Imagine you are Google and looking to hire someone for your social media team. Who would you hire, especially if you are looking for someone with experience create online communities (and not wrecking them)?
- Adria Richards
- Ellen Pao
- Coraline Ada Ehmke
- Randi Harper
- Some random “diversity” hire
- Chris Poole, a.k.a. moot, the founder of 4Chan
The logical choice would be Chris Poole, and Google is hiring him, presumably to work on their social media products. This makes sense. Chris Poole understands how to successfully create online communities, and Google understands that they need that kind of experience to compete in social media.
Shanley Kane, the January 2015 Entitlement Princess of the Month, does not understand this. She wrote an article where she angrily whines about how Google chose to hire Chris Poole instead of a “marginalized person”. (As far as I can tell “marginalized person” means someone with no technical knowledge and no relevant experience.) Take a look at what Shanley Kane said about Chris Poole and 4Chan:
Then, just yesterday, Google announced it was “thrilled” to hire the founder of 4chan on its social products team.
Yes, that’s right: 4chan, a site known primarily for enabling mass cyber sexual assault against women
Mass cyber sexual assault? Somehow I doubt that 4Chan users have figured out how to grope women through the internet. (If they have then, Google should hire Chris Poole for their VR team to enhance their VR products with physical interaction.) “Cyber sexual assault” is a contradiction in terms unless people can be groped through the internet. As we can tell from the link, Shanley’s definition of “mass cyber sexual assault” is downloading some pics. 4Chan users might be guilty of hacking or illegally possessing copyrighted material, but that’s about it.
a site [4Chan] whose only claim to fame is hosting, harboring, coddling, incubating and disseminating hate, harassment, groupthink, violence and terrorism?
Terrorism? Without 4Chan, ISIS/ISIL/Daesh would have never gotten off the ground, right?
4chan evokes a visceral sensation of fear and trepidation in many marginalized Internet users.
There is no such thing as a “marginalized internet user”. A true marginalized person can not afford access to the internet.
as if founding a terrorist group is some kind of achievement
4Chan is such a terrorist group with all their suicide bombers and guys who fly planes into buildings, right?
building a massively homogenous community, largely geographically isolated to the US, UK and Canada
It’s like people speak different languages and primarily go to online communities in their native language. Who knew?
By it’s own account, 4chan is 70% male; though more detailed demographics are unavailable, all signs indicate a primarily young (age: 18-34)
Young men don’t deserve to have online communities made for them, right? Anytime more than one young man is in a room, it must be a terrorist group, right?
Since tech companies refuse it, and the tech press will not do it, I instead call on the tech community itself to condemn Google’s hiring of Christopher Poole.
Condemn Google for what? Hiring a competent man with experience instead of a shrill man hating harpy with no tech knowledge? I commend Google for hiring Chris Poole and not giving in to whining feminist harpies.