The point is, fake news isn’t something exclusive to Trump. It’s been a problem for some time now, and in fact there’s reason to believe part of the rush behind getting the Killian Documents to air without fact-checking them was in order to sway the 2004 elections.
Killian Documents Controversy, anyone?
CBS News being caught doing an entire 60 Minutes feature on documents that were such obvious forgeries document experts denounced them as such while the episode was still airing?
That was back in 2004.
As I note in my above response, there are plenty of examples of the “woke” crowd becoming militant and censorious, up to and including cyber-bullying others and declaring people to be “traitors” to whatever “marginalized” group they’re a member of if they don’t go along with whatever the “woke” crowd says they have to go along with.
I myself have been gay-baited, slandered, denounced, and harassed online just for my choices of movies.
…Right up until the time it’s discovered that someone from a “marginalized” group is opposed to your personal POV, at which point they are to be dismissed as a “traitor” to whatever their marginalized group is.
No, I’m not joking. I’ve seen the “woke” crowd turn on people at the drop of a hat for daring to deviate in even small ways from what the “woke” crowd feels the common groupthink should be.
One infamous example of this came out of the comic book industry last year. Alterna Comics CEO Peter Semiti (who is mixed-race) is in the habit of liking and sharing any social media posting that shows people buying Alterna product or otherwise registering their fandom.
Good marketing, eh?
…Except, this led to him unwittingly liking and sharing a posting that included a hashtag relating to an ongoing industry controversy.
For his “crime” of doing so, the “woke” crowd in the comics industry came down upon him in unison, told him that he had “chosen a side” in the controversy, and proceeded to cyber-bully him to such an extreme degree that he feared for the continued existence of his company and, by his own admission, nearly went the way of Alec Holowka.
When word got out that he was being cyber-bullied by the “woke” crowd, a very large number of comic book fans – myself included – got involved… and by “very large number” I mean “pretty much the entire Comicsgate movement, plus a slew of people who aren’t officially affiliated with it but love comics anyway”.
Thanks to Alterna’s direct-distribution system, we bought so much Alterna product that Semiti noted we’d given him three months’ worth of sales in three days. I was also one of several people who actively responded to the cyber-bullies by confronting them directly, calling them out on their actions, and generally getting them after us instead of him.
Oh, and did I mention that I’m a religious minority? That went by the wayside as well once I became the “enemy” for daring to criticize them.
NOAA itself admitted that it issued several warnings for severe wind and wind-related issues in the area that was denoted by the permanent marker, raising the prospect that whoever drew it in simply misunderstood what those warnings represented.
Somewhat south of it.
In real life, projections are calling for Dorian to go up the East Coast all the way up to Canada, at which point it’ll turn eastward. Dorian itself will likely play out over the Atlantic, but the disruptions it’ll cause might still be felt in parts of Europe.
1. I’m on the “right”.
2. Contrary to the official narrative, the current Comicsgate movement includes women, LGBT individuals, racial minorities, religious minorities, and others. Their common complaint is, on the whole, that too many people within the industry are prioritizing matters other than producing good, affordable comic books.
As far as whole “let’s change the race and gender bit” goes, you will even find female and minority fans and critics noting that by and large, a creative can generally get more mileage out of creating an original character than in totally revamping an existing one. As such, simply changing existing characters comes off as lazy at best, as if the creative talent in question lacked the imagination needed to create someone new.
At worst? We have a situation like with Aubrey Sitterson’s run on “G. I. Joe”, wherein he openly admitted that he completely redid a Hasbro-original character because the original design offended his political sensibilities. Hasbro tends to be pretty chill about life all things considered, but they have no qualms about God-handing anyone who threatens the integrity of their brands and IPs. Sitterson was already on thin ice for shooting his mouth off online, and so I think you can guess how things ended.
With the Ghostbusters reboot, only a single-digit percentage of the negative commentary on the film had to do with the gender of the characters. Rather, the bulk of it dealt with Paul Feig treating it like one of his usual big-budget genre parodies than a proper reboot, meaning that the fantastical aspects and the effects work were short-changed in favor of his personal brand of humor. I myself found the movie to be far more in keeping with something from 2006 than 2016, and so was sorely disappointed.