I don’t usually write blog posts. It takes too long, and frankly there is nothing on the web that would compel me to commit the time. Today I will though. I recently made a movie called “#SoMe” it’s a documentary about social media. I made it because I wanted to both mock and document a time in history. A time when we lost our humanity. That’s why I used a puppet in it. Aren’t I the clever boy? Actually, yeah I am.
Pax Dickinson was the CTO of Business Insider. He was there for 3 years. He was the guy responsible for keeping those slideshows humming. Reason enough to hate a guy in my opinion. He was also somehow tolerating Henry Blodget so more power to him. Things seemed to be okay for Pax. Happily married for 15 years, steady good job in a shitty economy, working for a major website. Got a cool name, cool hat, life is good. I never heard of the guy in all my travels on the web. Until.
Anil Dash is an investor and advisor for web companies based in NYC. He was very successful early in the web boom, and is now a very wealthy man. He’s consulted at the White House and is a powerful voice on the web with powerful friends I would suppose. I wouldn’t know, I hang with puppets in a warehouse in Culver City. Anyway.
Apparently Anil and Pax met on twitter when Anil found some old tweets from Pax that he thought were offensive because they were goofing on women and black people.
All kinds of stupid stuff. He also said the word ni$$er quoting Mel Gibson from years ago which we all know isn’t a good idea these days. So Anil finds all this stuff from years ago and does this.
He calls out Pax’s boss, NOT PAX, but his boss in an attempt to get him fired which is indeed the result after a good portion of Anil’s tech pals rally behind his call to action. Fair enough. Justice is served, Pax lost his cool gig, and now has to go home and tell his wife, while Anil gets to bask in the all the glory befitting the internet hero who made sure the offensive twitterer whom he never met in real life suffered at his hand. But.
It doesn’t end with our hero punishing this man who tweeted such impure thoughts. He must be cleansed and our hero Anil is just the man to do it. He met with pax and this was the result. Pax had this to say.
Must have been a fun conversation because this was the result.
“He flat out said that he wants his startup to be funded and wasn’t sure if it’d be possible after all of his, and I replied that it realistically wasn’t going to happen without the say-so of someone like me, and I wasn’t inclined to give some VC the nod on this. On reflection, I’ll be explicit: If you’re a venture capitalist, and you invest in Pax’s startup without a profound, meaningful and years-long demonstration of responsibility from Pax beforehand, you’re complicit in extending the tech industry’s awful track record of exclusion, and it’s unacceptable.”
Anil Dash called for the entire tech industry to blackball a man he never met until that day for years until Anil says it’s okay to do business with him. Blown. Away. Not only does he get the guy fired. He then calls for an entire industry to freeze out a guy he doesn’t even know over some tweets. He wants to destroy a guys livelihood, take food off a family’s table, and ruin a guy forever over tweets he found offensive. Getting him fired wasn’t enough, he must pay for not repenting at the knees of Anil Dash. He also put in this tidbit.
“I have no interest in playing an agent of Pax Dickinson’s redemption. I do not want him anywhere near kids of any sort, let alone teaching anyone. I am not concerned with creating opportunities for him or reopening the doors he’s closed through his actions. I do think Pax knows how to do some things that are valuable at a technical level. If he chooses to direct those abilities in a way that’s useful to society, I think that’d be a good thing. I think it would help atone for the hurt Pax has caused.”
He implies that Pax that should not be near children. What a vicious and cruel thing to say. Shame on Anil Dash. I can only imagine how Mrs. Dickinson must have felt when she read that about her husband. What an irresponsible thing to say about a man you met once for a few minutes and know nothing about on a human level. Anil who declares to be an atheist then offers advice on atonement since there is no higher g-d than himself. He will decide the atonement as only a true internet g-d can.
He then claimed he never had an “opinion” on Pax’s employment situation.
Pretty crazy huh? He just got through calling out an entire industry to blackball Pax, and yet he has no opinion. Sometimes g-d just acts in mysterious ways I guess.
At this point you would think that Anil has punished Pax enough, but you would be wrong. He now has to lie about him threatening him with physical violence. I asked Anil directly if Pax personally threatened him with violence at any point and when pressed he denied it.
As you can see Pax never threatened Anil Dash with physical violence. He simply was responding to a guy on the internet who just called him and asshole and asked his bosses to fire him. Say it to me in real life does not constitute a threat of physical violence in any way. Regardless Anil would not have gone if he really felt threatened, unless he was prepared to fight. Which of course he was.
Anil then pulls out the “I’m getting death threats from Pax’s supporters and I’m worried for my children.” card. Having received numerous threats over the years as a result of radical puppetry I offered advice.
Any Father who is truly afraid for his children would heed my advice, or call the FBI. I don’t think talking about it on twitter would be a sound strategy in keeping one’s children safe from internet bogeymen.
Pax Dickinson might or might not be monster. I don’t know what is in his heart.
Did he deserve to get fired and the ensuing shitstorm? Sure why not.
Did he deserve for Anil to blackball him and try and take away his future? No.
Did he deserve for Anil to say he should not be near children? No.
Did he deserve to have Anil lie about threats of violence? No.
Does he need to kneel before a false prophet who will decide his atonement? No.
Anil Dash is a liar and a coward and a bully of the worst order. A man who won’t stand by his own words and their results, yet he demands others be accountable to him. He is a not a fair, kind or benevolent g-d. He is an internet g-d. Full of hate, spite, and revenge.
Then I saw this. An internet g-d, a false prophet who is in the middle of a concise effort to destroy another man mentions my g-d. Glad to know Anil Dash approves of him.
Atonement and reflection indeed. Yom Kippur is about admitting mistakes. Knowing that we are all weak and yet g-d gives us another chance to make things right. A clean slate to try and be a better human being. To know that we are all flawed children of his and that we do indeed have the capacity to grow, to learn. To love. Things that a false internet g-d like Anil Dash knows nothing about.