MikeinSC's forum posts

Avatar image for mikeinsc
MikeinSC

1079

Forum Posts

1702

Wiki Points

17

Followers

Reviews: 177

User Lists: 6

@realmjumper:

@mikeinsc said:

@sethphotopoulos said:

Just so people know. The juvenile record thing come from a conservative blogger/journalist allegedly being told by police officers that Michael Brown has a record which contained second degree murder. Allegedly because all we have to go on is his tweets saying that he was told this. He's gonna sue Ferguson because he thinks that because Brown was dead he has no right to privacy. He's also trying to make a point that Brown was a bad dude and that he deserved what he got. This just seems like a character assassination attempt.

In what world would a prior criminal record with a history of violent crime be irrelevant? And the St Louis Dispatch is ALSO suing for the same info.

This just an irrelevant battle for public opinion. Even if the kid was a thief, a pot smoker and a murderer he shouldn't have been shot unless he was a direct threat at the time of the incident. Comparing eye witness acounts, that audio recording and the official report, it's pretty clear the police are not telling the whole truth here.

The police officer has said that the killed attacked him, which seems like baffling behavior. A criminal record and a recent theft would make that specific odd behavior plausible.

Avatar image for mikeinsc
MikeinSC

1079

Forum Posts

1702

Wiki Points

17

Followers

Reviews: 177

User Lists: 6

@juno500 said:

Also, I find it ridiculous that the Guardian article is being attacked for lacking journalist integrity, when the whole point of the article is "Online harassment of women is real, and it's bad".

Really? Is that where we are at now? It's an ethical breach to condemn harassment, just because the author and the person being harassed have a financial relationship? I find this assertion to be very revealing of those making the argument. Asking somebody not to harass others IS NOT "taking a side".

Is evidence of this harassment ever presented?

Avatar image for mikeinsc
MikeinSC

1079

Forum Posts

1702

Wiki Points

17

Followers

Reviews: 177

User Lists: 6

#3  Edited By MikeinSC

@juno500 said:

@mikeinsc said:

@juno500 said:

Sidenote: I find it hilariously ironic that there are some people (to be clear: not everybody) criticizing the lack of journalistic integrity in the mainstream industry, while also suggesting people go to independent sources like Total Biscuit on youtube instead.... where no such standards exist, and where critics are no less immune to influence from publishers.

If nobody has integrity --- and in gaming, nobody does --- why not YouTube? They are also less willing to just slam their audience for not measuring up to their lofty standards.

If people don't care about integrity in video game criticism, or see it as not existing anywhere, then that's their choice. I've got no problem with them preferring to follow youtubers rather than a mainstream outlet.

However, I believe that many go to youtube with the idea that the critics there are inherently more truthful, that they are less likely to be influenced by PR, and less likely to involved in payola, and that's the problem. Once Youtube critics develop that reputation, that's when PR outlets attempt to take advantage of that reputation, and start trying to interact with them in the same way they do with the mainstream gaming press.

Think of it as like how the Sundance Film Festival got tangled up with Hollywood, the very entity it was attempting to separate itself from.

EDIT: To be clear, I have nothing against Total Biscuit. I was simply giving an example of the types of youtubers I am talking about. I barely watch TB's videos and have no real opinion either way. If you want, replace TB's name with any other guy on youtube, and you still have my point.

I don't think any of them are trust-worthy. But if I can one dude I don't trust just discussing a game and another dude I don't trust discussing how bad I am that "sexism" in gaming couldn't be less of a pressing concern for me that it is...you can guess who I'd prefer.

Avatar image for mikeinsc
MikeinSC

1079

Forum Posts

1702

Wiki Points

17

Followers

Reviews: 177

User Lists: 6

@juno500 said:

Sidenote: I find it hilariously ironic that there are some people (to be clear: not everybody) criticizing the lack of journalistic integrity in the mainstream industry, while also suggesting people go to independent sources like Total Biscuit on youtube instead.... where no such standards exist, and where critics are no less immune to influence from publishers.

If nobody has integrity --- and in gaming, nobody does --- why not YouTube? They are also less willing to just slam their audience for not measuring up to their lofty standards.

Avatar image for mikeinsc
MikeinSC

1079

Forum Posts

1702

Wiki Points

17

Followers

Reviews: 177

User Lists: 6

Just so people know. The juvenile record thing come from a conservative blogger/journalist allegedly being told by police officers that Michael Brown has a record which contained second degree murder. Allegedly because all we have to go on is his tweets saying that he was told this. He's gonna sue Ferguson because he thinks that because Brown was dead he has no right to privacy. He's also trying to make a point that Brown was a bad dude and that he deserved what he got. This just seems like a character assassination attempt.

In what world would a prior criminal record with a history of violent crime be irrelevant? And the St Louis Dispatch is ALSO suing for the same info.

Avatar image for mikeinsc
MikeinSC

1079

Forum Posts

1702

Wiki Points

17

Followers

Reviews: 177

User Lists: 6

A lot of game journalists loathe and despise their audience.

They are, basically, identical to "Real" journalists.

Avatar image for mikeinsc
MikeinSC

1079

Forum Posts

1702

Wiki Points

17

Followers

Reviews: 177

User Lists: 6

More reporting, less lecturing. Modern games journalism has fallen in step with the likes of FOX News in that any dissent or denial makes you the worst person imaginable. If you disagree with their conclusions then you're part of the "problem" and if you don't see that you are also a moron. There are far too many self righteous egotists writing today for high profile game sites who take every release and twist it into a statement validating their own agenda.

Yes, Fox News is the prime example of that. Clearly. The major networks are several levels worse.

Avatar image for mikeinsc
MikeinSC

1079

Forum Posts

1702

Wiki Points

17

Followers

Reviews: 177

User Lists: 6

@milkman said:

Hopefully, this will be up online somewhere soon but CNN just aired some audio of the Michael Brown shooting. Darren Wilson fired 11 shots. Six shots, pause, five more shots.

Experts assume it is a hoax:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sugkaa78B3k

Avatar image for mikeinsc
MikeinSC

1079

Forum Posts

1702

Wiki Points

17

Followers

Reviews: 177

User Lists: 6