#Gamergate and Vox Day, Library Sale and a Near Miss

Strange that some of the pushback – from proGG individuals – was to Vox’s statement that Gamergate has moved beyond ethics in journalism when it has CLEARLY moved beyond just ethics in journalism. It’s impossible to deny that it’s generally become an anti-far-left movement, even though it includes many individuals who consider themselves to be on the left, and while the focus is primarily pop-culture (video games, comics, movies) that is where the war between right and left tend to be fought and – until recently – won by the far left. Ironically, since so many proGG individuals are moderate left, they’re beginning to fall into similar traps as radical leftists marginalize, isolate & attack those you disagree with because the cause (as an entity) is more important than the message.  That’s not to say that there aren’t a lot of cooler heads who are able to put it into proper perspective (those who come out and say they disagree with what Vox says, but say that he has the right to his opinion as does anyone who supports the movement), but it does call back to that spectre of Internet Aristocrat warning that GG could end up just as bad as the Tumblrites.

Strange to me are those whose complaints reflect the mistaken notion that it’s somehow Vox’s fault and not David’s that the interview was not about Gamergate but rather Vox’s ideas and beliefs. David was asking questions, Vox was just answering. Fortunately, it’s not everyone, but there’s enough for it to be troubling. As for whether or not Vox is part of gamergate, he’s been tweeting and blogging about it for months; just because you haven’t seen him doesn’t mean he’s not there. I haven’t seen most of the people who are tweeting out the pic I stole from Postmortem Studios before either.

Anyway, those Pakman interviews have blown up pretty big. Interestingly, while a lot of Gamergate supporters are claiming they’ve never heard of Vox (despite his months of support from/shooting the shit with both DaddyWarPig and Liz F, who are undeniably “prominent members”), trying to distance themselves and saying he was never actually Gamergate, Milo has thrown his support behind Vox in regards to the interview/incident, bringing things back full circle to Journalistic integrity no less. Apparently, a lot of the “gotcha’s” Pakman tried to use were not only out of context, but misquoted or made up. So, yeah, if someone pulls a “quote” from something from years ago that you weren’t prepared for, you’ll be caught a little off-guard and maybe even believe that the interviewer wasn’t making stuff up because, y’know, journalistic integrity?

Anyway, Dollar Tree still has 20+ copies of Rebel Moon, so I grabbed one…

…on the way home from a Library Sale!

I made out pretty well, scoring a haul that included a collection of Ursula K LeGuin short stories, a hardbound anthology with a Vance story, the 1st & 3rd Lyonnesse Vance books, and 3 issues of Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine from the 70s.

Between leaving the library sale and buying a book by Vox Day, I almost ran over John Waters.

The light had just turned green, and a skinny guy in a pin-stripe suit with sunglasses and a pencil mustache didn’t notice that the Don’t Walk sign was flashing and almost stepped out right in front of me. He played it off all cool like he didn’t ACTUALLY need to cross the street there and started walking down the other street. “Oh, shit, baby, we almost just ran over John Waters!” “Should we say hi to him?” “I don’t know him; I’ve never watched any of his movies.” “I liked Hairspray & Crybaby.” “Do you want me to turn around? I might accidentally run him over again.” “No, it’s okay. But hey, at least we didn’t have to pay to see him!”

Bar-Lev wrap-up later this week.

Vox posted & responded to the Pakman interview here and on twitter in more places than I care to link; he’ll be doing a thorough dissection of it over the next few weeks.  Meanwhile, I might try to talk about some of the stuff in those ancient Sci-Fi rags I nabbed.


4 responses to “#Gamergate and Vox Day, Library Sale and a Near Miss

  1. My local library has a great book sale twice a year. I actually take time off work to make sure I can get to it. I usually come home with a grocery bag full of stuff.

    • We’ve had to limit ourselves because otherwise we end up with way more stuff than we could possibly read. I’ve still got stuff from LAST library sale that I haven’t got around to. I was hoping they’d have a used copy of Ancillary whatever-the-first-one-was, so I’d have context for the one that was nominated, but I didn’t want to pay full price for one (Leckie was there signing copies/giving talks or something). We ended up spending around $15 for 20-something books.

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