Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Gawker makes The Sun look like a bastion of integrity

It's almost worth reading How We Got Rolled by the Dishonest Fascists of Gamergate to watch the art of hypocrisy in action. I can't remember when I first noticed that Gawker was a tabloid rag with a social justice rationalization. Ken White is dead on in Ten Short Rants About #GamerGate | Popehat:
There's also the feculent two-faced pack of scribblers at Gawker Media. Gawker Media, through Kotaku and Gawker and Jezebel, is consistently outraged at the misogyny of #GamerGate, and has retreated into pearl-clutching couch-fainting at the attacks it has recently endured on its own work. But Gawker Media loves feminism like a glutton loves his lunch. Gawker poses as high-minded for the outrage clicks, then returns to its cash cows: self-righteously promoting revenge porn, ridiculing women based on their appearance, paying sociopaths to describe the pubic hair of women they don't like, gleefully outing people, shrugging at systematic harassment of its employees, leering at hacked nude pics, and generally being about as progressive as a late-night advertisement for Schlitz. If you rush to Gawker Media's defense because it's #GamerGate who is attacking them, aren't you being a useful idiot?
I never expected to say anything good about The Sun, but they don't pretend to be anything more than what they are. I stand by what I said a few days ago: "Gawker should be called Mocker. It's designed to appeal to the worst in people who want to think they're the best. "

ETA: Douglas Lain has a phrase I love for people who share many of my goals and few of my tactics: "the Gawker left".