Your author recently attended the Birmingham GamerGate meet and encountered a wide variety of people of all backgrounds, united in their desire to protect our culture from the sinister authoritarianism of the ultra-extreme left and instead to promote cultural libertarianism and ethical journlism.
Several attendees, including your author, stayed in the Radisson Blu hotel in Birmingham, a beautiful, blade-like structure with free wifi. Click for full size.
The Radisson Blu hotel seen from the side – a beautiful thin blade-like structure with fabulous views and tasty, if pricey, food. Click for full size.
Birmingham has some beautiful hotels and scenery, including the fascinating Radisson Blu Hotel seen above. Several of us stayed at the Blu, so it is worth a few shots of the rooms.
Gawker’s response to its scandalous outing of a corporate executive has been chaotic. It is unclear what strategy the leadership has in place to stop the ongoing haemorrhaging of advertisers. The Witchfinder says that if Gawker wants to clean up its act it is time for Nick Denton to put Gawker’s house in order. That means reaching out to #GamerGate in a serious and sustained way, covering some socially useful stories and cutting out the cancer at the heart of Gawker Media – it is time for that epitomé of morally bankrupt journalist, Sam Biddle, to go.
In February this year I emailed Nick Denton and Max Read to complain about an article on Gawker.com. By Sam F Biddle, it had two major flaws. Firstly, the headling was wildly untrue, far from being a rump of psychopaths GamerGate has continued to grow in size and power. At the time of writing the major forum KotakuInAction now has over 47 thousand members.
Key figures in GamerGate have continued to grow in power, with the fair Shoe0nHead for example now at 77 thousand subscribers, despite her infrequent videos. If June produced say 1-2 videos a week she could monetise and live comfortably – perhaps wealthily – on the advertising revenues.
Secondly the article essentially amounted to picking an … eccentric … from the internet (who later turned out to be a hoaxer) and singling them out, bedlam style, for mockery. The article, like many before it from Sam Biddle, was a disgrace.
Sam F Biddle makes use of stigmatising mental health tropes, singling out a vulnerable individual for ridicule.
Recently the beautiful and persuasive @Shoe0nhead of YouTube fame shared a pastebin with information and statistics about the alleged male / female pay gap. Your author thought it might be useful to collect the documents in a more accessible page and the video for context is below.
The essence of the debate is that some on the left say there is an unjust gap between male and female earnings. The counter argument is that in fact these figures only arise from contentious studies that do not adjust for occupation and that male and female earnings differ because of different life paths whereas women and men in the same jobs have similar earnings. As Shoe points out, there is … a lot … of evidence for her point of view –
“[…]this study leads to the unambiguous conclusion that the differences in the compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and that the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action. Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”
Articles Wall Street Journal – “There Is No Male-Female Wage Gap” New York Times – “Fair Pay Isn’t Always Equal Pay” New York Times – “Women Now a Majority in American Workplaces” New York Times – “For Young Earners in Big City, a Gap in Women’s Favor ” New York Times / Economix Blog – “Share of Men in Labor Force at All-Time Low” Time Magazine – “Workplace Salaries: At Last, Women on Top” Bloomberg – “Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap” Forbes – “It’s Time That We End the Equal Pay Myth” Reuters – “Female U.S. corporate directors out-earn men: study” Telegraph – “The gender pay gap does not exist” Telegraph – “Sorry ladies, I’m not worried about wage gaps” USA Today – “More parents share the workload when mom learns to let go” ABC News – “Women CEOs Beat Men in Pay in 2009” CBS News – “The Gender Pay Gap is a Complete Myth” CNN – “Survey: Working dads want more family time” CNN – “Women ‘opt out’ of career success” MSNBC – “‘Sea change’ seen in spouses’ financial roles” Business Insider – “8 Reasons Why The “Gender Pay Gap” Is A Total Sham” Huffington Post – “Wage Gap Myth Exposed — By Feminists” Examiner – “Gender pay gap is not what activists claim” Marketwatch – “The gender wage gap is a myth” American Thinker – “The Wage Gap Myth” Zero Hedge – “The Biggest Shock From This Friday’s Payroll Report (Sorry Men)” Payscale – “Majors by Gender: Is It Bias or the Major that Determines Future Pay?” Science 2.0 – “Women In Science: No Discrimination, Says Cornell Study” How Stuff Works – “Is there a gender gap in the workplace?”