Before I begin this article I want to say right out of the gate that this is the last time that I will be critiquing the videos of any Youtube personality or anyone who is essentially “internet famous.” There’s a specific reason that I chose this video.
To give a bit of background on myself as a person, I spend a lot of my spare time reading books or listening to lectures. My major interests are the subjects that I studied when I was in college: theology, psychology, sociology, world relgions/worldviews, literature, and so forth. As I write this, I’m listening to a lecture by renowned theologian Ravi Zacharias on why he is not an atheist. I’m even tempted to revisit the Dawkins/Lennox debate soon as well, but I want to read a chapter of Animal Farm before I do so, just so I’m still on track. That’s me in a nutshell. In a way, I am the eternal student. I feel like if I’m not learning or reinforcing what I’ve learned, I’m regressing.
With all of these things in mind, one thing that I love to do is try to find a way to apply this knowledge to my daily life. One way to do so is to expose myself to the opinions and ideas of the opposition, evaluate them, and see what they have to offer. I think that the video I put forward speaks for itself. I looked at Dan’s video with his little puppet, and found his views of Gamergate uninformed, his claims legless, and his appeals to be worthless. I watched Dan Olson’s video, and found his propaganda as easy to see through as glass.
Despite the fact that pulling the video and its message apart weren’t exactly difficult, I feel the need to elaborate further. I didn’t choose this video because it was easy to dissect. I could have chosen several other anti-Gamergate videos that have been put out there. This video in particular was one that I felt summed up the ideologies of the anti-Gamergate. These are the thoughts and ideas that permeate that particular group’s mindset. It’s not based on evidence. It’s not based on science. It’s not based on ideas that can be applied to the real world. It’s based on emotions. It’s based on this thought that things must be “safe” or things must be “inoffensive.”
Though I detest some things H.L. Menken said, he was spot on with this; “The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplainable. What he wants above everything else is safety.” Though Menken was a critic of religion, and used the above quote in one of his criticisms, I can see many parallels between the anti-Gamergate and many religious people I’ve met in my life that exercise what I call “blind faith.” There is an idea that all things must be controlled and filtered or else someone might get hurt. It’s not that you should simply change and become a better person. No, all of society must change to your whims because it will make everything safe for everyone.
This sort of authoritarian idea will always be the enemy of free speech and a free market. Though the claim of the free market being Gamergate’s “god” is silly, it would be a lie to say that they don’t enjoy the freedoms that the market gives them. The free market is equal, because the dollar has the loudest voice. If you can make enough of an impact with your money, people notice. Free speech is also something that Gamergate enjoys and wants to preserve as well. “Don’t say this, don’t do that” are words that people hate to hear because they want to be themselves, not some sort of cookie-cutter human being that you’d see in Pink Floyd’s music video for The Wall.
When I look at society in general, I think that Gamergate was a long time coming. There has been a rise in authoritarian and anti-capitalist sentiment in the United States and abroad since 2007-2008. At some point it was going to clash with those who love free speech and a free market. I could have dissected a video by Jim Sterling, Angry Joe, or anyone along those lines that fits that thought, but I decided on this one. This video is the very thought process that goes through anyone anti-Gamergate. Fall in line with these supposed “representatives” or you are a sexist bigot racist homophobe to the max.
I say that people can speak for themselves. If they wanted representation, they’d elect someone. Usually I close these articles with a snappy sort of statement or reference to pop culture. Instead, I’m going to close with a quote from John F. Kennedy.
“Conformity is the jailer of freedom, and the enemy of growth.”