Emerging pre-reader[ edit ] The emerging pre-reader stage, also known as reading readinesshappens when a young child sits and listens to someone read to them. Emerging reading takes many years of language experience, along with the increase of both conceptual and social development. They will tell the story as they have memorized it and turn the pages appropriately.
A few weeks ago our message board and general inbox were bombarded with demands we address something called the "GamerGate Scandal", posts written with the urgency and rage one would associate with, say, discovering that Chipotle burritos are made entirely from the meat of human babies.
It's apparently a big deal in some circles, so we followed the links and read the piles of data presented, and had to stop and take a deep breath just to grasp it all. Twitter Continue Reading Below Advertisement It was all sparked by a single forum post from a jilted ex-boyfriend, but the ensuing outrage was so fierce and relentless that the story made it all the way to The New Yorker.
This kind of spontaneous shitstorm is depressingly common these days, so we reached out to Zoe Quinn to see what it's like to be the Internet's Most Hated Person well, for a couple of weeks, anyway. Here's what she told us My name is Zoe, and I make weird video games with some degree of success and make them playable for freeif you're so inclined.
My life is generally pretty uncomplicated, I guess, aside from the fact that a month ago the Internet decided to make me the center of a supposed global conspiracy.
I made the mistake of dating a guy who would later go on to write a several-act manifesto about my alleged sex life and post it to every forum he could create a handle for.
Normally, this would blow over with little more than a "whoa, check out THAT guy," but since I work in an industry that has very strong feelings about women, it quickly mutated from a jilted ex's revenge-porn to one of the most intense scandals in recent gaming history.
Continue Reading Below Continue Reading Below Advertisement Long story short, the Internet spent the last month spreading my personal information around, sending me threats, hacking anyone suspected of being friends with me, calling my dad and telling him I'm a whore, sending nude photos of me to colleagues, and basically giving me the "burn the witch" treatment.
During all of this, I found that Just a few months ago, they organized a fake campaign to end Father's Day and harass black feminists. In January, a hoax was created to make women feel crappy about their bodiesand in February they went on the warpath against feminists by creating a hoax about tampons.
Or, the target may be a specific woman -- like the time they found a feminist on YouTube criticizing video games and unleashed a tsunami of death threats. For instance, they figure the aforementioned game critic deserved the death threats because she incorrectly described a level from one of the Hitman games.
Twitter "You know, the organ that pumps the bile and shit through my veins. We were having birthday drinks when someone reached out to tell me that my ex had written a screed about our relationship that had been posted to a forum I belong to.
Slowly, horrifically, we discovered that he had posted it to several other popular forums that had immediately nuked it and created a Wordpress blog that was literally nothing but his 10,word rant about our failed relationship.
Shortly after that, we found Wikipedia edits on my page that had altered my date of death to coincide with planned public appearances or, in one case, simply "soon".Learned helplessness is behavior that occurs when the subject endures repeatedly painful or otherwise aversive stimuli which it is unable to escape from or avoid.
After such experiences, the organism often fails to learn or accept "escape" or "avoidance" in new situations where such behavior is .
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My parents read, my older brother too but I'd stare at the dark columns of dense text in The New Yorker as exhaustion closed my eyes.
Since I'd never catch up, I learned the trick of listening.