A while ago I asked some people if GG had affected us, the tabletop crowd. Some people said no. In fact, most people said no. I quietly disagreed with them and moved on to another conversation.
Today it has been made very clear to me that I was right.
I started thread in RPG.net to discuss the topic of ethics in tabletop journalism. Nothing to do with GG (mostly because GG was nothing to do with ethics anywhere, or with journalism).
Yet there have been two overwhelming reactions to the thread.
One: People are not taking the conversation seriously. They think it’s some sort of satire joke. Because GG.
Two: People don’t want to talk about it, or think it’s unethical to talk about the topic. Because GG.
Really sad to think that the incredible pile of shite that GG is has actually made people weary of talking about a topic so important as ethics.
How sad that, even people who claim to be on the side of “GG is nothing to do with ethics in journalism” will associate the topic of “ethics in journalism” with GG. If it didn’t have anything to do with it, why are you associating it?
Are we really going to let a bunch of misogynists and assholes take away from us the chance to discuss the ways bloggers, podcasters and the like communicate and behave?
Are we going to let them take that from us?