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'Gjoni's mother, who trains workers in harassment avoidance, preached caution.'
Eron Gjoni reflects on the “internet warfare” he accidentally created.
Eron Gjoni, the 24-year-old whose incendiary blog post precipitated GamerGate, the explosive and controversial movement that has come to dominate internet culture over the last six weeks, says he doesn't really care about the medium at the heart of the conflict.
"I don't, like, have a passion for games or anything," he told BuzzFeed News.
Gjoni's apathy might surprise anyone who has followed the zealous, sometimes deeply disturbing efforts of GamerGate's true believers, all of which — from demands for the reformation of game journalism, to email campaigns bombarding companies that advertise against anti-GamerGate writing, to death threats against female game critics and designers — evince an all-consuming concern with games and game culture.
It was Gjoni's 9,000-word narrative blog post about the breakdown of his relationship with a game developer named Zoe Quinn, titled "thezoepost," that sparked the now-ubiquitous online movement, which has been described by turns as a hate group, an ethics crusade, and the template for all online culture wars of the future. And because GamerGate is characterized by anonymity above all, Gjoni is, aside from the outspoken actor Adam Baldwin, perhaps the best known figure associated with the movement.
In an extensive instant message conversation with BuzzFeed News, Gjoni cut a mercurial figure. He expressed deeply ambivalent feelings about the movement spawned by his writing, ranging from a sense of near-pride and ownership to disgust. Asked if he knew in advance that his writing would eventually lead to wide-scale harassment, particularly of women, Gjoni said he wouldn't have published. Later in the conversation, he clarified himself:
"If I could go back in time and tell myself not to do this. I wouldn't. That is, I wouldn't tell myself not to. Because it's for the best. Regardless of how the outcome is actually getting painted. As this giant harassment campaign against women filled with all sorts of death threats. On the ground the movement isn't barely like that."
This kind of recursive, contradictory, and sometimes confusing argumentation characterized much of the interview.
Gjoni repeatedly insisted that the segments of GamerGate making news for harassment are from members of a trollish fringe who are "ruining everything." Part of this belief seems to stem from his assertion that "thezoepost" was not a misogynistic character assassination, as it has been painted online, but a "callout post" detailing Quinn's purported misdeeds and hypocrisies as an emblem of social justice. Indeed, Gjoni told BuzzFeed News, as he has written elsewhere, that he considers himself a social justice advocate.
In the weeks leading up to the publication of "thezoepost," Gjoni said he consulted with more than a dozen friends and colleagues, mostly men and women in the Boston tech scene, about the content of the article and the potential fallout. One of them, Rachel Martin, is a 25-year-old freelance designer who described herself as a radical feminist. Martin described Gjoni as "gentle and conscientious" and said that she condoned the publication of "thezoepost" because of her own past as a victim of emotional abuse, which she felt Quinn had committed against her friend.
Gjoni also consulted his mother, a human resources manager who asked that her name not be used. Gjoni's mother, who trains workers in harassment avoidance, preached caution. "I advised him to cool off and not make a decision based on emotions," she told BuzzFeed News. "I was not very happy that he made the decision to publish. As a parent, my feeling is that what you put on the internet is for eternity."
And yet Gjoni, whose friends described as deliberate and calm, may not have fully taken that reality into account. "I spent the better part of a month planning all contingencies," he told BuzzFeed News. "I gave this outcome an exceedingly low probability."
The feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian had to cancel a recent speech at Utah State University because of a death threat related to GamerGate.
That probability has taken its toll. Until last week, Gjoni worked as a computer scientist at a Boston hospital, where he specialized in robotics and artificial intelligence. Gjoni, who emigrated to the United States with his parents from Albania when he was 6, was recruited to the position while he was still in college. Recently, his supervisors noticed that he looked haggard and wasn't getting much work done, and asked him if he wanted to resign. Gjoni said yes.
"Internet warfare takes a surprising amount of dedication," he said. Indeed, Gjoni, despite his protestations that he wrote "thezoepost" for ethical reasons unrelated to gaming, seems unable to leave the cause his writing sparked alone. He admitted to regularly advising GamerGate leaders, and seems to take some pride in the power he claims to exert over the movement, as well as over the effect the movement has had on gaming journalism.
"I've had to ... keep it from splitting the earth in two," he said.
And even as he won't distance himself from GamerGate, Gjoni won't quite take responsibility for the terrifying harassment that women have faced as a result of "thezoepost," donwplaying its significance: "The scale is actually not that large. And gender doesn't seem to be what sets off those harassment bouts, political ideology does."
