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      “HIV isn’t cancer, something that you can contract through no fault of your own.” So, all those people that got it through blood transfusions in the 70s and 80s before proper screening procedures were developed must have committed some horrible sin that we don’t know about, huh? Shut up. Tyler Perry wants to fashion himself into some sort of demagogue, which is pathetic considering his work always has the subtlety of a cartoon anvil being dropped on the heads of his audience.

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      I have a wife. I won’t be watching this movie with her because I appreciate her enough to know that she’d hate it. I also know that she’d resent a ploy as juvenile as trying to get her to “appreciate” our relationship by subjecting her to a film that tries to teach that lesson. Neither of us needs to be preached to by someone we don’t know. Nobody does. I don’t want to form an opinion about this movie firsthand. I’m familiar enough with my tastes to know that even if I saw it for free it’d be a waste, and if I paid for it my money would be going toward a man whose art I think is lowbrow and whose moral messages I do not agree. Now, maybe you think I’m being condescending to you. I hope you do, because I certainly think your response was condescending to me.

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      This is one of those rare times in which I actually hope a person is being sarcastic and/or trolling. If you need a piece of media to show you that taking your partner for granted is a bad thing, you are not ready to be in a relationship. Also, I haven’t seen the film (given the fact that Perry’s work is almost invariably misogynistic and full of uninteresting, two-dimensional characters with very binary moralities), but given the article’s content, “don’t take your partner for granted” isn’t even remotely what it is about.

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      I don’t really know what to think about this article. On the one hand, Bioshock Infinite really is so good that the only possible way to improve on it is to give more of it to us, and opening up the world so that the game can be played in a number of ways would be great. That said, I’m not a huge fan of sandbox games, which is the typical approach game developers take when they want to make a “go anywhere, do anything” game; there’s too much freedom and not enough structure for me. That’s a personal choice. I don’t really agree that it shouldn’t be a first person shooter, though; like it or not, it is part of a series of games. The Shock series has always been first-person. Irrational Games saying, “we’re going to make a new Shock game but it won’t be an FPS” would be changing things fundamentally. It’s like Nintendo saying, “we’re going to make a new Mario game but it’s not going to be a platformer, it’s going to be a puzzle game”. Well, they did that; it was called Dr. Mario. It was hardly bad, but at its heart it wasn’t a Mario title in the way the public understands what a Mario title “means”.

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      She also for the longest time eschewed makeup and deodorant as a social statement. Which is fine if that’s what you believe, but apparently someone was able to convince her that many (not all) people would think her more attractive if she wore some eyeliner and lipstick and didn’t smell bad. Just goes to show, no matter what happens, as time approaches infinity, all things, people or otherwise, approach “normal”. Take that for what you will.

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      “…the material was technically legal.” Not all of it was. “…as long as it is legal, I support its right to exist.” I can’t possibly think of a more slippery slope to build one’s moral foundation on than, “it’s legal so it must be okay”. Does this mean, conversely, that you find 100% of illegal things disagreeable? Are you aware how easily state and, yes, federal laws are changed? “You can’t condemn the entire community when the majority had no idea such subreddits existed.” I don’t condemn for not knowing back then. I condemn them now because the fact that such subreddits not only existed but were actively protected by reddit mods/admins became public knowledge and people continue to use the site anyway. It’s very easy to do: if you know that reddit harbored abusive material and you continue to visit the site, you are implicitly stating that you are comfortable that such material exists and is willingly shared to a public audience. There is no other way around it. Talking about free speech and legality is simply window dressing. “The reason the internet is beautiful is the fact that it isn’t filtered.” I fundamentally disagree with your premise. “Fucked up people will always end up posting unsavory material no matter where you go online.” Besides being absolutely false (I can go to Gamefaqs.com right now and I guarantee that I would need to spend all day on their message boards attempting to find upskirt shots of anonymous women), there is also the matter of, so fucking what? Because horrible shit is everywhere, we should resign ourselves never to attempt to get rid of horrible shit? Get the fuck out. “I guess I don’t have the perspective to feel the need to shut down the entire site…” Yes, you’ve made it abundantly clear that you are okay with things like women having their genitals photographed and posted on the internet without their knowledge or consent. “…and bully its users…” What, like the bullying that happens when people who share illegal pornography get their computers seized as evidence that they committed a crime? That kind of bullying? “…but I really just go to these sites to see videos of people getting hit in the nuts.” Yep, because reddit is the only place you can go to see that. Watching someone get hit in the nads is just too important not to continue to visit a site that did all it could to protect people who posted illegal material, and did so under the veil of “free speech” to put a spin on how truly fucked up that position is.

