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Comment Re:Unearned Platforms Given to Moral Guardians (Score 1) 223

Some people refer this this type of claim as "conspiracy theory"

Except that, the whole point of it is that there isn't a conspiracy at all. Tropes are not deliberately created, they evolve naturally. I actually said that in the text you quoted, somehow in your mind it became the exact opposite. Look, I'll highlight it for you:

It's not that some evil misogynist sat in front of his computer, rubbing his hands in glee as he designed another Ms. Male Character trope to keep the women down, it's just that they are a thing, part of a system.

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 1) 317

The best advertising is unbiased reviews and recommendations. Unfortunately for most advertisers you need your product to be good to get those, so to sell that piece of shit you either have to manufacture some astroturf or rely on traditional ads that everyone is trying to block.

Tesla don't seem to advertise much (maybe they do in the US, I wouldn't know) but their reputation and the quality of their product is more than enough to make up for that. Ford, on the other hand, keep producing crap so have to turn it into some kind of lifestyle bullshit to sell it.

Comment Re:Cores Schmores (Score 1) 121

It really depends on the workload. 32 cores will outperform some high end Intel stuff on workloads that saturate them, I'm sure. AMD is also pushing memory bandwidth up, so it really looks like they are betting on having lots and lots of cheap cores and tonnes of memory bandwidth and everyone decides to write their software to take advantage of it.

Comment Re:Unearned Platforms Given to Moral Guardians (Score 1) 223

What she is saying is that simply noticing and pointing stuff out isn't helpful and is actually just annoying. You have to transcend that and see it as a bunch of systems all interacting. So it's less about individuals or individual examples, and more about the systems that produce them.

That's why she does videos that cover the history of video games and how tropes came to exist, and how game mechanics evolved to perpetuate them. In fact her whole point, and the reason why many game developers love her, is that often it's just these cultural tropes that are the problem and you can make your game better by avoiding them. It's not that some evil misogynist sat in front of his computer, rubbing his hands in glee as he designed another Ms. Male Character trope to keep the women down, it's just that they are a thing, part of a system.

Comment Re:Anything the US does is suspicious (Score 1) 268

Even though I find Nazi politics abhorrent, I can still understand why they made particular military decisions by placing myself in the position of their military commanders and political leadership. Fortunately so could strategists on the Allied side, which helped us defeat them.

I would also point out that NK only seeks to unify Korea, and while they expect their leader to be treated with the respect that leaders of other countries are usually afforded they don't expect the rest of the world to convert to their ideology.

Comment Re:Unearned Platforms Given to Moral Guardians (Score 1) 223

You are correct, I should have made the distinction a bit clearer. While Thompson says that games directly cause people to physically harm others, Sarkeesian says that at most the harm comes from normalization and propagation. You put it better than I did, I just want to acknowledge your point and say I agree with it.

Comment Re:Unearned Platforms Given to Moral Guardians (Score 1, Interesting) 223

I think she was quite clear when she wrote that, I don't know how you got from "it's possible that some actions a woman might take could harm other women, thus we shouldn't blindly support every choice women make" to "women must only do things that benefit women as a collective".

Actually, I suspect you got there by deliberately misinterpreting what is an exceptionally clear and carefully worded statement that was obviously designed to avoid just such a misunderstanding. In fact, it addresses one of the biggest non-complaints that anti-feminists have, that "nothing a woman does can be wrong". Well, here she is explicitly stating that is not her view.

Comment Re:Unearned Platforms Given to Moral Guardians (Score 2) 223

The problem with six second YouTube clips is that they don't offer a lot of context. What she actually said was that when you first start learning about feminism it might seem like "everything is sexist, everything is racist, everything is homophobic", but as you learn you grow out of it and start to be more productive.

In other words, she is saying the exact opposite of what that clip makes out she is. She is saying she doesn't believe that.

Full transcript for reference: http://lybio.net/anita-sarkees...

And the second she decided that she wanted to go speak before crowds. She's wants to spew her stuff, but doesn't want anyone to turn around and call her out on her bullshit.

So, you are saying that someone must provide proof of their opinion before speaking in public to a crowd of people, just in case anyone disagrees with them and wishes to construct a detailed rebuttal based on their body of work. That's not how public speaking works I'm afraid, in fact it's always accepted to be an abridged summary without background information because you time is limited and that's what books are for.

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