Quebecois Cosplay Cuties

De-stressing from the last few days of bare-knuckles brawling, I thought I’d try a nice and simple Fanservice! post.

Time for some cuties. Like this first snap:

Wait! How did that get in there, dammit? Fine, we’ll call that “One for the ladies.”

Now for something soft, sexy, and feminine:

Gaaaah! That’s not sexy! That’s, frankly, terrifying.

Worst. Fanservice. Ever.

Fine, I guess it is October. We’ll put that one down to a little Halloween madness.

One last time (and it better be good!):

Now that’s excellent fanservice! (Finally.)

This fine pic was shot by Quebecois photog Lexa One. There are lots more examples of her quality work (all along these lines) posted by “Geeks Are Sexy” at the link!

The (Movie) Stars Descend From The Heavens…

… and onto our TV screens. Dateline Hollywood (h/t Breitbart):

Sony Pictures TV is bringing together one of the biggest movie stars, Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Lucy, Her), and the work of one of the most celebrated American novelists, the Pulitzer Prize winner Edith Wharton (The Age Of Innocence)

I’ll be perfectly frank: 8 hours of Edith Wharton is far into “my eyes glaze over” territory. On the other hand, Scarlett Johansson:

So, I’m torn. (BTW, she was delightful in Lost in Translation. Thanks to winstoninabox for pushing me to see the movie. Club scene is the best.) But what’s most important…

But what’s second most important is the sight of so many movie stars jumping back to TV. It used to be the movie career death ghetto, but now it’s the hot spot for challenging and complex material. (I mean real challenges, not SJW preaching trying to pass for “challenging”.)

True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woodie Harrelson, for example. Brilliant, complex, layered, and very captivating.

With smaller budgets and smaller audiences, and hence smaller stakes, TV is the place real writers and real dramas can thrive. And it’s a beautiful thing.

If not quite as beautiful as Ms. Johansson.

Somebody Needs a Fisking, Good and Deep and Hard

And no, that’s not a euphemism. Though the dysphemistic vulgarity you’re probably thinking of could apply as well. Somebody’s gettin’ it tonight.

(A “fisking” is… well, this post. You’ll get it by the end.)

The inestimable Adam Baldwin — actor, billionaire humanitarian philanthropist, wearer of shiny hats — passed along a link to an anti-GamerGater, name of Jon Stone. Stone wrote one of the longest, most boring, most intellectually dishonest pieces I’ve ever had the displeasure of forcing my eyes to scan. While reading, my brain was crying out in pain, begging me to stop. I was ruthless, however, because some of us are called to be billionaires, others to refute idiots on the Internet.

(And yet others, both. Please, please, please…)

So, Jon Stone. A Brit, and a post-modernist, and just brimming with hate. From the article-to-be-fisked:

You bastards!

So remember, no matter what they say, no matter how well documented their claims are, no matter how reasonable (or not) they may seem, #GamerGaters are pure eeeeeeeevil. And that’s a simple fact. Jon Stone says so.

Ah, #GamerGate. How do we explain thee? Let’s start with my high level overview, for the uninitiated, follow it up with a more focused piece, and finish it off with a damn good 60-second video by Leo the Pirate. (Or you could start with that. It’s censored by Digg! And short.)

I’ll be quoting Stone’s piece, and responding underneath. So tip back your seats, kids, it’s gonna be a long one. (He wrote 3200 words, 3-and-a-half newspaper opinion columns. That’s a lot of bullshit.) Let the fisking begin!

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”
Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

One sentence! I can’t get one sentence into this piece without Stone posting something so colossally stupid it beggars the imagination, to wit: “All them gamers in #GamerGate? They’s insane!” (I wistfully imagine this being said in the accent of Cletus, the slack-jawed yokel. Substitute appropriate local yokel accents from your neck of the woods, as desired.)

I’m going to assume, based on the last week’s traffic, that most of you aren’t gamers, and found your way here from a non-gamer site. So let me explain:

Gamers are not crazy. They are passionate. I’m talking fainting-at-a-Beatles-concert passionate. They are still playing games first released during Ronald Reagan’s august tenure in the White House. Playing, and paying for them. Again. An entire company exists to sell gamers technologically obsolete games, that they still love.

