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Month: July 2015 (page 1 of 3)

This just gets better every time I listen to it. Drake lets off a series of one-liners that basically ether Meek. He disses himself to disrespect Meek. He uses Nicki to disrespect Meek, and as @misterjt put it all without tearing her down. He zings. It’s funny. And we can twerk to it. Get into it.

@WaymoTheGod, free speech, and the right to be ignorant when you want to

First Amendment protected speech is a tricky thing. We may not always agree with what people have to say, but we have to defend their right to say it.

Let me explain.

There are ignorant people in this world, not unlike that Waymo dude. They will always be there to say some bullshit we disagree with and/or are offended by. Exhibit A:

 

 

Now. Is this dude an ignorant ass porch monkey? Yes. Yes, he is. What he is saying is deplorable, and he deserves the fire that is happening in his mentions right now to burn his shit-stained drawers as he sits in his dorm room click-clacking away on Twitter for reactions, RTs and mentions. 

I saw people calling for us to block him and report him as spam, and the reason I will not do that is simple. 

Waymo is exercising his right to express himself. It is First Amendment protected speech whether we agree with what he is saying or not. He has his right to let his ignorant ass word diarrhea flow freely from the asshole that is on his face just the same way as we have to right to react and call him out on it. He actually got a very proper dragging from Danie, and we all loved it.  

The problem I have with reporting him as spam and having his account possibly get deleted is that it sets an ugly precedent, and if you understand anything about the way the court systems work (and shit rolls downhill), then you know that courts work on precedent. 

If every time someone says something we don’t like or agree with we get their account banned on Twitter, what happens when those people on the other side don’t like what we have to say? I’m talking the #AllLivesMatter people or even your sensitive ass #NotAllWhites or #NotAllPolice people. If they get even an inkling that they can use blocking and reporting accounts as spam as a tool to silence us on this social network, where will we be? 

Think about what briefly happened to Feminista Jones yesterday on Facebook. Someone who obviously doesn’t like or or disagrees with her reported her account to Facebook, and it was temporarily shut down while Facebook forced her to go through the motions of proving she is a real person who actually operates in this world using the name Feminista Jones. We can’t have that. 

While Waymo’s ignorant ass speech is worthy of all the ire of every shea butter bitch from here to Africa, it is not worth us derailing the First Amendment protections that allow all of us to express ourselves on this medium.

You may not agree with my words or ideas. You may think I’m dumb, but please, always defend my right to say it, because my right is your right, and that is what is most important. 

Feel free to hop in his mentions and tell him his words are trash though. 

As relevant now as it was when this album came out 29 years ago

Run DMC

Run DMC (photo credit: rap genius)

Alleged hacker of NY Mag has Twitter account suspended

#TheEmptyChair cover photo for the Bill Cosby feature in New York Magazine

#TheEmptyChair cover photo for the Bill Cosby feature in New York Magazine

The Twitter account of the supposed NY Magazine hacker (you know the account that I told you had only been running for 6 days and had less than 100 tweets) has been suspended by Twitter.

The account handle was @Vikingdom2016. It was mentioned in the Daily Dot article I also referenced. The embedded tweet they included in their article is no longer available, and when you go to Twitter, the account shows as suspended.

Now. Remind me again why we should believe the bullshit story that this was unrelated to the Cosby article? Because from where I sit, all signs point to yes like a Magic 8-ball.

When I scrolled through the account yesterday, I didn’t notice any tweets that could be considered abusive, so I am wondering when and why the account was suspended by Twitter.

How many long-running Anonymous accounts are there that haven’t been suspended? Isn’t Anonymous known for hacking and disruption as well?

I ask that not to cast a bad light on Anonymous, but rather to highlight the fact that there are plenty of supposed ‘hacker’ accounts that don’t get suspended, so why this one, and why now?

Stay woke, and don’t be afraid to call out the bullshit.

 

Some mornings I just don’t feel like it.

Fuck writing. Fuck this homework. Fuck going to the day job. Fuck that deadline. Fuck everything.

And then I remember that I have a greater goal, so I keep pushing.

Primary Source

Ann constantly stresses to me (and everyone else!) the importance of telling our stories. We have to be in control of our own narratives, because if we are not, what is remembered of us will not be accurate.

