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The Sextortion of Amanda Todd
07/22/14, 02:09

Homer's one of my favorite people in here, but I think he's way overracting. There are people who genuinely alarmed at the idea of the internet losing its delightful wild west character, and they feel threatened by any discussion of how to make it a more civilized place. It's a kind of Amoral panic. People get indignant when Anita Sarkeesian disables her comments, and last week I made a general statement in favor of editing and people just naturally assumed I wanted to ban everything anybody ever posts.

I do think that "sextortion", while annoyingly overclever, is a better word for what happened to Amanda Todd than "bullying". Hopefully in the future, we'll have a better vocabulary for this kind of crime.
The Sextortion of Amanda Todd
07/22/14, 00:17

>>My problem is that the anti-cyberbullying movement is going after far broader targets than the lone teenager who pushed Miss Todd over the edge;

The suspect who was just arrested in the Netherlands is 35, is part of a network, and has been linked to victims on several continents.

In my opinion, Homer is neither a cyberbully, nor, in this case, a person with a clue. According to my research, cyberbullying legislation in the US, mostly provides things like funding for education and prevention, and monitors and regulates programs in schools. If I'm wrong, someone please correct me.
The Sextortion of Amanda Todd
07/22/14, 00:04

Lucky for you folks, I have the internet. I went to this awesome new site called Google.com, and it directed me to a crazy place called wikipedia. Here's a passage:

Starting in September 2011, the State of New Jersey will enforce the toughest bullying law in the country. Each school will have to report each case of bullying to the State, and the State will grade each school based on bullying standards, policies, and incidents. Each school must have an effective plan to deal with bullying. All school administrators and teachers are required to deal with any incidents of bullying reported to them or witnessed by them. Teachers must report any bullying incidents they witness to the administrators. Bullies risk suspensions to expulsions if convicted of any type of bullying; from minor teasing for severe cases.

So the TOUGHEST BULLYING LAW in the country provides penalties of suspension and expulsion, according to wikipedia. Until someone comes up with a better source, that means that while neither one of these guys is monsters, one of them is better informed.

People being imprisoned for shitposting? Not actually happening, at least due to antibullying legislation. Kids tormented and driven to self-destructive behavior, including suicide? Actually happening.
The Sextortion of Amanda Todd
07/21/14, 23:33

I know of at least a couple more.
The Sextortion of Amanda Todd
07/21/14, 15:53

To anyone not familiar with this case, the most shocking and depressing aspect for me is the endless posthumous slut-shaming that still rains down on Amanda Todd on YouTube, and not just in the comments. A whole lot of videos have been uploaded that seek to "expose the truth" about Amanda Todd, and how she was "not so innocent".

It's as if the taboo against sex with children, which was supposed to protect children, is now being used against children. You not only see kids on the internet behaving like this. You also see prosecutors charging kids with felonies for sexting.
Weird Al - First World Problems
07/21/14, 09:23

I hope you're not mad because I said you were obsessed with underage girls. I realize that can be a sensitive issue for you, and I didn't mean it like you were a pervert or a child molester or anything. I apologize if that's the way it came off! I know you're not a child molester, and I hope you know by now that I don't get a kick out being mean to you (although sometimes I enjoy getting you frustrated). It was totally not my intention to imply that you're a creeper, and if it came off like that then I'm truly very sorry.

I appreciate you saying that. There is one young woman on the internet I'm unquestionably obsessed with, and while it remains harmless and platonic, and overwhelmingly positive, I won't argue if you think its creepy, and even to me, there are times when it seems sad.

But when Catie inadvertently took part in another internet dog-piling on a different young woman, someone who I don't feel any affinity for at all, I confronted her on that, and since then she hasn't been favoriting my tweets as often as she used to. So be it.

http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=136181

Young women are who the internet decides to treat deeply and extravagant shitty, and recognizing that and calling people out on that is part of bringing civilization to the internet. We're inventing the communities of the future.
Weird Al - First World Problems
07/20/14, 20:06

By the way, my internet is down, and I took my laptop over to Mc Donalds to answer, but I 'm going home now, and I may be offline for a while.

There's a documentary about Amanda Todd that I may submit.
Weird Al - First World Problems
07/20/14, 20:02

It's pretty unlikely this is just one predator, and just one victim. This is one of the most cruel and hateful crimes I've ever heard of, and they can send the Justice League AND the Avengers after this piece of shit. I'm fine with that.
Weird Al - First World Problems
07/20/14, 19:50

>>I've also got ask: what's up with that last paragraph there?

It's not exactly a straw homer, and I know you never suggested that CP should be legal, but I'm making a point about what you seemed to be saying. The moral and psychological underpinning of the law is the idea that a minor isn't considered competent to give consent, but when you talk like this:

" it's pretty douchey to rag that hard on a stranger who made a string of awful life choices. "

The implication seems to be that even though she's a minor, she's responsible for her choices. And I was making the point that the law disagrees with you there, but you know who sees things your way? NAMBLA! NAMBLA's position is based on the idea that a minor can be considered competent to give consent and responsible for his or her choices. You should know that this is not the first time I've used this argument, so don't take it personally.