Gamers are also fractious. They divide into camps at the drop of a hat, flood message boards with arguments about their newfound divisions, and keep these arguments going on various fora for decades. Decades.

I am reliably informed that model railroaders used to do this, in the letters column of hobby magazines. Gamers (collectively) can produce an average letters column’s worth of vitriol in fractions of a second, and do this reliably every minute of every single day.

Their hobby matters to them. Their games matter to them. They’re passionate, and you trifle with their passion at your peril.

#GamerGate is about a crowd of people who got to triflin’. Things did not go well from there.

Why bother with #gamergate?

You heard my name and wanted your ass kicked? Sorry, you asked a rhetorical question and I interrupted. Please, continue.

I’m not a games industry professional. I’m not a journalist.

Clearly well qualified to inform us about the inner workings of both, then. I look forward to your insights, oh learned one.

 I have my hands full with unrelated creative projects

Poems published in boutique magazines and obscure books. Not exactly setting the world on fire, is Mr. Stone.

“Neither are you!” True. But I have actual facts and information to back me up, unlike Mr. Stone. Witness:

Realistically, I have no time for this. ‘This’ being a social media smog monster going by the name of ‘#gamergate,

You can’t even spell it right, you ignorant British twit. It’s #GamerGate. Capitalized. Twice. (A practice dubbed “CamelCase”. You can look it up.)

Why should we take your word for what #GamerGate is, when you can’t even get this one simple fact right?

a rancorous, shape-shifting cloud composed of every kind of pollutant dumped into the ocean of the internet, driven by a malevolent sentience.

Every kind of pollutant dumped on the Internet? So #GamerGate consists of, and I’m guestimating here, 80% porn, much of it illegal? 15% spam (40% of that, ED or penile enlargement spam)? 4% torrents, or links to same? And the last 1% kitteh gifs and other assorted memes? (Everything else comprising a percentage too minute to mention.)

Every kind? That’s really your claim? You’re not even pretending to be accurate, are you?

“Driven by a malevolent sentience”? How stupid are you? No, seriously, I’d like to know. One malevolent sentience? Really? Do I have to explain why that’s not only incorrect, but biologically impossible?

#GamerGate is thousands of gamers, pissed off because the journalists covering their hobby (that they love with a passion) are obsessed ideologues, busily imposing their politics on games and gamers, and engaging in corrupt practices to boot. (As if their crusade justified their malfeasance.) Thousands of people, thousands of sentiences.

#gamergate’s protean nature resists attempts toward summary and narrative.

Unless you’re me. I did a pretty good job. Twice. Oh, and the 60-second video. Leo did a great job.

“Wrong!” is kind of a habit with you, isn’t it?

It readjusts and reinvents itself in response to attempts to disarm and disperse its noxiousness, subsuming disaffected voices in an act of continual regeneration, cycling through targets, pretexts, manifestoes and moralisms.

Almost right, other than the amateurish attempt to malign and defame via dubious deployment of what a fellow #GamerGater labeled as your “pseudo-intellectual thesaurus soup”. (And, just a note: could one single malevolent sentience really do all that?)

What is #GamerGate, really?

#GamerGate is an ongoing conversation between thousands of gamers who exchange information and ideas, get into arguments (sometimes bitter) over matters trivial and crucial, share compliments and put-downs, make and distribute art, videos, podcasts, memes, and jokes, and propose countless plans, some of which are actually carried out. #GamerGaters are of every sex, every race, every orientation, every political persuasion, of varying levels of politeness, patience, morality, and sanity (or so I estimate), live all across the globe, speak dozens of languages, and are about as varied a group as you could possibly find anywhere. They all have one thing in common: passion.

For six weeks now (unless you work at The Verge, for whom August 28 was three months ago) thousands of gamers have kept this up, scoring some major victories whilst putting pressure on journalists, magazines (physical and Web-based), and advertisers. They have defended themselves against all comers, policed their own ranks, and despite producing 35,000 tweets in a single typical day, have not generated sufficient evidence to establish the charges laid against them, namely racism, misogyny, and the ruthless slaughter and subsequent extinction of the beautiful and gentle dodo bird of the lovely island of Mauritius. (Damn gamers!)

