All Powerful – Achieving Nothing

Parallel in not-so-unexpected-places: The more I think about it, a particular brand of “Gamergate” criticism of Anita Sarkeesian is like a particular brand of TeaParty/right-wing criticism of Obama: Sarkeesian is completely useless and can do nothing, but has the absolute power to dictate, censor the course of the massive, mainstream gaming industry to a Stalinist …

GamerGate hates women and crowdfunding (maybe even dinner)

GamerGate – the movement of digital backlash by dudes who take gaming too seriously so they are angry at women* who take a serious look at gaming – hates crowdfunding for a very specific reason, argues Katherine Cross at feministing: Crowdfunding means that someone challenging the status quo can get an income. Without being beholden …

Free Speech, Citizens, and Twitter, Or: How Andrew Sullivan Misses the Point

Isn’t it awkward when professional bloggers don’t understand how social media works? A few days ago, widely read conservative white-but-not-straight blogger  Andrew Sullivan railed against the new cooperation between Women Action Media and Twitter. The micro-blogging platform and the non-profit will work together to better report, track, understand, and work against cyber harassment of users, primarily women. That this harassment is …