Psst! Media guys! Come over here. I have a secret. And it’s a big one.
I know how to KILL #GamerGate. The method’s simple, direct, and utterly infallible.
- Adopt an ethics policy.
- Adhere to it.
BOOM! Blow them right away.
#GamerGate’s all about the misogyny, right? Jon Stone says it, The Verge does, hell everybody does. #GamerGate is a hate group, hiding behind a thin veneer of consumer rights, protesting journalistic malfeasance. But they’re lying right?
So call them on it. Kick them right in the balls. Tear away the veil and expose the hateful, bigoted troglodytes underneath.
Look at it this way: it’s a guaranteed win. Even if they’re not brutal, women-hating troglodytes looking to (vicariously) ravish helpless women in vicious women-hating video games, if you take away their single demand, you win. They have no leg to stand on. All you have to do is:
- Adopt an ethics policy.
- Adhere to it.
And they’re screwed. So why not do it?
Why have you sat by passively for six weeks, doing not one single effective thing other than riling them up? Why have you only screamed and screamed, and not smacked your enemies down, good and proper?
Unless… oh. It’s the steps, right? You have a problem with the steps? Probably the second one, most of all. You just can’t do it, right? It sticks in your craw.
Well, crap. I guess that means more rage-filled rants, accusing #GamerGaters of everything under the sun, up to and including Weev’s 2007 trolling campaign, the Jennifer Lawrence photo leak, and the Lindberg baby kidnapping.
(Two of those are real accusations, from The Verge article linked above. Those #GamerGaters, they do get around. In their time machine, apparently.)
So, more rants in the style of Jon Stone, then. (The Verge having preemptively proven this point correct.) And since we’re fisking Stone anyway, let’s do some more! Because hey, if the gaming media is going to use Stone’s piece as their Bible, bathroom reader, and bedroom companion, we may as well analyze it.
Except it’s too damn long. (The Verge at least had the goddamn common courtesy of making their article 45% shorter than Stone’s “Wheel of Time”-esque magnum opus.) So instead of fisking the entire remaining verbiage, we’re going to focus on a few parts I find most entertaining. Like this:
Thus, an Asian journalist is pilloried for racist comments he made as a teenager which he has repeatedly, sincerely and profusely apologised for:
Racist comments? But what could they be?
They’re a little more than… racist, though. You could almost kind of call that sort of full-on Nazi, right? (“You went full Nazi. Never go full Nazi.”)
But he’s apologized? Well, maybe he has a good explanation.
Well, that makes perfect sense. Gamers made him a Nazi, and now he hates gamers with a passion. (BTW, he’s the Editor in Chief of a site called Gameranx. It covers gaming and gamers.)
Obviously, every single sane person should forgive him, as every single anti-GG would if any “pros” had the same… ah… checkered past. Because decency. And morality. And virtue, you evil #GG jerks!
So what did those vile, bastard #GamerGaters do to this sweet, innocent lad?
They called him a Nazi?!? THOSE BAST… Wait.
I mean, isn’t he? Sort of, uh, Nazi-ish? “Hitler is my fucking idol.” That’s pretty… Nazi-esque, at least. What’s the problem again? Evil #GamerGaters are calling this innocent… White Supremacist a Nazi? And that’s bad?
I’m sorry, but since when did calling a certified swastika-wearing, goose-stepping, friend of Hitler a “Nazi” become a bad thing? Nazis are Nazis. (Sorry, “ex-“.) You’re supposed to call them Nazis. That’s why they themselves invented the name, so other people would know what to call them! (And “genocidal, dictatorial, racist assholes” was taken.)
And Ian’s’ a Nazi. (Sorry, “ex-“.) Before you cry foul, consider two last quotes from Ian: “why didn’t the holocaust kill your parents” and “jews = nothing”.
(Heavily apply [sic] to those quotes. I didn’t mangle the grammar. And punctuation. Capitalization. Etc.)
So, Stone’s defending the honor of Nazi scum. (Sorry, “ex-“.) Way to fight the power, Jon.
Is there anything else?
(Oh wait: You documented this abuse heavily, but curiously no other instances. Evidence lacking a little, was it, Stone? That surprises even me.)
Back to the fisking: Is there anything else?
It’s like watching intelligent animals work out how to maim each other with writing implements […] There’s no creativity to #gamergate’s methods. It copy and pastes what has been seen to work elsewhere, whether for good or evil. Boycott campaigns, infographics, memes, petitions[.]
“You’re using proven methods for effecting change! You ignorant monkeys!” That’s considered a substantive condemnation now? #GamerGaters learn from the past and use tools that work? And we should hate them for using effective tools made by others?
Do we also hate them for using screwdrivers or the wheel? Or game controllers and keyboards, for that matter? Maybe we should hate them for also using sentence structure and punctuation! (That could be why he loves Ian so much — by rejecting the oppressive white male sentence structure, Ian’s transcended the ineffable boundaries of hermanuetic… wait, I lost my place.)
“They do what’s effective”? Is this you just whining your ass off, because they’re winning?
Any other baseless accusations to level?
The authors of the aforementioned diatribes drench themselves in the language of scrupulous philosophical investigation as if that in itself imbues them with moral authority, while displaying nothing close to real consistency, rigour [No sic, he’s British] or intellectual honesty.
This is a textbook example of projection, to wit, unconsciously attributing one’s own moral failings to others. Which is to say, all of the above = you, Jon. You did all of these things.
So there it is, ladies and gentlemen, a partial fisking in three parts. And each part showed how the anti-#GamerGate movement lies (and explained some of the truth). The first showed lying about gamers, the second them lying about #GamerGate as a whole and about themselves, and this one how they mislead with vitriol and biased language.
They’re willing to whitewash a White Supremacist’s racist past, in order to defame and slander #GamerGate. That’s who they are. That’s what they do.
These tactics will not stop. Because, even though they have an easy out (or an easy way to discredit #GamerGate), they will not take it. Their corruption is more important than their careers and audience.
And it’s long past time the audience bid them adieu and walked away.
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