- File Size: 396 KB
- Print Length: 43 pages
- Publication Date: April 7, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VU7QZF6
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Understanding #Gamergate: Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian and the Social Justice Warriors Kindle Edition
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The book is nice and detailed considering its size. Covering the start of the controversy with the Zoe post, leading into the "Gamers are Dead" articles, to the main stream of Social Justice Warriors like Quinn, Wu, Sarkeesian. It than went into the controversy involving the success of the Kickstarter "Tropes vs. Women" and how its used to construct a misogynist narrative to the non-gaming majority. It even surprised me at the end with how it covered the rise of SJW's in the industry, how they use privilege to make a double standard for discussion and debate. The best of that section being a discussion of McIntosh's "25 Invisible Benefits" and how it paints women as "fragile creatures". Overall it covers most of what's important to the discussion of gamergate and ends up sounding much more detailed then the intricacies of how men are trying to micro-aggression women out of the industry.
To also play up to gamergate, this book actually lists sources for information From tweets to youtube videos to articles.So if you don't feel satisfied with this breakdown of events you can do some of your own homework and see what is true and what is not. Sadly if you're a long time gamer you may already know most of the information in this, or if you expected something the size of a novella you maybe disappointed. Which is the only reason it doesn't get a perfect score. Sorry.
Now let me get this final statement in. I haven't met the author before. And I'm reviewing this after I bought it. I myself am not gamergate, but with the current toxicity of gaming right now I feel its good to be fair to this book and not brush it off as a bully manual. I hope this review helps in someway, and sorry if its kind of short for the subject matter. But if i went point for point I would be posting the book on this review.
Remember, how can an industry making millions of dollars upon millions of dollars be misogynistic when community drives growth?
Cameron has done precisely what internet journalists have refused to do from it's inception; Presents the facts, details a background of said facts, and then make an opinion. The information is presented in a balanced manner. The reader is invited to think for themselves, rather than resorting to rhetoric & sensationalism that encourages hatred. The reader is free to disagree with (while understanding) his position. His prose is both professional & efficient.
Don’t mistake supporters of #gamergate as "misogynist" trolls. The media would have you believe this Twitter hashtag belongs to a hate-group organized by racist conservatives to keep women out of gaming. The reality is that gamergaters are an international diversity of liberal men, women & children of all religions & creeds that react without any leadership towards a common goal; "Ethics In Journalism". Their influence has reached the US Federal Trade Commission when #gamergate was commended in the current changes of FTC policies.
My only disappointment would be that 14,000 words were far too too short. While he explains who all of the major figures are such as Anita Sarkeesian & Zoe Quinn and minor characters such as transgender Brianna Wu. Cameron takes a step back from the overall downfall of the journalists & changes in unethical news outlets such as Mother Jones & Salon; who helped maintain the lies of Sarkeesian & Quinn – perhaps his next book will that 100,000 word comprehensive history of the movement.
If you know a gamer, if you are involved in similar scandals, this book is required reading.
One thing I do wish had been included in this book was a more thorough analysis of the 'school shooting threat' that Anita Sarkeesian allegedly received; specifically, how it referenced a school shooting event that was barely known outside the time and place it happened, which just happened to be a short drive from the place Sarkeesian was living at the time it occurred. Which is just an amazing coincidence.
Also amusing is the fact that the only negative review on this work at time of writing is purportedly from the only professional victim *not* covered in this book. If it was anybody else, I'd call it a fake account right off the bat, but you never know...
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