Monday, 25 August 2014
I must confess that I have zero interest in the whole #Gamergate saga. I’m pretty sure a large number of gamers feel the same way. I did take issue, however, when a Guardian piece essentially declared ‘you’re either with us or against us’ with the article, “Gamergate’s vicious right-wing swell means there can be no neutral stance.”
I responded bluntly to the old colleague who posted it: “So we basically have to pick a side? What utter bullshit. These people need to grow up.”
And, to be honest, I don’t take kindly to the suggestion that I’m somehow complicit in spreading sexism and misogyny by not jumping aboard the Anti-Gamergate Hatewagon.
Talk is cheap. Talking about something on the internet does not change the world. Talking on the internet gives you the satisfaction of having your views validated by other like-minded people, but it accomplishes nothing.
Kony 2012 didn’t amount to anything. Even Occupy Wall Street didn’t change much apart from adding a few catchy phrases to the lexicon of hipster insults (I love how they worked “One Percenters” into the dialogue of Arrow).
If you want to change the world, go out there and be the change you want to see in the world.
Maybe then, whether you’re ‘for’ or ‘against’ it, you’ll realise how much of a non-issue Gamergate is. To me, the whole saga represents the political awakening of a generation that’s realising it needs to grow up.