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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

curated: GamerGate was a harbinger of “alt-right” neo-Nazis

Not enough people listened.

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  • Danielm80

    What a strange article. It seems to be saying that GamerGate was a brand-new social phenomenon, rather than one more manifestation of the bigotry that’s existed for pretty much the entire history of the human race. The bigots now have Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    There has been one big social change, though. People have started to acknowledge that being a bigot is a bad thing. That doesn’t mean that people have stopped being bigots. It just means that, if you point out that they’re bigots, they’ll fly into a rage and write a diatribe about why you’re the real bigot. Also, they may try to kill you.

  • Guncriminal .

    Articles like this are the reason Gamergate exists. Stay classy.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    “The strangest aspect of Gamergate is that it consistently didn’t make any sense: people chose to align with it, and yet refused responsibility.”

  • Danielm80


    Hughes responded that the existence of truth itself was dubious, and that the veracity of Trump’s tweets depended upon whether the person assessing them liked Trump.

    “On one hand, I hear half the media saying that these are lies. But on the other half, there are many people that go ‘No it’s true,’” Hughes said. “And so one thing that has been interesting this entire campaign season to watch, is that people who say ‘facts are facts,’— they’re not really facts.”

    “Everybody has a way—It’s kind of like looking at ratings, or looking at a glass of half-full water. Everybody has a way of interpreting them to be the truth or not true. There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore, as facts,” she added.

    She brought up one of Trump’s more recent tweets, which claimed without any evidence that “millions” of illegally-cast votes handed the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. He has not provided any proof of that claim in the days since tweeting it.

    “And so Mr. Trump’s tweets, amongst a certain crowd, a large part of the population, are truth,” Hughes said. “When he says that millions of people illegally voted, he has some facts—amongst him and his supporters, and people believe they have facts to back that up. Those that do not like Mr. Trump, they’ll say that those are lies, and there are no facts to back it up.”

  • The bigots now have Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    But that is what’s different, though, the online aspect of this.

  • Citations needed.

  • Danielm80

    I’m not sure that the abuse was more significant because it was online. Everything is online now. The significance of GamerGate was that so many people thought it was perfectly reasonable to harass women in public.

    At the time, I thought we were looking at the dying throes of that particular form of sexism. Now I wonder if it was the beginning of a resurgence. Unfortunately, the half of the country that’s horrified by bigotry has to speak up even more loudly than we did before—especially because so many of the worst bigots are convinced that they’re not bigots.

  • Guncriminal .

    Exhibit A: I posted here.

  • Part of made all the online abuse significant is how out in the open it was. It was suddenly much harder (for some people, anyway) to ignore abuse that they used to not be exposed to because it wasn’t directed at them.

  • If you could *try* to make some sort of sense, I’m sure we’d all appreciate it.

  • Jonathan Roth

    He’s kind of right, in the wrong way.

    I think the best way to understand Gamergate is that it’s a tantrum against criticism in general, which obfuscates the misogyny at it’s core. The phrase only kicked off when Adam Baldwin complained about the criticism of gamer culture for failing to call out the massive harassment of Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn.

    That reaction to criticism is what binds the misogyny against feminist critics with the hatred of “Artsy” video games, the harassment of critics for failing to cater to fan expecations when scoring games, and reflexive hatred of anything “SJW”. Criticize part of the group, and an semi-unrelated part takes personal offense at the criticism that tars them by association.

    So yeah, Gamergate exists because people are really whiny about being criticized.

    In the same way, the Alt Right is a tantrum against liberalism which obscures the neo-nazis at the core. Any attempt to criticize the core gets you stung by the angry not-really-nazi assholes in the surrounding cloud. Loyalty to the group and rejection of it’s critics is more important than criticizing their buddies.

  • Bluejay

    So maybe it’s a vicious cycle, but the commenter places the blame on the criticism rather than the criticized — which is not “kind of right,” but entirely wrong. That’s like saying the ACLU is the reason racism exists.

  • Jonathan Roth

    That’s what I was trying to get at. Sorry for the lack of clarity on my part.

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