“Gamergate” and the Role of Social Justice in Journalism

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What happens when a niche community of passionate pop culture fans hits the mainstream? In the era of the internet, the answer is apparently an explosion of anger and bigotry concealed behind online anonymity and justified by lofty claims about free speech. “Gamergate” was an illustration of just such a thing, and while it’s been years since the hashtag saw popular use beyond memes and documentaries, the movement marks a dark blemish in the history of both the gaming community and internet culture at large.

In 2013, a free game by the name of Depression Quest was released by small-time…

Eve Polywka

COMM 477 student at Xavier University.

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