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Monthly Archives: December 2014

“It’s more common to see a blue hedgehog than a person of color as a protagonist”: Inside the whitewashed world of video games – Salon

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My interview with Tanya DePass, the creator of the #INeedDiverseGames hashtag.

It’s easy for those of us who don’t spend our lives constantly exposed to Twitter to deride “hashtag activism” as slacktivism, but there’s no denying that some hashtags have had tremendous power as a unifying cultural force, whether that impact be positive—as was the case with the #YesAllWomen conversation in the wake of the Isla Vista shootings—or negative, as with the ongoing harassment and abuse linked to the #GamerGate “movement.”

I’ve been watching the frustrated, frightened reactions of ordinary gamers to the sheer volume of toxic energy pouring out of the #GamerGate tag, and watching the various attempts at pulling together some kind of response. There’ve been attempts at direct opposition, like #StopGamerGate2014 and #GamersAgainstGamergate. There’ve been attempts at blowing off steam through mockery, like #TweetLikeAGamergater and my own #TweetLikeNotYourShield and #GamerGateIsWorseThan.

(Read the entire article at Salon)

“Serial” demanded no answers: Why Sarah Koenig was smart to embrace uncertainty – Salon

“Serial” is one of those projects I’ve admired from a distance, catching up on episodes in my spare time while cowering at the prospect of the amount of thought I’d have to put into it to match the erudition of its most obsessive fans. I’m fascinated if only because it’s so weird that a journalist doing a… Continue Reading

Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer – The Daily Beast

I was a big fan of Taylor Swift at the AMAs, and not just because she is even better at doing an improvised awkward goofy dance than I am. It’s also because, believe it or not, Taylor Swift is the first artist I can remember in a long, long time to make a meaningful political statement while accepting… Continue Reading