Friday, March 6, 2015

On harassment of #GamerGaters by AntiGGs

As always, I'm struck by the class issues in GamerGate. At Boston Globe reporter AGAIN seeks GamerGate supporters, a reporter asks for Gamergaters to speak on the record, and most point out that when that happens, people try to dox and fire them. (See sites like Gamers Discussing #GamerGate Scandal Are Being Harassed; Where’s the Coverage?) One GGer responded:
But I have to insist on including names in the article. I've heard nothing but unfavorable comment about this movement, and it makes me nervous.
From the SPJ Code of Ethics:
Consider sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Reserve anonymity for sources who may face danger, retribution or other harm, and have information that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Explain why anonymity was granted.
No thanks.  

Two things struck me:

1. The only people who consistently talk about journalistic ethics are GGers, not their opponents and not even the people who claim to be trying to be objective.

2. SJWs tend to be children of privilege who come from schools for the privileged, so the notion that someone might be afraid of being fired for saying what they believe is either a dim theoretical notion to them, or it's their idea of a proper way to keep the lower classes in their place.