Hamish MacEwan

The death of the “gamers” and the women who “killed” them

For gaming to be taken seriously as an art form, it needs to be able to stand up to cultural critiques, and gamers need to be able to separate a developer’s personal life from her work. But it especially holds the medium back when these situations not only fail to play out in a civilized way, but become opportunistic embroiling of women in the “problems” of gaming culture, creation, and coverage.

It is, on a sad meta level, a real-life version of what Sarkeesian discusses in “Women As Background Decoration Part 2”: women being treated as less-than, harassed and harangued out of the conversation, in service to a different, “bigger” problem. And every time it happens, it advances the goals of the most poisonous “gamers,” while regressing everything else.

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Definitions | Multistakeholderism: nature and practice

Multistakeholderism: study and practice of forms of participatory democracy that allow for all those who have a stake and who have the inclination, to participate on equal footing in the deliberation of issues and the recommendation of solutions. While final decisions and implementation may be assigned to a single stakeholder group, these decision makers are always accountable to all of the stakeholders for their decisions and the implementations.

The FBI Is Dead Wrong: Apple's Encryption Is Clearly in the Public Interest

A steady decline

Writing for the carnival of lost souls that is the Forbes contributor network, Peter Cohan says “With IBM Partnership, Apple Proves Its Innovation Mojo Has Been Smashed” (no link but tip o’ the antlers to Andrew F).

Now, before you roll your eyes … Oh. Too late? Oh, well. The Macalope was just going to go into Cohan’s sterling list of bonafides in discussing Apple. It’s sterling because it tarnishes so quickly over time.

In January of 2013, Cohan said Tim Cook should be replaced with Jony Ive, admitting he wasn’t sure if Ive had Cook’s level of management skills or even those of, say, a howler monkey. But it looked like profit was going to fall a tiny little bit! (It didn’t.) Action was required! (It wasn’t.) Sometimes you have to needlessly throw a company into turmoil in order to save a company! (Is there some kind of tag-and-not-release program we can get Cohan into?) Then in April of 2013, Cohan detailed his “7 Reasons Apple is More Doomed Than You Think” (link to the Macalope’s deconstruction of it), as if we could think the company was any more doomed.

Look, people, he’s said some crazy stuff, but could a guy whose website looks like this be wrong about anything? The Macalope submits to you, his supple and savvy readers, that such a thing would be nigh impossible.

Oh snark, how we love you.

Lying on the Internet

One of the first things people learn about the Internet, is not to trust people. We learn that in a sea of faceless names, a reader must assume all information is suspect.

And yet, there is another trend forming. It’s still technically easy to lie on the Internet. But what’s changing is that it’s hard to lie on the Internet and get away with it. The more significant your claim, the harder it’s going to be.

There is still the opportunity to dissimulate via denial of consideration by snow job, and the Internet can blizzard snow.

Is Apple Watch’s Pressure-Sensitive Screen a Bigger Deal Than the Gadget Itself?

At its core, the “press and hold” mechanic is the return of the “right-click” that turns word processors, spreadsheets, and StarCraft into powerful tools and experiences. In the short term, it enables Apple’s UI team to squeeze much more functionality out of the watch’s limited real estate. But if the trick is applied to larger screens, unsightly user interface chrome could be minimized or eliminated entirely by subordinating it into context-specific press menus.

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blacksquares:    blacksquares:    fun reminder from genuinely radical feminist pepper ann pearson    im glad ppl are still circulating the best drawing i ever madeToday the Frankenstein phenomenon is omnipresent not only in religious myth, but in its offspring, phallocratic technology. The insane desire for power, the madness of boundary violation, is the mark of necrophiliacs who sense the lack of soul/spirit/life-loving principle with themselves and therefore try to invade and kill off all spirit, substituting conglomerates of corpses. This necrophilic invasion/elimination takes a variety of forms. Transsexualism is an example.

Mary Daly, PhD, TERF author, lecturer & academic from her book, Gyn/ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism