinable). To be a worker, a student, even a woman, is to take on a social role, defined by us and for us by what we do.
Here, I am in much agreement with Wolfi Landstreicher’s critique of identity as a social role: “Social roles are ways in which individuals are defined by the whole system of relationships that is society in order to reproduce society. They make individuals useful to society by making them predictable, by defining their activities in terms of the needs of society. Social roles are work — in the broad sense of activity that reproduces the production/consumption cycle.” Social roles thus always remain externally determined, what we do for a living is something we take up, not because we enjoy them (we don’t, for the most part), but are ways that reinforce and reaffirm our ‘place’ in a society of production/consumption that has determined for us what we are best able to do (through the questionable notion of “competence”/”merit”), even when we are in complete disagreement with its judgment.
We are, after all, not essentially producers nor consumers, but something more than what society has determined us to be. Thus, we ‘free spirits’ are never really students, workers, women, etc, for these are the things we do, our social function in society but not what we are. What we really are though, is an ‘indefinable self’, an irreducible self, a self that is differentiated from all else. But our social roles are never ‘essential’ to us, for these are roles that we take up and discard once they are no longer useful. Hence, I am not always a student, nor a worker, but beyond such identities. To take these identities as essential then, is not just an instance of ‘false consciousness’ but of willful self-deception and alienation from ourselves as ourselves for we forget to relate to ourselves as the self that is always differentiated from its attributes that it happens to possess, that is, those external attributes that are extrinsic to itself and thus removable from the self, i.e. the contingent.
In taking up our social roles as our ‘essential’ identities, we become the replaceable cogs in the machine that, once worn out (as we eventually do, from “burn-out”), another cog, similar to us, will take our place. We are not then, unique nor differentiated in our social roles, but the same; a homogenized mass of bodies, quantifiable and measurable and always only useful as a ‘function’ in a scheme beyond ourselves. Thus, in this broad social scheme, I relate to another as a ‘colleague’, ‘boss’, ‘employer’, ‘bureaucrat’, etc, but never as freely determined individuals, never as ‘themselves ’. This remains closed to me and not simply because of matters of ‘professionalism’. For example, even people who relate to each other outside of work cannot break outside of their roles that they carry over from work: “Oh yeah, Bill today lost the paper-work and got demoted!” But the ‘other’ as ‘other’ is still distant, something inaccessible and certainly not in a direct manner. Thus, it is no surprise that we remain alienated from each other in such circumstances!
The Self Beyond Determination
So to take on one particular struggle to the detriment of another, is to miss the mark completely. Instead, we will have to choose our struggles carefully and towards those which sparks our most immediate interest. In other words, to limit ourselves to these contingent identities (that are not even, most of the time, of our own making) is to limit the possibilities of breaking beyond these externally imposed identities and to take on a self-identity that finds its nature as an “undetermined indeterminacy”. By an ‘undetermined indeterminacy’, we mean an identity that, due to its own initially undetermined nature, is open to its own constant remaking, an identity that both creates and recreates itself in a constant process of becoming something ‘other’ than itself while remaining itself indeterminably; a self that cannot be picked out.
At the same time, this identity is also “indeterminate” because it can never be fully defined as what it essentially is since there is always something about it that escapes full definition and thus, determination. It remains indeterminate at all times, since to state what it essentially is would be to define it and thus to ‘limit’ its possibilities of being something else/other; it would then be reducible to another attribute that it happens to have rather than being something more and above all of its attributes. As such, to state what the self essentially is would be to really say what it is not, since what it really is is always something else, something other than what we said it is. Thus the self always escapes full definition since no definition could possibly fit the self into a specific category of being since the self remains prior to all modes of being, indeed it is the grounds in which all modes of being is possible. After all, before you are a Man, an American, a Christian, etc, (and all other contingent personal attributes), before all of this, ‘ýou are you’ and remain you even if those other attributes are taken away from you.
