I guess I don't really get how your tweet and Sacco's tweet are the same. People suffering from AIDS in Africa has very little power, so while I can forgive and forget and take her tweet in the spirit meant, it's easy to see why it comes across as cruel even now that I know that it's satirical. I mean, I have no use… » 12/20/14 9:28am Yesterday 9:28am

The basic problem, for me, is that no one will share or praise this essay more enthusiastically then those same good white people. Which is a real difficulty with all kinds of radical critiques of privilege these days: no matter how direct they are in challenging every privileged person, they always end up being… » 12/17/14 9:24am Wednesday 9:24am

Perhaps discovery would reveal such anticompetitive practices. There's longstanding rumors of the UFC stong-arming fighters such that if they take bouts with former UFC fighters who are on the organizations (incredibly long) shit list, they will never fight in the UFC. No idea if that's true but it would be nice to… » 12/17/14 8:05am Wednesday 8:05am

Here's the thing, though. (And I direct this more at other commenters than Leah.) Yes, going on a nature journey to find yourself and escape your dumb life is the sort of thing that we as cultured whites like to make fun of other cultured whites for doing. But part of what you can get away from is the judgment of… » 12/16/14 12:20pm Tuesday 12:20pm

The alternative to heavy-handed, ineffective, and wrongheaded anti-piracy efforts like this is to create a social norm that people who can afford to pay for the digital media and art they enjoy should do so. That's the alternative: a social expectation, rather than laws or litigation, urging people to reward those who… » 12/15/14 9:53am 12/15/14 9:53am

Contemporary America in a nutshell: the United States released a report confirming that we tortured people and sexually assaulted them, some of whom were innocent, some of whom to death, but let's focus on Chinese media getting a date wrong rather than our own problems. » 12/15/14 9:44am 12/15/14 9:44am

Before the idiots show up to ask why black America doesn't care about crime: they do. Local black politics are often dominated by issues related to crime and policing; there's thousands of black community organizations in this country dedicated to fighting crime. The fact that you don't know black Americans care about… » 12/14/14 10:59pm 12/14/14 10:59pm

And your solution as a content provider yourself is... what? Gizmodo is an absolute joke on this topic, constantly praising piracy but never coming up with anything resembling a remotely coherent plan for how we can continue to enjoy high-quality art and culture, frequently quite expensive to make, in a world where… » 12/14/14 7:11pm 12/14/14 7:11pm

When you create a powerful social stigma against vetting rape allegations in any way, shape, or form, this becomes inevitable. Once you say, like Zerlina Maxwell, that you have to believe all rape allegations automatically, you're making yourself vulnerable to this very situation— which of course makes it harder for… » 12/10/14 8:43pm 12/10/14 8:43pm