DISCLAIMER 1: What follows is a mixture of facts, speculation & satire therefore the adverb “allegedly” prefaces and applies to the whole article.
DISCLAIMER 2: I am a proud Neo-Troll & I DO NOT represent #GamerGate. Truth with zero protocol will be used; get offended. Feel free to disregard everything I say based on my Troll status. For those who stayed, read on;
DISCLAIMER 3: Dear Sargon, please abstain from calling this open letter a “hit piece”; Brianna Wu does the same with any criticism. If my open letter should be entirely dismissed, please tell me the laws I broke, not the feelings I hurt.
Ostensibly, Sargon of Akkad interacts with trolls regularly, I assume said aggregated contact with trolls has taken a toll on him, or at least that is what I would have done if he had been my target. See, my job as a Neo-Troll is to wear people down through their egos, to find ways to get under the skin folds of their prolapsed arrogance and, in many ways, I am more of a parasite. The more they swear the more they confirm the mange I represent has sunken deeper into the folds of their egos. But today I would like make an exception because I happen to like most of Sargon’s work and I would like to think he is not oblivious to his metacognition and for that reason, I would like to offer him some fair criticism through this open letter, after all, none of us is a fucking princess.
OPEN LETTER TO SARGON OF AKKAD
Your latest video titled “The Ideological Hegemony of #GamerGate“ is evidence you let your emotions dictate your actions.
This goes completely against the grain of something you & I are well aware of: Stoicism
I am sure you will recognize this quote,
Allow me to put it bluntly Sargon: You lost control like a child and got offended by a mere article on a tabloid. A thinker of your caliber is supposed to rise above all that.
Please, remember that it is always within your power to remove your opinion about anything that bothers you but your aforementioned 48:41 emotional vent is a public refutation of that very principle. You failed to control your emotions publicly over mere text.
During your 48:41 long video rant you made many mistakes but I will limit this letter to only highlighting the following ones;
*Regarding your implication about your bigger audience
Yes you do have a sizeable audience but sadly, no Sargon, nobody is “too big to fail” and the size of your audience does not prevent you from making mistakes in judgement such as the one you made with your rant. Audience is an indicator, not a guarantee of quality/emotional discipline.
*Regarding your claim about the existence of “The Ideological Hegemony of #GamerGate”
No Sargon, it would be hard to declare a certain hegemony because it would require speaking in absolutes just the way you did. You got carried away by your frustration which directly leads into the next point,
*Regarding your constant usage of angry absolutes
You constantly made use of statements such as,
Do you even realize SJWs also speak in absolutes? They also blurt out things like,
“nobody cares about your ideas!!!”
See, when their unchecked emotions have little value to make a valid argument, SJWs have the bad habit of replacing the pronoun “I” with the word “nobody” to give their angry rants imaginary intellectual validity. Well, you did exactly that several times during your 48+ min rant.
Or, did you mean you can you predict the future with 100% certainty?
Now, if you claim you have single-handedly predicted the future, I would doubt you were serious because most of the time you are quite skeptical and reasonable.
Were you being metaphorical?
If not, that, in and of itself is the second trait of being driven by emotions which is making extraordinary claims.
Where is your extraordinary factual evidence to the extraordinary claim of an ideological Hegemony of GamerGate?
Could you please provide it Sargon?
All I saw was a very emotional, frustrated version of you ranting, which begs the question;
Who is the real Sargon?
The carefully edited, apocryphally composed one or the unedited impatient & angry one?
Sargon, you had a visibly hard time calming down at the beginning of your video (most likely it involved many takes) and I noticed you became visibly frustrated, at times you stopped then covered your face with both hands in frustration, you yelled away from the microphone to avoid distortion and at some point, you even had to stop and breathe in several times. It would stand to reason your heart rate increased constantly. Then you made some muddled points and also could not let go of swearing. I am not a nun mind you, I am entirely supportive of swearing but in your case it seems to give you away. Also, the number of times you used the pronoun “I” also gives the impression you consider your influence more important than anything else, which is reminiscent of interviews where CEOs blatantly forego the classic royal we.
If you are that relevant why does a simple post on a tabloid get under your skin Sargon?
Wouldn’t it have made more sense to just ignore it?
Why did it wound you so deeply?
When did your skin get so thin Sargon?
How would you cope with the number of threats and hit pieces Milo gets on a weekly basis?
Would you crumble under the pressure?
See, when the skin of your ego stretches it does tend to get thin. I think your current thin skin is the direct result of your ego increasing in size. I suggest you don’t take yourself too seriously Sargon because we all age and die.
Everything you, I or anybody else will achieve will most likely be forgotten in a few hundred years and your chances of being remembered only diminish if you do not control your ego, in other words, don’t be an egocentric jerk because those are the first to be forgotten by history. Why? Well, there’s a strong correlation with people who suck not being remembered by history, while people who have emotional discipline tend to be successful, thus, have a higher chance of being remembered.
See, there is a reason we remember them today, almost 2,000 years after; they taught us how not to do what you did on your video: become a vulgar, aimless object of our emotions. Sargon, remember that becoming an angry fistful of impulsive neurons is the refutation of exactly that which makes us human: dispassionate reasoning.
Without dispassionate reasoning through emotional discipline, we cannot effectively solve problems and make progress in life. Let me ask you this dear Sargon:
With your current irregular emotional discipline, who will remember you in 1000 years?
Of course, your chances are much higher than mine (as opposed to you, I am just a lowly anon Neo-Troll) but you might stand a better chance to be remembered if you learn to manage your emotions from now on.
If you fail to do so, the memories of your entire life, all your struggles, all your achievements, everything Carl Benjamin ever achieved will irreversibly dissipate into the vastness of time.
