History Main / StreisandEffect

22nd Feb '17 5:53:05 AM PF
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** Digital Homicide didn't just sue Jim Sterling, they also attempted to sue ''[[UpToEleven 100 Steam users that left negative reviews on their games]]''. When they tried to get a subpoena from Valve, the response they got was [[LaserGuidedKarma having all their games being removed from Steam and getting blacklisted for acting aggressive and hostile towards Valve's customers]]. Despite losing so much money that they had to file for bankruptcy and being forced to quit the game industry, Digital Homicide still tried to drag out the lawsuit against Jim Sterling. Eventually, Jim's lawyer gave an ultimatum; drop the case and everyone pays for their own legal fees or Digital Homicide will get their asses handed to them in court. Digital Homicide agreed and the case was officially dismissed, ending the year long drama caused by two men who [[CantTakeCriticism couldn't handle criticism from one guy.]]

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** Digital Homicide didn't just sue Jim Sterling, they also attempted to sue ''[[UpToEleven 100 Steam users that left negative reviews on their games]]''. When they tried to get a subpoena from Valve, the response they got was [[LaserGuidedKarma having all their games being removed from Steam and getting blacklisted for acting aggressive and hostile towards Valve's customers]]. Despite losing so much money that they had to file for bankruptcy and being forced to quit the game industry, Digital Homicide still tried to drag out the lawsuit against Jim Sterling. Eventually, Jim's Sterling's lawyer gave an ultimatum; drop the case and everyone pays for their own legal fees or Digital Homicide will get their asses handed to them in court. Digital Homicide agreed and the case was officially dismissed, ending the year long drama caused by two men who [[CantTakeCriticism couldn't handle criticism from one guy.]]
21st Feb '17 9:01:50 PM Steven
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** Digital Homicide didn't just sue Jim Sterling, they also attempted to sue ''[[UpToEleven 100 Steam users that left negative reviews on their games]]''. When they tried to get a subpoena from Valve, the response they got was [[LaserGuidedKarma having all their games being removed from Steam and getting blacklisted for acting aggressive and hostile towards Valve's customers]]. Despite losing so much money that they had to file for bankruptcy and being forced to quit the game industry, Digital Homicide still tried to drag out the lawsuit against Jim Sterling. Eventually, Jim's lawyer gave an ultimatum; drop the case and everyone pays for their own legal fees or Digital Homicide will get their asses handed to them in court. Digital Homicide agreed and the case was officially dismissed, ending the year long drama caused by two men who [[CantTakeCriticism couldn't handle criticism from one guy.]]
18th Feb '17 4:37:12 PM DavidDelony
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* During the debate over Trump's controversial nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a scathing letter written about him by UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement civil rights leader]] Coretta Scott King to the Senate. Republicans used an obscure rule about appropriate senate conduct to cut her off a few sentences in, so she posted a video of herself reading it online instead. The incident made headlines for days, attracting far more attention than it otherwise would have. One commentator stated that the Republicans had taken away Warren's microphone and handed her a megaphone.

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* During the debate over Trump's controversial nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a scathing letter written about him by UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement civil rights leader]] Coretta Scott King to the Senate. Republicans used an obscure rule about appropriate senate conduct to cut her off a few sentences in, so she posted a video of herself reading it online instead. The incident made headlines for days, attracting far more attention than it otherwise would have. One commentator stated that the Republicans had taken away Warren's microphone and handed her a megaphone.
13th Feb '17 10:52:54 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Played with in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. When Stannis begins spreading rumors regarding the incestuous relationship between Cersei and Jamie, Cersei wants them crushed. When asked what he would do, Tyrion's response was "Nothing. If we leave it alone, everyone will forget the instant some other scandal comes out. If we crush it, it will only spread and convince people that it's true." Littlefinger adds a masterful variation; not only will they ignore it, but they'll spread equally lurid (although false) rumors about Stannis himself to impale Stannis on the same dilemma. Although their counter-rumor has had little effect in following books and that incest rumor has become an OpenSecret by the time of fifth book (where [[spoiler:Cersei is labelled brotherfucker in her Walk of Shame after publicly admitting to adultery, which needless to say gives weight to said rumors]]).