This lack of significant evidence, by the way, is what lies behind Stone’s argumentum ad hominem (argument by malicious and vicious slander). He cites very little, and what he does cite is out-of-context and cherry picked. Actual, convincing proof is not there.

Don’t take my word for it, though, read the article itself, then read me. I’ll show you what lies he’s told.

Unfortunately, this post has grown too long, and we’ve only scratched the surface of Mr. Stone’s idiocies and slander. Rather than doing what he does — fast-talking you by issuing a blanket declamation that everything I say is right and everything he says is wrong (without actually showing you what he said or explaining why it’s wrong) — I’ll continue the fisking tomorrow. (And, should the Fates prove unkind, perhaps the day after that, as well.)

Thank you for reading! The ass-kicking shall resume on the morrow.

Y’all come back now, y’heah?

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The Fisk of the Century, Round 2: Fight!

I am Daddy Warpig, your host, back for Round 2 of the Fisk of the Century! In this corner is the scrawny newcomer from merrye olde England, Jon Stone! And in that corner is the all-time reigning World Heavyweight Champeeen, me, Daddy Warpig! This is gonna be a great fight, folks.

Jon Stone, poet, writer, and editor (and bad at all three, judging by his post), penned an overly-long, poorly written, wholly unedited screed about #GamerGate. Upon being tipped to it by the inestimable Adam Baldwin, I decided it deserved my best efforts and attention. Round 1 of the ensuing bloodbath can be found here.

As always, Jon’s piece is in blockquotes (the italicized stuff) and mine is real writing. (Take that any way you like.)

Ding-ding-ding! FIGHT!

Say that [#gamergate] began as a harassment campaign targeting a female indie developer, as reported by credible news sites,

And we have our first false claim in the first few seconds! Yo, Jon, criticism is not harassment. As a writer, you should know that. Consult the dictionary. (It’s that thick volume right beside your overly-used thesaurus.) And all of that happened before #GamerGate anyway.

Even had #GamerGate existed, “campaign” implies organization, and #GamerGate — as anyone who’s read it for more than five minutes can testify — is about as organized as a 50-gallon drum of Legos dumped on the floor.

And the “credible news sites” you’re citing feature the very same corrupt journalists who were proven (see previous posts and also below), to have lied and colluded. It’s like citing Al Capone’s protestations of innocence, as binding proof that he was in fact not guilty.

“I didn’t do it, you honor!”

“Well, case dismissed, then.” Thanks, Jon Stone!

[Say that it began as a harassment campaign] and you are subjected to contradictory objections – “No, #gamergate began after that, as a reaction to biased reporting” and “No, #gamergate has been building up for years” 

Wait, you mean that 10,000 different people have 10,000 different opinions on the exact same subject? Damn your black souls, #GamerGate! THIS OUTRAGE SHALL NOT STAND!

Listen, Jon, let me explain something about chronology, since your education has sadly been lacking. When discussing any historical event, even people who lived through the event will differ as to when something began or ended, or even exactly what happened. Ask a traffic cop, if you’re unclear as to why.

Moreover, one notes with exasperation, the two quotes you cherry-picked to illustrate supposed contradictions are not themselves, in fact, contradictory. Very often, the pressures which cause events to occur have been building before the events themselves actually occur. It’s called “cause and effect”, you dolt, and it’s the basis of our (apparent) chronological universe.

A married couple may begin arguing after a dish is dropped and broken. Yet the argument will range far and wide, covering matters of finance, displays of affection, marital duties, and so forth. Did every single one of these issues suddenly spring into existence the very instant the crockery shattered on the floor? Of course not. And only an idiot would believe otherwise.

[#gamergate is] barely a movement and it’s more than a controversy or consumer pressure group; it’s a creature.

You see, fair readers? You see the kind of crap I have to put up with? That single sentence is packed with stupidity, and it’s only 17 words. He wrote 3200 more of them.

