A #GamerGate Reading List To Catch You Up On The Violent And Deceptive Nature Of The Movement

It’s been two months, and just when it seemed like #GamerGate might be waning off, participants in the movement — essentially a bunch of hardcore gaming “purists” losing their shit over criticisms of rampant misogyny in the gaming community and in games themselves — threatened developer Brianna Wu out of her house and forced writer/critic/vlogger Anita Sarkeesian to cancel a speaking event at Utah State. Of course, it hasn’t been waning off for women and men in the tech industry who have been harassed for voicing their skepticism about the motives of #GamerGate and their ongoing discontent with the sexism in tech that #GamerGate has proven itself to espouse.

In case you’re not caught up on the story, here’s a reading list of essential recent works on the subject:

  • Here’s a roundup of Zoe Quinn’s tweets from September 6, when she tweeted out screencaps of the chat room in which much of #GamerGate was orchestrated. The screencaps make it exceedingly clear that this was a campaign to smear Zoe Quinn, and that the claim of wanting journalistic integrity was a cover for that smear campaign. [Storify]
  • This article on #GamerGate as the new culture war contains an extremely thorough history and analysis of the #GamerGate movement. [Deadspin]
  • Social researcher Jennifer Allaway posed a strong comparison between the tactics of #GamerGate and the tactics of hate groups. [Jezebel]
  • Here’s some information on Anita Sarkeesian’s cancelled Utah speaking event. The Utah police would not perform patdowns despite explicit gun threats aimed at Sarkeesian and feminists at the event. [Kotaku]
  • Following the disturbing threats against Brianna Wu, VICE’s Mike Diver wondered, like many, how far #GamerGate will have to go before the larger culture recognizes it once and for all as a misogynist movement. [VICE]

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