To put it simply, this self-identity that is beyond all identities is neither essential (in the sense of it being ‘fixed’), nor externally determined by circumstances and other factors beyond our control (as in something given or handed down to us by others), but always remains self-determined, a self that creates and recreates itself. It is not a ‘fixed essence’ in that it remains constantly the same no matter what, but always redefines itself and thus escapes definition since to define it means to ‘fix’ it into a particular place/attribute that it happens to occupy or a character that it happens to possess, rather than allowing for its free development beyond all place and attribute. At most, our words can only point to it but can never grasp its full essence since its essence is essentially always changing, always becoming something ‘other’.
This indeterminacy allow this self-identity to escape not just all attempts to define it, but allows for its own contingent defining and redefining through its free self-development, as it makes and remakes itself in a constant process of becoming. Thus, I find many parallels here with Stirner’s “Unique One” which takes on all the characteristics of an undetermined indeterminacy: “This indeterminacy only seems to be achieved in the unique, because it is given as the specific unique being, because when it is grasped as a concept, i.e., as an expression, it appears as a completely empty and undetermined name, and thus refers to a content outside of or beyond the concept. If one fixes it as a concept— and the opponents do this — one must attempt to give it a definition and will thus inevitably come upon something different from what was meant.”
Further, as Stirner explains: “The unique, however, has no content; it is indeterminacy in itself; only through you does it acquire content and determination. There is no conceptual development of the unique, one cannot build a philosophical system with it as a “principle,” the way one can with being, with thought, with the I.” From this, all self-determination becomes possible from the undetermined indeterminacy of self-identity.
What do you think? Comments?
Since my initial thoughts on this still unfolding event, I have made a few more observations.
# 1 The quality of nude photos of, and by, willing and frequently non-compensated amateurs is now indistinguishable from those of well-known actresses and models.
There was an era (upto the mid-1990s) when the models in amateur nudies and porn were indeed less attractive than well compensated professionals. However this distinction has steadily eroded since then and we are now firmly in an era where even non-famous photographers and models can produce work that rivals and frequently exceeds the output of highly compensated and famous professionals. Many factors,from the spread of inexpensive quality photographic equipment and photoshop to the ubiquity of gyms, yoga studios, plastic surgery, beauty salons etc, has contributed to this trend. However the end results are unmistakable and raise another question.
Why is the current system paying millions to pretty but otherwise mediocre women like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton while ignoring more talented and attractive women? This question is closely linked to other supposed paradoxes like why the current system pays mediocre to incompetent CEOs millions while laying off the very people whose work created all that wealth. Or why mediocre liars (aka academics) from ivy-league universities make far more money and have far more power than their more competent versions from less “famous” universities. Or why white HBD morons who have never done anything that demonstrates their supposedly superior intellect keep on talking about race and intelligence.
# 2 The end of the brief era, when big-corporation (google, twitter, facebook, imgur, reddit) mediated centralization and control of the internet seemed feasible, has now started.
It is no secret that the last few years had seen an attempt by large corporations and the elite to corral the internet through centralization and providing “cloud” based storage services. To this end many of them tried to provide free services and appear tolerant of opinions that run contrary to their view of the world. However they could never really hide to desire for control and power and incidents such as tumblr’s unsuccessful attempts to get porn off its network and aggressive corporate-friendly moderating in reddit kept on reminding some people of their true intentions. I however believe that two recent incidents related to the “fappening” have accidentally kick-started their demise.
You might have heard that twitter recently suspended thousands of user accounts that tweeted links to the ISIL beheading videos and pictures from the “fappening”. Imgur also tried, if somewhat half-heatedly, to remove pictures from the “fappening” series as did reddit by closing down the subreddit that acted as one of the central clearing places for these pictures. It is no secret that google also did not help people find those pictures. Yet I can see that those pictures have effortlessly proliferated on multiple BBs, personal blogs, shared folders and a host of other locations that were supposedly passe, according to most “experts” and “trendologists”.
Do not, therefore, be surprised if you see the rapid spread of open-source and decentralized social media platforms in the next few months. In any case- the cost and difficulty of hosting content, either by yourself or as part of a group, have drastically gone down since the mid- to late-2000s.