#GamerGate’s not a creature Jon, it’s a group of people. Conversing. On an Internet website.

I don’t really have to explain that to you, do I? Fine.

There’s this Internet. It’s like a bunch of tubes…

Oh, never mind.

Taking it as read that much of that has descended, at this point, into post-hoc justification and mantra-like repetition, to begin with, here are some of the comments posted on early articles covering #gamergate:

“Taking it as read” means, in this case, “I don’t know, I didn’t check, and none of you reading have to either”. This, this right here is his core analytical methodology: an absolute refusal to gather or present any honest evidence. This blanket refusal to do anything but repeat cant and nonsense is what lowers his article from an erudite reflection on a controversy of note to mere Internet poo-flinging. Poo-flinging with a thesaurus-bolstered vocabulary, but still…

(Zooming right by “honest journalism”, past “biased journalism”, even past “dishonest shilling” along the descent. Quite the downward arc there, Jon, you dropped faster than a re-entry capsule.)

But it’s it’s the last line of that quote that’s most telling. Here’s what he says: “[H]ere are some of the comments posted on early articles covering #gamergate[.]” He then follows it with some screen caps of Disqus comments. (I surmise, based on the colors and styling.)

So, taking him at his own words, these caps come from a time when #GamerGate exists. When it is controversial. When it has been covered in the news several times.

Yet instead of proving the foul nature of #GamerGate by taking quotes from the hashtag itself, he takes them from pseudonymous commenters on these articles. Why, Jon?

#GamerGate produces 20,000 tweets on a slow day, spiking to 60,000 on major occasions. None of your quotes have a date or URL, so we don’t know where they came from or when they were left. Let’s assume it was “a month ago” (as in the screencap), as of Oct. 5 (your posting date). That dates them to within a week of the scandal. 7 days x 20,000 tweets is 140,000 individual tweets from #GamerGaters, and out of all those tweets you couldn’t find one single tweet to back your narrative.

Not. One.

There were trolls doing [poop]-posting, SJW posters shouting obscenities, and who knows what else (including bad behavior by #GamerGaters themselves). But you couldn’t find one single tweet, in all that.

“Give me six lines written by the most honest man, and I will find something there to hang him.”

You’re not just a troll, Jon, you’re a shockingly lazy and inept one. Richelieu would be sore disappointed.

(At this point, #gamergate became extremely excited that it had found proof of ‘collusion’ among the journalists it had targeted).

Dishonesty and denial. Collusion happened, and the emails that prove it were leaked. See this post, on Breitbart.com. And there are four or five others, same source. (Click “Milo Yiannopoulos” for all his articles, the GameJournoPros emails are among them.)

The facts.

  1. The email list “GameJournoPros” existed.
  2. We have leaked emails from the list.
  3. They show collusion.
  4. Kyle Orland, who created and still runs the list, apologized for some of what went on.
  5. Meaning he confirmed its existence, and the validity of the leaked emails.

The existence of this list, and the incidences of collusion and corruption that occurred on it, is a verified fact. It is not supposition, inference, or imputation. Jon Stone is either ignorant or dishonest in denying this.

And yet other people are taking his word as Gospel truth. George Reese, an executive VP at Dell computer, said “The #GamerGate cabal are the technology world’s ISIS”. ISIS, the beheading-loving murderers of Syria and Iraq. Reese has also been spreading around a link to the very piece I’m fisking, on Twitter:

(If you look real close, you can see my happy face on the RT line. Because I was happy to RT this. Thanks, George. You’re a pal.)

And there on his tweet, under “Why bother with #gamergate[sic] ?” is the damn quote we started this whole thing with:

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”
Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

I can only conclude that vast numbers of antis have gone mad. (And I have evidence for my assertion, unlike Stone.) They write articles, comprised of equal parts bad writing and wholesale fabrications, then pass around those articles to each other, treating them as fact. On the basis of those supposed facts, they justify lying and collusion, which produces yet another layer of falsehoods they wholeheartedly believe and promulgate.

