Shitposting

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Courtesy of The Guardian:

It’s hard to love a 20-something multi-millionaire, but Palmer Luckey’s introduction to the mainstream consciousness helped cement his image as the good kind of tech industry titan: the adorkable garage tinkerer we can root for.

There he was on the cover of Time magazine, barefoot and leaping, his arms floppily akimbo, his face obscured by a virtual reality headset, and a wire extending down his back like the rattail hairstyle he might have worn if he had been born a decade earlier than he was, in 1992.

That wholesome image was complicated yesterday when the Daily Beast revealed that the Oculus founder has been secretly funding a group of Reddit trolls dedicated to electing Donald Trump by “shitposting” negative memes about Hillary Clinton.

“We know Hillary Clinton is corrupt, a warmonger, a freedom-stripper. Not the good kind you see dancing in bikinis on Independence Day, the bad kind that strips freedom from citizens and grants it to donors,” Luckey wrote on a Reddit thread introducing his initiative, using the pseudonym NimbleRichMan.

Luckey’s support for Trump may be unusual in a tech industry that has a tendency to support Democrats, but it is his embrace of the dark side of Trump’s internet army that is so alarming. We may be used to the incredibly wealthy supporting pro-business politicians by writing checks to the Republican party, but the full-on embrace of “shitposting” and the bigoted online harassment that so often comes with it is something else entirely.

Shitposting is not intended to add to an online discussion but to shut it down with, well, shit. It is the opposite of the ideals of good faith, open discussion made possible by the internet.

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2 Responses to Shitposting

  1. 40Watt says:

    Even more appalling, it seems the boy is no more than a hooligan creating wanton destruction for the hell of it or sob, sob, it was all a terrible mistake.

    I am deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners.The recent news stories about me do not accurately represent my views. Here’s more background: I contributed $10,000 to Nimble America because I thought the organization had fresh ideas on how to communicate with young voters through the use of several billboards. I am a libertarian who has publicly supported Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in the past, and I plan on voting for Gary…

    http://www.gamespot.com/articles/palmer-luckey-releases-statement-i-am-deeply-sorry/1100-6443896/

    Did I mention that in the wake of the report on Thursday, multiple developers said they would not bring their games to Oculus Rift?

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