bushpusherr's forum posts

#1 Posted by bushpusherr (762 posts) -

Super fucking excited for this

#2 Posted by bushpusherr (762 posts) -

@wienerless_steve: If hires are rare, each individual hiring decision radically affects the potential diversity of staff... so... One would hope that it diversity would be given appropriately significant consideration?

Again, I have no problem with the hires. I love Dan Ryckert. Just hoping for words to become actions.

But who is to say that it wasn't given the appropriately significant consideration, and it still turned out that Dan and Jason were what they thought would be the best fit regardless? I mean, it's not like they should have cut every white dude from the hiring pool before they even started, right?

#3 Posted by bushpusherr (762 posts) -

No one said they shouldn't have been hired. We were just hoping that other kinds of people had been hired. Those two ideas can be separate.

Just as a general logical consistency...you can't say "I wish other people would have been hired" without implicitly saying "I wish these two guys wouldn't have been hired in favor of those other people". The only way those ideas can be separate is if there were more than 2 positions open, which I think everyone can agree would have been better if there were more.

#4 Posted by bushpusherr (762 posts) -

Dear Duders:

Want to help fix the toxic, anti-POC, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ, anti-everything not white and mannish culture on the internet? Commit to diversity in hiring.

xoxoxoxoxox and love,

ETN

p.s.: I do like the new hires. But, really, c'mon. Site has been around this long and it's still all lily-white men. I subscribed at the time of the first BLLSL and will always resubscribe. However, it's has long been time to put some of the rhetoric of support for other voices seen today (and in Patrick's worth readings since..forever) into more meaningful action.

People are acting like Giant Bomb is always hiring, and they are always white dudes. Since the very beginning of the entire site, Patrick, Dan, and Jason are the only new hires that weren't already apart of the existing family (either from gamespot, or from connection to the years of Whiskey Media). Saying "aw come on you guys are still all white dudes" seems to clash with the realization that they have really only hired three new people over all this time. It's not like they get a new hire every year and somehow they always turn out white dudes. This is really rare occurrence.

#5 Posted by bushpusherr (762 posts) -

I think that, from the very beginning, there is a fair amount of context that is being lost or not discussed. Jeff, Brad, Drew, and Vinny have all been here since the very beginning, with Alex and Rorie having worked very close beside them (if not directly with them) for a very long time as well. I don't know that any of us are really privy to the details surrounding Patrick's hiring, just that they wanted someone more focused on the news angle to bring something new to the site, and he was super fit for the position. This is where we were at before Dan and Jason came on. Patrick was the only person from outside the existing family that had been brought in.

Location also seems relevant. Vinny and Alex live in NY, Patrick in Chicago, and with the tragic passing of Ryan last year that leaves us with Jeff, Brad, and Drew holding down the content fort in SF. That's a fucking skeleton crew. They didn't just need an editor and a producer...they needed people who were comfortable with video content, being in front of the camera, and being able to banter back and forth in an entertaining way over the course of obscenely long videos and podcasts. Now, it's not just the case that Dan and Jason were qualified for the position, its that this is the EXACT thing they were already doing at their previous jobs. And in a personality/chemistry driven site, having these two with an established relationship already, and a known chemistry with the existing staff, these guys weren't just uniquely qualified, they seem like a perfect fucking fit.

Now, it's absurd to suggest that a woman or a member of a minority couldn't be qualified for this job. However, if there was anyone who applied for this job that was a more perfect fit for these positions than these two, be they other white dudes, black females, or native american senior citizens, I've never heard of them. Now that could totally be a rolodex issue, but even through this whole hiring aftermath, I haven't see a single name proposed of someone who applied that fits the bill better than Dan Ryckert and Jason Oestreicher (not someone who could do it, someone who would be better). It's really the video content/production experience that sets them apart in such a big way. It just seems like a huge risk to make the jump on qualified, but unproven, talent for the sake of expanding your rolodex when you have the perfect candidates standing right in front of you.

#6 Posted by bushpusherr (762 posts) -

@smcn said:
@likeassur said:

I still don't get how Samantha is justified in telling someone to go **** themselves when all they said was "what if he was the most qualified person available for the position?" That's a pretty legitimate point there. Maybe they are the most qualified, how would Samantha know when A) She's not a part of Giant Bomb, and 2) She's not the one hiring?

For context Samantha's outrage is in defense of Maddy Myers who did apply for the job and who in terms of writing credentials is as qualified as Dan if not more so.

Hopefully this doesn't sound aggressive, but even though the position does say "editorial," how much written work do you really see coming from the editors? I don't know who Maddy Myers is, but I would assume that the experience in front of a camera and making long form video was at least, if not more, valuable than any writing credentials.

#7 Posted by bushpusherr (762 posts) -

Please use a clip from this Dan Ryckert sound board to accompany each incendiary comment about this whole thing :D

http://www.soundboard.com/sb/unastrike

#8 Edited by bushpusherr (762 posts) -

Pretty fucking stoked about the new duders, and can't wait to see them in some new content!

#9 Posted by bushpusherr (762 posts) -

@turambar said:

@bushpusherr said:

@turambar: I think the jest saying that "he's as bad as the 8.8 guy, the ones who's internet famous for being a bad reviewer" was in the spirit of what you are saying, but the fact that he didn't know Jeff was the "8.8" guy and was using that as his exaggerated "low bar" for comparison, that's what surprised me. Could not believe people were still salty about that.

Anyone know if Jeff has commented on the whole thing?

I think Jeff finds the fact that his name is attached to Yoshi to be dumb and funny. The 8.8 part of it? I doubt he cares much about it outside of it being funny as well. I think people here cares about this a lot more than the man himself.

But who knows.

Oh I didn't mean commented on the whole saltiness part of it, I fully expect he's been way long over that shit, he's got a thick skin. I figured he'd think this shit is as funny as the rest of us, just curious if he had made it known that he'd seen it.

#10 Posted by bushpusherr (762 posts) -

@turambar: I think the jest saying that "he's as bad as the 8.8 guy, the ones who's internet famous for being a bad reviewer" was in the spirit of what you are saying, but the fact that he didn't know Jeff was the "8.8" guy and was using that as his exaggerated "low bar" for comparison, that's what surprised me. Could not believe people were still salty about that.

Anyone know if Jeff has commented on the whole thing?