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Aug 27 2013

I’ve just OD’ed on irony

In yet another article about obsessed harassing fuckwit “elevatorgate”, we get an interesting revelation.

In the Google doc briefly viewed by Mother Jones, elevatorgate wrote that he does not use his real name on social media because doing so could make him a target of harassment.

Yeah, we might storify him or photoshop his face into compromising images or send non-stop email notifications to him — you know, the stuff he does to his targets.

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  1. 1
    Pteryxx

    After all that linking and roundup of the issues, MoJo didn’t say one word about stalking nor about real-world safety concerns arising from collated online information. I is disappoint.

  2. 2
    spiffo

    “A notorious internet troll … has forced a major social-media site to choose between free speech and punishing an alleged harasser.” Uhhhhhhhhhh actually most of these women were petitioning for a Block button. And not “End free speech now!!”

    I understand some people have difficulty telling the difference.

  3. 3
    bcmystery

    At one time, I might have *brain asploded*, but my ironimeter long ago failed under the ceaseless onslaught from Camp Misogyny.

  4. 4
    Jackie, all dressed in black

    A brave hero, indeed.

    Sorry, is that much sarcasm dangerous after a irony OD?

  5. 5
    jenniferphillips

    “If you would like a villain for your piece, I would recommend finding somebody who is actually guilty of something. There are far worse people out there than a man who Storifies people’s tweets.”

    Dear Muslima…

  6. 6
    Louis

    I am dead from eyeroll.

    Louis

  7. 7
    Alexandra (née Audley)

    It’s okay, my irony meter has been broken for a while, anyway.

    I figure it’s cheaper not to bother to replace it every time someone says stupid shit like this.

  8. 8
    Marcus Ranum

    It’s not our broken irony meters that are the problem, it’s that elevatorgate’s stopped working some time ago and he has been operating in the red zone of extreme irony, unaware.

  9. 9
    Xanthë, Amy of my threads

    I think the level of asinine wanking regularly achieved on the #FTBullies hashtag has caused me to recalibrate my irony meter to far less sensitive levels, multiple times now, and then comments with a colossal lack of self-awareness like this one come along and still manage to break it. It’s fractally wrong.

  10. 10
    iplon

    Some people refuse to see the difference between Free Speech and “free speech”. Free Speech means you cannot be arrested for saying something, unless it can be shown you wanted your words to result in physical harm to someone else. “free speech” is the last defense of a wicked coward, who, unable to defend their words on their own merits, must hide behind the legality of saying them.

    I had a nagging suspicion the article was going to be awful as soon as the issue was framed as “free speech”. Is there no message so horrible, with criticism so minor, that you can’t imagine it being defended by claims of “free speech”? Useless.

  11. 11
    Marcus Ranum

    “free speech” is the last defense of a wicked coward, who, unable to defend their words on their own merits, must hide behind the legality of saying them.

    Well said.

  12. 12
    tashaturner

    Fascinating how harassers hide. Shows just how scared they are of us.

    Coming out of lurker mode as I had a minute to breath today.

  13. 13
    spastic6particle

    Misogynist Asshat: “FREE SPEECH!!!”
    Me: [Perplexed] You use this term a lot. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  14. 14
    Pteryxx

    …of course a Mabus would show up on… a thread about online harassment. And every surviving irony meter just redlined.

  15. 15
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    And every surviving irony meter just redlined.

    Nope. Stuck about 2cm past the red line. Had no idea you could over rev an irony metre.

  16. 16
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    sigh

  17. 17
    Bernard Bumner

    Free speech?!

    If the argument is that elevatorgate isn’t harassing anyone because the words are not hir own and are simply collected without any additional (hateful) intent or addition, then how is this an issue of free speech?

    To make that argument, one has to admit that the Storify collections are not merely neutral re-postings.

  18. 18
    Ingdigo Jump

    Some people defend free speech like the ACLU who puts legal defenses to challenges.

    Other like reddit, form hate groups

  19. 19
    Trebuchet

    …of course a Mabus would show up on… a thread about online harassment. And every surviving irony meter just redlined.

    Awww, I missed it! I did catch one at Ed’s place however so that’ll do me for the day. Interesting how he’s using the “Mabus” name again. Might as well, I suppose, since everyone knows his posts anyway.

    And of course, “Elevatorgate” makes Mabus look good.

  20. 20
    smhll

    Note the classic use of the “other people are worse” defense near the end of the piece.

  21. 21
    Inaji

    Louis:

    I am dead from eyeroll.

    Aye, me too.

  22. 22
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    As EG defender, Richard Reed says, EG is just collecting the silly things that feminists says. Such is the solid foundation of “investigative journalism” and the actions of a “human rights activist”.

    Fucking coward.

  23. 23
    Becca Stareyes

    As EG defender, Richard Reed says, EG is just collecting the silly things that feminists says.

    Ah, reading comprehension! If EG was putting that kind of (well, any) editorial effort into making it ‘feminist twitter arguments’ versus ‘I am watching you tweet, saving every word’, it would look a lot less creepy and harassing. At least that would have the pretense of approaching the arguments, rather than trying to silence the speaker.

  24. 24
    Great American Satan

    I thought EG’s name was known, that he was the Hoggle. I guess I don’t know my history of Slyme.

  25. 25
    Ray, rude-ass yankee

    Goodbye Enemy Janine@22,Becca Stareyes@23,

    As EG defender, Richard Reed says, EG is just collecting the silly things that feminists says.

    And

    Becca Stareyes@23,

    Ah, reading comprehension! If EG was putting that kind of (well, any) editorial effort into making it ‘feminist twitter arguments’ versus ‘I am watching you tweet, saving every word’, it would look a lot less creepy and harassing. At least that would have the pretense of approaching the arguments, rather than trying to silence the speaker.

    (snark) Well, isn’t everything that a feminist says silly? See? He has to collect them all.(/snark)

  26. 26
    Ray, rude-ass yankee

    Crap, the first quoted part is just Goodbye Enemy Janine in my post#25. I previewed and everything!

  27. 27
    Xanthë, Amy of my threads

    The Hoggle is, I’m ashamed to say, one of my fellow Australians, whereas a dispassionate analysis of EG’s targets suggests he hails from the British Isles; the link to some guy in Florida, which was doing the rumour rounds some time ago, seems erroneous.

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