12 de Abril, 2007
King Koz Chastises Crying Bloggers
HEAR YE, HEAR YE: King Koz has declared that death threats made to bloggers "dont' even exist" "most of the time"! Subjects who dare to refute this charge do not know of the King's crystal ball! He can see all your threats before they arise...or arrive in your inbox.
Look, if you blog, and blog about controversial shit, you'll get idiotic emails. Most of the time, said "death threats" don't even exist -- evidenced by the fact that the crying bloggers and journalists always fail to produce said "death threats".
And then his Controversial Orange Majesty shares one of his own non-death threats:
AIDS will be killing more amd more of you liberals every year. We conservatives have all the money, and you will be shining our shoes. You will stay in your minimum wage jobs. You are poor. We are rich. We get to travel. You don't. You have to scrape for tips. How about that 2000 election? Nigger Cochran couldn't save you. Is it true that "liberal" means "small penis" in Esperanto? Republicans will hold the Presidency until 2029 at least. You think you have power with Dago Pelosi, but you work for us. We let you "win" an election here and there just to fool you. Pretty cool how the Taliban would let stone walls fall on homosexuals. That is what will happen to liberals. God does not love liberals. That is why he gave you AIDS. Let's hope more gays and liberals get beaten up. From your genetic superior."
Seriously? With the amount of email that he must receive...is this the best he could do? He says he has received harsher threats. Is he one of those "crying bloggers" who now cannot produce the evidence? Did he intentionally pick a less threatening email to prove a point that these threats aren't so severe...and then admit it? Or did he pick this particular passage for reasons other than the threats contained?
Personally I agree with Chris:
Activists often get death threats when people who support the status quo find those activists effective. Kos does not believe death threats exist, never having seen one. Drawing of the obvious conclusions has been left as an exercise for the reader.
—Creek Running NorthThis Just In, Markos Moulitsas is an Idiot
That is, Milord: Maybe you find yourself edgy. I don't know. But face it, you are not writing as a strong woman rising up. You are not writing as a militant chican@ taking pride. You are not writing as an angry black woman, or as an unapologetic chinese vato. What hate mail do you expect to get? Shooot. You think that addled piece of confused hate you quoted is a threat? Listen, I could read you emails and comments that would curl your lip, make you suck in your breath, clutch your children. I mean threats. I mean shoot-you-filthy-mexicans-in-the-f*****-face" hate. Vile, vile, vile. Not "I hope this happens to you" stuff, but direct threat. I am talking about words I delete before my eyes get a chance to reach the punctuation because the first glimpse is so vile I don't want it coming back to my memory, ever. Get me? And, yeah, like you, I can be a tough guy. I can minimize the risk in my mind. But how can one so easily disregard a woman's fear of being hurt and violated in this culture of ours, Señor Progressive? I mean, Kathy Sierra is talking about much more than just "stupid emails," from what I've read. Did you let your intense kneejerk opposition to any type of "ethics standards" overwhelm any other considerations?
You say that those who "blog about controversial shit" ought to expect this. Now, I don't know what all Ms. Sierra was blogging on elsewhere. But this blog where she describes her threats and then leaves the blog seems to be about....computers? I don't know...I'll go a page before the "threat" post and grab the title and first graf:
Every time I give a talk, someone always asks, "That's all good and nice that helping users learn is the key to creating passionate users... but who's going to do all that extra work? Who's going to make the extra tutorials and better docs?" Answer: your user community. Think about all the things a strong user community can do for you: tech support, user training, marketing (evangelism, word of mouth), third-party add-ons, even new product ideas. And that's not including any extra sales you might make on community/tribe items like t-shirts, stickers, and other gear."
—http://headrush.typepad.com, Kathy Sierra, User Community and ROI
WHOA! That crazy woman should know better than to be testing the masses with rebel shit like that, man! Silly woman to think she could just....just...just write about tech support all BOLD n all!
Well. None of this means I necessarily endorse an ethics code or something. I don't know. I'll have to read more and think on that angle of it. I am pretty much reacting to the condescending post I already quoted. Because honestly, bro. I just don't get how you can be so casually snide and dismissive of Ms. Sierra's story. And the only reason I comment on it is because you are a voice with a big platform. Which makes it all the more confusing to me that you would frame a potentially far-reaching response in such a way:
But so what? It's not as if those cowards will actually act on their threats. [...] Email makes it easy for stupid people to send stupid emails to public figures. If they can't handle a little heat in their email inbox, then really, they should try another line of work. "
(Um...is it George W. Bush who made it cool to stomp and whine like a ten year old when presented with an aspect of life that displeases you? I swear, almost every response I read from you on something where you disagree has the same pissy, whiny, "too bad you're just a tiny peon loser" tone.)
So your Highness: you are 100% sure (somehow) that these threats are empty. So sure you'll respond with utter contempt.
I just hope that if anyone in your life complains of fear of death threats that you don't take the same cavalier stance. I mean sometimes I need to learn the hard way. But some lessons we ought to do our best to avoid. Some fears we ought to give weight, even when we haven't felt them ourselves. Not always easy. Maybe confronted with something we don't understand it is easy to resist. I can grok that, trust me. But before one hops up on a gangly orange horse and one-note-jonnie-trumpets the Dillio, perhaps he ought to think about it. Talk it out with someone?
And "So what?" Okay, son. Here's the "so what":
It's the threat that leads you to a psychiatrist and tranquilizers just so you can sleep without repeating the endless loop of your death by:
* throat slitting
and don't forget the sexual part...
I have cancelled all speaking engagements.
I am afraid to leave my yard.
I assume you read this.
Now, I can understand being confident in areas you have worked in or trained for or have spent much time mastering. I'm not against a bit of swagger, as long as you can laugh at yourself, too, when the time comes up. But Markos' tone? I simply do not understand such unabashed cockiness and derision in an area you can possibly know nothing about, in something you actually admit to be lacking experience of, something you prove with your own quoted emails, that you cannot relate to. Especially when it involves someone fearing for their life.
In fact, the King's tone reminds me of this comment left to Ms. Sierra by commenter "RealityCheck" on the very post where Ms. Sierra is talking about having psychiatric issues because she is that afraid that people are going to make real on the many sentiments they have been thrusting into her consciousness:
I am with Michelle Malkin in that it is no big deal and you are making it out to be a lot bigger than it is to get people to link to you.
I would recommend you get over yourself and stop imagining you are the center of the universe, get a thicker skin.
Posted by: RealityCheck | Mar 28, 2007 7:44:48 AM
"Get a thicker skin." "Find a new line of work." Interchangeable, eh? Is this the sentiment with which his Majesty wants to align himself and all his Works?
King Koz the "Progressive." It seems that in his progressive land, women ought to go and find a "new line of work" if they can't stomach a little talk about someone "slitting their throat" and then shooting "cum down their gob."
What gate is this cat crashing, anyway? I don't think it's one I need to be concerned with. He ain't goin' nowhere new.