It was Walter Benjamin who gave us the quote, “History is written by the victors,” and if current events are any indication, we are by no means the victors right now.

As a media studies student, I have become all too aware of what happens when the narrative is controlled by someone other than the subject. It can become distorted, unrecognizable, and anything but the truth. I have decided that I refuse to allow this happen to me.

I am not sure when exactly it was that I became aware of what a primary source is, but I have long recognized the importance of them.

For those who don’t know, consider this definition from the Princeton University library reference desk:

A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. Some types of primary sources include:

  • ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (excerpts or translations acceptable): Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records
  • CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art
  • RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings

Examples of primary sources include:

  • Diary of Anne Frank – Experiences of a Jewish family during WWII
  • The Constitution of Canada – Canadian History
  • A journal article reporting NEW research or findings
  • Weavings and pottery – Native American history
  • Plato’s Republic – Women in Ancient Greece

A secondary source analyzes and interprets the information found in a primary source. They were not a part of the original event, they are just there to tell you what happened based on what they found out from studying primary sources.

Getting to the point: I would much rather be the primary source of information for my life and times than let someone else tell it. People get the facts wrong. They leave things out. They may even tell the story with a slant so that it favors them to a certain degree.

Never let that be your legacy.

I am taking a vow to be a primary source for what is happening now and in the future as long as I am here breathing. It is my job as a journalist. Journalism today has strayed so far from what it was originally intended to be that the telling of our stories has to come from us; we cannot trust anyone else to do it.

I hope you will, at least in some part, do the same and tell your stories too.

 

 

Bobbi Kristina Brown dead at 22

I wept for Bobbi Kristina the day her mother Whitney died. I was horrified when I heard that Bobbi Kristina had been found unconscious in a tub, and I was fearful that her story would have the same ending as her mother’s.

I find consolation in the fact that she and Whitney are now traveling the plane together, and her young, troubled soul can finally have some peace.

Rest in Paradise, Bobbi Kristina. May your family find love and compassion during this time of loss.

Rape culture starts in the home

The relationship that Kylie Jenner is having with Tyga is wholly inappropriate. That none of the adults around her seem to see the problem with it is terrifying. That her sister, Khloe Kardashian, would admit in print that she too had age inappropriate relationships  at 16 gives us an eye-opening look (as if their reality show wasn’t enough) at the level of degenerate dysfunction that is in this family.

Kylie Jenner will be 18 on Aug 10, at which point I suppose we are all suppose to stop talking about the fact that she has been sleeping with dating Tyga since 2014. He has written sexually explicit lyrics about her that are incredibly disturbing.

At 16, you are not equipped to make the same emotional decisions that someone 5 or even 10 years your senior are able to make. It doesn’t matter if you bought a house and flew on a jet with Karl Lagerfeld; sixteen-year-old girls are not emotionally mature no matter how much we want to make them into adults in our heads.

With everything that is going on in her life already, being sexually exploited by both her family members and her ‘boyfriend’ are major causes for alarm. I can only hope she still has money for the therapy bills later in life.

Rape culture starts in the home. At least, it is for Kylie Jenner.

This Week: Load Up on 2X RP & GTA$ Payouts in Series A Funding (July 27th – August 2nd) | Rockstar Games

Now that you’ve plundered Humane Labs and sprung Rashkovsky from Bolingbroke, it’s time to revisit an old friend and reap double the GTA$ & RP rewards for doing so. Over the next seven days (July 27th – August 2nd), you’ll receive 2X GTA$ and RP for each of the Set-Up Missions and the Finale in the Series A Funding GTA Online Heist.

Source: This Week: Load Up on 2X RP & GTA$ Payouts in Series A Funding (July 27th – August 2nd) | Rockstar Games

Rockstar is trying to entice you into playing the same heists over and over again, and for those of us playing on old gen consoles, we should probably take advantage of this because it is likely that any new heists which come out won’t be on PS3 or Xbox 360.

Khloe Kardashian covers Complex Magazine

Khloe Kardashian tried to break the Internet today with her racy photo spread for the cover of Complex Magazine.

While the pictures of her surgically sculpted body are nice to look at, the real center piece of the article is Khloe’s take on her younger sister Kylie’s age inappropriate relationship with rapper Tyga.

