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Friday, September 06, 2019

A fake conservative's fake history of GamerGate

Neoclown Ekaterina Jung is more concerned with attempting to gatekeep conservatives and keep them away from those unsavory nationalists who might actually try to win rather than go down in graceful defeat than she is in actually addressing any of the actual history in an article that purports - mostly falsely - to explain GamerGate four years later:
Was GamerGate a precursor to the alt-right and did it prepare the ground for Trump’s election?

In a literal sense, the answer to the first part is a clear no: The alt-right as a white nationalist fringe existed at least since 2010, when Richard Spencer launched the Alternative Right website. However, it is true that the alt-right’s online presence skyrocketed in 2015 and that a major vehicle for its attempted mainstreaming was Breitbart, the right-wing site which also embraced GamerGate.

In his perceptive Vox article in 2014, Klein noted that despite the left-of-center politics of most GamerGaters, media treatment of the controversy had been sharply divided along left/right lines: Liberal opinion was “in lockstep against Gamergate,” while some conservatives and critics of the social justice left were sympathetic. Breitbart, in particular, made GamerGate its pet cause, starting with a September 1, 2014 article by the soon-to-be-infamous Milo Yiannopoulos titled “Feminist Bullies Tearing the Video Game Industry Apart.” Yiannopoulos also championed GamerGate on Twitter; with his flashy bad-boy persona, he quickly became a hero to many in the movement, even those who otherwise had no affection for Breitbart’s politics.

It is also true that there were alt-right-type elements within GamerGate. As I cautioned in an early article on the movement, any backlash against extremist versions of feminism and “social justice” is likely to be a magnet for actual misogynists, bigots, and far-right extremists. (Ironically, one example I cited was pro-GamerGate lawyer Mike Cernovich, whose past misogynist tweets had been flagged by a GamerGate opponent — and who went on to become a prominent alt-right figure before eventually attempting to distance himself from the extremist fringe.) There were also the “edgy” teens who came in by way of “/pol/,” the 4chan “Politically Incorrect” board notorious for racist and anti-Semitic memes, and who thought it was good fun to post a cartoon of Sarkeesian as a greedy Jew.

“Since GamerGate didn’t have any sort of people controlling its population, and it was nominally against leftists, it attracted /pol/, obviously,” a Jewish GamerGater who wanted to be identified only as David, a politically centrist tech worker in his late twenties, told me in an email. Yet David also stressed that he saw “very little” anti-Semitism in GamerGate-related conversations and made many Jewish friends through the movement.

Far from setting the tone in GamerGate, its far-right members felt sufficiently embattled to start a separate 8chan forum, /ggrevolt/ (GamerGate Revolt); its denizens often disliked “regular” GamerGaters at least as much as they did “social justice warriors.” Video blogger June Lapine (“Shoe0nHead” on YouTube), a 28-year-old New Yorker who was involved with GamerGate from the start, says that /ggrevolt/ was her “first introduction to what [the] ‘alt-right’ was.”

There is strong evidence that as the alt-right began to gather steam in late 2015, Yiannopoulos tried to channel GamerGate — which he often tried to treat as his private army — in its direction. In January 2016, someone leaked chat logs in which pro-GamerGate blogger Ethan Ralph, who was close to Yiannopoulos, and several of his friends from /ggrevolt/ trashed GamerGate, agreed that the culture war needed to move on to the alt-right, and discussed plans to “reappropriate” GamerGate for the alt-right by purging liberals, who were mocked as “SJW-lite.” These revelations, which coincided with intensifying harassment of GamerGaters by /ggrevolt/ types, rocked what remained of GamerGate and got Ralph banned from the Kotaku In Action board (which did not stop The Daily Dot from calling Ralph a “GamerGate leader” when he was arrested several months later for assaulting a police officer).

