I am currently working on a longer post about the state of journalism in this country right now. It’s abysmal. Not only do companies have ZERO standards, but you have so much collusion and ass-kissing. It’s not even funny. This infuriates me more than anything, as a person who just graduated from college with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Public Communication. Journalism in this country is dead beyond all reason. I just did a response to an article that Wil Wheaton composed, like a sonnet, about Anita Sarkeesian. If that article had been more deifying, then Anita would have a heavenly glow around her head. I swear, Wheaton was working so hard to suck her metaphorical cock that he must have some white on his face. Figuratively speaking, of course. Now, to come to the pulpit, there is David Whitford, who has decided to get on his knees and give Brianna Wu the biggest metaphorical blowjob that I have ever seen. He sucks with such dedication! Let’s look at his article in Inc magazine (linked here) and talk about it.
Before we get into this, I’m honestly not going to talk about Brianna Wu. Because this woman is a foul human being. She exploited the death of Amber Lynn Schraw to sell her victimhood. She lied about being driven out of her home by trolls (a video thoroughly debunking that). And most pathetic of all – she trolled herself! From her own Steam page, she posted the question – is Brianna Wu a terrible person? Thankfully, GGers like myself didn’t play ball. The first comment on there was “running out of ammo, Brianna?” Well played. Oh, and she lied about what people were saying about her game, Revolution 60, stating that people considered it a combination of Heavy Rain and Mass Effect. Find me the reviews that said that. Please, do so. Anyone who can listen to that ear-sodomy voice acting and consider it on the same level as Heavy Rain needs their fucking heads examined. So yeah, not gonna go after her. Her history speaks for her. Rather, I’m going to go after the absolutely-appalling “journalism” on display here. Because this writing is so bad that it makes the most unprofessional blogs look good! Don’t believe me? Let’s get started…
Why would anyone want to kill Brianna Wu?
Subtle! Did you all see how subtle that was? I write because this was so unbelievably subtle that you might have missed it.
Wu, 37, is 6 foot 2, slender, and gangly (“I like to think she has a narrow attack profile,” says her husband, Frank). She’s dressed today in black leggings, a miniskirt, and leather boots. Her long brown hair is streaked with pink-red dye, and her bangs keep falling in her eyes. She looks almost like an anime character, or perhaps a superhero straight out of Revolution 60–a shoot-’em-up mobile game, set in outer space, released last summer by Wu’s independent development studio, Giant Spacekat.
Um…dude…this is REALLY creepy. Not gonna lie, this is one of the creepiest paragraphs I’ve ever read. This is like fan-fic levels of creepy. Like you are describing a woman that you are fantasizing about. How did your editor not see this and go – dude, you really need to tone it down. I get that you are one of these beta-male types, who wants women like Brianna to notice you, but when you go this far to make her into something to idolize, it breaks right through that comfortable boundary between professional and unprofessional. For real, you blew past that point without a backwards look. This is not cool.
Wu’s journey has been long, hard, and often lonely. Entrepreneurship has been her salvation, her ticket into a world of her own making, a place where she can live, work, and play, uninhibited and unconstrained. It is precisely that world that the trolls would destroy, if they could. That is what Wu is fighting to defend–not just with words, but through the act of building a business.
You know that thing in journalism called “research.” It’s when you look at various sources to determine if the information that you have is legit or not. It’s the cornerstone of great reporting, because it keeps you from printing blatant lies. Like, some research would show you that Brianna has built her “business” by exploiting a victim complex. Every time that her complex starts to dim, she has to artificially inflate it. She’s a very good student of Anita Sarkeesian, in that regard. She has said that her game gets these glorious reviews, when pretty much all objective sources say that what they have seen of her game is absolutely appalling. Her “ticket into a world of her own making” is actually apt. She has worked long and hard to create a narrative that she is a strong, independent woman, who just happens to need defending. It’s the ultimate con. The reason that her and hers are so very quick to not take interviews from any news outlet that might ask them tough questions. Wow, see what I just did there? I just gave you information that doesn’t just go along with the prevailing narrative. If you were a better journalist, you would have looked into what she said, rather than taking this all at face value.
So why would anyone want to kill her? There is no logical explanation–not one that would make sense to any member in good standing of the human race–but there is a chain of events.
