Meeting the man behind Violentacrez, the Reddit persona responsible for forums filled with racist and pornographic content like “Creepshots” and “Jailbait”:
When I called Brutsch that Wednesday afternoon and told him I knew who he was, I was a little taken aback by how calm he remained during our intense but civil hour-long conversation. I had figured that a man whose hobby was saying horrible shit just to screw with people online would rise to some new horrible level when conditions on the ground actually called for it. Instead he pleaded with me in an affectless monotone not to reveal his name.
‘My wife is disabled. I got a home and a mortgage, and if this hits the fan, I believe this will affect negatively on my employment,’ he said. ‘I do my job, go home watch TV, and go on the internet. I just like riling people up in my spare time.’
These are the kinds of e-mails that make me snort-laugh:
"Hi, we’re a money-making commercial entity and we want to use your picture for free. Not only will you have the indignity of not getting paid, we can’t even guarantee you’ll get credit."
I love the new media economy.
Charts and graphs are great, because they can let you see a pattern that you might not see in a spreadsheet, but they only work when you use the actual data. Fox News isn’t doing themselves any favors by putting up this chart. It shows the recently announced drop in unemployment rate to 8.6 percent as a non-change. The November rate is lower than the March rate of 8.8 percent, but it’s shown to be higher in the Fox News chart. Here’s what the graph should look like, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (flowingdata)
It’s funny because it’s true.
I like his sense of style. Apparently he will be buried in this ensemble. Go, Robert Pierpont.
Jennifer Dalton picks apart the lack of lady guests on the Daily Show and other programs in her new show at Winkleman. More here. (Image courtesy of the artist and Winkleman Gallery.)