From long before the beginning of #GamerGate (I date the beginning of #GamerGate to when it began, oddly enough, with Adam Baldwin’s single tweet), a great many academics, devs, and games journalists took this same approach to addressing criticism from the games community: lie, lie, lie, deny, deny, deny, obfuscate, obfuscate, obfuscate. Slander and smear opponents and never, ever give them a platform for debate.

They did this on and just after Aug. 28, which is what started this in the first place. All they had to do to avert the insanity was to agree to minimal basic standards of ethics. The Escapist, after some mis-steps, did, and they’re regularly cited by #GamerGate as being one of the good ones (despite them harboring Jim Sterling, an loathed and obnoxious anti-GG troll). Kotaku, Polygon, Gamasutra, and all the rest could have backed off, but they chose to run the Jon Stone playbook.

We see how that turned out.

P.S.

Quick sanity check.

At this point, we are less than 20% through Jon’s article. At this rate, I would have to do 10 more columns of this length, just to document the lies, logical fallacies, and sheer, stinking bullshit Stone has piled up.

I’m not writing 10 columns on this, and if I did you wouldn’t read it. The thing is, it doesn’t matter.

Jon has established a clear track record of ignoring contrary evidence, defaming opponents, and just plain shitty writing. As far as I’m concerned, his lack of good faith and lack of talent are clear.

Instead of going through the rest of his article bit by bit, I’m going to do one more piece, and call it quits. So come back tomorrow for the knock-out blow!

EDIT: Round 3 is live!

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Quebecois Cosplay Cuties

De-stressing from the last few days of bare-knuckles brawling, I thought I’d try a nice and simple Fanservice! post.

Time for some cuties. Like this first snap:

Wait! How did that get in there, dammit? Fine, we’ll call that “One for the ladies.”

Now for something soft, sexy, and feminine:

Gaaaah! That’s not sexy! That’s, frankly, terrifying.

Worst. Fanservice. Ever.

Fine, I guess it is October. We’ll put that one down to a little Halloween madness.

One last time (and it better be good!):

Now that’s excellent fanservice! (Finally.)

This fine pic was shot by Quebecois photog Lexa One. There are lots more examples of her quality work (all along these lines) posted by “Geeks Are Sexy” at the link!

The Fisk of the Century, Round 2: Fight!

I am Daddy Warpig, your host, back for Round 2 of the Fisk of the Century! In this corner is the scrawny newcomer from merrye olde England, Jon Stone! And in that corner is the all-time reigning World Heavyweight Champeeen, me, Daddy Warpig! This is gonna be a great fight, folks.

Jon Stone, poet, writer, and editor (and bad at all three, judging by his post), penned an overly-long, poorly written, wholly unedited screed about #GamerGate. Upon being tipped to it by the inestimable Adam Baldwin, I decided it deserved my best efforts and attention. Round 1 of the ensuing bloodbath can be found here.

As always, Jon’s piece is in blockquotes (the italicized stuff) and mine is real writing. (Take that any way you like.)

Ding-ding-ding! FIGHT!

Say that [#gamergate] began as a harassment campaign targeting a female indie developer, as reported by credible news sites,

And we have our first false claim in the first few seconds! Yo, Jon, criticism is not harassment. As a writer, you should know that. Consult the dictionary. (It’s that thick volume right beside your overly-used thesaurus.) And all of that happened before #GamerGate anyway.

Even had #GamerGate existed, “campaign” implies organization, and #GamerGate — as anyone who’s read it for more than five minutes can testify — is about as organized as a 50-gallon drum of Legos dumped on the floor.

And the “credible news sites” you’re citing feature the very same corrupt journalists who were proven (see previous posts and also below), to have lied and colluded. It’s like citing Al Capone’s protestations of innocence, as binding proof that he was in fact not guilty.

“I didn’t do it, you honor!”

“Well, case dismissed, then.” Thanks, Jon Stone!

[Say that it began as a harassment campaign] and you are subjected to contradictory objections – “No, #gamergate began after that, as a reaction to biased reporting” and “No, #gamergate has been building up for years” 

Wait, you mean that 10,000 different people have 10,000 different opinions on the exact same subject? Damn your black souls, #GamerGate! THIS OUTRAGE SHALL NOT STAND!

