Monday, October 20, 2014 | 17What I don't want to do is be linked in any way to either side of the argument. I Hate MMORPG's was created primarily to shine a light on the types of bullshit coverage games (particularly MMORPG's) were receiving, so when people reject any sort of movement that highlights irresponsible journalism in any form I take it as a personal attack.
Despite some of the hyperbole on the site, I'm a reasonable adult, father, and husband who loves all non-dipshits regardless of color or creed. Because of this, I'm extremely disappointed that I even have to give a disclaimer before talking about the year's most
For-profit journalism presents an ethical paradox.
The role of a journalist is to provide accurate information to citizens who don't have time to do their own research. These journalists provide a service by spending their time and energy on acquiring credible sources of information. Any buffer on information represents a failure to accomplish the specified goal of a journalist. Because of the nature of the internet, this service is not funded by those who consume the media, but instead by the advertising and sponsorship of, in some cases, the very entities that the journalist is reporting on.
This circle-jerk-news situation has resulted in the abject failure of traditional news sources to present factual (critical) reports on corporate groups that pay their salaries. The larger the media source, the more corrupting influences are attempting to manipulate information (see: CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC).
The only difference between traditional journalism and game journalism is that a poor review of a game doesn't create a race-war and set civil discourse back 20 years. This is why I'm confused by the selective outrage of #GamerGate, and wonder why the same standards haven't been required of all forms of journalism.
Unethical reporting in this context just isn't that big of a deal.
What is a big deal is how polarized our society has become. Social justice has become a team sport where both sides attempt to generate headlines with outlandish claims, and journalists flourish because there is news to report that doesn't have a corporate sponsor. The problem is that the natural biases of journalists cause them to take the logical side (their own side) and equate all members of the counter movement with the most severely deranged ones. The shocking truth is that...
It is possible to acknowledge clear conflicts of interest without hating women, children, possums, etc.
It is also in the best interest of those you criticize to call you Hitler. Take it for what it is, a desperate attempt to divert attention from the real issue. Most of the people on both sides of #GamerGate think that violence against women is a bad thing, but those people aren't interesting to talk about and, again, isn't profitable. In fact, gamers are more morally conscious than your run-of-the-mill working class alcoholic, likely because they numerous outlets for free expression.
I also acknowledge that there are evil people in this world who care way too much what women do with their vaginas. Those people aren't important to any discussion because they're lashing out from a position of shame or jealousy from whatever cave or basement dwelling they reside in. Men and women are equally shitty when it comes to being corrupted by dollar signs and genitalia. Get over it.
Which side is correct?
The argument has been too-far derailed by individuals who profit off of the appearance of injustice to even tell what we're talking about anymore. If your goal is to have journalism be more ethical and less controlled by corporate molestation, you have an argument. If you think that people shouldn't threaten violence against women because they have healthy sexual relationships with consenting adults, you probably have a case there as well.
Nothing else to do but launch a kickstarter campaign make videos about how men in games are too dumb and muscley. It's unrealistic and it shames us all. Also, this is a joke (you have to tell people now, apparently).
Also, fuck Polygon. You know what you're doing...