Presumably most people following the issue will have found it anyway (maybe even some who wouldn’t have otherwise bothered, but were intrigued by the site-wide ban), and I have to say… that is one fuck of a fascinating article. It really is. Much more than just the ‘unmasking’ of violentacrez, it’s a really interesting musing on the internet’s attitudes towards both free speech and privacy, what the users want and what they’re entitled to. How people act when they have anonymity, and how they reconcile that with who they are in reality. How they excuse and justify their own behaviour which harms others, and then furiously and vehemently condemn anything which threatens to harm them in return. The way people use the internet at the expense of others, and how they perceive the shield that supposedly protects them while they’re doing it.
On a better website than Reddit, this could inspire a fascinating debate about free speech and privacy, about anonymity and what it’s done to a generation of bored, frustrated white guys, penned in by ‘political correctness’. But on a better website than Reddit, this article would never have existed. So instead, all we’re left with is the legacy of violentacrez and POTATO_IN_MY_ANUS, a scorched battleground of black and white rivalries, a spewing volcano of fury and vitriol, a refusal to engage with the issue in any way at all. An army formed for the sole purpose of ensuring their own cruel treatment of other human beings continues unimpeded, with them offered the peace and respect that they refuse to extend to anybody else because of the new-old mantra, ‘Welcome to the Internet.’ Welcome to the internet, where we treat you how we want, and you put up with it. Welcome to the internet.
As The Daily Dot put it, so succinctly: “Redditors aren’t banning Gawker to protect violentacrez, they’re doing it to protect themselves.” In Chen’s phone conversation with violentacrez, he states he’s not remorseful for the way that he’s acted, or the things that he’s said. In his own words, he stands by them. But he still begs Chen not to unmask him, offers to act as a spy for Chen, to dig up dirt on Reddit, if Chen will keep his identity a secret. Because he’s afraid of how the things he has done, the things he has said, the things he stands by firmly, will affect his life, and his job, and his reputation. And that’s really what the Reddit fury is all about. They defended creepshots. They contributed to creepshots. They justified creepshots. But this? This is a step too far. Because this affects them. Their actions, are coming back to haunt them. And that’s not something they’d included in the calculation.
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