In the end, the GamerGate-to-Alt-Right pipeline never materialized. However, a number of previously liberal GamerGaters did get on the “Trump Train” in 2016. At present, still-active GamerGaters to whom I have spoken estimate that about half of the posters on Kotaku In Action are pro-Trump. Some may have fallen for the Breitbart lure; others saw Trump as the answer to “political correctness” or shared his hostility to the mainstream media, which they (correctly) felt had been extremely shoddy and biased in its GamerGate coverage.

The slide toward Trumpism disappointed many GamerGate sympathizers; it also made some left-of-center GamerGaters such as Matt Jarbo — a.k.a. “Mundane Matt,” the YouTuber whose video on the Quinn cronyism allegations helped start the controversy — worry if they’ve helped elect Trump. “I definitely don’t want that on my conscience,” Jarbo joked uneasily in our recent interview. Others, such as fellow YouTuber Lapine, a self-described “proud social democrat,” dismiss the idea as “delusional.” As Lapine puts it, “everyone is always pointing fingers at who is to blame for Trump.”
Jung is just trying to work in a hit piece attacking the nationalist Right that she fears while ostensibly writing about GamerGate. It's highly amusing that she takes shots at both Milo and Cerno, as well as the Alt Right, without ever mentioning the one individual who was, unlike either Mike or Milo, both a pre-Quinnspiracy OGGer and openly Alt-Right.

But mostly it's bad journalism; she doesn't bother to talk to any of the major GamerGate figures or follow-up on what has happened to them since, she has no idea why the backlash to GameJournoPros took place or even mention the exposure of the conspiracy and the mailing list, and she completely fails to make the connection between the tactics successfully utilized by GamerGate and the tactics that are now commonly used for everything from Sad Puppies to consumer lawfare against the SJWs and the social media giants.

Consider what Jung claims to be the moral of the GamerGate story for conservatives:

For critics of the left, the main moral of the story is that it’s important to repudiate unsavory allies.

In other words, please cuck. This is absolutely and entirely false. If you want to understand GamerGate, you'd do far better to simply read chapter 8 of SJWS ALWAYS LIE, Striking Back at the Thought Police, which explained the relationship between GamerGate and Donald Trump back in 2015 at the very start of the chapter.

The reason SJWs have been so successful since the 1990s is that for more than two decades, they simply did not meet with any serious or organized resistance. #GamerGate represented the first serious organized resistance to them, and in only one year, the intrepid warriors of the gamer community have inspired similar resistance movements to surface in science fiction, in comics, and in romance. Echoes of #GamerGate have begun to appear in the popular culture, as Donald Trump not only refused to kowtow before Fox News's Megyn Kelly flashing of the SJWs' Woman card during the U.S. presidential debate but afterwards declared political correctness to be a big problem in the U.S.A. Trump's unexpected popularity in the polls is, to a large extent, a consequence of his willingness to confront the SJW Narrative and speak the truth as he sees it.

#GamerGate tactics are also beginning to be adopted by other groups for unrelated purposes, as there is a distinctly GG tone to the anti-Planned Parenthood memes that have been cropping up on Twitter ever since The Center for Medical Progress began releasing its sting-videos that showed Planned Parenthood employees openly discussing the sale of human organs taken from the infants it aborts. American immigration opponents have also successfully tarred some of the leading Republican candidates as well as their media supporters with the #cuckservative hashtag, much to the dismay of both the G.O.P. elite and the New York Times alike. It is therefore little wonder that SJWs are terrified of #GamerGate and see it as their most fearsome enemy.

An actual GamerGater commenting on Instapundit provides a much better summary.
I was in gamergate and it had several interesting aspects that I personally witnessed.

1. Gamergate was first time I learned that SJWs don't really care who they demonize. We had many Lefty type gamers that were astonished that they too would be declared "bad people" for defending their hobby.

2. Organizations have more money then you could make a dent into with a boycott, but nobody ever has enough time. We learned that you can overwhelm an organization's customer facing department and PR with email and phone call campaigns.

3. Never ever ever make someone a leader. The Media loves to find leaders and smear them to smear the movement by proxy. Lots of people got smeared, lots of people lost their jobs.