# 3 A lot of new media has revealed itself to be old media.
It is telling that the most strident, and authority-based arguments, against leaking those photos came from the so-called “new” media rather than its half-dead older version. Many people, including myself, have long believed that “new” internet-based media was nothing more than an internet-native version of its old dead tree counterpart. Events subsequent to the “fappening” have shown us to be correct and also revealed the extent of its similarity to old media.
It is also very telling that supposedly hip and Gen-Y ish figures (Lena Dunham, Seth Rogen) promoted by new media are responding to this event in a manner indistinguishable from their counterparts from the pre-internet era. But it makes sense once you realize that neither of them would be successful in a world based on ability. Celebrity and wealth has always been based on nepotism, contacts and luck and the ability to scam others as opposed to competence and ability.
Will write more in an upcoming post.
What do you think? Comments?
On Aug 31, 2014- one or more individuals leaked a couple hundred selfies and a few video clips of many young female celebrities (mostly actress and models) on 4chan/b. This event, now known as the “Fappening” has attracted a lot of mainstream media attention along with calls by so-called “respectable” journalists (aka famous and semi-famous presstitutes) to regulate the “dark” and “scary” corners of the interwebs (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4 among many others). It is especially telling that many of these impeccably credentialed morons initially believed that 4chan was either an individual, hacker or file-sharing network. I cannot help but notice that these media attacks on 4chan and even a tame meta-BB like reddit come in the wake of recent attempts to demonize male gamers (Link 5, Link 6 and Link 7)
Anyway.. the same “credentialed” morons who have never spent more than a few minutes on 4chan or specialist sub-reddits, let alone on warez forums, feel confident enough to tell us how to respond to these developments. Their articles also seem to indicate that they do not understand human behavior or simple choose to ignore it. They also appear to be rather technology-illiterate and have little to no grasp of human ingenuity (Link 8 , Link 9 and Link 10)
Having said that, here are my initial thoughts on the “fappening”.
# 1 These leaks were not the work of a single individual or the result of one class of exploits.
While most of the photos were downloaded from iCloud accounts (and were also taken with iPhones), a few photos appear to be taken with non-apple devices. This is not surprising as some of us have been aware of the existence of loose groups of individuals who devote their spare time to perusing the contents of online cloud accounts of other people, especially pretty girls. This scenario appears especially likely given the long time line of some picture series. My point is that there is no one person or close group of person behind the release of those pictures. Moreover, it is likely that some of the software they are using was originally written for the “law and order” industry. Now re-read that sentence in the light of the Snowden’s revelations and the official response to his leaks.
# 2 These leaks have shown that “cloud” based data storage is inherently less secure than local storage.
For the last few years, companies like Google and Amazon to Apple, have been trying to sell us on the idea of “cloud” based data storage. They have made many claims about cloud storage is superior to local storage. Well.. it turns out that uploading data to the cloud is easy but keeping it secure (and easy to access) is not. The celebrity leak of 2014 has vividly illustrated that problem with the photos of many famous faces, breasts, asses, vaginas and a few penises. We now know what Kate Upton’s pussy lips and asshole look like. We also know how Jennifer Lawrence’s pussy and Bar Refaeli’s asshole looks like or how Krysten Ritter styles her pubes. The average person may not understand the technology behind cloud computing, but he or she can now clearly see that it is not secure- despite weasel worded corporate assurances to the contrary.
# 3 Large entities from previous eras (governments, corporations, professional organisations) are powerless to control the flow of information OR narrative.
Many of the first albums containing all those leaked pictures were hosted on imgur, which removed them within a few hours. Some main-stream media idiots thought that this would contain the damage and information leak. As it turns out.. it did not. Not only are people reloading the original or slightly altered pictures (with different names) back onto imgur, but many of the better photos have since found their way onto popular tumblr sites, public folders of Dropbox accounts or Dropbox-like services, multiple bulletin board and self-hosted blogs. This is in addition to the millions who have downloaded the best ones onto their computers and will eventually mail them (or their slightly altered versions) to friends. I should also point out that the internet (and many corporations that provide services) are no longer under the direct or indirect control of american laws or influence.
