Sunday, June 12, 2016

Echo parentheses

Wonder what the latest sinister threat on the internet is? It is extra parentheses:
In the early days of the social web, putting someone's name in multiple parentheses was meant to give that person a cute virtual hug. Today, it's something far more sinister. ...

"I get plenty of anti-Semitic things, but this was different," said Michael, a Jewish journalist who was targeted by right-wing trolls in 2015 following a story he wrote that was critical of the GOP. (Michael asked Mic to use only his first name to protect his family.)

"[The echo] is a way of bringing attention to people who are Jewish — intimidating," Michael said. "They try to threaten." ...

Coded hate speech like ((())) may not be searchable, but it is public; tweets containing it can be reported to Twitter for abuse and shut down. This will not stop abusers from simply creating new accounts, and it will not stop other users from swarming on victims once they've been identified using the ((())) symbol — a method of abuse known as "dogpiling." ...

Whether they know it or not, Neo-Nazis on Twitter have discovered a brilliant loophole — a code that's difficult to filter whose meaning incites waves of hate before the target realizes what's happening. Jewish writers can report those tweets all they want, but the damage ((())) sets into motion may only be beginning.
This is funny. The mainstream news media is overwhelmingly anti-Trump. A political candidate represents about half the population, but the big newspapers, TV, radio, etc. are filled with vile Trump-hating nonsense.

A few trolls mock the Trump-haters with echo parentheses, and their immediate reaction is to try to censor excess punctuation on Twitter!

Supposedly the parentheses are anti-Semitic because a lot of the news media Trump-haters are Jewish. Nor is it anti-Semitic to point that that they are just echoing propaganda.

It is not anti-Semitic to point out that people like Bill Kristol, David Brooks, and Tom Friedman are Jewish. Jewish identity politics dominates their thinking.

If anyone is anti-Semitic, it is the Moslems and liberals supporting the BDS movement.

You may be thinking that hate is not justified under any circumstances. From what I have seen, the anti-Trump forces have far more and invidious hate than the Trump supporters.

At political rallies, anti-Trump forces have initiated violence against Trump supporters, while the pro-Trump forces have not bothered anyone.

In the NY Times, Wash. Post, NPR radio, etc, the Trump haters regularly disseminate some of the most hateful stuff I have seen in the mainstream media. And it is all against Trump, Republicans, whites, Christians, and cis-gendered males.

Maybe I will start using the parentheses for (((Hillary Clinton))), (((Trump-haters))), and others using identity politics to make America a worse place.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The parentheses are basically Hoffman lenses for the world wide web. (((Jewdar)))

Anonymous said...

According to Red State, photos and video tapes Trump supporters have bothered a lot of people.

Trump supporters were caught on film pepper spraying non violent protesters. You can see from this video that the protester in question is exchanging words with a Trump supporter in a non violent fashion. The crowd shifts and the protester trips and falls to the ground. Two Trump supporters pull out their pepper spray and began indiscriminately pepper spraying everyone on the "protester" side of the line.

Or, a few weeks ago, when this protester, who you can clearly see is not using violence, threats, or intimidation at all, was attacked by Trump supporters at a Trump rally

Or this protester, peacefully holding up a protest sign (and actually leaving the venue) who was sucker punched and kicked by a Trump supporter:


Or when Trump supporters pushed this nonviolent protester to the ground, and punched and kicked him:

A black protester at Trump's rally today in Alabama was shoved, tackled, punched & kicked: http://cnn.it/1N0wnUg
2:46 PM - 21 Nov 2015 · Birmingham, AL, United States

Trump himself refuses any and all calls to encourage his own supporters to be more peaceful and respectful of non-violent protesters, in fact, he repeatedly does the opposite.


Anonymous said...


These Trump supporters are some violent, poorly educated thugs ! Trump refuses to encourage them to be more respectful and peaceful and does the opposite. This according to a Left-wing publication, too.

Roger said...

Obama and Clinton tried to start race riots in Ferguson and Baltimore. Trump has never done anything like that.

The biggest accusation against Trump was that a reporter was shoved by his campaign manager after a press conference. I watch the video. Nothing happened. It was all a big lie by the press.

Anonymous said...



Good for Trump if he didn't try to start a race riot in Mo. or Baltimore. What a swell guy for not doing that. I'm no Obama or Clinton fan, but I never heard Obama or Clinton suggest people there, start a race riot. Are you saying that all of these photos and videos are fakes ? None of these things capturing Trump supporters doing violent things really happened ? Do you think that Red State made up all of these things ? Did Red State make fake videos ? According to Red State, photos, and video tapes Trump supporters have bothered a lot of people. You've seeen the videos of Trump supporters. You know what they do. You know that Trump spoke of paying legal bills of a supporter regarding punching someone. What do you mean about the biggest allegation against Trump and some shoving a press person, don't all of these other instances count or just the one you want to bring up because it lacks merit ? It doesn't matter that he's offered to cover legal bills for supporters who are violent ? Do you deny that that video exists, too ? "I'll consider paying legal fees for the man who allegedly threw a sucker punch at one of my rallies" Did Trump later say that about the incident ?

Trump supporters were caught on film pepper spraying non violent protesters. You can see from this video that the protester in question is exchanging words with a Trump supporter in a nonviolent fashion. The crowd shifts and the protester trips and falls to the ground. Two Trump supporters pull out their pepper spray and began indiscriminately pepper spraying everyone on the "protester" side of the line.

Or, a few weeks ago, when this protester, who you can clearly see is not using violence, threats, or intimidation at all, was attacked by Trump supporters at a Trump rally

Or this protester, peacefully holding up a protest sign (and actually leaving the venue) who was sucker punched and kicked by a Trump supporter:


Or when Trump supporters pushed this nonviolent protester to the ground, and punched and kicked him:

A black protester at Trump's rally today in Alabama was shoved, tackled, punched & kicked: http://cnn.it/1N0wnUg
2:46 PM - 21 Nov 2015 · Birmingham, AL, United States

Why don't you use the echo ((( ))) with your own name ? On internet sites it says you're Jewish, so why not use the parentheses with your own name, too ? Are you a self-hating Jew or how would you describe your feelings towards your Jewish ancestry ? ? Either way, if you're going to use the echo on other Jews, wouldn't it be most fair to use it on all Jews including you ? Do you have concerns about this blog being considered some sort of hate site ? Does that have something to do with you now using the echo ?

I definetely agree that some of the Trump suporters are violent thugs.

Roger said...

I am not able to check out all of the allegations. I checked out the one that got the most publicity in the mainstream press, and decided that it was a total lie by Trump-haters.

I use the echo parentheses for those who echo some sort of leftist/Marxist ideology. The worst offenders are (((Barack Obama))) and (((Hillary Clinton))), and they are not even Jewish.