I promised you a Leigh Alexander main event earlier today, and I aim to deliver. The comments from Russ Pitts deserved to be examined on their own, just like these do. The Leigh portion of this story won’t exactly shock you. We’ve heard similar things from SJW journos before. This is just more confirmation that they don’t give one single shit about their readers. I love my comments, even when I’m getting ripped in them. It doesn’t happen too often, since most of you guys like how I do things. But it definitely has occurred numerous times. It doesn’t feel good, but I feel it’s necessary in order to get better and improve my craft.  

Closed-minded individuals like Leigh Alexander see no benefit to this practice, however. Shall we hear it straight from the horse’s mouth? I guess fingers would be more precise, but it’s a figure of speech. Anyway, here’s Ms. Alexander’s comments on…comments (they’re talking Polygon’s comment section being shit):fWOXoOy- _cDxGnfs

Rarely do you see such honesty from the chattering class. Here you have them straight up admitting that they have utter disdain for any peons dumb enough to read their bile. How can “professionals” be so stupid? Even if you thought that, wouldn’t you keep it to yourself? It’s ignorance personified. It also cuts straight to the heart of everything we’ve been talking about this last half-year. Corrupt journos infected with pernicious SJW values have completely lost their connection to the audience. They feel nothing but contempt for their own audience.

Here’s the guy at the end, Ian Bogost. He works for The Atlantic. These SJWs video game critics have taken top posts at many mainstream outlets. Real gamers don’t give them a second thought, but they speak the same language as the editors at the old media outlets, so they usually get the job:

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Leigh Alexander never wanted to be a journalist. She wanted to be a famous talking head. Depending on the day, she will admit that herself. People like her don’t care about their readership. In many cases, they sought their positions just so they would no longer have to interact with the common folk. This isn’t the type of setup that should be supported by the public at large. As you may have noticed over the last decade or so, increasingly, journalists and critics are held in utter contempt by American people (I can’t speak for internationally). Attitudes like the one on display tonight is the reason why. Respect the reader, or they won’t respect you.

41 comments
  1. “Don’t listen to him, he has zoo psychosis”
    Leaving aside the zoo bit, seriously I don’t know what the hell that’s supposed to mean in such context, but mocking mental illness as a reason to blow shit off? Isn’t that the sort of shit these people are supposed to be against? Oh, right, hypocrites. Nevermind.

  2. ”I don’t read comments on my own articles” = ”i believe my own bullshit”

    These people need to be purged and then set on fire
    Actually no…fire would be too good for em
    Make them actually be good people. That seems torturous enough for these slimeballs

      1. I have no clue, man
        I’ve emailed Twitter 3 or 4 times already and I’ll keep trying.
        Idk if it’ll work but until they tell me my accounts are gone for good, I ain’t giving up yet

        1. You didn’t just press that follow botton, you took a fucking gun, taped it to a big-ass hammer, and smash-shot that mouse to aggressively follow those wimps

    1. The “I don’t read comments” thing is actually common among writers. I know I used to read the comments on the pieces I wrote when I was with the SJC (Savannah Journal Constitution) but after a time I just stopped. It was becoming too tedious to really keep up with everything, while at the same time addressing the questions posted to me. In the end, I had to simply tell my readers that because of the sheer volume I was getting with each article, that I wasn’t going to be reading them. Total Biscuit uses a similar system, in that he too doesn’t read the comments on his videos. There are others I could list, but in the end, it’s really a common thing.

      1. Well Totalbiscuit and Pewdiepie and other Youtubers disabled Youtube comments and moved them to reddit because Youtube completely fucked up the commenting system. A lot of Youtubers disabled it when the new comments system was put in place around November 2013 because it was basically anarchy, people posting entire books, ascii porn, whatever they wanted and basically made it hard to adequately block someone. Even though a lot of those problems have been fixed I think some Youtubers prefer reddit because it is much easier to moderate comments than Youtube.

        As far as I can tell, Totalbiscuit reads his reddit comments.

          1. The sarcasm is STRONG in this one. Still, I read the “I don’t read comments on my own articles” by her as saying “I’m not wading into THAT again.” I think the more disturbing thing is where she notes that 99% of posts are by people whom, to quote her “Are asking to be kicked.” Granted, I’d say maybe 9% of that 99 are the trolls who yes, DO deserve kicked, but the rest are more cases of opposing views. Just because you find a comment stupid, or don’t agree with the statement made, doesn’t mean that the person doesn’t have a right to say it. Bad as it is to note, I found in college while writing a paper on the growth of antisemitism in the US through anonymous message boards, that most of those sites all have a rather active “Opposing views” board, where people who don’t agree with what they say can still come and talk, long as certain rules (IE no personal attacks, no violence, etc) are met. You know it’s a bad thing when the Neo-Nazis have a better grasp on freedom of speech, than some two bit hack self styled “reporter” does. (Meaning Alexander.)