Oh no. You’re not about to do what I think you are. You’re setting up a narrative? Really? Wu’s story is that weak, that you have to set up a narrative for her to make her look like the hero? This is journalism 101, people. If you have to set up a narrative for the person you are interviewing, then it is almost a guarantee that what you are about to say is bullshit. Especially when you have to use such loaded language as “why would anyone want to kill her?” This is so clearly appealing to pathos, and it is journalistic sloth at best. Open bias and complicit collusion at worst. Given how Wu continually is manufacturing things for her to get upset about, the latter option wouldn’t surprise me all that much.
In the moments before the big bang, there may have actually occurred something resembling a rational online debate about conflicts of interest in gamer journalism. Hence the scandal-implying hashtag that has come to encompass this whole mess, Gamergate. Then again, it’s hard to see how Gamergate has ever had anything to do with ethical behavior, given how quickly it devolved into a misogynistic maelstrom.
Statements made without a SINGLE piece of tangible evidence. None. You have the vague “death threats,” “rape threats.” You even join in on this canard that she was driven out of her home. Something that has been proven to be not true (the day after she said that she was driven out of her home, she did an interview with MSNBC, from her office. Guess where her office is – in her home!) Then, because good ol’ Wu has to stay right smack dab in the center of Sarkeesian’s shadow, you bring up Sarkeesian.
Revolution 60 also garnered some glowing gamer-press reviews (“I can’t get enough of this sexy sci-fi spy thriller,” wrote a reviewer on Kotaku, a popular gaming blog, and Paste magazine ranked it fifth on its list of the best indie video games of 2014). Next up: a multiplatform version for desktops and gaming consoles–Giant Spacekat’s only hope of recouping its initial $400,000 investment, earning a profit, and breaking out of the indie ghetto. Toward that end, Revolution 60 recently secured a coveted spot on Steam Greenlight, a powerful online distribution channel for new games. Wu, you see, had a lot on her plate.
The journalistic sloth on display here is staggering. The source for your “glowing gamer-press reviews” is Kotaku? A magazine that has been proven to be in collusion with the likes of Wu and her ilk. People who bend over backwards to make them happy. People who have openly flaunted that they don’t care about objectivity? That’s your source? The journalistic sloth on display here is staggering.
Next – you don’t bother pointing out that EVERYONE who makes it onto Steam Greenlight gets through. For real, it’s so easy to get through the Greenlight process that pretty much any game can do it. Hell, Depression Quest did it, and it’s a stupid text-adventure game! It’s not even a real game at all! Oh, but you make sure that your audience knows that Quinn’s game helps people with Depression. Does journalistic integrity mean anything to you? And that’s the entirety of your article, man! Journalistic sloth. I’m not going after every piece of bad journalism, because there isn’t a single piece of evidence or a single link to any of the EVIL things us GamerGate supporters have done. Because that would be real work, which I am certain you’ve never had to do.
I will say that it’s interesting that you have that episode of Law and Order: Stupid Voters Unit as a positive for her, since she came out publicly saying that that episode made a mockery of what she went through. Did she change her narrative and say that that’s a good thing, or did your half-assed “research” just put it there. Naturally, you selling that that intellectually-bankrupt piece of fiction represents anything real about GamerGate shows even more how pathetic you are.
Wu is not a superhero. She can’t fight every battle. But right here, right now, she’s all in. “I could not live with myself if I sat this one out,” she says–as much as it interferes with everything else: making more cool games, building a successful company, transforming an industry. All she really wants is to get down to business.
No, she’s not a superhero, everybody. But if you read this article and take it at face value, then Wu and everyone like her are Jesus and need to be raised on a pedestal. This is what journalism has become in this country. It’s dick-sucking! For real, Wu, I hope you paid this boy well. He so clearly gave you the metaphorical sucking of your life that I think he deserves a little something for his effort. He’s a good boy!
Whitford, this is pathetic. I can’t believe that a publication that wants to be taken seriously can put out this one-sided propaganda and call it journalism. I am so ashamed of the industry I have become a part of. This is what it’s become. It’s become “journalists” giving figurative BJs to people who are clearly paying for the publicity, and getting figurative jizz all over their face. Get cleaned up, Whitford. I think that Quinn needs a quickie.
Until next time, a quote,
“As I said, each can offer opinions in a multitude of forms, but it’s what backs those opinions that makes them so different. I’m talking about truth. About fact. The concept of honesty and the principle of integrity. A journalist is sworn to these things. A critic is not. And it is upon that point that the difference lies. A critic has no oath, other than to their own opinion and viewpoint. They’re not bound by a social contract to be unbiased or fair. They answer to nothing other than their own conscience.” -Internet Aristocrat, Game Journalism, The Decline of the 5th Estate (Part 1)