Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage

On understanding GamerGate:

I’m afraid of the angry privileged white man protecting what he does have. The guy who thinks of himself as “normal” and speaking up for all the “normal” people like him, the guy who’s fighting to defend his “way of life” from the different and strange.

I’m afraid of masculinity, and privilege, of the male sense of “honor” they combine to create, and the incredible reservoir of madness that “honor” can unleash when it’s threatened. Of how incredibly petty the offense can be and how insanely disproportionate the retaliation can be.

The Daily Beast

The Horror of a ‘Secure Golden Key’

On the delusional thinking behind the Washington Post idea of a ‘golden key’ for encryption:

“This theoretical “secure golden key” would protect privacy while allowing privileged access in cases of legal or state-security emergency. Kidnappers and terrorists are exposed, and the rest of us are safe. Sounds nice. But this proposal is nonsense, and, given the sensitivity of the issue, highly dangerous. Here’s why.”


The (Surprisingly Profitable) Rise Of Podcast Networks

“Although none of the old-school radio players would exactly put it this way, they view podcasts as the future, or at least an important part of it. Each mentioned using podcasts to reach new, younger, and more diverse audiences. “People under the age of 30 don’t own radios,” noted WNYC’s CEO and president Laura Walker.”

Fast Company