4. Mainstream conservatives are traitorous cunts and should never be trusted to guard an outhouse. We tried to get so called conservative journalists interested in what we were doing. Most ignored us as they thought we were just "a bunch of nerds playing games in mom's basement", and of course we had the shitheads that said we were misogynists and games cause violence. In the end one guy gave us a fair shake, Milo Yiannopoulos and started giving us coverage. As per their nature the conservatives tried to deep six his ass and sent him to the fringes of society and the MSM was just giddy with the results.

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52 Comments:

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 6:27 AM  

The GamerGate culture warriors are still very much alive and pushing back against the GamerGrabblers. There's a very obvious split between who are the culture warriors and who are the losers with no friends. Culture warriors actually play games, but the loser SJWs and faggots hang around in "gaming communities" instead of playing them. Anything that is "community friendly" is well past converged and must be avoided. Be careful with indie games because a lot of indie devs are unapologetic soy-guzzlers and can't wait to insert jabs at Trump in their next title.

Blogger Max September 06, 2019 6:31 AM  

I had no idea how great a story GG was before reading SJWAL, despite being on r/kia (as a frequently banned SJW-in-transition, neologism please?). It blows my mind that the media suppressed it so completely, they missed out on some good copy.

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 6:32 AM  

We can extrapolate the behaviour surrounding GamerGate to society at large. The people who are doing the work should not be dicked with because they're running the whole show. Without them, everything falls apart and you can say goodbye to comfortable living. Those that are attached to the idea of a community and are obsessed with the organisations are the gammas and fat women. Nobody likes them. Nobody wants their opinion. They are an eyesore and nobody would oppose making them sweatshop-slaves so we can finally compete with China in manufacturing.

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 6:35 AM  

@2. Considering how the media still insists on blaming games for mass shootings, it might be for the best that they swept it under the rug and didn't draw attention to it. On the other hand, watching boomer hosts totally embarrass themselves for the world to see would have brought in a lot more people to the culture war.

Blogger VD September 06, 2019 6:36 AM  

It blows my mind that the media suppressed it so completely, they missed out on some good copy.

They STILL don't even know who exposed the GameJournoPros mailing list or who some of the major players were. But they're going to tell you all about it and explain the whole thing to you anyhow.

Blogger MichaelJMaier September 06, 2019 6:48 AM  

GG was a joy to watch unfold. Of all the most UNlikely groups to start taking scalps...

Blogger Silent Draco September 06, 2019 7:02 AM  

Not that unlikely. Years of liberal Tourette's babbling made the whining drop into background noise. When the unleaders explained that 5 scalps = 3 levels up + 50000 pt bonus, it (t)rolled like a freight train.

Blogger Daniel September 06, 2019 7:04 AM  

These are the same people who couldn't be bothered to read Nathuram Godse's Defense, or the Unabomber Manifesto. Or Breivik's. Or Jim Jones sermons.

Journalists can't read.

Blogger JACIII September 06, 2019 7:13 AM  

Journos bloviating on a journo controversy. We used to call this type of self-deluding babble "Smoking the corner office doobie".

They can fiddle all they want. Still gonna burn.

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 06, 2019 7:22 AM  

I read it last night.

I was groaning by the second paragraph.

Basic thrust was...nothing. She wrote an article where she had no main idea nor a clue as to where to get one.

Although she did remember to repeat Anita Sarkeesian's easily disprovable lie about being forced to leave her home due to "rape threats." Anybody else remember that laughably stupid twitter egg account that she had obviously written herself?

Jung almost managed a bit of journalism when she came close, (but not too close,) to calling Brianna Wu a liar.

Anti-GamerGate declared victory and went home after they got a 300 million dollar payoff from Intel. Anti-GamerGate is no more.

But GamerGate itself is still alive and well and simmering on 300 million backburners ready to come to a boil again at anytime.

