How Chan-Style Anonymous Culture Shapes #gamergate
Chan culture thrives on being an angry mob; people will argue against anything, even things they like, or argue with themselves; stating an opinion is an invitation to be yelled at. It's all a joke and everyone's anonymous. Having a personal identity is seen as self-aggrandizement; consensus is supposed to emerge in a decentralized way. Ideas belong to the collective; collective identity is sacrosanct, but personal reputation nothing — if you're an identifiable person, you're doing something wrong.
This mentality is reflected in how #gamergate deals with its targets. Quinn, Sarkeesian, Wu, and Harper are smeared by saying they want to aggrandize themselves somehow. It also explains #gamergate's obsession with false flagging. On chan boards, false flagging isn't just normal, it's perfectly accepted. And why would someone post in #gamergate if they didn't want people to yell at them?
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"Kelp gulls, like most of their kind, are opportunists. They’ll pluck fish from the sea, and scraps from landfill sites. And those near Peninsula Valdes in Argentina have started stripping flesh from the backs of whales.
The wounds might riddle the whales with skin infections, especially if the gulls are sticking their faces in rubbish heaps beforehand. Fazio found that the whales spend a quarter of their daylight hours trying to avoid the gulls, which might exhaust them, while depriving them of feeding opportunities."
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Of the estimated 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, only one in 10 can support complex life like that on Earth, a pair of astrophysicists argues. Everywhere else, stellar explosions known as gamma ray bursts would regularly wipe out any life forms more elaborate than microbes. The detonations also kept the universe lifeless for billions of years after the big bang, the researchers say.
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