So, at what point did gamers, and by extension, #GamerGate, become Alt-Right? Now, some of you might be thinking “That’s ridiculous. I’m not Alt-Right.” Don’t worry, I believe you. As someone who identifies as Libertarian, it annoys me when I read articles like “How the Alt-Right Invaded Geek Culture” which makes the claim that the Alt-Right trying to make the “liberal internet” outrage attracts the “overwhelming white, mostly male, and very geeky, supporters”. So far, in my reading, this is among the most ignorant statement out of the many sources, which tries to pin gamers, not just GamerGate, as Alt-right.
Furthermore, the article seems to try to connect the birth of GamerGate with the rise of the Alt-Right by saying, “representation in video games, was adroitly exploited by Alt-right activists using misinformation to incite a huge explosion of hatred online against women and minorities in gaming” and that by outraging the “liberal Internet” they can gain support from “overwhelming white, mostly male, and very geeky, supporters”. Simply put, the author believes that the birth of GamerGate was a result of the influence of the Alt-Right which they failed to prove even exists.
Of course, they immediately had to connect it to Donald Trump by saying “If this sounds familiar, it’s exactly the strategy Donald Trump used through the presidential primaries to win the GOP nomination”. They failed to list any examples that the Alt-Right has invaded geek culture like the title seems to suggest. As all they did was to try blame the existence of GG on the Alt-Right without ever connecting the two with anything that has any grain of truth.
Just as appropriately connected, popular comic artist Kukuruyo shared an image that explains the 3S Tactic SJWs use “to kill debate and hide truth”.
The writers of the previous article start off by scaring people with the idea of the Alt-Right, saying that the Alt-Right calls for ethnic purity, the idea of the inferiority of women, and a lot of other atrocious ideas, making sure the audience got the picture that these are people you don’t want to associate with. Then it follows up with shaming the people who are supposedly connected, by saying that GG is a minority of gamers that are mostly white, mostly male, and very geeky (the irony is the erasing of all the minorities within GG, but, hey, if it doesn’t fit the narrative, amirite?).
In this, it shames those associated with GG, essentially aligning them with the enemy, and you don’t want to be the enemy, do you? Finally, the silencing can be summed up by trying to end the conversation before it even begins…And that would include everything from having comments sections shut down to prevent criticism, blocks on social media, to having Twitter banning people with certain beliefs while letting others (who do the exact same thing) get away with it because they have the right ideas.
If it isn’t enough to slyly lump GG into the Alt-Right, this next article just outright says it:
Instead of giving the evidence we need in order to back up a claim, the author just goes through giving quotes from different people on what the Alt-Right is, and how deplorable they are for what they support. These articles even try to bring down Milo Yiannopoulos with the Alt-Right. One mentions him and his position by name, says he’s a conservative, and just expects the audience to believe that he’s an Alt-Right supporter because he’s Pro-Trump, then proceeds to Gamedrop (mentioning GamerGate for whatever personal reason), because it wouldn’t be an Alt-Right article without it, I guess.
So, why are they so bent on shoving gamers (specifically GG) into the pit with the Alt-Right? I’ve been racking my brain, trying to piece together the pieces, and I have an idea. Because maybe to them, it’s like taking out the trash vs recycling. They could, if they took the time, separate their political and social enemies and take them out with individual, well thought-out narratives that concern each one, it’s far easier to take them out all at once, lumping them into the metaphorical garbage bag and sending them to the dump. The main issue this brings is what happens when they dispose of their political adversaries this way.
You want to know the beautiful part about it all? The Alt-Right started as a joke, a meme if you will. Now, I’m not saying there aren’t any people in America (let alone the world) that hold the political beliefs of the “Alt-Right”, as there will always be people with views such as these, however the “Alt-Right” that the media knows, does not exist, and as such is not a threat.
Nevertheless, the media is more than willing to use the Alt-Right’s imaginary existence to try to demonize anyone who just disagrees with the media’s and the Regressive’s political standpoint by “throwing them into the pit”. Keep in mind, the media complaining about the Alt-Right is the exact same group of people who think that Pepe the frog is a threat. It’s on the same level as #HeteroPrideDay and #MakeAnimeGreatAgain. No one takes them seriously because they are the work of trolls. No one thinks Trump is the God Emperor. No one thinks Pepe is the representation of God. They are all memes. We live in a world where memes are used to push political agendas, and as a result, politicians and journalists waste time fighting an enemy that isn’t there.
In short, the state of modern journalism and politics is a poor one. It has become a place for people to spread their personal agendas without ever giving different voices a chance. All opposing ideas must be smothered because if it doesn’t fit the narrative, it is on the wrong side of history. They are creating their own monsters from someone else’s jokes and blaming the monsters for existing with no regard for their role in the creation and the worst (or best) part?
The more they respond, the worse it will get, and that’s the nature of the Internet. Gamers, MRAs and the tons of innocent people the Regressives throw into the garbage have a right to be upset. No matter what, Regressive see them as on the wrong side and will construct narratives to align them to whoever the Regressives see as the enemy, stuffed into the little basket of deplorables. It’s only going to get worse as we go, and as we say in the pit, “You don’t join. You just get thrown in here with the rest of us.”
And with that said, what´s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
Robin Ek – Editor
@BenjusMaximus – Fact checker
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This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers’ (nor The Gaming Ground’s) opinions.
I am not a supporter of the Alt-Right or the Regressive Left. I do have a bias against the Regressive Left and the Alt-Right. I am a supporter of GamerGate. I do not have a particular bias towards any individual party.
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