Reposted directly from my Facebook.
Getting real sick of seeing #gamergate misrepresented in the media. Got out of my car after hearing on NPR about how #gamergate is apparently about misogyny in gamer culture and business. Oh really? Because here I was, thinking it was about corrupt journalism, cronyism, and the continued efforts by extremist imbeciles to push their agenda on gamers and game developers (and by agenda, I mean radical feminism; think "white males should be suppressed because they have too much power"). These might not sound connected, but unfortunately, they are; the entrenched games media is populated and supported by these latter fools and is often in bed with game developers and publishers, trading favors for positive coverage. It's all tied together.
First off, let me remind you that #gamergate is supported by many non-whites and females as evidenced by the popularity of #notyourshield. I mean, FFS, over $70k was donated by #gamergate supporters to support female game developers and over $10k was donated to anti-bullying. We're not the bad guys here. We're doing what we believe is right and necessary to protect our HOBBY. Not our political beliefs, not our business. Our HOBBY. We just want people to leave us alone, stop trying to shame us and change us, and let us enjoy the worlds and stories that other enthusiasts have created for us to explore and experience. If I could wish all of this away and have these a-holes leave us alone, I would do so in an instant. But they won't stop attacking US.
Now yes, there are some idiots saying stupid and nasty things who claim to be part of #gamergate. We've repeatedly disavowed ourselves of these people. I mean, listen: EVERY sufficiently large group has its fringe elements, ESPECIALLY when that group is based on the internet where people saying stupid, nasty things is a matter of course. You don't (or shouldn't) stereotype groups by the beliefs of their fringes. Do you paint all Christians in the same light as the KKK? No? Then why do it to us? We know we have fringe lunatics; we don't like them, either, because it's all the media ever focuses on. On the other hand, I think it's quite telling that the media doesn't report on any of the fringe elements attacking OUR movement, like the bomb threat phoned in to the SPJAirplay event or the repeated threats (including death threats) that prominent #gamergate advocates have received. It really drives home that our movement about CORRUPT, BIASED JOURNALISM is right on point.
NPR is misrepresenting our cause. To what end, I won't say; maybe it's just ignorance, though I highly doubt it. I believe NPR is still at least partially funded by taxpayer money; that should be cause enough for them to be taking a neutral stance instead of misrepresenting an entire movement. Maybe I'll have to write my representatives complaining about NPR, I don't know.