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Theo Bronkhorst has been stripped of his game license.
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People have been describing the Cecil controversy as "an Internet hate mob". So far as I know, however, this was something more normal: the media picked it up from people in Zimbabwe and reported it.

It's just generally unlike the other hate mobs:

(1) There's an actual crime involved, namely poaching, which has been essentially confessed. Previously we've been talking about hate mobs after someone in a photo posted to Facebook, a person with an opinion, or a YouTube video. That is, where the Internet creates notoriety where none should have existed. This was reported in major media because it's actually a major scandal.

(2) This started in the press. So far as I can tell, the source of controversy was the British press, which reported on it and erroneously identified the hunter as Spanish. Previously we've had a narrative more like this: the Internet sees a photo or video posted by Just Another Person and it goes viral because people are offended, ending in some person with normal levels of thoughtlessness hounded into the hills. In this case, there's the implied level of thoughtlessness, or possibly outright douchebaggery, which warrants media attention.

(3) The mob is tied to the media, not making its own conclusions. As the media reports on it, the mob shifts focus. Had they reported instead that Zimbabwe had permitted it, outrage would be directed at Zimbabwe -- permits name a specific individual. That's an old school mob, not some new-fangled Internet mob.

I'd note that we've been consistent before in placing the blame on the media when this happens. After all, their reportage comes bound up with some credibility. It's likely that, without media involvement, nothing would have been said about this at all. It's not as if Palmer hadn't been posting pictures already nor as if people don't post pictures of things they've shot, lions included.*

That's not happening right now. Media sources are now characterizing it as "an Internet mob". I suspect this is just poor reportage. But we have to be careful with assigning blame. This doesn't appear to be "an Internet mob", it's a normal mob created by normal media. That its organizing over the Internet rather than spreading through conversations in person doesn't change the essentials.

*Personally, I'd prefer a "no hunting" toggle in Google image search so I don't see any of these disgusting tributes to the vanity and destructiveness of people.
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+Steven Flaeck If this were an old-school mob, the dentist would have been run out of town on a rail, hung from a tree, tarred and feathered, or just beaten to death. What makes it an Internet mob is that the mob of people are only excoriating him online and as far as I know, no vigilantism has gone beyond verbal threats at this point.
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Propaganda as signaling. On Trajan's column, Paul Veyne's reflections on art without viewers, and a recent paper on propaganda in China.
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A 17th century Renaissance painting reveals how selective breeding changed watermelons. "It's fun to go to art museums and see the still-life pictures, and see what our vegetables looked like 500 years ago," says horticulturist James Nienhuis. http://www.vox.com/2015/7/28/9050469/watermelon-breeding-paintings
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Terrifying? No. They seem to have this under control. Notice at 42s how no one has been shot.
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+Steve S​, actually, there is: a tradition of policing without guns.
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:-] oh, I need to watch this again soon.
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It really shaped up in the last few fast ring builds.
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I love grand strategy games. The problem is that I'm pretty much the world's biggest peacemonger. My Civ 5 games, for instance, basically involve me expanding quickly, then consolidating, establishing trade routes, swapping luxuries, befriending city-states, and trying to avoid a war with some civs.

This leaves a good section of the game outside my pursuits. It also makes me wish I had better diplomatic options. For instance, I should be able to broker a peace accord in which I give up something so that two other parties don't go to war with each other. I'd have killed for that in my recent Morocco game, it would have given me a way to avoid dealing with a large military power later in the game by preserving two smaller powers. As it happened, I ended up in three pointless wars with Rome because the AI can't assess economic might.

Anyway. History's smallest monster.
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+Katrina Gischer, me neither.
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I haven't had a tiled background since the 1990s....
medacris: “ goat-soap: “ repeating hyena pattern! god gosh gosh I love making patterns it’s for rich!!!!!!! cause dang he’s cute ” This is super adorable. ” I actually legit need a coat with this as...
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Oh, I didn't even try to resist it. Frankly, tiled backgrounds are in with me at the moment because they don't have resolution issues.
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Alright Microsoft, so far you can color me impressed.
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I've been happy so far. 
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Rumor is that Walter Palmer is in hiding after receiving death threats. Usually I hate death threats but I also usually express my opposition to hunting as "how would you like it if someone shot you while you were eating dinner, lopped off your head, and made your skin into a rug?"

So, you know, there's that.
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+Michael K Pate I'm fine letting the record show that you responded to a post about 12 with something about 21.
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