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      “Isn’t it true that something’s good points can outweigh its bad points?” Yes. In Reddit’s case, many people point to the fact that reddit users have organized charitable donations and other philanthropic activities in the past. The problem is, many, MANY sites on the internet do this. Very few (if any) of them knowingly harbor pedophiles and voyeurs. Reddit did. “And isn’t it also true that Reddit (the website’s administrators) are not responsible for the content of other users?” Reddit admins do have banning privileges and the ability to remove content, and by law if they knowingly allow illegal material to languish, they can be held liable. “…all that’ll happen is those users will congregate elsewhere…”  Yes. They will need to go back to using archaic IRC channels and filesharing and the like to swap pedophilic content, as they have always done, methods that law enforcement regularly monitor. Because criminals exist, we should not make it difficult for them to commit further crimes? Um, okay. “Which means this now falls back on the users themselves, defending actions that, on some level, are pretty deplorable.”  If you think posting pictures of young children, taken without their knowledge or permission, for the express purpose of other people to masturbate to is just “pretty deplorable” and deserves mitigating language like “on some level”, I’m pretty sure you’ve invalidated anything else you might have to say on the issue. Ignoring that, though, yes, it does fall on the users. It falls on the users who posted and shared it. It falls on the users that decided not to report it. It falls on the users in positions to remove it and ban the posters but chose not to do so. And it falls on the users who continue to frequent the site despite knowing that all of this happened, simply because they enjoy the content more than caring that they are supporting a site that harbored pedophiles. “…they defended one’s right to do it…”  To do what? Swap illegal pornography? They don’t have a right to do that. That’s why it’s fucking illegal.

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      Many people who find reddit a cesspool aren’t part of any group or organization. We have fundamental problems with a public interent forum whose staff was aware that material bordering on abuse and in many cases actually illegal was being posted to their servers and did nothing about it for months, despite the forum being owned by a very large company with significant resources at its disposal. We take issue with the fact that there was not nearly enough made of this, even after the material was removed, considering how harmful and victimizing it was, and we take umbrage with the fact that once this all became public knowledge, the dialogue that was generated was not “What are we going to do to ensure this does not happen again”, but “The individuals who posted this content should be protected for reasons x, y and z”, which is a completely ridiculous conversation and would have been laughed out of any court in the country had the perpetrators been a small group of individuals swapping such material across the internet in their own homes. Issues like pedophilia have already been lionized in our country because of the incredible harm it causes its victims. That is why we have incredibly strict, clear laws about it. I do not think it is a radical view to believe that reddit’s servers should have been shut down and seized once there was clear proof that it was hosting such material.

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      I’m not going to start a Facebook account to respond to anyone in the FB comments above, so I’ll do it here because there’s one that’s so awful that I can’t let it go: Nicholas Walsh: “Sorry, there is NOTHING more important then (sp) free speech.” Yes, Nicholas, there is. My wife’s right not to have upskirt photos taken against her will and without her knowledge and then posted on a public internet forum is more important than free speech. My daughter’s right not to have pictures taken of her without her knowledge and then knowingly distributed among pedophiles on a public internet forum is more important than free speech. It is more important than mine, yours, and anyone else’s. Full stop, period, end of file, the end. Now shut up.

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      Too bad every reddit user implicitly agrees with things like their moderators only begrudgingly removing things like pedophilia from reddit’s servers after knowing about it for months. If parsing the definition of free speech is still anyone’s concern once things like sexual objectification bordering on rape and child abuse become factors, those people should probably have their internet privileges revoked.

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      “Adrian Chen is a tabloid journalist…[whose] issues with Reddit are mostly related to his personal issues…” Personal issues like believing in basic human privacy and that sexually exploiting children is wrong? I wish more journalists, law enforcement agents, legislators, and human beings in general believed in those things when it became known that reddit users were using the site to post pedophilia.

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      Who gives a shit what “good” reddit has done?  Some of its moderators allowed questionable or in some cases outright illegal content to be hosted on its servers for months before they did anything about it, and the only reason they hopped to was because the story was reported on cable news. Being that any website, ultimately, has a centralized structure near its top responsible for overseeing all its content, the fact that any leniency was shown to them at all is astonishing. Oh wait, no it isn’t. Reddit is owned by one of the largest publishers in North America. So, if enough people, with enough power and money, decide that it’s okay to post pedophilic content on a public internet forum, apparently that’s the ball game.

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      With respect, I don’t buy that. Not every hurtful comment or question is going to come from malice. I’d venture to say that many come from simple ignorance, and not all ignorance is willful. Also, your response is binary; no one is asking the trans* community as a whole to constantly explain themselves. The comic in question is pretty radical, though, considering it is a person expecting not to be painted with a wide brush doing just that to cis people. No person should be held responsible for constantly answering questions, personal or otherwise, about their lifestyle. That said, in all learning, primary sources are best. As a cis person, it’s my responsibility not to wield privilege and to do my best to stay educated and treat everyone with dignity, humility and respect. I know that because I’ve been educated. Want there to be more people who do so? Help them. Offending someone isn’t a two-way street, but mutual understanding is.

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      These are all great except for the first one. I live in a state in America that isn’t very progressive. At all. I’m a heterosexual cis male who’s lucky to be married to a woman who had queer friends in college, whom I became friends with while we were dating. I learned more about LGBTQ issues just talking to them than I ever could have from any other source. So what are people who want to learn to help them become more aware and accepting supposed to do if they don’t already have friends/acquaintances who they can talk to? I’d never advocate bombarding with questions anyone with a different lifestyle or identity, but open hostility to an honest desire to learn is counterproductive.

