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Blake Montgomery
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Blake Montgomery is a journalist and fiction author in New York City, where he manages and edits the tech news team at Gizmodo. He previously wrote for The Daily Beast and BuzzFeed News.

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Maybe they should just make people liable for what they say on social, why make the platforms responsible. Perhaps its time to create a point system for people much like a credit history. Every platform than can use that grade system as the currency for access. Bad people and the likes will than overtime loose full Read more

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Gonna be honest, would LOVE to go back to the model where if you want something online, you must host it yourself. There would be massively less tripe out there, less misinformation, and less trolling overall. Though I might lurk in Kinja from time to time, it would not hurt my feelings one bit if nothing had comment Read more

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I coined the term “anti-social media” years ago (ON TWITTER LOL) and expect a quarter from every future headline writer working for a commercial outlet. Read more

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If you are trying to make money by hosting a site where bigots will be encouraged to spread hate or disinformation, or where people will be encouraged to use it to sell dangerous and / or illegal things (like shadow firearms), you have responsibility. Read more

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Social media websites and apps shouldn’t be held responsible for things posted on their platform. They should absolutely be liable for things that their algorithm recommends to users. Hardcore echo chambers are purposely being created by these companies in order to increase divisiveness and drive traffic. This has had Read more

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There’s a huge difference in saying abhorrent things online versus saying abhorrent things in real life. Read more

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I don’t understand your point in writing this. Absolutism doesn’t work as a communications norm just like Anarchy doesn’t work at a form of government. Read more

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The distinction needs to exist between ‘content’ that sites push to users without prompting and with prompting. With prompting, users have gone looking for that kind of content specifically (so they’re going to find it regardless). But content that sites push to the users without prompting is the *SITE* deciding what Read more

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That was originally my thought as well, but it’s not like no one ever used false ID to get something....so that idea is kind of pointless. Putting the burden of doing background checks on companies will be almost as bad as making them responsible in the first place. Read more

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And the fact that you can “say whatever you want” anonymously, and have zero repercussions for it. Require people to use their real names, and social media will change drastically. Read more

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On one hand, it’s govt overreach to require sites to be responsible for what users say or post. Read more

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Beautifully said. I started playing Yugioh as a way to connect with my younger brother, whom I was estranged from at the time that LOB came out (I was 20, he was 10). We came up in the Phoenix, AZ tournament circuit together, and it was an honor to provide him with the funds to obtain an Exodia deck. We played through Read more

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I remember getting back into when I started working with a guy ( now good friend) who was much younger but still played. Synchro monsters (white carded monsters) had just been introduced, and I was able to pick up their gimmick pretty quickly as it was pretty cool.

Then XYZ’s (black carded monsters) came out and they Read more

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I understand and laud the poetic rumination on the ending of one’s childhood. I identify with it. Read more

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I feel the exact same way. Seeing newer cards I just don’t even want to get into the mechanics of how yugioh is played now, let alone current meta decks. That being said, I loved the game when I was 14-17, played it against friends at my school and managed to make a pretty sweet deck that won a lot of duels. Read more

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The biggest problem with Yu-Gi-Oh! is that it doesn’t use a Rotation format for their cards.
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I’m playing Duel Masters, but sticking with the solo stuff for now. I rather not be embarrassed by real players — I can suffer against the AI instead. But the rules / mechanisms are definitely far more complicated than I recall them being last time I tried playing Yu-Gi-Oh, which I think was either a game on the GBA Read more

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I agree. He’s right to be concerned about Google’s reach, but I do have a conflicting opinion:
How much privacy is to be expected on the internet or through services and products that are provided free-to-use? Read more

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Even one’s political opponents can occasionally be right. It seems that big tech has, even if for opposing reasons, become a ground on which both left and right tend to agree. Read more

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