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* Played with in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. When Stannis begins spreading rumors regarding the incestuous relationship between Cersei and Jamie, Cersei wants them crushed. When asked what he would do, Tyrion's response was "Nothing. If we leave it alone, everyone will forget the instant some other scandal comes out. If we crush it, it will only spread and convince people that it's true." Littlefinger adds a masterful variation; not only will they ignore it, but they'll spread equally lurid (although false) rumors about Stannis himself to impale Stannis on the same dilemma. Although their counter-rumor has had little effect in following books and that incest rumor has become an OpenSecret by the time of fifth book (where [[spoiler:Cersei is labelled brotherfucker in her Walk of Shame after publicly admitting to adultery, which needless to say gives weight to said the rumors]]).



* An example of [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]]; Music/{{Eminem}}, after receiving an award for his breakthrough album, publicly thanked all the people who threw a shit-fit over said album for making it a hit.

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* An example of [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]]; Music/{{Eminem}}, after receiving an award for his breakthrough album, publicly thanked all the people who threw a shit-fit over said the album for making it a hit.



** Digpex Games, the sole developer behind ''Skate Man: Intense Rescue'', issued a copyright strike against Sterling after he had posted his impressions of the developer's trailer for the game that consisted of horrible ideas, laughable execution, and a frame rate that was in the single digits. Unlike Digital Homicide, Digpex Games seemingly made the greenlight trailer to bait Sterling out just so the developer could "teach him a lesson" because said developer saw how Sterling treated other indie developers in the past and couldn't stand it. Naturally, this tactic didn't work and it created the opposite effect; Sterling gotten even more famous while Digpex Games were now known for being sour grapes over how he critiques things.

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** Digpex Games, the sole developer behind ''Skate Man: Intense Rescue'', issued a copyright strike against Sterling after he had posted his impressions of the developer's trailer for the game that consisted of horrible ideas, laughable execution, and a frame rate that was in the single digits. Unlike Digital Homicide, Digpex Games seemingly made the greenlight trailer to bait Sterling out just so the developer could "teach him a lesson" because said developer it saw how Sterling treated other indie developers in the past and couldn't stand it. Naturally, this tactic didn't work and it created the opposite effect; Sterling gotten even more famous while Digpex Games were now known for being sour grapes over how he critiques things.
13th Feb '17 10:50:25 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* During the debate over Trump's controversial nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a (scathing) letter written about him by [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Coretta Scott King]] (M. L. King's widow) to the Senate. Republicans used a vague rule about appropriate senate conduct to cut her off a few sentences in, so she posted a video of herself reading it online instead. The scandalous "silencing" incident was soon all over the news, and the video and letter got millions of views overnight; if the Republicans had just let her read it, it wouldn't have received nearly so much attention.

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* During the debate over Trump's controversial nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a (scathing) scathing letter written about him by [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement civil rights leader]] Coretta Scott King]] (M. L. King's widow) King to the Senate. Republicans used a vague an obscure rule about appropriate senate conduct to cut her off a few sentences in, so she posted a video of herself reading it online instead. The scandalous "silencing" incident was soon all over the news, and the video and letter got millions of views overnight; if made headlines for days, attracting far more attention than it otherwise would have. One commentator stated that the Republicans had just let taken away Warren's microphone and handed her read it, it wouldn't have received nearly so much attention.a megaphone.
9th Feb '17 3:26:39 PM Kotomikun
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* During the debate over Trump's controversial nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a (scathing) letter written about him by [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Coretta Scott King]] (M. L. King's widow) to the Senate. Republicans used a vague rule about appropriate senate conduct to cut her off a few sentences in, so she posted a video of herself reading it online instead. The scandalous "silencing" incident was soon all over the news, and the video and letter got millions of views overnight; if the Republicans had just let her read it, it wouldn't have received nearly so much attention.
6th Feb '17 7:54:30 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* A rather unfortunate example: a protest led by William Monroe Trotter to get ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}'' BannedInBoston ended up enhancing its popularity among the filmgoing public.
22nd Jan '17 7:59:47 AM PF
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* When Kirk Cameron released ''Film/SavingChristmas'', negative critic reviews and several middling audience reviews on Website/RottenTomatoes enraged him and caused him to go on an internet mission telling the entire world to "storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes". While die-hard fans were the only ones watching at the time, this tirade got the general public's attention and caused the opposite to happen; it led to ''Saving Christmas'' getting a zero from critics on the site and also got the [[GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie Awards']] attention. It ended with an even lower audience score and Cameron "winning" several Razzies, including "Worst Screen Combo with his ego" and "Worst Picture", as a result of him tripping into the trope. For what it's worth, the very low-budget film did make a profit, but Cameron has [[CreatorKiller barely been heard from since.]]

