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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Stop calling them "journalists."

So I thought I would post more on here than just recent YouTube uploads. I haven't done that in some time, so here goes.

I think we need to stop referring to people who blog about video games professionally as "journalists."

Back at the start of GamerGate, it was pretty clear to a lot of people that something was rotten with gaming "journalism." While GG was well-meaning, I think it was ultimately ignorant as to what the true issue was. You see, we thought the problems involved a lack of ethics, journalistic standards, professionalism. We contacted advertisers to pull sponsorship from unethical news sources and petitioned them to update their policies.

After a while, it became clear that we weren't just looking at a slight lack of ethics. Journalism as a whole, video game or otherwise, had been infiltrated by radicals. Political extremists, mostly of the far-left variety. People who were trying to use their status as "journalists" to push their politics. These people weren't just lacking in "journalistic professionalism" they were out of their mind. They were never "journalists" to begin with.

You'll see stuff like this all the time. These people complaining about and outright attacking their audience, gamers. They have no standards, no professionalism, very little actual sanity. They're activists. At best, they aren't gaming journalists, they're bloggers.

That's what I propose we call them from this point forward. Gaming bloggers. As bad as most "journalism" these days is, these people are even worse than that. These people aren't reporting objective facts, digging up information people need and treating their audience fairly. They certainly don't deserve the title of journalist.

What do you think?

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