I see ugliness and bigotry here. It’s not Mr Luckey though.
For one thing, the company admitted that, due to an error, it has been significantly inflating its reports on average video view times. For another, The Daily Beast discovered that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is backing the pro-Donald Trump organization Nimble America, a group dedicated to promoting anti-Hillary Clinton memes
Now, the video views story is more likely to be important to Facebook’s bottom line, but what Luckey is doing with a tiny piece of his hundreds of millions of dollars in Facebook money is much weirder — it prompted one TechCrunch writer (not me, I swear) to ask their coworkers for an explanation of “shitposting.” (And perhaps inevitably, it involves infamous Internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos as a minor character — it seems Yiannopoulos was the one who connected Luckey with the anti-Clinton group.)
Now that the news is out there, will it prompt any kind of backlash against Oculus, at least from people who don’t share Nimble America’s politics? It’s hard to see many consumers letting this affect their buying decisions. And even if it does, well, there are plenty of Trump supporters out there.
The thing is, the Oculus Rift isn’t exactly mass consumer product yet. And as it tries to get there, goodwill from developers and early adopters could still be key. So when a handful of developers have already said they’re going to stop supporting Oculus the VR platform unless Facebook drops Luckey, it could be a sign that the company has some work to do.
The news also complicates the picture that Luckey has built up in the media as a geeky genius who’s just so damn passionate about virtual reality. All those things could be as true today as they were a year or two ago, but now you also have to think about the Luckey who’s supported trolls who hijack conversations with white supremacist memes, then explained that support by declaring, “Money is not my issue. I thought it sounded like a real jolly good time.”
Luckey responded to the story by admitting that he’s contributed $10,000 to Nimble America, but also denying that he authored controversial Reddit posts under the username NimbleRichMan. He said he’s voting for libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and concluded, “Still, my actions were my own and do not represent Oculus. I’m sorry for the impact my actions are having on the community.”
First of all a 10k donation is not “secretly funding Trump’s meme machine.” The fact is that the meme machine was around before Trump appeared on the scene. Heretofore, and I don’t see that changing, the meme machine hasn’t needed any funding because the meme machine doesn’t have any central control or organization. It doesn’t take a lot to take some outrageous thing that some Dem said and turn it around. At most all you need is a photo editor and an appropriate picture. Still I went over to that “hate site” to find out what all the noise was about. Horrors of horrors the site had Tom Sowell videos on it. That’s dangerous racism right there. Using one of two top economists in the county, who happen to be melanin enhanced, that’s just not playing fair.
hardly the kind of stuff to get excited about. Unless your goal is to silence and destroy any dissenting voice whatsoever. Look at the things that Tech Crunch is saying should happen to Occulus. That people should reconsider developing for the device simply because of the opinions of it’s creator and his politics? Suppose somebody said that about SpaceX or Tesla? Since when do people make business decisions based on externals.
It’s not just one person that these people are trying so hard to silence. It’s anybody who tries to express a dissenting opinion to the narrative that the left is spinning. Niki, posts about a recent case involving the Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds.
Professor Reynolds described a perfectly reasonable reaction to being threatened by violent mobs – KEEP DRIVING. Yes, he did say “RUN THEM DOWN,” but anyone who’s not a blithering fuckwit understands that when you’re surrounded by agitated throngs of malcontents, jumping on cars and setting trash on fire, you keep moving. Period. It’s certainly preferable to getting a beatdown at the hands of “protesters,” who think rioting and destruction of property are legitimate outlets for their rage at societal injustices.
And for this thought crime, Twitter suspended his account until he promised to remove the “offending” tweet.
Do you remember what Social Justice Howler Monkeys do when they don’t agree with someone? They riot. They threaten the employment of the individuals with whom they disagree. They report their social media accounts in an effort to shut them down. They even doxx them and threaten their loved ones.
And, of course, they try to shout the opposition down a la Trigglypuff.
They don’t want a debate. They’re scared of being proven wrong. They’re terrified of their worldview being challenged in any way. Any speech they don’t like, immediately gets shut down.
Like Dr. Reynolds.
Like Milo Yiannopoulos.
Like Mike Williamson on numerous occasion thanks to a howling, perpetually offended twat named Natalie Luhrs, who decided to stalk his social media and report his offensive speech.
Update, Steve Den Beste weighs in:
Apparently they were after his job too.
On Monday, the Michael Savage radio show was cut off the air because he made some remarks about Hillary’s health just before the debate.
Apparently he made the mistake of quoting Mike Cernovich.
The hobnailed boot of oppression is bein put on by more people who do not want to engage in the chaotic pit of free ideas and free thought, instead wanting to trample over any disagreement or anything that even mildly offends in the name of perfect conformity. A conformity enforced by legions so petty tyrants. Creating nothing but a bland and dead society.
Diversity is what the people on the left are always opining about. At least until that diversity means diversity of thought. Mr. Luckey should not have apologized. He did nothing wrong. The people who need to apologize for their behavior are the ones who are perfectly willing to destroy Occulus and disappoint hundred of thousands of gamers and other users simply because Mr. Luckey made a modest donation to a website who’s main goal is to bring attention to issues that need to be discussed. Serious issues, like black poverty or immigration. Instead the trend is to attempt to silence any discussion that does not follow the narrative as it currently exists. When did the world become Orwell’s?
What is going to happen in the future is that people like Mr. Luckey will find it harder to assert themselves. having opinions at odds with the norms is part and parcel of being a creative person. You can’t think out of the box one way and not in another. If the experience of the last century is any indication, stifle thought and creativity goes to. Because creative thinking doesn’t happen in a climate of fear.