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1 comment by Kalga on Sep 18th, 2014

Weird topic title eh? Well I got your attention so it's all good.

rant times are of coming...

I'm sure that I'm not the only person in the past few weeks who's a bit disturbed at the whole "Gamergate" controversy. It's pretty shocking to see many otherwise reasonable people and sites dragged into the fighting of a life or death struggle over... what was the original issue they're fighting for again? Oh it doesn't really matter by this point (ever since so many other hot button issues got thrown into the mix) since they're defending they cause/way of life/interests against forces that seek their destruction. Compromise means defeat, and defeat means total destruction and discredition of them.

Sounds a bit familiar? Well isn't WWI fought in a similar format (metaphorically speaking, we don't want to debase the noble sacrifices of millions do we)? A single event lit the fuse of a large amount of simmering problems, complicated series of alliances and obligations dragging all kinds of groups into the conflict, the totality of large social groups (in that case it was nations) dragged into the fight that were barely their business, mass mobilization, all or nothing mentality, no compromise treaties, etc.

The internet has stumble upon the concept of industrial warfare. Congratulations.

*slow clap*

Of course the components had been there for years, the need for total victory (all or nothing) has been around since the earliest days of internet debates. The tendency for groups to like minded people to clump together, shun outsiders, enforce orthodoxy, and get radicalized has been a well established trend by this point (just look at half the groups on Moddb, and people here are mostly sane...).

So yes Gamergate is about all those issues currently fought over (yes every one of them, whatever they are by this point), because people and groups have dragged them into the fray. This conflict is much larger in scope than any of the combatants have so far realize. Dismissing them doesn't make the combatants stop fighting.

Is there an end? Unlikely in the near future. So grab your popcorn and enjoy the flames.

*goes off and designing more starships on gmax*

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LordOfCommanders09 Mar 6 2015, 11:51am says:

Hello friend

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Kark-Jocke Jan 30 2015, 3:59pm says:

Welcome to my friend list: Kalga

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AubeSangante Dec 31 2014, 9:57pm says:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ! (lot of caps)

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I see you're a Creator on the Humour Group. Learn something new everyday...

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Kalga Sep 24 2014, 10:08pm says:

mmm... bacon...

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Accepted your friend request. :)

We beings of friend now!

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Kalga Sep 18 2014, 8:27am replied:

A glorious day in both of our histories!

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The Glorious Majestic Oak is no more! As is The Glorious Majestic Deer! It is now the time of the Glorious Majestic Flower! Arise vaguely insane, vaguely evil, Glorious Majestic Flower.

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Kalga Sep 10 2014, 7:27am replied:

The tree is back! Check out that profile header. ^

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Kalga Sep 9 2014, 8:27am says:

... and here's my drawings over the summer!

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