  3. The thing is they are openly admitting that they’re misanthropes.
    Human interaction is messy, not everyone gets along, people argue, some people are dumb and on the internet there WILL be trolls out for lulz.

    It’s not *different* for anyone. I’ve had people doggedly pursue me to insult me as a complete nobody commenter.
    When anybody thinks they’re above it they are declaring themselves a shitty person.
    Running a small guild for 6+ years has worn me down, so I understand being fed up of the same problems repeated with different individuals, I understand being greeted by the worst other people have to offer.
    Hell is, indeed, other people.

    But you work through that, because people are worth it.
    I don’t know how anyone can feel differently.
    I am just as imperfect as any other bugger, and if they just got over themselves they might learn that many people in comments have something worthwhile to contribute, and it may be their own bullshit and adversarial agenda that brings out the worst.

    1. I don’t get it.
      I actually don’t feel right if I’m not the butt of jokes. I know I can take it and it relieves my friends’ stress without offending the more thin skinned amongst us. When people are too nice I get super nervous. I’m a big enough guy to take it all with smile and launch insults in return.

  4. “I don’t dare read comments about my articles, lest I read an opinion or criticism from outside the SJW hugbox, thus triggering my PTSD!”

    1. That’s pretty much the long and short of it, really. They like to pretend that their refusal to entertain reader opinion is like…some higher function or some shit, as if they’re golden gods with unassailable opinions or whatever, but in reality they’re just too cowardly to risk the chance that some of their readers just might have less than flattering opinions about the shit they’ve written.

      This wouldn’t be too huge a deal, seeing as folks are kinda naturally averse to criticism and all. I could almost consider these people human if they’d just admit they’re a little too scared about how folks might take their work to venture into the comments. But they don’t. Instead they frame it in such a pompous way (to take a phrase from Leigh’s own lexicon) that it’s hard to feel any sympathy for ’em at all. They just come off like a bunch of undeservedly self-important shitheads, and well, fuck ’em.

  5. You know, I will almost certainly catch heat for saying this, but I honestly think that at the end of the day, people like Totilo and Schreir aren’t actually like this. I think they are too busy and overwhelmed with negativity to read comments often, but they both fundamentally enjoy the idea of writing being a dialogue. I was actually kind of pleasantly surprised by this recent article he wrote.

    http://kotaku.com/how-anita-sarkeesian-wants-video-games-to-change-1688231729

    He at least attempts to write as a separate, critical opinion, instead of just literally wholesale endorsing every single thing she says. That is gigantic progress. He even acknowledges at one point that it is theoretically possible to have an opinion that isn’t based on feminism, and that this is a valid opinion.

    You don’t evolve in those small steps unless you care on some level about the broader conversation, and about the observations that commenters are pointing out since August. It’s baby steps, but it’s still miles ahead of the shit I’m reading in these tweets up above.

    To really dehumanize people to that level is truly disgusting. In the eyes of Polygon, commenters are reduced to non-persons. They are literally referred to as sub-humans (zoo psychosis). The idea that they could ever potentially say anything interesting is never even a consideration.

    I don’t care if you write for Polygon, or The Atlantic. Your shit still stinks like everyone else. Glenn Greenwald, who just won a pulitzer prize, and whose partner just won an oscar, routinely reads and comments on a lot of his stories. He even gets into little debates and arguments. He views everyone as equals, and is just looking at the points made, not who makes them.

    The biggest mistake these journalists make is in thinking that these attitudes are secret. Everyone knows that this is how they feel, because it’s written all over their face, and their sites, and in everything that they do. And that’s a giant part of why we’re all where we are now.

    And the funniest and most pathetic thing about Shawn McIlroy, is that he’s just a random commenter on Polygon who kissed ass enough to get hired on as a moderator. When they say, “I don’t know how you do it man, I don’t how you can associate with those people and read them.” They’re really shitting on him without him even knowing it. He is one of those commenters, and all he ever did was read comments.

    1. The problem is they’ll give Anita as many articles as they can post but they’ll never give someone who critiques her or with an opposing view the time of day. Can you imagine them posting Adrian Chmielarz’s amazing write up about her arguments? He’s a gamedev after all with a better idea of the industry. I sure can’t.

