BAILEY T. STEEN | NOVEMBER 30, 2017
Every institution needs their scapegoat. For the failing system to remain “pure”, whether it be religious, political or the “impartial” media establishment, they must rid all their sins from their responsibility, avoid introspection at all costs, and have these problems ride away into the sunset with everyone else to blame but themselves.
Whereas that role was played by the religious right-wing, who have since lost all political and moral capital to declare video games make you violent, it is now being played by the politically correct left and the deceptive media establishment, like NBC News, who enable authoritarian moral policing, trying to make the case video games make you sexist, deplorable & alt-right.
In their segment titled “How Gamers Are Facilitating The Rise Of The Alt-Right”, which aired earlier last month, NBC News misrepresent the movement known as #GamerGate, the leaderless video game consumer movement from a bipartisan grassroots, which include minorities of all colours and creeds who also went under the movement #NotYourShield.
Made up of video gamers united in their hatred for media corruption, unchecked ideologies like modern intersectional feminism, which has been criticised for not supporting equality of the sexes and races, perpetual victimhood and the unjust influence being enforced by moral busybodies in the media institutions who were meant to represent their audience.
Will you find this sort of description on mainstream NBC News?
Of course not.
Much like the media institutions in the video game industry, who went to cultural war with their own audience declaring “Gamers Are Dead”, NBC doubles down on broad stroking a movement, which included liberals, conservatives, libertarians and certain alt-right dissidents, as an entirely anti-woman, white supremacist, neo-Nazi movement of hate. Go figure.
They attempt to do this by making an oh-so-stunning deduction that the app Discord, which connects users and allows them to communicate as they play videos games, was used by individuals of the ethno-nationalist Alt-Right movement… therefore, somehow, this means that video gamers, their culture and technology is enabling the alt-right… and they assume you, the viewer, will go along with this...
It’s just a horrible example of deductive reasoning gone mental. Let’s play:
Basketball requires communication and coordination.
Nazis are violent.
Nazis play basketball.
Therefore, basketball enabled Nazis to coordinate and communicate violence.
If you feel a short-circuiting feeling in your brain, that’s entirely normal.
Anyone is free to play basketball.
We don’t have to agree or like people who play it.
And to place the blame on the game, not the individuals, is wrong.
Let’s play again:
The Alt-Right is hateful.
Discord allows people to speak.
The Alt-Right use Discord.
Therefore, Discord enables hate speech.
This is the absurd backbone of their reasoning.
It only makes sense, in a loose way, if you disregard that individuals are responsible for their actions and that our technology is not at fault.
During this three minute segment, NBC take editing and framing to another level. If you’ve ever used Twitter, one would immediately notice that the tweets they showcase look nothing like what would appear on the site:
That’s because these tweets, which never included the hashtag #GamerGate, were sent to feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian back in 2014 from an anonymous user named “Kevin Dobson”, an account that was freshly made to send these and was shortly deleted after.
NBC’s decision to include the hashtag #GamerGate is an obvious tactic to frame the leaderless movement as a harassment campaign.
This narrative has since been debunked when the FBI concluded there was no “actionable evidence” to label #GamerGate as a harassment campaign back when they closed their case in 2015.
Techraptor then released a peer reviewed report which also couldn’t find evidence indicate the leaderless movement was a harassment campaign.
They even scrub the names and dates off the tweets to make it appear as relevant as if these were sent just the other day.
It was Anita Sarkeesian herself who shared the original Twitter chain on August 27th, 2014, before his account was deleted:
Reporters on OneAngryGamer.Net and users on Kotaku in Action question whether Dobson was actually just an angry Twilight fan lashing out at Sarkeesian for her negative reviews on the series. As seen here, some of the tweets often make references to vampires and the drinking of her blood:
And again, neither Sarkeesian or Dobson even mention #GamerGate.
Call the tweets a false flag, call it actual verbal abuse on the site, either way, these are just reflections of the conduct of an abusive person with vulgar language rather than what they frame it to be which is a collective movement with people who agree with him.
NBC reach out to Emma Vossen, a PHD Candidate at The University of Waterloo Game Instititute studying the connection between video games and sexism (where I’m sure there’s no biased incentive to say there is one otherwise she’s out of a job), who makes a stunning comment that “video game culture has always been racist and sexist”. Attempting to tie these tweets and her “studies” in with the GamerGate movement as a whole.
To base a collective, filled with men and women, minorities and majorities, off one person’s unrelated tweets is absurd.
What NBC also get wrong is the assumption that #GamerGate was a (far) right-wing movement. According to BlogJob.com, an overwhelming majority of those who participated in the #GamerGate political compass survey, with a healthy sample size of over 1000, were left-libertarian or centre-left:
Only 51 respondents identified as right-authoritarian and 127 identified as other, which would mean basically anything.
Even The Daily Wire’s conservative host Michael Knowles admits “The Alt-Right is tiny in numbers”.
I guess that the mainstream media, who don’t want to do introspection on why the people are revolting, love the Alt-Right as their scapegoat.
As commentator Carl Benjamin aka Sargon of Akkad points out:
“They can use the Alt-Right. It’s the perpetual boogeyman. They can only muster 200 people with tiki torches. Back in 2012, the Reason Conference had 30,000 people. They’re atheists in America.
The Alt-Right is a tiny movement. I don’t know why people pay attention to it.”
Thanks for reading!
Bailey T. Steen is a journalist, editor, artist and film critic based in Victoria, Australia, but is also Putin’s Puppet ™ on occasion.
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