# 4 These leaks have shown that the cognitive dissonance of feminists, leftists, white-knights and manginas (LIEbrals) are of the same magnitude as bible-thumping hypocrites and capitalism-shilling CONservatives.
I have, on numerous occasions in the past, said that LIEbrals are not that different from CONservatives in that both base their actions on mental models of the world that have little to no connection with reality. The sheer number of posts by LIEbrals passionately defending the right to privacy of women who make millions of dollars per year based on teasing large audiences with their sexuality is downright bizarre, especially when you compare it to their supposedly “nuanced” stands on far more pressing issues that affect many tens of millions more- such as such as mass incarceration and severe economic inequality. While CONservatives are marginally worse in that regard, LIEbrals are not much better.
Will write more on this issue soon, hopefully after I finish a long-delayed post on the events in Ferguson.
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As I mentioned in my previous post of this series – an open license to rob, abuse, torture and murder all those “others” is an essential and integral part of all successful organized religions and ideologies. Let me explain that concept with a simple example.
Why does Islam, today, have more followers than Buddhism? Now this question assumes that you believe that Buddhism is a religion, which some of its believers might find objectionable. But the main question still stands- what makes a religion like Islam more attractive to average dumbfucks than any given school of Buddhism? In my opinion- it comes down to one particular promise that the former offers which the later does not. Well.. Islam officially, and functionally, sanctions the robbery, abuse, torture and murder of “unbelievers”. Buddhism merely sanctions looking down on those “unbelievers”.
One offers the promise of personal enrichment through the guiltless looting, abuse and murder of “others”- while the other merely allows its believers to point and snicker at those pesky “others”.
It is important to note that mainstream flavors of pre-enlightenment era Christianity were as covetous, regressive and brutal as Islam appears today. If you do not believe that statement, I suggest that you read up on the many and very bloody Catholic-Protestant wars waged in the 16th century Europe. I should also point out that Christian doctrine was used to support and justify the genocide of many millions in the Americas during the age of “discovery”. Even 20th century wars such as WW1 and WW2 used religion-based concepts (most notably nationalism) to motivate simpletons into sacrificing their lives by the millions for causes that had nothing to do with any improvement of their own lives.
Capitalism, Communism and other secular organized ideologies are no different. Do you really think that all those who imprisoned, tortured and killed millions of others on the “orders” Stalin and Mao did so because they believed in the principles of the Stalinist or Maoist flavor of Communism? No! They just did it because they wanted to! The belief systems, books and official orders were merely a guilt-absolving justification to do what they always wanted- but never had the balls to do on their own accord. Organized religion and ideologies are about providing a sophistic and plausible sounding justification for acting like a total sociopath but without having to accept any personal responsibility or culpability for their actions.
The guilt-transference mechanism of an organized religion or ideology allows its followers to kill in its name as their day job, then go home to their families in the evening and act as if they did nothing unusual or wrong.
Now imagine what would happen if you overwhelmed and subjugated a true believer and then asked them to account for their past actions. For starters, almost every single will claim innocence. Some will tell you that they were acting in accordance with the dictates of some god, prophet or leader who is almost always conveniently unavailable or dead. Others might claim that they were following the most recent edition of some ancient “holy” book of questionable authorship and full of editing and continuity errors. Now imagine how those very same people would react if a person robbed, abused, tortured and murdered scores of other people on the basis of voices in his head, third person accounts of hallucinations and the contents of old comic books. So, what is the real difference between a mentally ill murderer and a person who kills in the name of an organized religion and ideology.?
A mentally ill murderer who believes that he is god is far more honest and possess significantly larger balls than the pathetic piece of shit who has to hide in the shadow of a socially acceptable belief system and defend his actions through misdirection and sophistry.
I was initially going to devote this post to a discussion about the more insidious organized secular religions (nationalism, capitalism, feminism) of our era- but felt it was necessary to first shine some more light on the original dirty secret underlying all organized belief systems. You will therefore have to wait for the next post in this series to read about my thoughts on contemporary secular religions.
What do you think? Comments?