Blogger Capital6 September 06, 2019 7:22 AM  

Was that article straight rhetoric that sought to disparage Cerno, Milo, et al. while defending the SJWs and Jewish interests?

Blogger basementhomebrewer September 06, 2019 7:28 AM  

For critics of the left, the main moral of the story is that it’s important to repudiate unsavory allies.

Their idea of a "grassroots" movement is something scripted, with only approved members and only approved leaders, funded by billionaires, speaking for it.

Blogger JACIII September 06, 2019 7:30 AM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:

Jung almost managed a bit of journalism when she came close, (but not too close,) to calling Brianna Wu a liar.



It's not a coincidence the fake right bases every argument against the enemy with the enemy's premises.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine September 06, 2019 7:33 AM  

Jung.

Blogger tublecane September 06, 2019 7:49 AM  

I had no idea who this person was, and after a detour into the second-cousin of Leo Tolstoy, I find one Cathy Young. Apparently a libertarian feminist. Meaning probably she's a feminist but not completely crazy. Though she may be crazy on the libertarian side.

I get Ayn Rand vibes, without the popularity. Also without Rand's ultimate surrender to patriarchy (in the bedroom). A Muscovite Jew who came to America during the Cold War and proceeded to go all "individualist." Stephen Pinker called her an iconoclast, which I assume is supposed to be complimentary. She even kinda looks like Rand.

Whoever brought over these (((Russians))) in this period, were they deliberately trying to grow a generation of tedious political commentators? If so, they were geniuses.

Blogger SciVo September 06, 2019 7:56 AM  

JACIII wrote:It's not a coincidence the fake right bases every argument against the enemy with the enemy's premises.

That is how Cthulhu always swims left.

Blogger tublecane September 06, 2019 7:57 AM  

@8- "Journalists can't read"

I would assume average journalist IQ is around the average IQ person capable of reading. (Though well below the average college graduate's.) They don't like it, and as it turns out aren't expected to.

Generally speaking, they never know what they're talking about, which is easy to discern when you know anything about the subject. But sometimes, consciously or unconsciously, they go out of their way not to know things. Because they have a particular kind of story to write, and they don't want dirty ideas staining their brains.

It's easier to lie when you keep it simple.

Blogger Nate September 06, 2019 7:59 AM  

"For critics of the left, the main moral of the story is that it’s important to repudiate unsavory allies."

that is certainly not the moral of gamergate. Also the whole narrative that the alt-right broke gamer gate is stupid. The primary objectives were achieved. It never broke. it won.

That said... her statement... taken out of that context is not completely wrong. I mean... we all would be a lot better off if some folks had listened to this kind of advice and avoided Charlottesville.

Blogger Brick Hardslab September 06, 2019 8:25 AM  

The sex angle is pretty salacious, they could hint at that all day and get clicks. They'd much rather serve the narrative than get the money.

This as much as anything shows it's not really about money, not in the end. Plus the gatekeepers and the rent-takers no longer need to produce to skim the cream. All they need is an industry or company to strip mine.

Blogger Scott September 06, 2019 8:25 AM  

Was the fake News ever competent, or have they always been this transparent?

Blogger Doktor Jeep September 06, 2019 8:31 AM  

Another female typist calling herself a journalist and getting paid big bucks.

Blogger Miguel September 06, 2019 8:32 AM  

"For critics of the left, the main moral of the story is that it’s important to repudiate unsavory allies."

A rather amusing American-Indian had a much morel logical aproach to this: EMBRACE YOUR EXTREMISTS.

And it works.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine September 06, 2019 8:32 AM  

"that is certainly not the moral of gamergate."

Go for the jugular, harry and worry and tear. Expose them all. Mock mercilessly. No figureheads.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine September 06, 2019 8:33 AM  

"Was the fake News ever competent"

No, but they used to toe the line more carefully.

Blogger Mocheirge September 06, 2019 8:37 AM  

"But they're going to tell you all about it and explain the whole thing to you anyhow."

