#GamerGate: a much delayed primer

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The hashtag #GamerGate went mainstream in the past week, with commentary and reporting at the Boston Globe, CBS, CNN, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, The Guardian, the Washington Post.

Simple summaries are hard to craft: #GamerGate is complicated hashtag that grew out of a discussion of game industry journalism and morphed into death threats against women. I’m not a gamer, and I’ve resisted writing about this mess; the first I recall it entering my consciousness was when Intel pulled its ads from Gamasutra after a concerted campaign. Continue reading