In light of what I have read for this week, and coming from someone who is a supporter of Gamergate, the ugly truth about the current state of gender in social media is too messy to comprehend, and unfortunately, the assigned materials given on the subject only give one half of the picture. As a result of this, I felt compelled to present the other side of the story, since the mainstream journalistic media had placed video game enthusiasts in a very negative light. Just to give a little background about myself, I am someone who grew up on playing video games since the 1990s, and video games influenced me towards an interest in martial arts and the entertainment industry. I am normally a nice guy who is loyal, opinionated, and can be flawed despite having the best intentions. Just because I happen to like video games, I am labeled as a misogynist on social media if I support Gamergate. Does this sound right to you as the reader if you know little to nothing about me?
To give a summary of what Gamergate is about, the primary goals were to promote a push for upholding journalistic standards within the video game industry. Before Gamergate got the big blow-up it did thanks to actor Adam Baldwin creating the hashtag on Twitter, there were long-held suspicions about the video game journalism media being rotten at its core ethically, especially when there is an antagonistic relationship between the journalists and the consumers they are supposed to be writing for. One such example of shady dealings include journalists having special relationships with developers and companies that are not properly disclosed. The Zoe Quinn scandal was the proverbial last straw that broke the camel’s back, and as a result, video gaming journalist websites like Escapist and IGN had to update their ethics policies in regards to journalists NOW being required to recluse themselves if they have special relations with their subjects. Contrary to popular belief by the media, Gamergate’s supporters are not restricted to Caucasian males, but they have supporters coming from women, as well as people of minority races as well.
While I can understand the plight of females facing discrimination in a global basis, things really don’t help matters when modern/radical feminism goes out of its way to demonize men. Depending on a point of view, modern feminism now-a-days seems to be the unofficial face for all feminism, and as a result, current demographics have a resentful of feminism as a whole, effectively tarnishing the brand. This should NOT be the case, but this is the situation it is now, especially through the viewpoint of someone not fully knowledgeable about feminism. Things don’t help matters when we have situations where a moderate feminist like Christina Hoff Sommers is openly disrespected by the supporters of radical feminism at a college campus. As it is, regardless of the topic in question, whether be it gender, race, or politics, censorship and character assassinations are the norm for those that do not agree with the opposing side. As a result of this messy climate, the only method available for those without a voice to counteract such tactics is to archive the offending messages in question on social media, and let history be the judge.