Does that idea depress you? Does it depress you to look at the stars and be certain how small we all are? If your answer was yes, that is not an original concept to test. See, great thinkers do not take themselves too seriously, look,
Again, Sargon, I suggest you don’t take yourself too seriously and try your earnest not to get confused with your place in the universe, for we are all very small, or, if you prefer, here is someone slightly less polite;
Judging by your behavior and length of your rant, you got confused and let your emotions do your thinking, here is a hint: that is exactly what SJWs do. You are not supposed to be one of them.
How often does Milo go off on angry rants of 48:41 minutes like you? He endured an 7.9 hour marathon uniting friends. He did exactly the opposite of what you did.
See? Sargon, you need to learn from Milo and be extremely selective with your emotions. Milo picks his battles very carefully and to date, has never done what you have done: go off on a mere tabloid.
Sargon, I see that you get upset easily and that is a detrimental trait. Try to be less passionate, to be ahead of the game, to avoid falling for the trap of provocation just like her,
Big Red AKA Chanty Morris AKA “FemSargon”
Self restraint pays off, look at what happened to “big red” the radfem that tried to expose a group she was so fervently against, she had zero self-restraint while the guys who spoke to her were as cool as a tall glass of icy water. Her lack of self-restraint only made her accidentally help her enemies, and you Sargon, you are emulating BigRed. You are making the same mistakes she made: letting your emotions do your thinking. Not only that but just like her, you are helping your enemies with your impulsive detrimental traits. If you go off so easily on mere text from a tabloid, what could be expected from you when required to control yourself during a face to face interview or a debate like the ones Milo is invited regularly?
Would you fail to control yourself the way Milo does on live TV?
Traditional media will be unlikely to invite you the way they do with Milo because your rants give the impression of being too much of a hot head, you are not at this point in time, prime time material Mr Akkad. If anything you became an aimless fistful of emotions for 48 minutes all because of a mere tabloid article. Yes, we can all claim “sour grapes” but Milo used traditional media as a tool to get where he is today.
How productive was your rant to #GamerGate?
To your brand?
If anything, your rant was an impulsive BigRed-level emotional outburst perhaps due to other underlying reasons which leads us into the next point. Sargon, I think you have observed feminists are often overweight, unhappy people. Most of the time because they have underlying biological reasons for their mood swings which brings me to comparing your recent 48+ minute mood swing to that of radfem Big Red. Yes, I am publicly comparing you to an overweight, frustrated, impulsive and angry feminist because you provided almost 1 hour of video evidence for such comparison. A few factual observations on you Sargon;
Regarding your physical health: You are overweight
I would estimate your BMI to be at least 28 (yes there are methods more accurate than BMI) This is relevant because it would stand to reason your pent-up energy is being wasted in rants that are detrimental to both your image and your health because they are the equivalent of road-rage outbursts. Road rage tends to be followed by periods of intense regret.
Did you regret posting the video Sargon?
See, your lack of exercise is also extremely relevant because for a person of your intellectual power, you make yourself too vulnerable to stress then disease. Sargon, you clearly have ample, undeniable discipline to read the books and sources needed for your videos, as well as recording and editing them with great accuracy, then,
Why is your discipline so selective to leave exercise out of your life Sargon?
Does your critical thinking end where your daily exercise starts?
Do you have a medical condition or it is just pure glorified laziness?
If you do not have a medical condition, you have to do exercise because it will help you control your emotions. Also, you need to read this cornerstone of human reasoning also, try this book by Mike Cernovich, it may help you regulate your emotions and talk in absolutes less often.
If I am mistaken and you already do exercise, you still need to control your diet and your stress levels.
Regarding your crowning contradiction
Allow me to quote you Sargon, at the very end of your rant, at 47:55 you said
Let that sink in. A grown man who publicly prides himself of being a thinker, goes on a rage-filled, fully emotional 48+ minute rant THEN has the gall to complain about people reacting emotionally at the very end of it? That is Arthur Chu levels of self-awareness, Sargon.
What is next Sargon?
Erasing the video to pretend you were never mistaken?
Too late, just like me, plenty of viewers saved it. You need to find a logical way to reduce your need to vent, a martial art or a Gym membership would be a good start, let me quote Plutarch the way you regularly do;
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”
In your case please consider this variation,
“The BODY is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”
If your body is not used, it deteriorates and ages faster. Your body is also a fire to be kindled. You need to do exercise Sargon, you are a brilliant man, do not let your body become an unused & damaged vessel.
Regarding your “Divide & Conquer” claim
Allow me to highlight another of your emotional extraordinary claims, “Divide & Conquer”. I think you are mistaken because “Divide & Conquer” is not what Ralph or pro GG people you currently dislike are doing, rather, it is feminists the ones that are using something more along the lines of the strategy “Embrace Extend and Exterminate” first coined by Microsoft. Read up on it, I think you will find the similarities striking.
Regarding The Limits of Master Milo
See, the problem is that Milo has limited time and energy, especially now he got promoted and cannot mediate with every disagreement the way he did with Ralph and Leo during his #BIGMILO. His job is not to baby sit us all, he cannot play “Gay Uncle Milo” every time you get offended by a tabloid like the one written by Ralph or even worse, a lowly troll like me. His job is far more important than our petty squabbles. Contact me over Skype if your ego demands it, I will be glad to let you vent & settle this instead of asking Milo to mediate and I do hope you concur with the fact that Milo has much bigger fish to fry.
In conclusion, your metacognition failed you Sargon.
You blatantly let your emotions dictate your actions.
I suggest you print this, look at it every morning & actively apply it to your whole day;
Please keep playing the Street Fighter song at the end of your videos, I really like it.