Listen, Jon, let me explain something about chronology, since your education has sadly been lacking. When discussing any historical event, even people who lived through the event will differ as to when something began or ended, or even exactly what happened. Ask a traffic cop, if you’re unclear as to why.

Moreover, one notes with exasperation, the two quotes you cherry-picked to illustrate supposed contradictions are not themselves, in fact, contradictory. Very often, the pressures which cause events to occur have been building before the events themselves actually occur. It’s called “cause and effect”, you dolt, and it’s the basis of our (apparent) chronological universe.

A married couple may begin arguing after a dish is dropped and broken. Yet the argument will range far and wide, covering matters of finance, displays of affection, marital duties, and so forth. Did every single one of these issues suddenly spring into existence the very instant the crockery shattered on the floor? Of course not. And only an idiot would believe otherwise.

[#gamergate is] barely a movement and it’s more than a controversy or consumer pressure group; it’s a creature.

You see, fair readers? You see the kind of crap I have to put up with? That single sentence is packed with stupidity, and it’s only 17 words. He wrote 3200 more of them.

#GamerGate’s not a creature Jon, it’s a group of people. Conversing. On an Internet website.

I don’t really have to explain that to you, do I? Fine.

There’s this Internet. It’s like a bunch of tubes…

Oh, never mind.

Taking it as read that much of that has descended, at this point, into post-hoc justification and mantra-like repetition, to begin with, here are some of the comments posted on early articles covering #gamergate:

“Taking it as read” means, in this case, “I don’t know, I didn’t check, and none of you reading have to either”. This, this right here is his core analytical methodology: an absolute refusal to gather or present any honest evidence. This blanket refusal to do anything but repeat cant and nonsense is what lowers his article from an erudite reflection on a controversy of note to mere Internet poo-flinging. Poo-flinging with a thesaurus-bolstered vocabulary, but still…

(Zooming right by “honest journalism”, past “biased journalism”, even past “dishonest shilling” along the descent. Quite the downward arc there, Jon, you dropped faster than a re-entry capsule.)

But it’s it’s the last line of that quote that’s most telling. Here’s what he says: “[H]ere are some of the comments posted on early articles covering #gamergate[.]” He then follows it with some screen caps of Disqus comments. (I surmise, based on the colors and styling.)

So, taking him at his own words, these caps come from a time when #GamerGate exists. When it is controversial. When it has been covered in the news several times.

Yet instead of proving the foul nature of #GamerGate by taking quotes from the hashtag itself, he takes them from pseudonymous commenters on these articles. Why, Jon?

#GamerGate produces 20,000 tweets on a slow day, spiking to 60,000 on major occasions. None of your quotes have a date or URL, so we don’t know where they came from or when they were left. Let’s assume it was “a month ago” (as in the screencap), as of Oct. 5 (your posting date). That dates them to within a week of the scandal. 7 days x 20,000 tweets is 140,000 individual tweets from #GamerGaters, and out of all those tweets you couldn’t find one single tweet to back your narrative.

Not. One.

There were trolls doing [poop]-posting, SJW posters shouting obscenities, and who knows what else (including bad behavior by #GamerGaters themselves). But you couldn’t find one single tweet, in all that.

“Give me six lines written by the most honest man, and I will find something there to hang him.”

You’re not just a troll, Jon, you’re a shockingly lazy and inept one. Richelieu would be sore disappointed.

(At this point, #gamergate became extremely excited that it had found proof of ‘collusion’ among the journalists it had targeted).

Dishonesty and denial. Collusion happened, and the emails that prove it were leaked. See this post, on Breitbart.com. And there are four or five others, same source. (Click “Milo Yiannopoulos” for all his articles, the GameJournoPros emails are among them.)

The facts.

  1. The email list “GameJournoPros” existed.
  2. We have leaked emails from the list.
  3. They show collusion.
  4. Kyle Orland, who created and still runs the list, apologized for some of what went on.
  5. Meaning he confirmed its existence, and the validity of the leaked emails.

The existence of this list, and the incidences of collusion and corruption that occurred on it, is a verified fact. It is not supposition, inference, or imputation. Jon Stone is either ignorant or dishonest in denying this.