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      Last night’s presentation would’ve been right at home in a boardroom. In fact, I don’t have much doubt that if such a presentation occurred for Sony’s board of directors, it wasn’t very different at all. It was the type of show meant to wow a room full of people who still, in this day and age, don’t know thing one about technology and care only about the most whizzbangs it can display and how many cool things it supposedly be able to do. Call it paranoia, but the fact that the hardware itself was never displayed, and only very scarcely talked about, scared the hell out of me. All of the games displayed were glorified tech demos, or proofs of concept (and, in Square-Enix’s case, was recycled from a previous show). There was nothing concrete at all about whether or not the Playstation 4 was even running what we saw. Sure, we saw someone manipulating a controller, but what does that mean? I can sync my PS3 DualShock with my PC right now and use it. Everything we saw last night could have very well been simply played from a PC. And what about those games? Two from established franchises, one that is essentially a mashing together of an FPS and Gran Turismo (Drive Club), a few proofs of concept (Deep Down and Square-Enix’s latest cutscene along with a “promise” that they will be making a new Final Fantasy title for the system, as though that was ever in doubt), David Cage’s Virtual Grandpa and Jonathan Blow’s Myst: Cel-Shaded Edition. I didn’t see anything indicating that Sony is attempting to court anyone beyond their established user base. They’re all safe bets, set to please the groups listed in the article. Look at the PS4 controller for a visual representation of what I’m talking about. It retains the familiar form-factor of the classic DualShock, but it integrates every bandwagon “innovation” Sony has introduced in the last five years. Motion controls? Check. Touchpad? Present. Social media sharing? That’s been present for years as well; they’re just streamlining it, which is funny because it only takes a few seconds more for me to pick up my phone to tweet something about a game than it would for the system to do it for me. It’s painfully obvious that Sony doesn’t really have anything new to bring to the table, just shinier versions of the same games and features its users have been enjoying for the last seven years.  If that’s what its users want, that’s fine, but leaping to announce their hardware before being able to actually show it to potential consumers, or being able to announce a price point, or being able to discuss in detail their new online services and whether they plan to charge for them, smacks of desperation. Microsoft beat them to the punch by nearly a year during the last war of console succession and Sony wasn’t about to let the next possibility slip past. It isn’t enough. If Sony is asking for some more faith from its users, maybe they should consider conjuring an honest-to-goodness miracle or two.

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      As did I. This is mandatory playing for anyone who likes video games. As an aside, on the Customers Also Bought sidebar on the linked page is Planescape: Torment, perhaps the best western RPG ever made. C’mon people, for twenty bucks you can get two games that you will love and will keep your weekends occupied for the next month. That’s a third of the cost for a new-yet-crappy current-gen game. Pull the trigger!

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      I had one of these when I was little, and as a sick kid without many friends and one who loved to read, Teddy Ruxpin was pretty much the best toy in the world for me. I think I had all of the stories he came with memorized, and I took him around with me wherever I went. I loved that little guy and I played with him for hours every day. Naturally because of all the use he got, the tape player inside wore out pretty quickly, so after about six months poor Teddy sounded like he’d suffered a stroke. My dad, who was away on business every week and only home on the weekends, spent two days straight working with our neighbor, who was an engineer, to fix it before he left for another trip. Teddy never broke down again. Years later, when my mom was going through boxes of our old crap, she came across him. All the books and tapes we’d bought for him were still intact, and with a quick trip to Radio Shack to get a replacement battery, guess what? Still worked. So I cleaned him up, packaged everything together and drove it down to the Salvation Army. I hope some parent my age saw it and got it for their kid; toys nowadays are cool and all, using the same tech that we adults use sometimes, but there’s something about a toy that a kid can reach out and touch and hug AND tells them stories. Teddy Ruxpin rocked.

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      Except that doesn’t alter the fact that thousands of users make the decision every day when they post on reddit knowing that it has been used in the past to openly distribute harmful and/or illegal material and that it took months after moderators were made aware of said material’s presence before they stooped to do anything about it. Every user who knows that and continues to use reddit anyway is essentially saying that they are fine with this series of events, and that’s fucking disgusting. To say nothing of the people who object to racial/misogynistic speech and are regularly abused and shouted down in the name of “free speech”, simply so bigots can feel comfortable in congratulating one another for their bigotry. Reddit’s servers should have been shut down and seized the moment conclusive proof was made public that they were hosting pedophilia. Period.

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      ” i think youre mistaking me for some kind of enemy that actually endorses everything that happens on reddit.” If you knowingly continue to use a website in which users regularly post things like hate speech and pedophilic content without significant repercussion or moderation, you are endorsing it. End of file. There’s no difference between that and continuing to frequent a restaurant whose policy is “we don’t serve niggers” simply because you love the food that much. The content is more important to you than the fact that the institution is fundamentally harmful. The end.