Last week's #Gamergate fracas was one of the more useful failures to communicate that I've participated in, because at least now I have a partial answer to a question that's vexed me for a long time: Why do vocal, social media-savvy people stay away from politics? Like Winston Smith, I don’t understand the why, but I do understand the how.
The moment of clarity came in the midst of a long Twitter discussion with a #Gamergate supporter who was loud and proud in declaring that his movement, and the SJW’s he was fighting, didn’t need us and our “traditional” conservatism ... buuuuut, if us boring tradcons were to offer them something, then they might see their way to joining up. I’m not used to being flirted with so I missed it at first, but this whole pretense is nothing more than the timeless art of seduction.
#Gamergate doesn’t want to be bought wholesale and they don’t want to show weakness, so they put on these adorable pretenses of being independent. It’s annoying, but there’s no need to act like a frustrated teenager trying to get some and complaining about mixed signals. All you need to do is remember that political divides between authoritarians and dissidents - up/down politics, if you will- are not separate from left/right political divides. It’s just another way of slicing the same pie.
The Occupy Movement spawned #OccupyDemocrats, and Trudeau has made no secret of his fondness for the Idle No More movement. On the right, we’ve got Ford Nation and the anti sex-ed protestors. These movements will swear up and down that they are unbought and unbossed and owe themselves to no one. It’s the price they pay to their own consciences for buying in, selling out, whatever you want to call it. #Gamergate is no different.
As they escalate in their battle with the SJW’s they will require deadlier weapons, weapons that only the political establishment can provide. Kickstarters will give way to PACs. Twitter and Tumblr “signal boosts” will give way to robocalls. Isn’t progress wonderful?
Political operatives have been banging their heads against a wall for years trying to figure out how to get millennials to vote conservative, and here is the answer staring them right in the face. Watch #Gamergate spox Shoe0nHead’s “Oppression Olympics” video, and then compare/contrast with Ezra’s “Minority Poker” bit. They want their side of the story told because the dishonest and biased MSM won’t. (Gee, where have we heard that one before?)
Well, I can happily oblige and talk about how SJW’s rigged the voting at the prestigious(?) Hugo Awards for science fiction writing. Seems like these awards have favoured liberals too much over the past few years, and a group of conservatives and libertarians got together and formed slates that they called the “Sad Puppies” and “Rabid Puppies” which ended up dominating the voting ballots.
But in a dastardly display of anti-democratic behavior, the organizers chose to not award in categories where members of these slates were going to win. Disgusting! And let’s remember to point out that this is totally different from any election, any nomination meeting in the political world. They were slates, not parties, and the slates were named “Sad Puppies” instead of “PC Party of Ontario” or “CPC” It’s just different, OK????
Haha, OK. I never was any good at pretending I couldn't see the obvious. But know this, #Gamergate: Governments are the best in the world at what they do, and they’re much better at humouring people than I am. This is the only game that matters. Learn to play, or get played.
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