Feminists didn't "infiltrate" gaming, they just got harder to ignore.
People love to point to The Last Jedi as an attack from outside, as if Rian Johnson didn't grow up on Star Wars same as the rest of us.
It's just so blind and dishonest to ignore that a lot of people in your fandoms just *are* political and progressive and always have been, and they were talking about the politics of video games and Star Wars before you even knew what either WAS.
I'm having thoughts about the Condescending White Man brand of media criticism popular on YouTube - Plinkett, Yahtzee, CinemaSins - and how these characters are both fictional and aspirational for their intended audiences.
Kicked off the week by typing "bloviating internet chodes" into a Patreon comment.
Incubus was a band that would throw out words like "zombified" or "combustication" in the same songs as "somnambulant" or"reciprocity," and, while I'm not really a fan anymore, I'd say this deeply influenced my writing style.
Or like that scene on Step By Step where Dana's professor, in reviewing her first college paper, says, "I'm going to give you one very big word and one short one: This paper is supercilious crap."
ArenaNet set a precedent of firing employees for being, by some vague definition, discourteous to fans on their personal Twitters on their days off, and the men cheering this don't see this as a massive overreach because they know they will never be held to the same standards.
They know full well "Your boss can fire you for being rude on Twitter" only applies to women.
This is like when gamers try take Anita down for being "angry" and "hateful," no matter how calmly she speaks, despite the default mode of male games criticism being profane yelling about shit that doesn't matter.
They don't have to live by the rules they impose on others.
I went to a panel at PAX East Ave discovered Jessica Price is one of the most brilliant people working in games, so some company with more respect for its employees had better snatch her up immediately.
Also search "ArenaNet" if you wanna find people to preemptively block on here, it's proving quite the honeypot.
I'm trying to get through this interesting yet flawed essay on Lara Croft and it's prompting so many distracting thoughts that I can't focus on it, which means it's time to do #IanLivetweetsHisResearch.
(No, this does not mean I'm abandoning the other thread on The Reactionary Mind, I'm just doing a lot of research in tandem these days. Normally I wouldn't start a new thread before completing the current one, but I'll never get through this essay if I don't.)
The essay is Lara's Lethal and Loaded Mission: Transposing Reproduction and Destruction, by Claudia Herbst, and it's the first chapter in the collection Action Chicks, edited by Sherrie A. Inness.
We are in the penultimate chapter of The Authoritarians and Altemeyer is starting to address the elephant in the room: how does authoritarianism correlate to political affiliation? #IanLivetweetsHisResearch
Altemeyer sent his RWA survey to over 4,000 politicians, and got about a 25% response rate, mostly from state senators and lower legislators. Here's the data.
On average, Republicans scored 40 points more authoritarian than Democrats, though, notably, Democrats covered a much wider range of the scale.
Though the average was lower, they spanned from the least authoritarian to higher than the Republican average.