Yea, i retract that. It was a kneejerk response, and while i can see the merit in trying to be critical of and stopping rogue elements out to harass people within or close to #gamergate, it’s a given impossible effort because of the sheer, tens of thousands of tweets per day, magnitude of the campaign.
It’s like shaming all of America for not actively stopping the thousands of murders it experiences. (you are condoning murder if you live in the states and aren’t constantly campaigning against it. If you truly care about law and order, you need to leave America.)
You can only stop and control the negatives of what you are only able to see in a populist movement. And from what I’ve seen, there is always people within GG who will tell people who even suggest harassing anyone anti-GG to fuck off.
For anti-gamergate people reading this to understand the frustration a GG activist has when told to be responsible for the people within their ranks, its like for the media to make all the Ferguson protesters responsible for the looting committed during the protests and molotov cocktails thrown by rioters. “If you honestly care about police brutality and racism in America, you should leave Ferguson and protest it separately from the town. The town has been tainted by looting and violence which corrupts the image of the original peaceful protest nature of the Mike Brown Protests" That’s how you sound.
You are right in that there is looting and harassment present in the respective movements, but it’s absurd to highlight only that relatively infrequent aspect of the large, decentralized, energetic movement and hang the whole for the fault of a rogue few.
How is media calling gamergate a PURELY misogynistic movement, publishing literally tens of thousands of tweets related to it DAILY, to harass women out of games any different to how media is publishing pictures of Ferguson looters and calling the protesters unruly rioters. they are driving a narrative pinned on easy to spin stereotypes to undermine a movement that threatens to undermine the respective media’s power to influence and enforce bias and disinformation.
It shouldn’t be too difficult for anyone to imagine how aggravating it is to be misrepresented by the media through looking at Ferguson.
So if anyone is keen to press the genuinely upset #GGers about corruption/media bias to be held accountable for harassers and misogynists in their midst before being taken seriously, I hope they are equally keen to press Ferguson protesters to make themselves accountable for looters and rioters before being taken seriously as well.
With regards to GG, it doesn’t matter if the agenda the media is pushing is benevolent or not, it’s the fact it’s pushing an agenda in the first place. That is why people are furious. They know they are being lied to and misrepresented. Of course they are going to be vitriolic and angry to those they see influencing that.
So yea, I’m sorry for suggesting everyone leave GG, I got emotional after seeing that threat to Anita in spite of there being ABSOLUTELY no evidence that person was affiliated to GG to begin with. It was a convincing foil though.
Regardless, harassment of ANYONE is deplorable, and I will shit on anyone I catch who is harassing individual developers who otherwise have nothing to do with #GG other than having an outspoken opinion about it. Keep up the good fight regardless.