Former NFL punter and pretend moral crusader Chris Kluwe took to Twitter yesterday to defend the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) blacklist. The blacklist that misidentifies, according to the IGDA, the “worst offenders” on Twitter. I appear on that blacklist along with 10,444 other Twitter users, not because I have ever harassed anyone, but because I follow four people on Twitter that have been placed on a master blacklist of supposed Twitter harassers, even though there’s no evidence the eight people on this master blacklist have ever harassed anyone, even when applying the IGDA’s own narrow definition as to what constitutes harassment. In reality, people appear on the IGDA master blacklist not because they have harassed anyone, but because they’re strong advocates of GamerGate, the leaderless consumer revolt against unethical game journalism.
This is what Chris Kluwe tweeted yesterday:
It amazes me how many people don’t understand that who you follow on Twitter is an incredibly accurate barometer of your political stances.
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) November 22, 2014
Barometer of political stances? Should people be blacklisted because of their political stances? It sounds like Kluwe is advocating guilt by association. It sounds like something Senator Joseph McCarthy would tweet if he were alive today and he used Twitter.
Something tells me McCarthy would be more of a Instagram man, but that’s neither here nor there.
To apply Kluwe’s logic, we can assume that Kluwe’s over 205,000 Twitter followers joke about child rape, fail to report statutory rape when they learn about it, and are incapable of kicking a football to the left.
It’s no secret that Chris Kluwe has a problem with GamerGate. Then again, considering that GamerGate is against unethical journalism, it shouldn’t be any surprise. One of the most unethical journalistic organizations on the Internet is Gawker Media, founded by Nick Denton. Gawker Media runs eight different websites, including gaming website Kotaku and sports centric website Dead Spin. Kotaku is one of the reasons GamerGate exists. Kluwe fancies himself a writer of words and has a relationship with Dead Spin. He’s written more than a few articles for the website, undoubtedly garnering lots of clicks and unique visits.
Gawker Media loves those clicks and unique visits.