Martin, Gjoni's friend, thinks that blaming "thezoepost" for the woman-hating extremes of GamerGate is short-sighted. "It's terrifying," she said, "But misogynists would have found another reason."
But they didn't. And Gjoni's story ultimately may be the definitive example of the way latent — and hateful — cultural forces in the internet seek expression everywhere. That's a fact with which Gjoni himself seems to just be coming to terms.
Asked what he would say to women who have been terrified by death threats and anonymous harassment, Gjoni said, "I can't deny my letter was the spark. I guess I feel compelled to offer an apology to them. But also I don't know how to do that without taking the responsibility away from people who are actually doing the harassment. But, I guess, let me know how I can make it up to you?"
>> In lieu of rekindling my love for fabrics and colours that look that touch bit magical and in the process, annoying you all with my inner Manic Pixie Dream Girl tendencies, I thought I’d follow up with an update from a fellow MPDG, albeit with far more talent and skills than my manic pixie self. Lesia Paramonova first wooed me with her heady ways with floral prints and tulle and then she took us into the woods for a fairytale laced with school uniforms. For her latest capsule LES’ collection, she once again goes into her own imagine magical forest (the word “les” loosely translates into forest in Russian) but this time, she has a partner-in-crime in the shape of Taiwanese illustrator Hsiao Ron Cheng (not quite manic, but definitely a dreamer girl when you look at her beautiful illustrations of pink haired pensive girls). This is a collaboration of the sort that only the internetz could have brought about with Paramonova based in Moscow and Cheng in Taipei. When mutually admired aesthetics meet online though, pretty things can happen and this capsule collection filled with trapeze frocks, LES’ signature printed bodysuits and leggings is the fruit of that like-minded Tumblr/Pinterest mash-up. Paramanova has accessorised the capsule collection with her own toadstool speckled red double layered bucket hats and lace-up shoes with canvas tie backs just in case the the odd hybrid animals and coral reef formations dancing across your chest aren’t quite whimsical enough for you. The only question remains is the blindingly obvious – when will Paramonova get it together like any other internetz-borne 21st century designer and get herself an Etsy or a Bigcartel. The MPDG girls out there at large demand it goddamnit! To my knowledge, LES’ is currently only available in selected stockists in Russia but has also been looking to expand internationally as she went to market with her collection as part of the Pitti Super tradeshow in Milan a few weeks ago. Hopefully that will yield a few more avenues so that we might get our hands on Paramonova’s forest delights.
And just to send you off on your merry way to wherever this drizzly Tuesday takes you, here are more of Cheng’s pretty-pretty illustrations. She’s been working as a freelance illustrator since 2012 and has also participated in quite a few group exhibitions with her delicately balanced and precise pastel-washed portraits and still lifes.
The City Council in Worcester, MA does not want Comcast coming anywhere near its residents. The cable company is seeking a license transfer from Charter as part of a customer swap that's tied to its purchase of Time Warner Cable, but the council is trying to block it.
"It's a terrible company," City Councilor Gary Rosen said after a vote last night, pointing to Comcast's "deplorable and substandard" customer service in other municipalities. "In my opinion, they should not be welcome in this city. Comcast is a wolf in wolf's clothing; it's that bad. They are awful, no doubt about it. Maybe we can't stop it, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't speak out."
The Telegram & Gazette in Worcester reported today:
Green Street alums Greg Reeves and Mark Young are behind the new "Mediterranean-inspired" restaurant, which is taking over the former Rendezvous space in Cambridge.
Viale (pronounced vee-AH-lay) opens to the public this Wednesday, October 15, co-owner Greg Reeves tells Eater. He and Mark Young haven't changed too much at the former Rendezvous space — more of a facelift, really. Reeves previously revealed a little bit about the menu:
"We’re calling it green-driven, Mediterranean-inspired. We’re going to have five or six pastas, apps and entrees, a couple of grilled pizzas, kind of Al Forno-inspired, because I think those pizzas are delicious. That kind of puts us in the Mediterranean area. And ingredient-driven. We live in New England, so we might as well use the shellfish and the farms when we can. Use what’s good and around."
To start, Viale's dining room will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a late-night bar menu available an hour later. For the first month, the restaurant will be closed on Tuesdays. Keep an eye out for Sunday brunch, possibly starting after the first of the new year.