Gamesplainers

Blogger Nate September 06, 2019 8:48 AM  

"Another female typist calling herself a journalist and getting paid big bucks. "

propogandist. and that's why she gets paid big bucks. because she is good at it. note how she sprinkles little tiny bits of truth in. like a little sugar to make the suicide koolaid a little easier to swallow.

Blogger Brett baker September 06, 2019 9:04 AM  

They couldn't do the quality to compete with the Chinese.

Blogger Stilicho September 06, 2019 9:09 AM  

Ekaterina Jung, a leader of the cuckservative movement, admits to being paid for writing articles of which Bill Kristol would approve. Kristol, a failed publisher, discredited trotskyite and never-Trumper, famously supported Egg McMuffin's 2015 presidential campaign in a failed attempt to elect Hillary Clinton. Jung, to date, has not disavowed Kristol, and continues to produce articles which attack the right for what she imagines their sins to be. To be completely fair, Jung has not been convicted of pedophilia or cannibalism, and is not currently known to be suffering from Kuru.


...see, two can play the media game

Blogger Julian Assad September 06, 2019 9:21 AM  

Cathy Young, author of "Confessions of a Libertarian Neocon".

Blogger SDaly September 06, 2019 9:23 AM  

Of course, Jung's article was pushed on Instapundit by cuck Ed Driscoll.

Blogger JG September 06, 2019 9:28 AM  

“(almost) everything you’ve heard about GamerGate is wrong.”

Ekaterina Jung then proceeds to make it "wronger".

Fake conservative, and fake American. Send her back.

Blogger Damelon Brinn September 06, 2019 9:39 AM  

Basic thrust was...nothing.

Yeah, my main reaction was, "....and?" She presents some common sense facts as if they're suspicious, like the fact that some people both inside and outside a successful movement would want to expand the movement to other purposes. Shocking! But ultimately she says nothing, probably because to her simply associating something with the right wing is condemnation enough. I guess that's the whole point, but since she doesn't back it up with anything, it'll only work for those who already agree with her.

When you have to go to Mundane "Boulder Boy" Matt for a quote to back up your theory, you know you're grasping.

Blogger Brick Hardslab September 06, 2019 9:48 AM  

I wonder if Anita was, "woman-spreading"?

Blogger Damelon Brinn September 06, 2019 9:56 AM  

But GamerGate itself is still alive and well and simmering on 300 million backburners ready to come to a boil again at anytime.

GamerGate is the reason so many people now see and call out the wokeness in movies and other entertainment aside from games. It not only showed people it was there and they weren't imagining things, but that you could push back against it and have fun doing so.

There are a bunch of streamers and video makers who didn't want to be part of GamerGate, but when they tried to be centrist about it and say everyone had a right to an opinion, they were attacked so viciously by the left that now they're effectively GamerGaters, pointing out things like the latest Stronk Female Character and studio-owned media shills without ever officially signing on.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted honkies made Hindus stop burning their wives, WhiteManBad ) September 06, 2019 9:57 AM  

the basic thrust is that the real question is,

"Was it good for the Jewess?"

Blogger Whitecloak September 06, 2019 10:35 AM  

You know that GG was a legitimate shift in the culture because to this day the elite know not what to make of it...

And don't major shifts in cultural faults often occur in the most unlikely places?

The dam never first cracks where anyone would expect it.

Quite a few Millennials of a certain age moved into dissident right politics in Obama 2, and GG was a rather big part of it. Can't imagine a pseudocon will ever be able to understand it, though. It's too foreign to the beltway.

Blogger wahr01 September 06, 2019 10:37 AM  

"2. Organizations have more money then you could make a dent into with a boycott, but nobody ever has enough time. We learned that you can overwhelm an organization's customer facing department and PR with email and phone call campaigns."

Unfortunately, SJW's also learned this lesson as well, and with a sympathetic media have been using it since 2014 to horrific effect.

