Well, almost but I’ll be asleep when it finally arrives.
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The developer was beset by a mob. An online mob, no less, which is just as ugly but with all the buffers of anonymity. But the whole mob was acting characteristically like a mob, and I mean the whole mob. As far as I know about it, the developer wasn’t the only one who got doxed and threatened. A ton of people got doxed, included people supporting one or the other side of the argument. Apparently a bunch of people got fired from their jobs over this debacle as a result of phone calls from squads of this or that ideology.
The notion that the developer was targeted by so much vitriol because of her gender is sophistry. This sort of thing happens every time somebody causes a mob to get outraged and then brings in aggressive supporters for back up. The same thing happened to Mando Pony back when he got in a scuffle with an internet mob and then called My Little Pony show staff to tell the public that the mob was composed of bad people. When you’re looking at a crowd of angry humans, calling in another crowd to fight back is called a “battle”. I’m not saying that anyone deserved to lose their jobs or have their lives threatened because that’s terrible, but the context only reveals typical mob behavior.
In terms of Feminists, I never know how I should refer to sets within the group exactly. “Ideological Feminsits”, “Third Wave Feminists”, “The Really Zealoted Ones”. It’s kind of a loss because there’s nothing specific. The trouble is that people who use an ideology as a weapon often know what they’re doing and also use the ideology as armor. They attack people by lawyering the ideals to a point, then retreat back into the group, and it makes it so you can’t talk about it because you’re forced to talk about the ideals if you do. Once you attack the ideals, the ideology bites you. That’s why I say it’s better not to argue. When a guy slips a pamphlet under your windshield and it says you’ll go to hell, just tell him thanks and move on, because if you try to fight the basis of his attack on you, he forces you to fight his whole ideology. It’s specifically what the guy wants. That’s his trick. His angle.
For example, suppose the Westborough Church didn’t have a central location or any specific leaders. They’re just a loose organization of people who occasionally get together to antagonize non-believers. What would you call them? By their own insistence they’re Christians, but a lot of Christians don’t like to be associated with the Westborough Church. So when someone shows up to protest your son’s funeral because of an ideological thing, who do you direct your anger at? What do you say? That the “Christians” did it? Because it wasn’t the Christians, it was the “Zealoted Ones” that go around provoking people. The Nameless Ones.
What’s even stranger is how the Nameless Ones have managed to hijack a sex scandal and make it about their ideology. Like I say, Wikipidia currently lists “Gamer Gate” as basically being a Feminist issue, and they don’t seem really intent on balancing out the article. The irony being that all you have to do is find one forum post to see how many people are mad that Feminism got into the debate at all. A lot of people didn’t want to fight an ideological group. They wanted to do something about bad politics in the gaming press - though doing it from the platform of a witch hunt is a lost cause in the first place.
As for 4chan - it’s not a team. It’s a website. I’ve been visiting the site for years, but the only thing I have in common with anyone there is, presumably, an interest in the board topics. Unless I got to know the individual people there on a more personal basis, but that’s not what you do on 4chan. When a mob gets riled up there, it’s not because of a hive mind. It’s because a lot of people are angry about something. Not even all the people, necessarily, just a lot of people. 4chan isn’t the source of the anger, it’s just where the angry people can meet and talk about how angry they are.
If you ever think that you’re fighting 4chan in something, you’re not. You’re fighting people who talk on 4chan. If most people in a mob used Facebook, you wouldn’t be fighting Facebook. Not even if they used Facebook to coordinate. It’s just a mob. I have no idea who’s in the mob because they’re not identifying as an ideological group aside from “Gamer Gate supporters” or whatever their preference. I mean, it’s banned on 4chan now in any case. If you’re against Gamer Gate, I’m afraid there’s not a central component or source to direct your feelings against - you’re just fighting with an angry mob, and there’s nobody to implicate but the mob itself.
The truth behind #GamerGate