I’ve been thinking lately about GamerGate and what it might possibly teach other groups that find themselves in a similar situation of being attacked on all sides for the sin of being who they are. It’s been, and still is, an amazing journey to go from being described as a hate group in the media to virtual silence after there being no evidence to support any allegation of hate.
I think that what surprised most in the media was that this leaderless, diverse movement would not sit down and shut up. They wouldn’t run away after being called terrorists, racists, sexists, etc. GamerGater’s stood their ground and said, No, that’s not us. Even when the Dark Empress herself was splattered all over national television railing against the gaming community, gamers stood their ground and refused to give in to the lies that were being spoken by her, and by the way, still are.
The mission of these attempting to marginalize a not so insignificant group of gamers has backfired and have placed them on the run. Battles have been won, but the war against gamers and others that will not drink the kool aid of radical feminism continues.
Someone may correct me, but this is the first time I think that hashtag activism has actually accomplished anything. And as most of us have witnessed on the Internet, it seems to be really difficult to get a large number of people to support anything for longer than it takes a photon to reach the earth from the sun (about 8 minutes, if you didn’t know already). People quickly become disinterested; It’s the nature of the beast. We move from one drama to the next almost at the blink of an eye.
The drama is not over. In fact, it’s just in its nascent stage as it’s been transformed into a battle against toxic feminism. Not by gamers, but by the feminists that invaded the conversation and tried to make GamerGate their issue. There will be more vicious and vitriolic attacks forthcoming, I assure you.
What can GamerGate teach other people? If a group of people come together and stay focused on an issue of imporance to them it is possible to change the dynamic.
Now is not the time to lose focus.