You know you hear people all the time moan about Gamergate and how it is “too hard” to understand what is going on. That there seems to be too much “he said she said”, there aren’t any spokespeople or leaders to ask, it seems like a big mess, its too confusing and convoluted.
This is all a load of shit. Recognise it.
If people want to be lazy, that is COMPLETELY on them. If people are stupid enough to think we would be where we are by having leaders and spokespeople (read patsies to smear and drag down), then they are either completely ignorant or trying to set us up for a fall. (“You need leaders so that we can attack them” No thank you)
So why do I say this? Isn’t Gamergate difficult for someone to understand? Unless you are stupid, no.
I am an Atheist. Without going too far into expanding on this (I can focus on this in another post – UPDATE: and have https://gamergating.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/my-atheism/) , I was not raised in or around religion and it has never been a big thing in my life or that of my community. I am not a die hard militant Atheist, I just have no belief or connection with God. Anyhow I used to visit Atheist spaces online. Some of the things discussed were really interesting. The people were interesting and the communities lively and friendly.
Then in they came. We did not know who or what they were. They were stating that Atheism should be about much more than JUST not believing in God. There should be Feminism involved and Social Activism. WHAT???
These interlopers quickly went from “We believe this” to “YOU have to too, and if you don’t then you are a racist/misogynist/homophobic bigot”. Some people in the community”saw the light” and raced to pray at the altar of these zealous ideological puritans, but most ignored them and laughed them off as crazy and of no real consequence.
They were systematic and got their hooks deeper into the movement, and those online spaces, than most realised. Soon their voice was as strong as the established voices. They were denouncing the “old guard” and thrusting their own number ahead. They were getting the media time, manufacturing outrages to rail against, harassing and dogpiling detractors,trying to censor and moderate all discourse to be told through their ideological filter. They were completely unmindful of the fact that THEY were the interlopers.
I was disgusted. I had never seen that kind of thing happen before. I had come to learn of these creatures that were known as social justice warriors. I hated them. I despised their phoniness and their dishonesty. I was furious that “I” had been complacent and so had the community generally. THEY needed to cast down but what could be done in the Atheist community. It was too late, SJWs had their hooks in too far. (and to be honest, I had stopped participating). I was disgusted with the spaces. Another mention of Atheism Plus or Free Thought Blogs or Skepchick and I was going to explode. It was not the community I had joined or wanted to be a part of any more.
One day I came across a video. It was from a guy called Internet Aristocrat. The tale he told sounded so similar, but the setting was different. It was gaming community. I knew nothing about gaming, but it sounded like a similar crowd of SJWs was trying to dig their hooks into gaming. Better yet, it sounded like Gamers were prepared to fight back.
I went and signed up Twitter. It was a new social media platform. I was finding it difficult to navigate. To make matters worse, #Gamergate was at its peak activity in October with no blockbot. I did not know the community or who was who.
That is what it took. 40 000 tweets a day. Countless youtube videos, chan boards, and the like, and I was up to speed.
So, when you hear the excuses of it being too confusing or people not knowing where to get the story, tell them to fuck off. They are NOT being pro-active and they have not begun looking.
As to where I stand. There was no real question. Pro-Gamergate 100%. This is my Hill to die on. I am proud of Gamers. Proud of every day they have pushed back against these social justice warriors.