I never liked "the point" point of view. I mentioned this in a comment of the share. "The point" is a claim for a compressed version which invites propaganda. I shared the post because it resonates with my impressions about internet activism. The social net is a great thing, but (that's my impression, not in the article) due to the way the medium is structured (technically), it does not engage the participants into the discussion, excepting those who have some propaganda to advance, or morons of any extreme blend. I witnessed this, in situations unrelated to those mentioned in the article, far more interesting than gamergate. It's normal, I lived 20 years in propaganda and it does not impress me any more. But it does concern me, and, I bet, many others, this combination of passivity and brainwashing activism, because it rots the action. Now I get, I think, really to the point, if there is one: among all the net communities I am aware about, I respect the most 4chan and the kind of discussion from there. The point, if you ask me, is this:
"What if it turned out that Occupy's much desired "new way of interacting with others" already existed since 2001, in the form of the Anonymous Image Board? Perhaps not coincidentally an invention from Japan, a culture that turned repression into an art form. A board where identity and status has no value by default and as a result, entirely different rules of engagement apply, building on the practices of early cyberspace.
It does not lead to a utopian forum where intellectuals debate like they're on the set of Star Trek. Quite the opposite, this is humans you're dealing with. It leads to places that mix deep skepticism with casual verbal and graphic abuse, making everyone and everything equally worthless and fake until proven otherwise. Bringing identity as a general point of argument is not just unwelcome, it is shouted down with exactly those insults that deal it the most damage. Relevancy comes from resilience, taking offense is an instant defeat. Ingenuity, hyperbole and humor are the controlling measures to balance it out, acting like constant bullshit tests against the uninspired and intellectually bankrupt. Ideas are forced to compete to remain relevant, just with one caveat: no topic is off limits. Especially taboos. It's not exactly for the faint of heart."