An End to #GamerGate? Nope. Do it *Properly* Guys …

Earlier tonight, the Ralph Retort presented details of a leaked document planning an end to #GamerGate (archive here). Sargon later joined him on a stream to admit that the essence of the idea was true. The Witchfinder kind of disagrees. #GamerGate needs to change and to grow and to become something more. That process could benefit from a lot more planning.

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Vivan James has been called the daughter of #GamerGate. Will she become mother of a new political movement against the authoritarian left?

To me, GamerGate is a revolt against culturally authoritarian Social Justice Warriors. The chaotic growth of the hashtag and, in particular, KotakuInAction has shown there is an enormous groundswell of support for an alternative viewpoint.

Allum Bokhari of Breitbart (@LibertarianBlue), coined the term ‘cultural libertarianism‘. I like the phrase because it focuses on the core mischief of the SJWs – speech control.

As KotakuInAction and GamerGate have grown, real tensions have emerged between those who were focused on gaming and those who are want to change the wider issues.

‘Gamer’Gate is at once a catchy term, but with a marketing hat on kind of not very attractive to anti-SJWs who want the anti-SJW-ness to extend beyond games. On the other hand, Cultural Libertarianism, whilst an incredibly useful intellectual label and ballast, is not as catchy as the term ending in ‘-Gate’, coined by Adam Baldwin.

Clearly, we are outgrowing the #GamerGate hashtag – however what I don’t like about the plan is its, well, poor planning. It reminds me of the invasion of Iraq. We know what we want (the power we have gathered to use in the cultural debate, without the negative and niche connotations). What we do not seem to have is a plan to get their beyond stopping what we are doing now.

I agree with Sargon we could benefit from rebranding, ditching our baggage and focusing on the goal – but the way to do that is to create a new and catchy brand, a new meme focusing on (say) our opposition to extremist SJW feminist, otherkinists and sinister paedophile liberation activists. Going around in private with a half-assed document is not the way to do it – for one thing it simply will not work.

The way to ‘end’ #GamerGate is to create a new successor meme that takes the camaraderie and spirit we have and attracts our cultural libertarian anti-SJW members into it.

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The Diversity of #GamerGate in Birmingham

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.

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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.

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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.

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Akismet Developer Brands KiA a ‘Hate Sub’ on ‘Free Reddit Checker’ Tool – Backs Down When Called on it

The Witchfinder encounters a supremely poorly coded, ‘comedy’ SJW tool for evaluating levels of Reddit ‘bigotry’. The tool, Free Reddit Check, is made by a developer at Akismet manufacturers Automattic and even labels the phrase, ‘sargon of akkad’ as ‘potentially offensive’.

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The Akismet official blog promotes their employee’s ‘hack’, saying “[…] being obsessed with content analysis, community moderation, and keeping the web’s underbelly in check, we can’t help but think it’s a nifty idea […]”.

Earlier today I was setting up Twitter preview cards for this site when I noticed a blog by Akismet (archive here). Akismet is the name of a commercial anti-spam tool. It can be used for excluding spam from WordPress blogs. I had evaluated it before but found it unsatisfactory.

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Sargon v Pless – My Legal Opinion

Margaret Pless (@Idlediletante) has posted a blog accusing Sargon of Akkad of “flabbergasting” copyright infringement. As the Witchfinder did his (4.5K word) GDL final coursework on internet copyright law (and passed), your author decided to analyse her claims. Her most recent article, “Specific Instances of Copyright Infringement by Sargon of Akkad – A Database Approach” is here.

[Disclaimer 22/08/2015] This article is meant as commentary on current events and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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A one frame still from Sargon of Akkad’s 12 minute video, “Old Man Yells at #GamerGate” here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwsPai-0Ov8 , used to illustrate criticism or review pursuant to s30 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

Firstly, I do not want to be mean to Margaret Pless. I actually quite like her. She is a wildly overzealous leftist who often … goes a bit far – just like me at her age. However she is mistaken on her copyright law so I thought I would post this commentary on her recent article. I am secretly hoping that in the fullness of time move to the right. That process however, usually takes years.

In the meantime, I am going to analyse her most recent article –

“Sargon of Akkad is well known for his reliance on heavily sampling video from other sources to make his shows. The justification seems to be that because Sargon hasn’t sought permission to use these videos, his work must qualify as fair use

Sorry. Basic legal error. ‘Fair Use’ does not exist in English law. Sargon lives in England. Both UK and US law give effect to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, signed in 1886. However, they are not identical.

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