Blogger Stilicho September 06, 2019 10:42 AM  

I don't know if GG was good for the jews, but it was a disaster for the shrews.

Blogger rcocean September 06, 2019 10:53 AM  

Jung is another FakeCon.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 06, 2019 11:22 AM  

rcocean wrote:Jung is another FakeCon.
No, she's a perfect example of why Conservatism is useless.

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 11:26 AM  

I didn't trust the first Jung and I don't trust this one. We need a list of surnames to be suspicious of, but I fear it would be mostly variants of Goldbergstein.

Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei September 06, 2019 11:53 AM  

Jung must have wet herself with joy when she found out there was a girl she could talk to about Gamer Gate, and a "proud social democrat" to boot! And when she discovered someone who "made many Jewish friends through the movement", it must have been like she touched the face of God, whom most likely she virulently doesn't believe in.

Blogger Sheila4g September 06, 2019 12:07 PM  

I know nothing about GG other than what I read in SJWAL, and here at Vox's blog. I already knew Jung was an insidious(((paper American))), but I was truly astonished by that execrable pabulum. Breitbart (((boomer MIGA))) far right? Cernovich alt right? You know, I never got into a fight growing up and I don't kid myself that I could handle a 13 year old boy, but I'd really like to demonstrate the virtues of iron to Ekaterina . . . personally.

Blogger Jeroth September 06, 2019 1:02 PM  

Related: NRO tells conservatives to watch more TV!

The subversion has become laughably transparent.

Blogger CarpeOro September 06, 2019 1:46 PM  

"Was the fake News ever competent"
No, they just used to actually try and sell the frame in which they wanted to put you. The career of a "reporter" has lost so much cache they are failing to attract as many clever manipulators. This sad sack barely reaches the level of committing journalism (which is recognized as a crime against the nation in healthier nations) - it looks like copy and paste from the narrative with only a little filler from the usual suspects.

Blogger Stephen St. Onge September 06, 2019 3:38 PM  

        Is there a reliable history of Gamergate anywhere?  Not being a gamer, I more or less missed it all.

Blogger Br1cht September 06, 2019 4:06 PM  

"Mainstream conservatives are traitorous cunts and should never be trusted to guard an outhouse" Amen brother!

They are as guilty as the lefty mob, hovering in the shadows always ready to smear and betray for a nickle.

Blogger Lance E September 06, 2019 4:19 PM  

I know a lot of mainstream conservatives, and they're generally dumb and hopeless, but they're nowhere near this duplicitous. As bad as neocons are, I don't believe Jung is one of them; she's a leftist infiltrator whose narrative does not diverge one millimeter from the Official Narrative.

Blogger SirHamster September 06, 2019 5:13 PM  

Lance E wrote:As bad as neocons are, I don't believe Jung is one of them; she's a leftist infiltrator whose narrative does not diverge one millimeter from the Official Narrative.

The distinction you're trying to make doesn't exist. Neocons are leftist infiltrators.

Blogger tublecane September 06, 2019 7:40 PM  

@44- The Conservative Case for Thank You Mr. Communist Propaganda Chief, May I Have Another?

I might have thought that article was about pulling all the rightist messages you can out of lefty-produced entertainment, and indeed it is. But the starting point is a bizarre one, in that it posits conservatism is at an all-time cultural low. Which I assume means Kevin Williamson is personally embarrassed by Trump at cocktail parties. Because even if there were no conservative whatsoever in middle or high culture, who could possibly miss what a cultural black hole is PC?

Hilariously, the examples of good drama he provides are all about a decade old.

Blogger Dirk Manly September 07, 2019 12:27 AM  

Accurate history of Gamergate can be found at http://encyclopediadramatica.rs/Gamergate but not until ED gets back online (they're having technical difficulties... their front-end provided went belly up without giving out any warning)

Blogger Damelon Brinn September 07, 2019 11:48 AM  

Yeah, the ED page on GamerGate is pretty good, and funny to boot. archive.org has a copy of it from a couple weeks ago.

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