I Don’t Understand: Why Is This News, Newsworthy, Or Even Twitter-Worthy?

Huh? Why wouldn’t they remain not just “mostly silent,” but entirely and forever silent? What does abortion have to do with gaming? What possible justification would there be for the video game industry to take a position on the legal and Constitutional issues relating to Roe? What can they add to a productive discussion besides noise and ignorance? Why should the U.S. Supreme Court pay any attention at all to uninformed opinions by those who are brick-ignorant about the law?

This isn’t just an example of “If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” This is “If all you care about is a nail, everything looks like a hammer.”

Oh…and it’s not “repeal” you ignoramuses. Laws are repealed. Roe v Wade isn’t a law. SCOTUS rulings are overturned.

6 thoughts on “I Don’t Understand: Why Is This News, Newsworthy, Or Even Twitter-Worthy?

  1. It’s an interesting question, Jack, and it shows your age. And mine, for that matter.

    In that I’m primarily a crisis PR guy largely focused on brand protection, I pay close attention to the ad industry. Paid and earned media (ads + news media placement), when well-aligned and properly executed, can be really effective in shifting consumer perception of a product, service, or concept.

    There are two major trade publications in the ad industry: Adweek and Ad Age, previously Advertising Age. Adweek has gone fully woke – L(insert the rest of the shifting alphabet here)+, climate change, racism, you name it – that’s what Adweek covers, advising readers and their marketer clients to go that way. Ad Age is more circumspect. Adweek is the preferred publication of the youngsters who do most of the creative work (design, copywriting, production), and there are more of them; Ad Age is aimed more at the account managers and senior execs who bring in clients and manage most of the money.

    Ad Week is advising readers to seize the day and position in favor of R v .. Ad Age is more circumspect.

    Some of my clients – I counsel a rather unique space – have had to weigh in on certain politically-fraught issues with which I disagree personally, but I always counsel them that the decision is ultimately theirs, and I will do my level best to advise them of the pros and cons of taking a position that is inherently political. Sometimes they agree; sometimes they go ahead and take a position with which I may disagree, but at least I counseled them to the best of my ability.

    Sometimes they’ve done fine. Sometimes they’ve paid the price. Moral luck, no? But I always remember that this nation is subject to a perception pendulum; what was extreme to some ten years ago is normal today. That’s more challenging today, for certain, given the fact that we’ve got state media by choice, rather than design. But so far, the process has worked.

    I think we may be nearing the apogee of the current pendulum swing. That’s anything but a guarantee, but I suspect we are.

  2. Now that the WaPo and NYT (among others) have basically taken off the masks and the gloves and revealed themselves to be the ideological enforcement arm of the corporate globalist/Woke alliance, you can see this “article” as a form of moral bullying and/or political extortion.
    It’s a “Nice business there, be a shame if something happened to it” threat for any companies (not just gamers) or any individuals who may have forgotten that “Silence is Violence” and if you’re not constantly cheering for Team Blue (and deeply sharing all its many outrages) then you may just have to be considered a member of Team Red and dealt with accordingly.
    The Gamer corps (and all others) have been put on notice: either obediently toe the party line, always spout the proper dogma, or else you can expect a steady drip of articles declaring your company’s Whiteness problem, its “problematic” leaders and statements, how POCs don’t feel comfortable working there etc., followed by a doxing or boycott or both.

  3. It might be related to the series of events commonly known as Gamergate. I didn’t follow it at all as it was happening, and I don’t know everything about it now. The way I understand it, the controversy started out with a female game developer exchanging sexual favors with a journalist for favorable reviews. The initial investigation into that affair revealed a much larger corruption scandal between video game developers and journalists catering to each other instead of actual gamers.

    However, since several of the figures prominent in the criticism were women, the issue was morphed into gamers attacking women for being women and demanding changes from gaming communities to be more in line with feminist thinking. Many companies followed these demands. Since Roe v. Wade is considered a core feminist issue, it’s possible that the article was written because it is strange for major video game companies to stay silent on a feminist issue, after the Gamergate affair.

  4. The short answer is that it has nothing to do with the issue, same as soda, candy, and stuffed animals have nothing to do with it. However, this is again more of the idea that sprang up in the George Floyd freakout. You’re not allowed to remain neutral, not take a position, or stay quiet on the issues the left feels super-strong about. You have to come out in favor, and you have to come out strongly in favor, with every resource you have, or you are presumed a hater. Apparently that’s the problem with us older folks, we have this quaint idea that our professional lives and our politics should remain separate. That’s no longer allowed.

    The thing is, this is the same approach that was used in Nazi Germany, where the SS officers in their black uniforms would come around and tell you that “ve vant to zee you at the rally tomorrow,” and you knew not showing up was not an option. They did this in the Soviet Union and the satellite nations too. Oh yeah, these woke people are in great company. The thing is, both the Nazi party in Germany and the Communist Party in Russia are outlawed now. Tyranny sometimes leads to oblivion.

  5. Yes. In the Culture Wars “Gamergate” has become a synonym for “badthink”. If you don’t take every single opportunity to shame the centrist or, pardon my language, c*nservative gamers you are not on the right side of history. Also note that one of the authors (N. Grayson) used to work at Kotaku, which was Gamergate central and did not even pretend to try to hide their bias. The bigger question is why these people are working at WaPo… this is rhetorical, please don’t answer.

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