We're not talking about possessing CP. We're talking about a 30something dude sending it to everyone in the 15 year old girl's family and bragging about it, a constant drumbeat of humiliation tha t continued over a couple of years. A girl who insecure enough, and needs approval enough to be cajoled into showing her tits is going to be especially vulnerable to this kind of humiliation.

>>However, I think it's fair to say that unless you're killing yourself because you were maimed by a landmine and your subsistence-farming family will starve to death if they try to support you, your reason for suicide is probably not acceptable.

Are you trying to suggest that if I agree with you that suicide was not a good idea, that means that the sextortionist is not responsible? That dog won't hunt.
Elaine Stritch At Liberty (2002)
07/20/14, 14:43

Just a few days ago, Elaine Strich was alive, and I didn't know this existed. About a third of the way in, I've already heard some great stories about Marlon Brando and Ethel Merman.
Weird Al - First World Problems
07/20/14, 14:22

Amanda Todd was a 14 year old girl who was allegedly cajoled and persuaded into showing her tits to her webcam by a man who turned out to be in his thirties (there's recently been an arrest) and who tried to use the pictures to blackmail her into more explicit performances. She capitulated at first, but then she defied him, and so he sent the pictures to everyone on her facebook list. This led to a downward spiral of bullying and self-destructive behavior including drugs, cutting, promiscuity and, famously, attempting suicide by drinking bleach. She made a video about her ordeal before finally taking her own life in November of 2012.

http://youtu.be/ej7afkypUsc

>>and in what can only be described as an anti-internet conservative moral panic, it became a cause celebre for elderly, internet-fearing, pro-censorship advocates and the insane political opportunists who cater to those people, by pushing to make shit-posting an imprisonable offense.

Bullshit. This was a sexual predator and extortionist. Everything he did was already an imprisonable offense, and that's why he's probably in prison right now.

As horrible as the story is, the worst part is that, a year and a half after her death, the posthumous slut-shaming continues. People can't stop blaming the victim., like homer, who characterizes Amanda's story as "a string of awful life choices".

The reason why child pornography, or any sex with a minor is illegal, even if "ceonsensual" is because a minor is considered unable to be responsible for his or her choices in order to give consent.. I can't think of anyone who would disagree with that rationale, except perhaps the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), and, apparently, Evil Homer.
12 Monkeys (2015)
07/20/14, 06:49

I can't imagine anyone being happy sitting through a ten hour plus version of 12 Monkeys to arrive at the same ending as the movie. You're only willing to invest so much time in that kind of payoff. So I think there are going to have to be big changes.

My prediction? I'm not going to watch it.
12 Monkeys (2015)
07/20/14, 06:40

Manos 2: Satanic Boogaloo

Known quantities are easier to sell. Not only to audiences, but to investors and studios and networks.
Weird Al - First World Problems
07/20/14, 06:32

>>Also, fine, I'll bite. What makes you think Amanda Todd was not a First World Problem?

I think no such thing.
She lived here.
She had problems.
Fuck you.
Weird Al - First World Problems
07/20/14, 05:07

Actually, i have several.
Weird Al - First World Problems
07/20/14, 03:43

I'm not going to watch this. I'm sick to death of the whole FWP meme. Once upon a time, people used to apply this to themselves, and it was sort of humorous. At some point people started using it to put down other people, and then they started to go way inappropriate with it. Most outrageously, I've seen it applied to teenage suicide/sextortion victim, Amanda Todd.

Ever since then, I have a saying.

We live here.
We have problems.
Fuck you.
'The Mysteries of Myra' lost footage
07/19/14, 18:22

Beats me, all I'm doing is googling a subject I didn't know existed before today, and reading blogposts written by people who are probably doing the same thing. If you have anything interesting, and it's online, just post the links.

Here's a tinyurl of the link about to http://www.johncoulthart.com. It will probably be easier to use, because it won't have a gap.

http://tinyurl.com/pwjjfn5

The most interesting thing you'll see is a famous photo of Crowley being adapted for the advertising.
'The Mysteries of Myra' lost footage
07/19/14, 16:47

What I'm finiding:

It's not exactly a movie, it's a fifteen part serial with a screenplay by the author of "The Perils of Pauline". It looks to me like Crowley wasn't directly involved, and was merely the inspiration for the villain. Harry Houdini worked on the special effects.

It's been considered lost, but it's developed a following and that has led to some heroic efforts at restoration, including a book someone published from stills and old newspaper accounts of the plot, and now there's some recovered footage. It looks like someone is crowd-funding a real restoration.
'The Mysteries of Myra' lost footage
07/19/14, 16:26

http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2011/08/22/the-mysteries-of-myra/
'The Mysteries of Myra' lost footage
07/19/14, 16:16

Check out

http://www.mysteriesofmyra.com/

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