 

Complex asked, “Do you feel that the criticisms of Kylie and Tyga’s relationship are fair?”, to which Khloe responded:

I think at 16 I was probably fucking someone that was in their 20s, for sure. I wouldn’t say I was even dating, probably just sleeping with them. But again Kylie is not a normal 17-year-old. You’re not gonna say, “Hey, so what are you doing this weekend?” and have her say, “Having a slumber party at my girlfriend’s,” or “Going to prom.” That’s not what Kylie does. Kylie is taking business meetings and bought her first house, or she’s going on a private plane with Karl Lagerfeld to take a meeting. That’s not even what people do in their 30s. It’s a rare circumstance, so let’s treat this as a special case.

Hold up. A special case? A special case? In what world is there any type of special case where it is OK for a grown man to be having a sexual relationship with an under-aged girl? Are you kidding me?

The word vomit continues. Complex asked her about the time she tried to slut-shame Amber Rose  and Khloe had this to say:

I just feel like it was unnecessary for her to say anything, and I used her own quote back. It was from her talking about when she became a stripper so I’m like, “How are you judging and saying Kylie should have a curfew?” What I thought was crazy was she was telling my sister to act a certain way or have a curfew, but [she wasn’t] doing the same. So just don’t comment. How was I slut-shaming by saying don’t throw stones at glass houses? There was no slut-shaming. I am not one to slut-shame, I have done slutty behavior myself.

That’s right girl. Four months later and the point of what Amber said is so far from your head as to not even be in the same universe.

It’s a shame that these girls have basically been pimped out by their mother for years; they don’t understand anything else.

In any case, go read the rest of the Khloe-isms and get a good look at what money can buy.

Khloe Kardashian in Complex Magazine (photo credit: Complex)

Khloe Kardashian in Complex Magazine (photo credit: Complex)

 

New York Magazine website hack

This is all a bit much. Within hours of publishing a powerful investigative piece on the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, New York Magazine had their site hacked.

The alleged hacker gave an interview to the Daily Dot:

But it’s not an attempt to silence the 35 women who have come forth to describe their alleged assault, nor the magazine that pieced their story together, ThreatKing said. Instead, he claimed, this stems entirely from his dislike of New York City, which he extends to magazines that share its name.

“Many stupid people at [sic] New York,” ThreatKing told The Daily Dot over a Skype chat. “I have not even seen the cover, LOL,” he said.

OK. So of all the things a hacker who hates New York could hack, he decides to hack the New York Magazine website on the same evening they release a huge story like this?

This is insulting to the intelligence of us all. There is no way this isn’t some form of technical misogyny. This is a means of silencing voicing. They can frame it around whatever narrative they want, but pay attention to a few things:

  1. In this supposed attack against New York, New York Magazine is the only site that has been attacked, and there seems to be no mention of any other site being attacked.
  2. The Twitter account of the alleged hacker has only been in operation for 6 days, with 94 tweets total as of this writing.
  3. The claim is that this is in no way related to the Cosby story, but why did that Twitter account RT Beverly Johnson’s tweet about the site being down and one of the staffers having their email hacked?

Listen. You can call me a conspiracy theorist all you want, but there is no way these things are unrelated.

As someone (who I can’t remember now, sorry!) said on Twitter once, the jig is higher than giraffe pussy with ten joints in it.

35 Bill Cosby Accusers Tell Their Stories — The Cut

Perhaps the most shocking thing wasn’t that Buress had called Cosby a rapist; it was that the world had actually heard him. A decade earlier, 14 women had accused Cosby of rape. In 2005, a former basketball star named Andrea Constand, who met Cosby when she was working in the athletic department at Temple University, where he served on the board of trustees, alleged to authorities that he had drugged her to a state of semi-consciousness and then groped and digitally penetrated her. After her allegations were made public, a California lawyer named Tamara Green appeared on the Today show and said that, 30 years earlier, Cosby had drugged and assaulted her as well. Eventually, 12 Jane Does signed up to tell their own stories of being assaulted by Cosby in support of Constand’s case. Several of them eventually made their names public. But they were met, mostly, with skepticism, threats, and attacks on their character.”

Source: 35 Bill Cosby Accusers Tell Their Stories — The Cut

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