Like many of my peers in the nerd, art, and creative communities; I’ve been up until this week keeping a casual, but watchful eye on the unfolding of the #GamerGate situation.
It’s at this point my nerd rage is beginning to boil over. I admittedly try not to pay attention to most news anymore because I get equal parts depressed and enraged existing in the world we currently reside in. Times are hard, and perhaps because of social medias simultaneous “inter-connectivity” and actual separation and disconnection. I find myself drawn to paying attention to #GamerGate however because of how close to home it hits with what I do now, what I hope to do in my future, and where I’ve recently stepped away from.
I have stated similar opinions in the past over my stance on the current flow of Nerd/Geek culture, and it’s current upswing in popularity. So here we go.
From famously ostracized, belittled, and bullied sect of the population, I find it even more deplorable that NERDS have taken it upon themselves to become bigger bullies throughout the modern world than the usual Teen TV Drama “Jock in a Letterman Jacket” style bully shoving said nerds into lockers and knocking their lunch out of their hands. What #GamerGate has become, and in all actuality was more than likely all about to begin with is hate. And let me go out and say also that #GamerGate is part of a larger problem of misogyny within our nerd culture (as well as culture abroad… no pun intended.) To my eyes, this directly ties into other forms of anti-female-nerd shaming alongside “FAKE NERD GIRL” chantings and even the recent Photo Hack Scandal (known on “social sewers” as “The Fappening”).
The Tri-Lambs would be ashamed of you all, I know I am. “REVENGE OF THE NERDS” indeed.
Where does the problem stem from? Faulty wiring? Improper Upbringing in regards to respect for others and social decency? Their Fedoras are one size too small and therefore cutting off blood flow and oxygen to the brain? YES to ALL of the ABOVE.
Unfortunately, there’s no apparent cure for this type of behavior. It is a learned and developed behavior and while you may be able to cure the individual on a case by case basis through informed discussion and reasoning, “The Untamed Masses” have throughout history proven difficult to squelch. To quote Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black “A Person is Smart. PEOPLE are Dumb, Panic-y, Dangerous Animals and You Know It…” This is the sad truth, it has been, and will always be. While the internet gave us more ways to connect with people who share our interests, it also birthed an era of the Modern Witch Hunt, wherein people have banned together to find private information about people they disagree with, hunt them down, and threaten and bully them, all in front of a digital crowd of like-minded teeming masses who don’t think twice about the way they talk about people or threaten one another because they’re tucked safely away behind a keyboard and neckbeard.
This doesn’t mean that everyone in the nerd and gamer communities are bad, maybe some really want to see “Ethical Journalism in Gaming Coverage”. As others have stated as well, if that’s what you’re on board fore, find a new hashtag, because #GamerGate is trouble. Perhaps you’d be better off with #NotAllNerds or #NotAllGamers to differentiate yourselves or even something along the lines of #EthicalGaming. To keep trying to perpetuate that you’re not involved with the hate mongering web based Salem Witch Hunt that is this movement while still claiming the hashtag on your posts doesn’t do you any favors. Not all German Soldiers in WWII gave a fuck about the NAZI movement, but if they were in that uniform, history will remember them as Nazis, just something to think about.
I can’t stand watching colleagues, peers, and friends of mine in these industries begin to get hit with this brutal nonsense. It has to end, but we may only be seeing the tip of this iceberg as it were. What allegedly happened between two people in their personal relationship is no one else’s business. If she DID sleep with someone for a favorable review, WHO THE FUCK CARES?! It’s a business play that’s been around for centuries between all sexes and orientations. Is it right, no; did it happen, YOU DON’T KNOW AND IT’S NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS. That being said, there’s not hard evidence that it ACTUALLY happened. It’s here-say perpetuated by a male low enough on the totem pole of manhood to angrily tweet-blast out an ex-girlfriend’s PRIVATE INFORMATION FOR ALL TO SEE. Even if he then claimed to want to want nothing more than “Ethics in Gaming Journalism”… WHY WOULD YOU FOLLOW A BASTARD SO SHIT-BRAINED HIS FIRST REACTION OVER DISCOURSE IS TO GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFO AND INVITE HATE SPEECH AND VIOLENT THREATS TO SOMEONE HE WOULD HAVE AT ONE POINT CALLED HIS LOVE?!?! Do you see the problem here? The fundamental problem? Where was all the vitriol for a male with no sense of human decency that he would willingly endanger another human being and invite others to join in. THIS IS SOCIOPATHIC BEHAVIOR. “Awww, no, I don’t hate Jewish people, I just really like wearing this red arm-band, I’m really just involved because I want “Ethical Journalism in Gaming— Er– I mean Economic Prosperity…”
Like I said. I was casually following this story up until a couple weeks ago. Then I took a brief social media hiatus over what I would consider “GhostbusterGate” When fellow GB Nerds began to rant about the awfulness of an ALL FEMALE GHOSTBUSTER REBOOT, and it hit me that even the small corner I had carved out for myself wasn’t exempt from this behavior…
As an online content creator, I abhor these events more and more with each passing breath. And I can’t help but to compare these situations to, as previously stated, the Salem Witch Hunts, or the mentality of the NAZI party, or even other social injustices in America in the past 100 years alone. This is fucking ridiculous and it seems even more cowardly to hide behind a keyboard and make rape and murder threats. At least in the good ole’ days you’d actually have to form an ACTUAL PHYSICAL angry mob. This is just an absurd distortion of reality that makes me often wonder if I fell asleep and woke up in the Bizaro Universe.