      1. Oh I agree, for sure. It’s the tiniest of baby steps. I’m just saying that even they are taking baby steps.

        The message is getting out there, and it is sinking in, even if they don’t want to admit it. It’s making a difference.

  6. Comments are the lifeblood of clickbait sites and most others. That’s why Gawker never stopped comments on Jezebel despite it getting filled with porn and gore. The ones where people discuss, argue or rage are the best cause all that discourse means repeat clicks. So it’s funny, they’d want to disable comments but can’t because it’d be terrible business.

    These people think they are high and mighty cause they have a soapbox but they could never got out on their own. Sterling can, cause he’s a personality with some humour, but can you imagine anyone else? Can you imagine Leigh running a site that people would want to visit to listen to her? Look at little Hitler’s youtube (just google it, disqus posts his vid if I link it)

    The guy is on a website has been around for many years but no one gives a shit about him. Hell I’ve got more views and subscribers and all I’ve done is run some tumblr blog for 6 months. Their idea of their importance compared to the reality is staggering. Most of them could get replaced by a monkey and the reader’s wouldn’t care a bit (they just want news anyway).

  7. Comments are the lifeblood of clickbait sites and most others. That’s why Gawker never stopped comments on Jezebel despite it getting filled with porn and gore. The ones where people discuss, argue or rage are the best cause all that discourse means repeat clicks. So it’s funny, they’d want to disable comments but can’t because it’d be terrible business.

    These people think they are high and mighty cause they have a soapbox but they could never got out on their own. Sterling can, cause he’s a personality with some humour, but can you imagine anyone else? Can you imagine Leigh running a site that people would want to visit to listen to her? Look at little Hitler’s youtube (just google it, disqus posts his vid if I link it)

    The guy is on a website has been around for many years but no one gives a shit about him. Hell I’ve got more views and subscribers and all I’ve done is run some tumblr blog for 6 months. Their idea of their importance compared to the reality is staggering. Most of them could get replaced by a monkey and the reader’s wouldn’t care a bit (they just want news anyway).

  8. Never change Ralph keep on being you. Whenever people google Leigh Alexander your website pops up on the first page. Your the shadow Anbu Black Ops of Gamergate. The soft members of gamergate seek reconciliation, when we seek total victory and glory. Though the soft ones distances themselves from you, they still intuitively understand your effectiveness to the war effort.

  9. They just said they’re own readers are sub-human, basically. Wonder how many of them are actually supporters of their shitty behavior…

    And we’re the monsters. Fuck off…

  10. “journalists and critics are held in utter contempt by American people (I can’t speak for internationally)”

    They’re held in contempt here in Australia too. And increasingly so.

  11. It’s flat-out weird that you were told not to engage readers at D-Toid when Jim Sterling wrote flame-bait articles and then spent most of his time being a flappy cunt in the comments. Perhaps you came around after his time, but when he was around they didn’t seem to care overmuch about letting the writers engage the readers, even if it was in the worst, most socially-stunted manner possible.

  12. if you spew hate then ofcourse interacting and having a dialogue with readers will suck…because people are getting tired of your bitching

  13. …Ive said it before and I’ll bore you with it yet again : They don’t wanna come to th’ Circus because they know they’re gonna get Clowned,,,,

    1. I studied it in college, and generally lost respect for much of it over a span of several years. NicheGamer is about the only one I pay much attention to any longer.

  14. I think it’s probably better for her not to “engage” in comments, I mean just look at what happened when she did, it’s kinda sad that some of the comments were so bad that she deleted it. Afaik “Al Russel” on YouTube had a video on it up, but sometime last year when GamerGate started he sperged out and deleted all his videos critical of “game journalists”: http://www.destructoid.com/leigh-alexander-talks-mature-games-and-mature-gamers–263447.phtml

    http://i.imgur.com/WfZ5qv6.png

  15. “99% of people who comment are inviting being kicked” and “people think what I write is an invitation to dialogue” – well, there you have it. Your typical pseudo-intellectual (well, not even that – she has a fucking 2 year acting degree, but sure, she’s qualified to write and provide criticism!) who thinks their attitude and opinion is above reproach. Oh, and she is every part the stereotypical, dominating (i.e. BOSSY) cunt.

  16. “websites are selling you a product”.

    No, they’re not, they are selling our visits and data to advertisers as a product.

      1. Well, according to her she doesn’t read the comments of others.

        Which only begs the question, given that people who give her work have likely read such comments, have to realize what effect such comments could have on their readship unless they’re as vapid as she is, why they give her any work at all. Haven’t shown her the door.

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