[Air-L] Gamergate teaching resources

lindsay blackwell lblackw at umich.edu
Fri Oct 9 17:54:15 PDT 2015

Hi Mike,

Here are two GamerGate timelines I've found very helpful: RationalWiki's
<http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Gamergate> is the most thorough
(and quick to update—they've already added the #TakeBackTheTech attack
discussed on this list earlier today). RW's timeline is fairly blatantly
anti-GG, though, so it may be helpful to have students compare with this
timeline by sulfura3
a pro-GGer.

As for readings, you might consider the GamerGate chapter from Felicia
Day's new book
or Time's "GamerGate FAQ <http://time.com/3510381/gamergate-faq/>" from
August 2014. If you're looking for one specific event, the Utah State
terror threat
a (later cancelled) campus appearance by Anita Sarkeesian is an interesting
case, particularly because Sarkeesian herself first heard about the threat on
Twitter <http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/10/gamergate-explained>, not
from USU administrators.

Several more incendiary options: "#GamerGate in 60 seconds
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipcWm4B3EU4>" (pro-GG), listening to one
of the death threats <https://soundcloud.com/briannaspacekat/death-threats>
Brianna Wu received, or having students browse through r/KotakuInAction
<https://www.reddit.com/r/kotakuinaction>, GamerGate's primary hub.



Lindsay Blackwell <http://www.lindsayblackwell.net>
PhD Student, School of Information

On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 7:39 PM, Mike Zajko <zajko at ualberta.ca> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm currently teaching a large introductory sociology class (a lot of
> first-year university students from different backgrounds) and covering
> gender and feminism as topics this week.
> I'd love to discuss some element of the gamergate mess as a current
> case/example, and am looking for any materials to use - particularly
> shorter readings and videos on the phenomenon.
> Much appreciated,
> Mike Zajko
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