What I’ve Been Reading: September 28, 2014

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Thinkpieces! Thinkpieces for all! More

What I’ve Been Reading: September 21, 2014

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Some longreads for you this week. Enjoy. More

What I’ve Been Reading: September 14, 2014

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Time for a brief, lighthearted What I’ve Been Reading. More

A Review of Every Album That Came Out This Week

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It’s been a busy week for music. Canadian progressive rock group The Tea Party released their long-awaited reunion album. Tiny Engines labelmates Cayetana and Mannequin Pussy dropped their debut full-lengths. U2 and Weed Hounds both released free albums. (Yes, I’m aware that the former is much more famous than the latter.) Heck, even post-punk revival trio Interpol got in on the fun. Now, if you’ll allow me, I’m going to write a brief review of each of them. More

What I’ve Been Reading: September 7, 2014

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Coffee drinks, hot honey, and Maude Flanders. It’s all here in this week’s What I’ve Been Reading. More

On GamerGate and Swimming Pools

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Disclaimer: This blog post assumes you have some knowledge of the events surrounding GamerGate. If you don’t, it’s hard to get a picture of what’s going on, because there’s very little factual information out there from reputable sources. There’s some information at this Know Your Meme page, and my Zoegate spreadsheet may help as well.

-deep breath- Okay, here goes nothing.

As a member of the gaming community, this past week has been difficult for me. I’ve witnessed some incredibly despicable and disheartening things. I’ve seen vicious misogyny and harassment. Contemptuous dismissals of social justice from people supposedly concerned about ethics. A respected film and geek culture critic engaging in vile bullying. An unwillingness on the part of people who claim to care about social justice to speak out about abuse. A gaming press that seems more concerned about self-preservation than catering to its audience. It’s enough to make anyone want to leave the community for good.

But I’ve also witnessed some heartening things. People crossing ideological lines to demand better journalistic ethics. Gamers from all corners of the community coming together to condemn bullying and harassment. Gamers recognizing that their hobby is more important than all this in-fighting.

And I’ve also witnessed some very bizarre things. 4chan’s /v/ board creating a mascot to support women in gaming, whose sweater’s colour scheme is a reference to a Dragonball Z anal rape .gif. A ridiculous rumour about a sinister conspiracy of social justice warriors staging a fake mob attack at PAX Prime. Adam Baldwin getting involved in this whole mess for some reason.

What to make of all of this? I’ll offer some very disjointed thoughts after the jump. More

What I’ve Been Reading: August 31, 2014

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It’s been a long week on the Internet. Kick back and relax with some linky goodness. More

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