Chris Garcia and James Bacon devote the latest issue of Drink Tank to a discussion of GamerGate.
James says, “It is not good, and we shall not pretend it is not happening or ignore it, for it is already attacking things and people that matter.”
What was ostensibly an alleged scandal about integrity in journalism, turned out to be a lie, and evolved into a machine of hatred and abuse of women.
Chris Garcia and myself realised that this was rampaging amongst people we knew, cared for and who would not ever be expected to tolerate the things that have been said.
Can you imagine a Worldcon Area Head be told to: ”Go commit suicide’ or ‘Can’t you take a joke you stupid whore?’ – of course not, because there is a code of conduct, and people seem to be able to behave in public, yet with the anonymity of the internet, hatred, abuse, and threats have flourished.
To get the issue click here [PDF file].