#GamerGate, Journalism, and Bombthreats

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I’m not sure how this afternoon session at SPJAirplay is going to be able to move forward. Not because of the 10 bomb several bomb (edit: apparently there’s been two bomb threats but the latest was actually called into the police.) threats they’ve had so far (if you haven’t been watching, they just evacuated the auditorium again (about 1138 PDT).

Up to then of course, it has been frustrating to me because the question has been, and still is, how to cover GamerGate in the future. But in order to do that, wouldn’t you think that there would need to be an understanding of how GamerGate has been covered in the past? Well, no, I guess not.

That seems rather ridiculous. How would any journalist be able to cover GamerGate at all without having a history of what’s been written or broadcast about the movement in the past?

What questions could anyone possibly ask about GamerGate without having at least some knowledge of it from the past? Yes, journalists all the time cover stories of which they have no knowledge about. They do some research then, don’t they? How do the determine whom to interview among such an amorphous group of people that are basically a Twitter hashtag? It was amazing to me that Cathy Young actually had to tell them to follow the tag for a day or two, see who’s most vocal, who receives the most retweets, etc. That’s a start.

They can also find those video bloggers that are the most popular as was mentioned. Really, how difficult is any of this to do?

We’ve all read the stories where the writer wishes to get a statement from the other side of a story they’re on a deadline to publish at the end of the story reads something lile, We attempted to contact Mr. Jones, but he did not immediately return our call.

Those stories make me cringe and believe that there is a definite agenda being pressed. Is this what the journalists in the panel are saying?

We’ll, seeing on Twitter that the police are on site, we may never know. for them to ignore the history of GamerGate in order to be able to write about this online movement, is a horrendous idea that will do nothing to raise mainstream media’s profile within GamerGate.

I guessing now the story will be about the bomb threats. Good. I hope there are a lot of stories out tomorrow concerning the threats. It will go to show that it’s not GamerGate that are the threateners and harassers, but those that oppose GamerGate.

3 thoughts on “#GamerGate, Journalism, and Bombthreats

  1. “How do the determine whom to interview among such an amorphous group of people that are basically a Twitter hashtag?”

    Didn’t you write that you had some experience as a journalist? You should know the answer to this question. One who is skilled at the craft of journalism should not and does not need a conference or a panel discussion to figure out whom to interview.

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  2. “We attempted to contact Mr. Jones, but he did not immediately return our call.”

    I challenge you to produce a link to even one story that says the contact did not “immediately” return our call. The word immediately is never there. I’ve never seen a story where the word immediately was used in that line. And I seriously doubt you ever have yourself. I’ll wait for you to prove otherwise.

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  3. “It will go to show that it’s not GamerGate that are the threateners and harassers, but those that oppose GamerGate.”

    What evidence have you that the bomb threats were made by those opposed to GamerGate? If you have any then please provide it to the police. Otherwise stop with such unfounded speculation. Could just as easily been someone from within GamerGate who called in the bomb threat. Fact is, no one knows and there is no good reason to speculate one way or the other.

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