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Chris Kluwe supports guilt by association


Former NFL punter and pretend moral crusader Chris Kluwe took to Twitter yesterday to defend the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) blacklist. The blacklist that misidentifies, according to the IGDA, the “worst offenders” on Twitter. I appear on that blacklist along with 10,444 other Twitter users, not because I have ever harassed anyone, but because I follow four people on Twitter that have been placed on a master blacklist of supposed Twitter harassers, even though there’s no evidence the eight people on this master blacklist have ever harassed anyone, even when applying the IGDA’s own narrow definition as to what constitutes harassment. In reality, people appear on the IGDA master blacklist not because they have harassed anyone, but because they’re strong advocates of GamerGate, the leaderless consumer revolt against unethical game journalism.

This is what Chris Kluwe tweeted yesterday:

Barometer of political stances? Should people be blacklisted because of their political stances? It sounds like Kluwe is advocating guilt by association. It sounds like something Senator Joseph McCarthy would tweet if he were alive today and he used Twitter.

Something tells me McCarthy would be more of a Instagram man, but that’s neither here nor there.

To apply Kluwe’s logic, we can assume that Kluwe’s over 205,000 Twitter followers joke about child rape, fail to report statutory rape when they learn about it, and are incapable of kicking a football to the left.

It’s no secret that Chris Kluwe has a problem with GamerGate. Then again, considering that GamerGate is against unethical journalism, it shouldn’t be any surprise. One of the most unethical journalistic organizations on the Internet is Gawker Media, founded by Nick Denton. Gawker Media runs eight different websites, including gaming website Kotaku and sports centric website Dead Spin. Kotaku is one of the reasons GamerGate exists. Kluwe fancies himself a writer of words and has a relationship with Dead Spin. He’s written more than a few articles for the website, undoubtedly garnering lots of clicks and unique visits.

Gawker Media loves those clicks and unique visits.

The IGDA blacklist includes Roberto Rosario, the IGDA chairman of Puerto Rico

IGDF blacklist

Software developer Roberto Rosario is the chairman of International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Puerto Rico. He’s also included in the 10,425 person IGDF Twitter blacklist. I’m on it, even though I’ve never harassed anyone. Roberto Rosario tweeted the following:

Randi Harper, the programmer who created the program that misidentified people as the “worst harassers” on Twitter, responded to Roberto Rosario’s complaint:

Evidently if you follow more than one (1) of the following Twitter accounts, you will end up on this blacklist:

I had the audacity to follow four of the above eight people. Contrary to what Randi Harper states on Twitter, none of the eight people included on the master blacklist have harassed women or anyone else. They haven’t sent death threats. They haven’t doxed anyone. They haven’t threatened to rape anyone. What constitutes harassment these days, not agreeing with someone?

If Randi Harper has any evidence that these eight people have threatened or criminally harassed anyone, then she should be contacting law enforcement, not coding an algorithm that wrongly identifies thousands of people as harassers. Before the IGDA links to a tool that identifies people as harassers, it needs to make sure people aren’t being misidentified. People like Roberto Rosario. People like me.

My name appears on a ‘worst offenders’ blacklist linked to by the IGDA


The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has published a resource on its website dealing with online harassment. Included is a link to a third-party tool using Twitter’s API that allows someone to quickly mass block some of the worst offenders, or more accurately, people the IGDA has deemed to be the worst at offending people. Though I’ve been on Twitter for seven years, I don’t think I’ve ever blocked anyone, nor have I ever harassed anyone.

Currently there are 10,425 people on this “worst offenders” blacklist. I’m one of them. I scrolled through the blacklist and I’m included on page seven.

So how did this happen? Someone by the name of Randi Harper created a #GamerGate master blacklist containing eight Twitter accounts. Evidently if you follow too many of these #GamerGate blacklisted accounts, your name appears on the worst offenders blacklist linked to by the IGDA. The eight Twitter users are:

gamergatelogoI follow four of the eight blacklisted Twitter accounts. For that, I’m now blacklisted too. I don’t think I’ve ever been blacklisted. Then again, I’ve never done anything that could be even misconstrued as harassment. I’m just a person who believes there are ethical problems in game journalism.

I challenge anyone to go through my seven-year-old Twitter feed and find one example of where I harassed anyone. If your handy-dandy Twitter tool identifies someone like me as a worst harasser, than your tool is broken and it doesn’t work right.

I think Geordie Tait may have mental health issues


Pro-#GamerGate lawyer and juice aficionado Mike Cernovich spoke with #GamerGate critic and former columnist Geordie Tait on streaming video. The video can be seen in its entirety on YouTube.

Geordie Tait is the person who compared #GamerGate supporters to Nazis. He also said that anyone who supports #GamerGate should be sent to death camps.

Seriously, he really said that.

He said a lot of other things to. Awful, terrible things. He says them on Twitter. He says them on Facebook. He now also says them YouTube.

When I first read some of the things said by Geordie Tait, I figured he was just trying to be a troll. Now, I’m not so sure. The more I’m exposed to his words and his claimed beliefs, the more I wonder if Geordie Tait has mental health issues.

I used to dislike Geordie Tait because of the stuff he said. Now, I find myself just feeling sorry for him.

Mark Cuban on the Lakers: ‘Personally, I just hope they suck forever’


Mark Cuban, the bombastic billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was on a Los Angeles radio show where he told host Fred Roggin that, “You know me, Fred. Personally, I just hope they suck forever.”

Cuban was talking about the Los Angeles Lakers and their 1-9 start, the worst start in franchise history.

It’s hard for me to put into words how much I dislike Mark Cuban. The guy is a neverending sound bite of stupidity. He craves attention so much that he just can’t help from saying stupid things, for example, going on a Los Angeles radio show and telling listeners that you hope their favorite sports team sucks forever. Why is he on a Los Angeles radio show? Why is he talking about a team other than his Dallas Mavericks?

What other owner in professional sports would do that? Cuban is always putting himself out there, trying to get attention. I couldn’t even tell you how owns the two other NBA teams in Texas, the Houston Rockets or the San Antonio Spurs. I’m sure I could easily find out who owns those two teams on Wikipedia or over at Ask Jeeves, but that’s not the point. The point is that most teams in the NBA have owners who don’t try to steal the spotlight from the teams they own. Why can’t Cuban be more like the owners of those two franchises?

Because he’s an attention whore, that’s why.