I am not the type of man to take things silently or just roll over when I see an opinion that is wrong or not based in facts. I also don’t take orders from people that try to silence me in such way. As can be seen on this blog here (mostly in Icelandic for the past 9 years). People who tell me to shut-up, as was done in this case (in August-2013) are the worst, what is worse then that is the fact that I got blocked from that on twitter because I did criticize her favourite actress or something of that nature. I don’t accept to be shut out of something that is completely legitimate for me to do. This more ever so applies to a person that is writing for a widely read internet website (one of the largest) of the western world.
How did I find out that I was banned today, I was trying to answer this message that I got.
The message that I was trying to answer. I will replay to it at the end of this article just in case. Screen-shot that I took.
Only to get this message telling me that I cannot answer this message because I have been banned. Screen-shot that I took.
The origin of whole thing
In August-2013 I made this comment on the Twitter profile of one of new Cracked.com new writer. Her name is Amanda Mannen and is one of the lower paid writers on cracked staff (in accordance with that companies policies in those matters). She has also made it clear that she is an radical feminist on twitter with all that comes with it. The message that she blocked me on twitter was this one here.
Nothing to see here, this twitter is boring. Screen-shot that I took.
The message that I left on this cracked article is equally boring. The message that I left was this one and this is rightful criticism of what is being written on cracked.com website by this women. Screen-shot that I took.
The main comment that I left on cracked.com website and that got me banned from it. Screen-shot that I took.
I also left the following reposes in the subsequent trolling festal that took place following my criticism on her writing.
This are all screen-shots I took. If you are wondering why I did this, the reason is simple. I learned over the years of my internet existence not to trust some people who have editorial powers. I did discover back in the year 2011 (or 2012) that Cracked.com was one of those places not to be trusted.
My comment is also so dangerous that it was reported and then she [Amanda Mannen] mocked it on twitter as can be see here [images below]. She viewed here own opinion in a public space and as such that is not below or above criticism. She also allows her self to criticize me. Something that I can deal with, as can clearly be seen. I at least did not block her until few days ago
Mocking, mocking. As can be clearly seen. I have blocked her from my twitter. Screen-shot that I took.
It is also interesting to notice that she claims that I said that she hates sex. As can be seen on my text above I never claimed that. I did just assoiate her with certain radical type of radical feminism that exists today. I never once mention sex or anything like that in my comment. She is making up my views here, this is not surprising, since this type of people are well known to do this. I have seen it many times before, and I am going to see it many times again.
The criticism angle
Cracked.com website allows it self to criticise many things in its writing. Anything from films, jobs, people, careers and so on. The list is long and I am not going to name it all. This is all wrapped up in a humorous way and made consumers friendly and easy to read. This is all well thought out, this is commonly known as link baiting [No Wikipedia information on this yet]. This form of writing has the only purpose to get people to click on links on-line and generate advertisement revenue. So Cracked.com criticises most things under the moon, unless it gets them a call from the Secret service as has happened already.
What happens when you criticise the people and what is being written on Cracked website (they don’t use robots yet). Its quite simple. It gets you banned from Cracked.com website forever. That is what I can clearly and rightfully testify about. Since I made the attempt (see picture above) to criticise the cracked.com writer staff. All I got was a ban from the website, what they got in return was more criticism on my own platform (this website). Since I refuse to be stopped by this single ban. While people jump on me and tell me that I am holding a grudge, it is worth noticing that they are publishing a public content for everyone to read. Such material needs to be criticised, even if it is in humour form. It is sad that it is good to say a joke about everything, it is also perfectly acceptable to criticise everything and the people behind it. Even on there own website, were it should be taking place. Since what they write is read by a lot of people and it has effect on a lot of people opinions. Cracked.com parent company has been criticized for its behaviour back in the year 2008, that can be read here.
The cracked.com ban
What is interesting is that cracked.com not only user name banned me. They in whole IP banned me forever. As can be seen here on this image.
Banned at IP level. Screen-shot that I took.
This has interesting angle in it self. Since as can seen above my message that I written was not ban worthy. So I guess they ban by the rule “when we fucking feel like it”. Criticism being evil at cracked.com (it means that you are not good consumer doing your job!) the response becomes understandable. It also has dark prediction for this website and its future.
For the future. I am sure that cracked.com and other related websites are going to vanish in all sense of the word at the end of current internet bubble that is now ongoing. It is going to collapse one day and when that it happen it is going to be spectacular collapse, since the bubble today is massive. It is many times magnitude orders larger then last internet bubble from 1998 to 2001 at it high point.
As for me. I guess I am just going to continue to exist as I have always done. Regardless of bubble formations around me. When they go the way of the dinosaurs (when the bubble implodes), I am still going to be here. I may not get many page views, but at least I exists on solid ground. Not up in the cloud, were the fall is high and hard.
Legal notice to Cracked lawyers, partners and companies
This article, its pictures (screen-shots) fall under free speech in the U.S. A country that I have never once stepped into at this point in my life. My right to free speech and opinion are also protected by the Constitution of Denmark, where my legal home is. It is also protected by applicable EU/CoE laws. My views on Cracked.com website have always been within its terms and conditions, even if it did result in permanent IP ban on your website. I did read those a while ago and I did check on them before I started to write this article, so I would be able to quote your own terms. Legal matters can only be done in Denmark, where I reside.
I do know legal things, even if I don’t often use them.
Answer to B.Storms
I wanted to thank you for your answer. I do agree with your opinion. This is quite sad things that are being written there about this stuff. In a negative way too, sadly. Since the reality is different in most cases and far and long distance from the picture that is drawn up in this article.
I would have answered you on Cracked.com website and I did try to do so as you can see. But I have been forever banned from using its comment and message section. So I sadly cannot answer you there. So this has do the job in the case you find this.
Jón Frímann (jonfr)
I was once going to write for cracked.com website. I never did it for two reasons. The U.S Tax code and I always found something fishy taking place based on the set-up they use to select articles, as is covered in this news here. The thing about me as an writer is that I try to write good material. I don’t want to write junk on the internet, unless the occasion arises for me to do so (that almost never happens). So in the end I never wrote anything for cracked.com and following this ban, I deleted my writing folder for Cracked.com and it is going to remain deleted. I was right in doing so. The workings at Cracked.com are explained here. The pay is bad and the work is heavy and that is not worth my effort and research that goes into writing a good article. Since good article is not something they are looking for, what they are looking for are keywords, as explained in the news article that I linked too. I am happy this did not work out for me (since I didn’t trust what I was seeing) at writing for Cracked.com. It would have been awful for me and I would not have lasted anyway.
As for cracked.com website. I am never going to read them again. I am going to ignore them until they meet the bitter end and vanish off the internet. Currently I am just in final mopping up procedures. This means I am just documenting and taking screen-shots of comments that are added to my comment on cracked. Nothing more, given that articles on cracked.com website has the lifespan of 3 to 5 days (depends on popularity), I don’t expect to see more comments (at least not a lot more) with my comment on cracked.com article.
My apologies for the long read, so thank you for reading the whole thing. If you have kindle device you can send it to it for free.