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  1. I didn't make a comment about "neutrality", I made a comment about how arguments are presented (and others have pointed out that the BBC chooses the arguments). I'm quite happy for the BBC to be impartial, in the sense of not taking a side, and for interviewers to take a reasonably adversarial position. This doesn't require them to suggest (explicitly or implicitly) that the two sides of any dispute are equal or to invite only two people to a debate. I don't suggest any particular view should be excluded. However, if it is "so clear cut that one side is correct and one is incorrect" why present the dispute as if the sides are equal? Why present that dispute at all, as if there were no consensus or any remaining argument, instead of proceeding to the real debate? For example, as DukeOfEarlsfield suggested, what to do about climate change instead of continuing to argue about whether it is happening and if so what is to blame.
  2. Part of the script has been leaked. EXT. SKYWALKER FARM - DUSK LUKE lays a hand on his TIME CAPSULE, almost caressing it. He turns to ANAKIN. LUKE There is no escape! Don't make me destroy you. Anakin, you do not yet realize your importance. You've only begun to discover your power! Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict, and bring order to the galaxy. ANAKIN I'll never join you! LUKE If only you knew the power of the Light Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father. ANAKIN He told me enough! He told me midichlorians inseminated my mum. LUKE No, I am your father. ANAKIN No. No! That's not true! That's impossible! LUKE Search your feelings; you know it to be true! ANAKIN Jesus bonescrack!
  3. As for the BBC, you can read the editorial guidelines on impartiality here http://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/editorialguidelines/edguide/impariality/
  4. The other stupid thing about that is that there were some 150 people on the mailing list, discussing and arguing about different things, about a tenth chatted about (i.e. not one-sided) the topics to which GamerGate specifically object and the majority of the tenth were in effect in agreement with GamerGate. You can read this in the emails that Milo himself published. So the fact that a tiny minority of the people on the mailing list proposed or otherwise talked about something that GamerGate object to and that others on the list disagreed with them, somehow* turns into a collusion of 150 journalists pushing the same ideology. * because of the way it is reported to credulous nitwits
  5. The point is that the sides aren't equally weighted in the real world.
  6. Of course, once you have created the image of two things balanced on a set of scales, you have also already made the argument that their masses are identical, that they need to be considered as equal, just as the media like to “balance” a discussion of evolution with the creepy rantings of an “Intelligent Design” creationist, or a conversation on global warming with the viewpoint of an oil-company shill. http://unspeak.net/balance/
  7. It's not clear to me what you are railing against. You appear to criticise Sarkeesian for criticising games and some articles for being critical of people directing abuse, harassment and threats at people they don't like for stupid reasons. But that can't be right. I don't think anyone expects to change the "simple minds" of all "keyboard warriors hiding behind the anonymity of the internet".
  8. She doesn't give a shit about games journalism, so it's another one of those odd bedfellow things.
  9. I think it's newsworthy that there seems to be a very vocal minority who think such behaviour is acceptable (even laudable) and I think that minority should be called out on their behaviour.
  10. Because, IIRC, typically Ultron can beat up all the heroes including Thor and the Hulk and can only be defeated by someone fiddling with the universe (e.g. Scarlet Witch or time travellers) or being attacked from within (e.g. by someone very, very small, thrown into his mouth to in turn throw a spanner in the works). Ultron is also a stickler for backing up his personal data - which is a reasonable excuse for the inevitable resurrection following a comic book death. Oh, he hates his daddy (Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man or Giant-Man) and all organic life with the exception of his daddy's girlfriend (Janet the Wasp).
  11. This episode wasn't shit because it was aimed at children, it was shit because it's a shit story, for the reasons K and others pointed out: no-one need have done anything no-one seemed to be inconvenienced except one mother looking for her child. apparently no-one will remember what happened - I mean, really? No-one will argue about the trees on social media, no scientists will investigate, no historians will record the event...? Come off it. London, with 13m inhabitants, or over 4,700 people per square kilometre, seemed devoid of human life no need to detail the crap/farfetched science. Don't excuse it by saying it's for children - children deserve good stories too.
  12. The previous day http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2014/10/26/on-friday-anita-sarkeesian-called-out-toxic-masculinity-on-twitter-heres-what-happened-next/#more-14027
  13. Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, that actually, this is about ethics in games journalism.
  14. Do you think these people will be persuaded to the Light Side by calm, civil, rational debate?
  15. DOCTOR Trees control the oxygen on this planet. They withhold it, they smother the fire. it was like shit fanfiction.
  16. all the flashbacks are important, though.
  17. Yeah, I think season 1 is a procedural you can mostly, with the exception of a few key episodes, put on in the background without missing much. This curve seems appropriate (for seasons 1-4): season 1 is fairly flat. Pay attention to 101, 107, 113, 119-123.
  18. "Dear caller, name one specific instance [of bad ethics in journalism] that GamerGate has revealed." "Gawker bullying" "Anita Sarkeesian" "National Organization of Women directly funds Anita Sarkeesian, an offshoot of Geoge Soros. "
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