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* When Kirk Cameron released ''Film/SavingChristmas'', negative critic reviews and several middling audience reviews on Website/RottenTomatoes enraged him and caused him to go on an internet Internet mission telling the entire world to "storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes". While die-hard fans were the only ones watching at the time, this tirade got the general public's attention and caused the opposite to happen; it led to ''Saving Christmas'' getting a zero from critics on the site and also got the [[GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie Awards']] attention. It ended with an even lower audience score and Cameron "winning" several Razzies, including "Worst Screen Combo with his ego" and "Worst Picture", as a result of him tripping into the trope.this. For what it's worth, the very low-budget film did make a profit, but Cameron has [[CreatorKiller barely been heard from since.]]



* [=McDonald=]'s sued a small activist group over a flier being passed out at one of its restaurants, that alleged certain wrongdoings by the fast food chain. If left alone, only a couple hundred people may have seen it. However, the trial ended up taking over a decade and got [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLibel international media attention.]] After spending millions on lawyers, [=McDonald=]'s was awarded [[PyrrhicVictory £60,000]] in damage from the activists. Of course, it could be argued that the value of dissuading others from attempting libel was more important to them than the costs of the single trial.

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* [=McDonald=]'s sued a small activist group over a flier being passed out at one of its restaurants, that alleged certain wrongdoings by the fast food chain. If left alone, only a couple hundred people may have seen it. However, the trial ended up taking over a decade and got [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLibel international media attention.]] After spending millions on lawyers, [=McDonald=]'s was awarded [[PyrrhicVictory £60,000]] in damage from the activists. Of course, it could be argued that the value of dissuading others from attempting libel was more important to them than the costs of the single trial.
22nd Jan '17 2:31:59 AM jameygamer
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* When Kirk Cameron released ''Film/SavingChristmas'', negative critic reviews and several middling audience reviews on Website/RottenTomatoes enraged him and caused him to go on an internet mission telling the entire world to "storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes". While die-hard fans were the only ones watching at the time, this tirade got the general public's attention and caused the opposite to happen; it led to ''Saving Christmas'' getting a zero from critics on the site and also got the [[GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie Awards']] attention. It ended with an even lower audience score and Cameron "winning" several Razzies, including "Worst Screen Combo with his ego" and "Worst Picture", as a result of him tripping into the trope. For what it's worth, the very low-budget film did make a profit, but Cameron has [[CreatorKiller barely been heard from since.]]
21st Jan '17 11:27:30 AM SteveMB
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* An interesting version of this occurs in ''Literature/{{StarTrekFederation}}''. Someone hacks a secure Starfleet database looking for information on the Warp Bomb, a long discredited idea for weaponizing Warp Drive. This causes Starfleet Security to clamp down on any information pertaining to the Warp Bomb and it becomes a vicious cycle where the persistence of the hacker leads Starfleet to reevaluate whether there might be something to this Warp Bomb business, and the increasingly stringent security confirms the hacker's belief in the bomb as both sides continue to escalate without apparent end.

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* An interesting version of this occurs in ''Literature/{{StarTrekFederation}}''. Someone hacks a secure Starfleet database looking for information on the Warp Bomb, a long discredited discredited[[note]]it works, but is much more difficult to use and much less effective than standard weapons like photon torpedoes[[/note]] idea for weaponizing Warp Drive. This causes Starfleet Security to clamp down on any information pertaining to the Warp Bomb and it becomes a vicious cycle where the persistence of the hacker leads Starfleet to reevaluate whether there might be something to this Warp Bomb business, and the increasingly stringent security confirms the hacker's belief in the bomb as both sides continue to escalate without apparent end.
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