And yet other people are taking his word as Gospel truth. George Reese, an executive VP at Dell computer, said “The #GamerGate cabal are the technology world’s ISIS”. ISIS, the beheading-loving murderers of Syria and Iraq. Reese has also been spreading around a link to the very piece I’m fisking, on Twitter:

(If you look real close, you can see my happy face on the RT line. Because I was happy to RT this. Thanks, George. You’re a pal.)

And there on his tweet, under “Why bother with #gamergate[sic] ?” is the damn quote we started this whole thing with:

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”
Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

I can only conclude that vast numbers of antis have gone mad. (And I have evidence for my assertion, unlike Stone.) They write articles, comprised of equal parts bad writing and wholesale fabrications, then pass around those articles to each other, treating them as fact. On the basis of those supposed facts, they justify lying and collusion, which produces yet another layer of falsehoods they wholeheartedly believe and promulgate.

From long before the beginning of #GamerGate (I date the beginning of #GamerGate to when it began, oddly enough, with Adam Baldwin’s single tweet), a great many academics, devs, and games journalists took this same approach to addressing criticism from the games community: lie, lie, lie, deny, deny, deny, obfuscate, obfuscate, obfuscate. Slander and smear opponents and never, ever give them a platform for debate.

They did this on and just after Aug. 28, which is what started this in the first place. All they had to do to avert the insanity was to agree to minimal basic standards of ethics. The Escapist, after some mis-steps, did, and they’re regularly cited by #GamerGate as being one of the good ones (despite them harboring Jim Sterling, an loathed and obnoxious anti-GG troll). Kotaku, Polygon, Gamasutra, and all the rest could have backed off, but they chose to run the Jon Stone playbook.

We see how that turned out.

P.S.

Quick sanity check.

At this point, we are less than 20% through Jon’s article. At this rate, I would have to do 10 more columns of this length, just to document the lies, logical fallacies, and sheer, stinking bullshit Stone has piled up.

I’m not writing 10 columns on this, and if I did you wouldn’t read it. The thing is, it doesn’t matter.

Jon has established a clear track record of ignoring contrary evidence, defaming opponents, and just plain shitty writing. As far as I’m concerned, his lack of good faith and lack of talent are clear.

Instead of going through the rest of his article bit by bit, I’m going to do one more piece, and call it quits. So come back tomorrow for the knock-out blow!

EDIT: Round 3 is live!

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How To Kill #GamerGate In 2 Easy Steps (That Kotaku, Polygon, And The Verge Won’t Ever Try!)

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.

  1. Adopt an ethics policy.
  2. 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:

  1. Adopt an ethics policy.
  2. 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?

“Hitler is my fucking idol.” You didn’t mention that, Jon. Or any of those other, uh, “racist” quotes. (14/88 is White Supremacist code. ) Or these, either. (Trigger warning: “N-word”.)

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.

Pic taken from the article.

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?

Pic taken from the article.

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”.

Nazi.

(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.

I know. We know. Because we read your piece, and fisked it to death.

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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How To Kill #GamerGate In 2 Easy Steps (That Kotaku, Polygon, And The Verge Won’t Ever Try!)

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.

  1. Adopt an ethics policy.
  2. 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:

  1. Adopt an ethics policy.
  2. 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?

“Hitler is my fucking idol.” You didn’t mention that, Jon. Or any of those other, uh, “racist” quotes. (14/88 is White Supremacist code. ) Or these, either. (Trigger warning: “N-word”.)

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.

Pic taken from the article.

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?

Pic taken from the article.

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”.

Nazi.

(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.

I know. We know. Because we read your piece, and fisked it to death.

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.

P.S.

The article was awesome, so don’t forget to Like, Tweet, or +1 below. Your friends want the awesome. Your friends need the awesome. Share the awesome. Spread the truth!

Also, feel free to drop a comment or two. We love discussion, except for Rule 2. (Check House Rules at the top for that one.)

And to one and all: don’t forget to subscribe to the blog! Hardcore geekery for the hardcore geek. (And everybody else.)

Because we rock! And so does #GamerGate!