If you felt you were the victim of adultery, I’m sure the most acceptable response is centering that person in a large, nonsensical, “scandal”, so that mush-brained followers who don’t think for themselves can become your monster army on a whim and make her feel unsafe and unwelcome and eventually threatening others for speaking up and saying “Hey this doesn’t seem right”… That’s a mature response to conflict right? You certainly aren’t also the person who perpetuates things like #FakeNerdGirl or #FriendZone by chance are you? Oh yes. You definitely are.
*As an editor’s note: You’ll notice that I have only referred to this person as “male” (denoting gender) and not a “man”. A person who incites this kind of behavior against women or people at all is not a man. Eron Gjoni is not a man.*
Cut off your pony-tails, shave your neckbeards, realize you don’t look like Justin Timberlake in that Fedora/Trilby; and grow up. Or get SHARK AIDS and fall off the Earth.
How do you feel about this nonsense? Comment Below!
Welcome Ladies & Gentlemen.
Thank you for joining me here today.
Today I’d like to speak with the congregation about Grocery Store Manners.
Let us start with something simple. Carts. Specifically the carts waiting outside to be picked up. You can take one of those.
You don’t have to get a new cart from inside when there are plenty of carts already outside. Yes, there is a kid out there hauling them in, but that’s a pretty shit job, so help em out and take one of those carts in with you. Even if you bring it back out to your car with you, the numbers are then at least even with what there was before. You’re not subtracting work, but you haven’t added to the pile necessarily.
With that I would add, if you see the Cart Kid out gathering them up with his trusty nylon cart strap, don’t be a dick and put the cart in an empty stall. Walk up to the kid if they are in your aisle! Don’t make em make an extra trip for your one extra cart. Save them one trip, for eff’s sake. They’re going to have to make 300 trips to begin with. Or if you see someone looking towards the carts as you’re finishing up with yours, offer it up. Just give these cart kids a break, especially during summer months.
THE DIVIDER BAR.
When you set your items down on the conveyor belt in the check out line, if you have excess room, and access to the divider bar, PUT DOWN THE FUCKING DIVIDER! It’s just polite to offer the extra space after your items to the person behind you. When witnessing you’ve got a surplus of space you let the next person put down their items! You aren’t so important, in such a hurry, or too busy to reach over and grab a half pound plastic bar.
I have two different counter attacks for a jerk who doesn’t follow basic social etiquette/
1. Ask the jerk to pass you the plastic bar, the louder and more off kilter you ask, the better. (insert winky face here)
2.Set your items down much too close to his/hers until they have to put it down. You may lose a couple items if they don’t notice right away, but it’s totally worth it.
If you’re inconsiderate, you should work on that.
If you are considerate of these things, and see asshat in progress; feel free to troll them quickly and loudly.
Until Next Time, friends.
I don’t often get vocally political, even within my own family, but this is something that bothers me. The events in #Ferguson are completely atrocious, and events like this are happening far too often.
I am not an anti-police guy that often either, and I’m not usually one for protests or “peaceful gatherings”, but I’ve noticed a lot of these stories cropping up in the past three years, and I’m just tired of it in a lot of ways.
I used to get a bit self righteous when reading about something like this, and the first piece of propaganda against your cause is always the looters using the chaos to become profitable. It takes away from those trying to send a legitimate message, I don’t much care for looters, but I can’t say that I don’t agree that riot is all that is left…
What we’re witnessing is the appetizer to the big show yet to come, and it’s going to be all across the country.
I’ve never been a guy who wanted to make a statement with my art, I just like drawing nonsense and fart jokes on the internet usually. As 1984 is one of my favorite novels of all time, however, I can’t help but be disturbed that we are marching in goose-step to the door, to graciously answer the knock of the New World Order and let them in.
I’m not a Democrat, I’m not a Republican. Government at all levels is morally corrupt and fundamentally evil. Big Brother is watching you. Wave hello, and prepare to get gassed.