Trying to Change the Narrative, Are You? (A response to Anita Sarkeesian)

Just today, a picture has come out that has sent me a very clear message.  Now that I have a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Communication, I know a thing or two about crafting a narrative.  Sarkeesian has been crafting a narrative for years now.  The narrative – I’m a damsel who needs protecting!  For real, it is so ironic how she is in the Nightline hitpiece on GamerGate and having armed protection.  That’s sexist by her standards.  Still, Sarkeesian has been crafting a narrative, and now she is planning to go a step further with it, by trying to change the narrative.  It’s already begun.

The picture is from her Twitter account.  I think I’ll show you all what’s-what (in the butt).

SarkeesianSo, what have we here?  Well, we have Anita showing four of her many detractors.  I notice that she doesn’t show any of the many women who have made videos criticizing her, but that would hurt the narrative.  After all, Anita has to make sure that people believe she speaks for all women.  Women are her shield.  That’s as far as she cares about them, because she is a con artist.

In any case, we have here four guys being featured.  They are YouTube personalities who I recommend, because they make good content.  The one in the top-left is Mr. Repzion.  Below him is Thunderf00t.  On the top-right is someone who I’m not sure who it is.  Below him is Alpha Omega Sin.  Now, look at that image.  Alpha Omega Sin made a video responding to her Tweet (linked here), but I have a feeling that this wasn’t an attempt to get her followers to go after the four of them.  No, I think that this was far more insidious.  See, what she is doing is laying the groundwork for future press interviews.

This is marketing 101.  If you are trying to discredit your detractors what do you do?  Well, if you are in the right, you show them for the idiots they are.  But when you know that they have legitimate claims against you, what do you do?  Naturally, you make a case against them.  You paint the Scarlet Letter on them and make them out to be the EVIL villains in your tale.  And since the media has bought Anita’s professional victimhood routine hook, line, and sinker, it’s only natural that they will believe her when she points to people like them and has the media see them as the enemy too.  It’s brilliant.  Utterly brilliant.  For real, I actually am kind of impressed.  I’m also a little surprised that she didn’t do this sooner.  After all, she’s been getting criticism for a long time.  Maybe she was waiting for when she had maximum media exposure.  This woman is the most skilled con artist I have ever seen and her skills are only getting better.

Of course, when she talks to the next media outlet and is painting them a picture of her victimhood, she will talk about how these guys are straw-manning and slandering her.  Never mind that that isn’t true.  Never mind that that is a lie.  Will the media show any of their videos?  Maybe, but with the sound turned off.  Or they will cherry-pick the best quotes that they can to villainize them.  Not the easiest thing to do, since the three that I do know of have made very cogent criticisms.  Alpha Omega Sin would be the easiest target, since he, like I has a fondness for four-letter-words that begin with F and end with K.

So yeah, this is all part of a new ploy to give a face to her villains.  After all, it’s hard to demonize her when her detractors are nameless and you can’t show who they are.  But now there is a face!  These four men and those like them are having their followers attack poor little Anita!  Don’t you feel sorry for her?!  How could they do that?!  Those assholes!  Clever marketing, my dear.

However, she may be biting off more than she can chew, here.  See, when you give a face to the enemy, you are opening the door for them to respond.  The media will buy her narrative at face value, but if even one of them contacts any of these gentlemen, then they will be given a different point of view.  That could work against Ms. Sarkeesian.

Because the truth is that none of them strawmanned or slandered her.  Indeed, all of their criticisms have been legit.  Go to Google and type in their usernames and Sarkeesian.  It’s all easy to find, for those who want to take the time to look.  And once you start looking, then there is a chance that you will see that things aren’t as simple as some people would have you believe.  And once things get complicated, That’s when it all gets rather icky for Anita.

Still, her attempt to change the narrative and give a face to her problems is brilliant.  I suppose we’ll see where things go next.

Until next time, a quote,

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of the victim may be the most oppressive.”  -C.S. Lewis

Peace out,

Maverick

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