502 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
David Bowie w/ Fangs
Tilda Swinton in Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
In America’s colonial era, thousands of people were buried in a cemetery that is now the Green in New Haven, Connecticut. The Center Church on the Green, as it is called now, was built in 1814 right over top of a section of the cemetery! They set up pillars in the cemetery, and built the church on top, then put fill dirt around the church to make it ground level. That left a “basement’ of sorts for the remaining graves, complete with their original headstones. And it is there still. But that was only part of the large cemetery on the Green. What of the bodies outside of the church?
Yet in true Poltergeist-fashion, when in the 1820s the graveyard was relocated to the new Grove Street Cemetery, only the headstones were moved. By some estimates there are between 5,000 to 10,000 souls still buried below the Green, although one was disturbed during 2012's Hurricane Sandy when a tree was dislodged from the ground, and a skeleton was found coiled in the roots. Specifically, a skull was spotted just before Halloween with its jaw swung open as if in a silent howl, while a spine and rib cage remained attached.
You won’t see that, but you will see plenty of pictures of the Center Church on the Green and its underground cemetery-turned-crypt that is open to visitors, at Atlas Obscura.
(Image credit: Allison Meier)
Artist & Sculptor:
Mouse Skulls, Wood, Glass
After 25 years of Twin Peaks-inspired fashion, Twin Peaks Pop Pilgrimages, Twin Peaks-themed B&Bs, Twin Peaks/Muppet mashups, Twin Peaks recreations on Twitter, Twin Peaks box sets, NES-style Twin Peaks intros, and however many Twin Peaks-related things that The A.V. Club hasn’t reported on, the show that inspired all of that crazy nonsense is finally coming back. Showtime announced just last week that it’s bringing Twin Peaks back for some kind of nine-episode continuation, with co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost fully on board. This being Twin Peaks, the project is still shrouded in secrecy, so while it seems like a safe assumption that guys like Kyle MacLachlan will return, we don’t really know for sure.
However, Michael Horse, who played Deputy Hawk in the original run of Twin Peaks, is certain that Michael Ontkean’s Sheriff Harry S. Truman is coming ...
Game developer Brianna Wu, head of development at Boston-based Giant Spacekat, fled her home after receiving a series of specific, violent threats directed at her and her family on Twitter last night, she told Polygon. Police confirmed they are actively investigating the threats.
The harassment of Wu is the third such high profile event in the past three months involving a woman in games being the target of death and rape threats. In August, Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn was subjected to threats and harassment, as was Tropes vs Women in Games creator Anita Sarkeesian.
Wu believes she was targeted after tweeting a series of images critical of those who identify with the GamerGate campaign. After tweeting that members of the 8chan message board — a refuge for former 4chan posters — and GamerGate supporters had posted her personal information online, Wu republished a series of disturbing response tweets that contained violent threats and the developer's home address.
"And, here's the part of the night where I call the police," Wu tweeted alongside a disturbingly violent anti-feminist message directed at her. (A good timeline of the events on Twitter are collected at We Hunted The Mammoth.)
Capt. Richard Flynn, investigations commander with the Arlington Police Department, confirmed with Polygon that the incident is now under investigation with the department's Criminal Investigation Bureau. Polygon requested a copy of the police report, but our request was declined.
In an email to Polygon, Wu said she's also been in contact with the FBI and a detective in Boston regarding the harassment. Polygon has contacted the FBI for details on an investigation of the threats.
In the wake of last night's threats, Wu said she and her husband have left their home for "somewhere safe." Wu told Polygon she returned home today to "make sure nothing had been vandalized and to pick up some computer equipment," but said, "I'm not planning on being home for a while."
The attack on Wu has continued through today, she said. "Giant Spacekat's financial accounts are currently being targeted by hackers," she tweeted on Saturday afternoon.
Wu also responded to accusations that harassment toward her was fabricated as part of publicity or self-promotion.
"I am a professional developer, and I'd like to think I'm well regarded in this field," she told Polygon. "I can think of no quicker way to destroy my career than making up a false allegation like this, getting the FBI involved and getting arrested over it. It's absurd."
Earlier this year, Polygon published an editorial from Wu in which she outlined the rampant harassment that women in games regularly endure.
"[P]eople think men and women receive the same harassment online," she wrote at the time. "They do not. I'm not writing this piece to evoke your sympathy. I'm writing to share with you what prominent, successful women in the industry experience, in their own words."
The script that I used to make that course assignment about Facebook pronouns ("Sex, age, and pronouns on Facebook", 9/19/2014; "More fun with Facebook pronouns", 9/27/2014) can trivially be focused on any other words — so here's "the":
And "that" (though the determiner version is mixed with the complementizer):
For some reason, "these" doesn't show an age effect:
We may get a clue about what's going on from "and":
And also "or":
via multitask suicide
MECHANIC FALLS, Maine — A Halloween-themed hayride loaded with passengers crashed down a hill in the Maine woods and slammed into a tree, fatally injuring a teenage girl and leaving more than 20 other people hurt, police said Sunday.
