Can We Get SOMEONE With Journalistic Integrity? (A response to the Boston Globe)

Again?!  We’re doing this again?!  I am finding this increasingly frustrating, because the news is showing how lazy it is, more and more.  What’s more, I don’t think it cares.  After all, not only does The Boston Globe show off their journalistic sloth with a recent story, but they also decided to give the subject of that sloth a pulpit upon which to stand in give out judgment of an industry that she clearly is not very good at being a part of.  After all, have you seen the trailer for Revolution 60?  Listen to that voice-acting and tell me if this is a quality product?  It’s grating in every single way that voice-acting can be.  I have never heard worse.  Not even kidding?  I suppose you need a bit more information.  Alright, let’s get down to it.

With the PAX East convention coming up, Brianna Wu was planning on having her company represented.  Oh how I wish I could have gone.  I would loved to have asked her where she got the “talent” for the voice-acting in her game.  For real, I am genuinely curious.  Were they her friends and wanted to get into the game?  Give me the 411, Wu.  I don’t moderate comments.  I’ll give you all the space you want to explain where you got the god-awful voice-actors for your mediocre game.

However, as with a recent lecture that Anita Sarkeesian was supposed to attend in Utah, it seems that Wu got a mysterious threat.  Well, that’s par for the course, isn’t it?  Internet troll mercenaries, loyal to no one, have been giving threats to these women threats for a long time (obligatory statement that I, in no way, support death threats of any kind, so the special snowflakes don’t jump on me), so why should this be any surprise.  Oh, right, because it allows Brianna to look like a victim, which helps her sell her terrible game even more.

But this isn’t about Wu’s victim complex.  I’m not gonna give her the pleasure of that.  Instead, I am going after another piece of journalistic sloth surrounding these people, and how it is helping to erode the already-faded respectability of journalism in this country.  See, The Boston Globe decided to talk about these threats.  Only their tactic was a little…lazy.

Indeed, they seem to take these threats very seriously.  They decided to make it sounds like everyone at PAX is in danger, and that Penny Arcade doesn’t take security seriously.  I guess they want Brianna to have Robocop bodyguards and for the security to be like an event the Fuhrer would attend.  Because that wouldn’t kill the mood of the event, right?  But here’s the thing – it was investigated.  And what did the people who investigated it conclude?  That the threats weren’t credible.  It was made back in October, and that the person who made the threats was threatening GamerGate as well.

God-dammit, when is anyone from the media going to actually do their damn job?!  This is so much bullshit!  Once-again, we have people who are reporting the news not doing the least bit of investigation.  I wonder what some of the greats of journalism would say.  I wonder what Edward R. Murrow would think if he could see what journalism in the 21st century has become?  What about Walter Kronkite?  Or H.L. Mencken?  What would any of those journalists think about what their profession has become?

What’s more, The Boston Globe has hired Wu to write an editorial piece on the state of modern gaming.  Really?!  A person who has been proven to have a chip on her shoulder and an axe to grind is going to give you a fair response to the state of modern gaming.  Are you going to let someone else be able to voice a different side?  Of course not.  Of course you’re not.  That would involve not being biased, which you so are.

But Lucien, it’s an editorial!  Who cares that it’s biased?

This publication has already shown that it is biased towards a person who has received a threat that has been determined to be bogus.  Wu is using this as a way to get her victim-complex rolling and sell her shitty game.  But this isn’t about that.

What does journalism in the 21st century stand for?!  Anything?! When you have countless news sources painting people like Sarkeesian and Wu like they are great heroes standing against the thralls of GamerGate monsters, unable to do wrong in any way.  Since when is it the media’s job to make people into icons?!  Since when is it the media’s job to turn people into villains?!  Why is nobody taking any of these outlets to task for this?!  Well, okay, that’s not fair.  Tech Raptor did a very reasonable article talking about this instance, as they have with several other stories. There might be hope.

I want to believe in journalism.  I got my Bachelor’s degree in it.  There has to be a level of standards that journalism is held to.  Otherwise, all news outlets are just glorified blogs.  That’s what you are, Boston Globe.  You are a glorified blog.  Nice work.

Until next time, a quote,

“We are currently – wealthy, fat, comfortable, and complacent.  We have a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information.  Our mass media reflect this.  But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television, in the main, is being used to distract, delude, amuse, insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it may see a totally different picture too late.”  -Edward R. Murrow

Peace out,

Maverick

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2 thoughts on “Can We Get SOMEONE With Journalistic Integrity? (A response to the Boston Globe)

  1. I would not be surprised if Wu’s ‘mysterious threat’ had come in the form of an email from PAX staff telling her that she was not welcome to attend in the wake of her calls violent thugs to attend and beat people up at her behest

    • No, it was on Twitter. They figured out who had sent it to her, and that was how they knew it wasn’t legit. The person was also threatening GamerGate as well. A troll mercenary with no loyalty to anybody.

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