Opinion to risemiaminews
I first got involved in GamerGate because of censorship concerns, which is one of my major pet peeves. In a free society, especially in a nation born from the foundation of natural rights (as opposed to class rights), we are now experiencing a period of rampant censorship and attempts to deny people of their constitutional and natural rights.
It is human nature, whether online and offline, to bicker and argue back and forth. There will always be controversies, both sides will say they’re right and demonize the other party. I accept that and at first I ignored the scandal. However, as things heated up, I started to hear reports of big media sites suppressing and banning users by the tens and hundreds. Most disturbing is this pattern of censorship is not for removing internet trolls and illegal behavior. No, it was a systemic reaction from mainstream sites moderators to control the public’s opinion and remove any opinions that didn’t conform to their ideological and political views.
In other words, the mainstream media, their contributors, and moderators, were trying to steer the controversy to favor one side. Along the way, these professional bloggers demonize, dehumanize their opponents, calling them every demeaning name in the book, throwing childish insults at a large group of anonymous innocent people. While their opponents are denied the right to voice back, to defend themselves against irrational, baseless, inhuman accusations. The media prefer to guilt and shame their opponents with sensationalist buzz-words, like misogyny and racism, to incite people to join their high and mighty crusade against a so-called hate mob. They hope to win the fight by blocking and banning their opponents, such as removing their comments and dissents and blocking them on Twitter and other social media.
Thus people who read the mainstream media would only know about the “horrible” hate mob known as GamerGate. These articles all follow the same ideological and political push. Any objections to these factless blogs will be reported as online trolls and harassers without morals, or proponents of the opposing political party. The irony is that the vast majority of the opposition actually aligns politically with the media.
What the supporters in GamerGate really oppose, then, is how the media is so irresponsible, unprofessional, unethical in pushing their narrative and opinions, without standard fact-checks, without listening to balanced feedback from readers, without engaging politely with netizens.
Even all that I can understand, it’s human nature to protect their ideas, no matter how wrong or unrealistic. But what I despise the most, is their total disregard for the Constitution. In their naive war for social justice, they blindly deprive others of their natural rights. Especially the 1st amendment, right to freedom of speech. These ideologues collude with each other to establish policies on their sites so that their supporters are allowed free reign on what to say on their sites and social media, while mass blocking and banning their opponents from participating in online discussions and tell their side of the story.
Case in point is Twitter. Many policies have been changed and added since GamerGate started in August of 2014, supposedly in response to complaints against GamerGate harassment. Consequently, many GamerGaters have been banned and blocked, supposedly for violating terms of usage policies. However, anti-GamerGaters, no matter how much and how severe their violations and harassment against other users, are still allowed to remain, simply because they follow the “right” ideology and joined the right clique.
It’s human nature to engage in wars. Media, propaganda, and online arguments are basically war of words. However, it can’t be a war if only one side is allowed to fight. The most unfortunate side-effect of GamerGate is the thought that what we take for granted from our wisest forefathers, our most important natural, basic human rights, will be deprived and disappeared in the coming generation. The fear that in the cross-fire of ideological and political warfare, that emotions trump logic, sensationalism trumps facts, hysteria trumps rights, ideology trumps freedom.