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Just when we thought the benign mockery of Charles Johnson had faded into a mildly amusing reverie, Ms. Lucy Dynamite comes through with some new entertainment.
In case @Lucy_Dynamite gets bumped off & sent to #TwitterGulag for cake & beer and Twitter sanitizes her Tweet, here’s an unadulterated screencap.
Here’s an enlarged screencap. Note what happens if you hover your mouse over the image…
Clicking on the image sends you to a collection of Diary of Daedalus posts, and if you scroll down, you find the source of the Google image – a retrospective of the infamous “Night of Long Knives” AKA
The image that Google chose is a screencap from his interview on “Dangerous Minds” that aired on February 28, 2010. Johnson was approaching 58 years old and wearing pancake (heh) makeup. Now he’s pushing 64 and still won’t update his gravatar image, and we all know why. He wants to look like this forever:
I think we should let him.
Yep. That was posted on our favorite little green fool blog and is self explanatory, as is this:
Congratulations, Charles. You’ve earned your Self-Absorbed Idiot Merit Badge once again.
This is an update to a post I wrote a couple of years ago about the echo chamber that LGF has become.
A community in which members find their own opinions constantly echoed back to them, reinforcing their individual belief systems and creating an insular communication space that is of no interest to outsiders and which rejects their input.
Charles’ insipid rating system played a key role in LGF’s ruin, and now it’s the tie that binds the hive-mind. As the chart below shows, 87% of all comments made 2014, no matter how banal, were met with congratulatory twinkles. Of course, when a heretic appears, they still pounce on it with a passive aggressive fury. But the chart also shows, as Purity of Thought has increased, fewer posts are earning downtwinkles (only 0.4% in 2014).
For every 1000 comments at LGF, 869 are praised, 4 are frowned upon.
That is an echo chamber.
- If the contributions of just 3 commenters are removed from the data, the mutual admiration rate climbs to 89%, and the downtwinkle rate falls to 0.2%
- Who are these misfits?
- Killgore Trout – 1st place *by far* in downdinged posts, 2nd in 0 karma posts
- Dark_Falcon – 2nd place in downdinged posts, 1st in 0 karma posts
- NJDhockeyfan or sattv4u2 – roughly tied for 3rd in both, waaaaay behind KT and Dork
Most Downdinged Post of 2014 – regarding the Wendy Davis wheelchair ad:
Most Updinged Post of 2014 – an incoherent non-response to Dork’s post:
Update: Just as predicted. Here’s the short version:
echo chamber \e-(ˌ)kō chām-bər\, noun:
- A room or enclosure with acoustically reflective walls used in broadcasting and recording to produce echoes or similar sound effects.
- A community in which members find their own opinions constantly echoed back to them, reinforcing their individual belief systems, raising significant barriers to critical discourse, and creating an insular communication space that is of no interest to outsiders and refuses their input.
Once upon a time, the LGF commenter community was dynamic, diverse, large and growing. An average month in 2008 saw 3200 individuals post about 140,000 comments. Around 600 different posters wrote 4000-6000 comments every day.
But in the sixth year, Charles looked out over all that he had made, and he saw that it was very good, …except for the people. They had to go. At least most of ’em. And go they did, by the thousands.
The detritus that remains at LGF today is a small, lifeless pod of angry, intolerant Gozer Johnson worshippers. Charles unwittingly documented the demise of rational debate at The Swamp with the same mechanism that hastened its decline – his insipid ‘karma’ system.
The original demographic mostly ignored the dings, preferring to use words to make their opinions known. 70-80% of comments went undinged. The charts below show the fundamental change that began in mid-2009 and continues today. 70-80% of all comments now receive positive ratings, and the average upding count has doubled — quite the mutual admiration society. Even more telling is the vastly increased hostility level aimed at unapproved thought (the red line).
Happy Nirthday, Charles, and we mean that with all sincerity. You’ve provided us with so much entertainment over the years, watching you turn on and back stab both mentors and allies (i.e., Andrew Breitbart, Roger Simon, Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Fjordman, Patterico, Zombie and many others, including the 15,800+ banned/deleted/erased) who helped and promoted Little Green Footballs in its heyday.
Thanks for such great reporting, too. You uncovered the truth behind the State Flags of both Tennessee and Ohio, Weinergate and Breitbart’s Menuboard Laptop; you showed us the correct pronunciation of the word “milieu,” obsessed about Pamela Geller, created the LGF fake views and retweets counters, deleted/blocked/rewrote your own words and those of others, sent loyal lizards to astroturf Amazon and post poor reviews of books that hadn’t been released, defended Killgore’s Midnight Run at Hot Air, and enlightened us on the finer art of calendar photography. Please forgive us for not listing all of your great accomplishments, but there’s just not enough room to cover them all.
If it weren’t for you, this blog and many others wouldn’t exist. Thanks so much.