GamerGate : actually caring about journalism ethics :: Guys in hockey pads : actually Batman
Fuck GamerGate for making me nervous to write about GamerGate.
Fuck being nervous to write about GamerGate.
Fuck threats against women not being taken seriously.
Fuck driving great talent out of the industry.
Fuck creating lynch mobs.
I’d like to reiterate “Fuck Intel” here, for the simple reason that they gave in to the demands of a group now associated with actual terrorism. They didn’t even need to issue a call of support - all they needed to do was ignore it like the dozens of other companies targeted.
It was a quick decision for me to sell my stock and write an email to the company explaining exactly why: I have no desire to be associated with a company that sees a couple hundred petulant, entitled, hissy fit emails and decides “They may be utterly delusional, issuing death threats and forcing people out of their homes, but these guys are our core customers and we should validate their concerns.”
So fuck Intel - Gamergaters are embarrassingly ignorant, but Intel is supposed to be run by fucking adults.
Spielberg, Cameron, Scott, Eastwood, and the auteur list-du-jour was who I was primarily thinking about. The oft-cited biggest directors of high quality, mass media films. Among them, Fincher possesses a consistency of quality and emotion that I think is unmatched right now.
Spielberg’s too clinical these days, directing a scene as a robot would. It feels rote, routine and emotionless - almost as if in backlash against his earlier criticisms of being too willing to set and exploit feel-good emotional hooks.
Cameron’s probably the second-best in the world right now, due to his willingness to experiment, and I really appreciate…pretty much everything he’s ever made. I would argue that his writing is both a strength and a weakness to his works these days, but he’s doing big, ambitious things that no one’s ever done before, and for the most part he’s pulling them off.
As far as Scott (Ridley - though I do have a soft spot for Tony Scott films, and was very saddened when I heard of his passing) goes - I don’t know what happened here. He used to be a titan, but there’s something missing from his work these days. Some…emotional attachment. He reminds me of the Rolling Stones - art and invention became cold commerce revolving around revising the hits over and over again.
Eastwood…fuck man, I love some Clint Eastwood films, but he is so damn hot and cold. He still directs with passion, but it sometimes comes off as passion without substance.
Just my opinion though.
30 years of breaking stereotypes about the vitriol of “gamers” and “gamer culture” and it all goes to shit in a month. Just when we were starting to get to the point where anyone could consider themselves a “gamer,” Gamergate drags us back to the “angry petulant manchild” stereotype.
And lest it need to be stated to those arguing that despite the “Gamergate” identifier originating as a term specifically to continue the harassment of Zoe Quinn, that it’s *really* about ethics in journalism: if your argument is “Ignore the death threats and listen to the *real* concerns of our cause” then you have no real concerns, and you have no cause.
Games have always been laced with political agendas. It’s only when the political agendas change from fuck yeah military industrial complex to hey women are people too that the anger seems to arise.#GAMERGATE: The Threadening — NeoGAF