Anti-GG got two massive Christmas presents between the ZQ fanfic and Jimmy Wales admitting that evidence of wrong-doing is not requisite to be known for wrong-doing.
No one was talking about the ZQ ebook (as a self-published ebook on amazon, anyone could have put it up there) or knew it existed until the Techcrunch article came out about it. Yesterday, completely off the radar. It may not have even existed yesterday and today it no longer exists at all. It’s ridiculously unlikely that anyone in GG had anything to do with this precisely because of how obvious it is how it would be perceived. So far, I haven’t seen anyone who is Pro-GG condoning this*** and many who are loudly condemning it.
Most Likely Culprits?*
Something Awful Goons
Somewhat Likely Culprits?
Random Anti-GG False Flaggers
Not likely But Possible Culprits?
Prominent Anti-GG Individuals
Least Likely Culprits?
Actual Pro-GG individuals
As for the Wikipedia thing, it’s kind of a facepalm moment, but it’s really to be expected. When the whole thing is about questioning the reliability of media sources, and only the media sources whose reliability is in question are considered reliable while media sources who question the reliability of other media sources are not, of course you’re going to end up with an absurd bias. If Wikipedia existed in Germany in the 1930s, articles about Jews would focus heavily on how they were detrimental to the economy and how they mixed the blood of Christian babies into their matzo balls, and Jimmy Wales would say “Well, that’s what Jews are famous for” because Der Sturmer was a reliable source and Jewish publications were not.
Consumers of media: “The Media is corrupt and holds its audience in contempt!”
The Media: “The Media is not corrupt, and anyone saying we are is racist and sexist!”
Wikipedia: “Well, if the media says those who question it are racist and sexist…”
*Update: There is another possibility of just a sick weirdo trying to cash in while not realizing there is no audience for it. There was one other ebook by the offending author, Valeria O., published on amazon around a year ago, featuring erotic content.
**Update 2: Major break, though awaiting verification. Author of the ZQ erotic fan fic posts an AMA on Kotaku in Action, admits she is not involved with Gamergate and apologizes for dragging the tag’s name through the mud.****
***Update 3: Disclosure, I am seeing some folk in the AMA saying more or less ‘write whatever you want’, so you can take that as condoning.
****Update 4: If this is real*****, my favorite part of the apology is that the author maybe thought this was a good idea because she found the Internet Aristocrat x Nero(Milo Yiannopoulos) erotic fan fiction when she was doing ‘research’.
*****Update 5: Apparently it has been verified that yes, this is the author.