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“It’s understandable that the world didn’t much care about Gamergate. The 2014 hashtag campaign, ostensibly founded to protest about perceived ethical failures in games journalism, clearly thrived on hate – even though many of those who aligned themselves with the movement either denied there was a problem with harassment, or wrote it off as an unfortunate side effect. Sure, women, minorities and progressive voices within the industry were suddenly living in fear. Sure, those who spoke out in their defence were quickly silenced through exhausting bursts of online abuse. But that wasn’t why people supported it, right? They were disenfranchised, felt ignored, and wanted to see a systematic change.
Is this all sounding rather familiar now? Does it remind you of something? If you’re just discovering the world of angry, anonymous online dudes masquerading as victims – hi, come in. Some of us have been here for a while.”
I’m not a gamer so I didn’t know much about Gamergate- but anyway, this is a brilliant article. It maps out the structure and language of this movement. My suspicions concerning where they were going popped up a while back when they began using the term SJW (social justice warrior)- and really, more of us should have been alarmed. To call that term loaded is a monumental understatement. It manages to ridicule social justice and stigmatise people who want it in one swoop. And it’s all downhill from there.
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