When people agree for the wrong reasons
I think the role that ambiguity plays in Reddit comment sections has been underexamined.
I think huge masses of people upvote vague comments because they strike a venn diagram of a different possible meanings, all of which are incompatible with each other, but which collectively, are salient to a large group of people.
I've attached this Reddit thread as an example. It's either super obvious or not obvious that Lakers fans would come out to boo Clippers
Bitcoin bros (-)
This article is about a lot of things, but I want to focus on the "bitcoin enthusiast" guy. Like every bad stereotype you could imagine.
He wants to warn an investor in a scam coin that it's a scam coin. That's cool! Nice.
>Reluctantly, she agreed to a conversation on Skype.
Not bad necessarily, but couldn't email work?
>he told McAdam bluntly that it was a scam - "the biggest scam in the [expletive] world".
Uh, do you have to talk like that? (and good god look at the image)
I know this is old news, and at some point I'm going to have to stop putting these apologetic caveats in the front of everything I say, but it's just a reminder I guess of what holds disempowered people together.
Ideally you'd have some structure or institution or some instruments that centers identity and power and sense of community, but even a history, something to bring attention to and derive intention from, can serve that function, and those without it can be scattered.
Oh, wow, great job Disney disputing the claims of pay disparity:
"Disney has made historic investments to expand the earning potential and upward mobility of our workers"
Earnings "potential", upward mobility are both hypothetical things. That can be offered instead of money.
UGHHH SMBC-comics is so frustrating. It's kiiinda in the right wheelhouse, at least asking interesting questions, but has absolutely dumbshit answers.
What makes humans morally worthy that might separate us from machines isn't that we're "emergent", it's the qualitative aspect of our experiences: our love, our happiness, our contentment, our self-actualization or whatever's at the top of Maslow's hierarchy.
That's what! Not ineffable. Articulated in brain structure.
"The founder of MoviePass is back, and this time he’s not messing around." -- wait, hold on. MoviePass is still there, right? It's still... something. I think.
But the founder is "back" ? Just back? Like lobster rolls for summer? Like a black fly in your.. well not that one, but like... MoviePass still exists right?
Tucker Carlson, free speech
Weird how the right wing only wants to defend free speech when it's inciting mass murder.
The insanely weird tone & culture (if it is a culture) of amazon review writers is an untapped gold mine.
They write like something out of a 1980s readers digest column (pictured), or else like they are coming off an orgasmic high directly stemming from buying the product (also pictured).
If you were looking for the "next" Yahoo answers (probably soon to be RIP), I think this is it.
Lewd but hilarious Time Warner Cable problem
Time Warner Cable wants to make a little extra money. So if you use them for internet access, they like to serve you their own ads.
If you ever type in a non-existent domain on accident, like google.cmo, it redirects you to their search page with ads.
And here's the funny part: there is a "related searches" section that displays things other people have searched for, and it's, well, very lewd! They forgot to filter it!
Abben rhymes with cabin.
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