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  • eacaraxe 10:42 am on January 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , mass media, oligopolization   

    A brief word to Gamergate 

    I’ve alluded to this previously on this blog, but it’s time to address this directly.

    We all know what Gamergate is “about”, at least in terms of gaming journalism, but not necessarily about gaming journalism as a microcosm of the current mass media landscape…so, when major mass media outlets start running smear pieces about it (Nightline, MSNBC on multiple occasions now, and now “a very special episode” of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), some of you might be wondering, “why?”.

    Why would mass media throw caution to the wind in the face of a mass protest against unethical conduct, collusion, incestuous relationships, and monopolistic behavior in journalism? Well, perhaps this image might provide an answer:

    [Source: https://newmediaconvergence.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/media_consolidation.jpg , http://imcclass.com/2014/03/ ]

    The very last thing contemporary mass media, and the corporations who own and control it, desire is for a protest of this sort to actually succeed. That would make it exportable to other journalism beats and outlets, or even the mainstream. Personally, it strikes me as interesting Gamergate is in essence a protest against the failures and weaknesses of “fifth column” style journalism (blogging and news aggregation), and the race to the bottom among all forms of media it has prompted, which has been a thorn in traditional mass media and source of revenue and viewership loss for some time.

    As an organization much more credible and louder than me has already said, it’s time for us to “level up”:

    For further reading on media consolidation and ownership: http://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart

    [And, for the sake of clarification, a brief update: NBC Universal, the production company and distributor for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is a subsidiary of Comcast.]

  • eacaraxe 11:31 am on January 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , onyx path publishing, world of darkness   

    An Open Letter to David A. Hill, Jr, and Associated Persons 

    As always, morning post and I must be brief.

    It was not in shock, but grave disappointment, that I found myself blocked by you this morning — an act ostensibly because you have employed the auto-blocker tool, especially as I have had numerous discussions with you via social media in regards to the classic World of Darkness, Onyx Path’s work on the 20th Anniversary series, and gender representation in RPG’s particularly that of CWoD. Shockingly, aside from terse but civil exchanges on the topic at hand, when it came to the issues surrounding the relevant RPG’s we have been in total agreement. In fact, I have on occasion defended yours and Onyx Path’s work on this very topic from other Gamergate supporters who would use that work as an unrelated venue for attacking you personally.

    What, to this point I have kept rather quiet, is that I am an Onyx Path forum quasi-regular. I own some of the 20th anniversary books, I was about to start kickstarting Onyx Path products since I find myself again with disposable income (I decision I am now giving second thought), and I have provided a mountain of feedback to Onyx Path — including you personally, since you’re a regular poster there — as a gamer and consumer in relation to already-released and upcoming products. Since this whole thing started, that’s a connection I’ve been reluctant to divulge, especially since I fear reprisal, sanction, or heightened scrutiny on those forums for topics wholly unrelated to the focus of those forums. No, I won’t divulge under what name I post there, especially given this recent development putting that fear foremost in my mind.

    All because, and I’ll get straight to it, I perceive a handful of individuals in prominent positions in gaming media exploiting very real issues for personal gain rather than to address them as they damn well ought — seriously, honestly, and ethically — and throwing everyone is actually is harmed by those issues under the bus to do it, especially when it comes to using those people as shields against rightful criticism. See, I genuinely support what you, the good people at Onyx Path, and people who are honest in their dealings do in regards to issues such as gender in gaming and geek culture; I simply refuse to tolerate parasitism and opportunism in service of that goal, particularly when that malfeasance denudes real issues of gravity, relevance, and credibility which is precisely what has happened during the course of Gamergate.

    This is the end result of the auto-blocker, and precisely what myself and others warned against since its inception. Whose interest, in the final analysis, does that really serve, especially in communities like the tabletop RPG community? What you do on social media is your business, but as someone who has substantively and productively interacted with you in the past on them and other venues, as well as an Onyx Path customer, I implore you to consider that ramification.

  • eacaraxe 11:30 am on January 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: africa, boko haram, , social justice   

    Shut the Fuck Up Jonathan McIntosh, a Quickie 

    I have about five minutes to write this, so I’ll make it brief.

    I’m not one for oppression olympics or one-upmanship because I’m an actual intersectionalist who understands what that means, but in this case I believe it applies.

    I’m sorry, I didn’t know Charlie Hebdo made comics about sub-Saharan Africans. You know, these people? I can’t help but notice you, nor any of your surrogates, nor supporters nor friends, haven’t uttered a word about this. It really seems you (the plural “you”, of course) ought, given all the past rumbling about the very group that pulled this shit.

    Of course, I can see you’re too busy going on at length about the en vogue issue of the day to arse yourself to at least continue raising awareness about this. Then again, I guess this is something that can’t be easily coopted by Westerners for their (your) own political ends, so it gets the pass like the everything else Boko Haram does.

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