Seventeen-year-old Cassidy Charette of Oakland died from her injuries after the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride wagon overturned Saturday night at a rural farm in Mechanic Falls, authorities said.
« La geste ou histore du noble roy Alixandre, roy de Macedonne, » traduite d’un « livre rimet,… intitulé l’Istore Alixandre, » par ordre de « Jchan de Bourgongne, conte d’Estampes » Date d’édition : 1401-1500 Type : manuscrit Langue :Français
“The deeds or history of the noble king Alexander, King of Macedon,” transcribed as a rhyming chronicle entitled “The History of Alexander" by order of John of Burgundy, Count of Etampes. Edition: 15th century; form: manuscript; language: French."
So this is what happened to all the Griffins and Wyverns and Giant Four-Tusked Boar.
Thanks for nothing, Alexander.
Raptor Surfing - The curious sport in which smaller birds fearlessly drive hawks & owls out of their territory by being incredibly annoying.
(All pictures are watermarked to their talented owners)
"Mexican federal agents have disarmed all police in the city of Iguala and taken over security. Local officers are alleged to have conspired with a criminal gang to kill 43 missing students, with a mass grave discovered."
Survivor of Mexico Student Massacre: 'It Was Terrifying'
TIXTLA, Mexico — As the bullets crackled in the air and police bundled students into the backs of police cars, Eusebio ran with all his strength. Shots were being fired at those trying to escape, but Eusebio was afraid of being taken by the officers, who were ...
Mexico federal agents disarm city's entire police force after student attacksDeutsche Welle
Mexico's president vows to find miscreants responsible for massacreDaily Mail
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Office of The Mayor, Twin Peaks | Submitted by C. Burns
The letterhead of Dwayne Milford, Mayor of Twin Peaks. Letters written on this stationery were once sent to members of the Official Twin Peaks Fan Club.
my birthday is at the end of january
'36% off any one item or single cut of fabric, discount is off MSRP for sewing machines, but off lowest price for all other merchandise"
multitask, you could buy yourself a pfaff for pretty cheap today
Working from home is weird. There, I said it. How freeing to admit it out loud! Since moving to Michigan, I’ve been trying to come up with Innovative! Business! Ideas! to keep Grey’s going strong and I have to admit that it is strange and sort of confusing not being able to just pop on down to the shop where I’ve spent most of my time for the past four years.
Luckily, I’ll be visiting Boston the first weekend in October! We’re having a bit of a Crafty Fox reunion/employee birthday party/shop birthday party and you, sweet sewists, are invited.
Saturday, October 4th, starting at 5pm and going until whenever, we’ll be partying it UP chez Grey’s. Come to tell me how much you’ve missed my smiling face and get 36% off one item for your troubles (because you only turn 36 once, right?)*. And you can drown your aforementioned troubles at the same time, if you like! We’ll have snax, booze, booze-free dranks, and generally amiable camaraderie, so stop on by to say hey. I will also be able to tell YOU how much I’ve missed you! Because working from home is weird.
Sure, at Grey’s Michigan Office I can stare into space as much as I like and the dogs don’t care if I’m actually wearing pants or not, but it’s not the same as having likeminded sewing peeps swinging by day in and day out.
*36% off any one item or single cut of fabric, discount is off MSRP for sewing machines, but off lowest price for all other merchandise.
via multitask suicide ('I'm going to go ahead and call this "shoegaze doom" and say that it's real fucking nice.')
via multitask suicide
Mouseover title: "If you want to have more fun at the expense of language pedants, try developing an hypercorrection habit."
That should be "…developing another hypercorrection habit", since making data plural in that situation is exactly analogous to using whom in "Whom are you, anyways?". But then, as Ben Zimmer has pointed out to me, that would spoil the joke involved in the choice of an in "an hypercorrection".
via firehose ("reminder")
Helen Mirren & Liam Neeson had a four year relationship after starring in the 1981 film Excalibur. The couple lived together and Mirren was instrumental in getting the 28 year old Neeson an agent.
Neeson has since remarked in an interview: “I fell in love with Helen Mirren. Oh my god. Can you imagine riding horses in shiny suits of armor, having sword fights and stuff, and you’re falling in love with Helen Mirren? It doesn’t get any better than that.” (.)