(Photo: Adrian Chen)
Yesterday, writer Adrian Chen posted a piece over at New York magazine online that detailed a recent public outing by a group of self-proclaimed "#GamerGaters."
For the unaware, #GamerGate is the name given to an online movement that claims to be dedicated to reforming videogame journalism -- which it argues has been severely compromised, as evidenced by a recent "sex scandal" -- but whose detractors say is merely about male entitlement and a misogynist streak that runs through the gaming community.
"Ground zero" for the #GamerGate movement is a website called 8chan, a message board which grew in size and notoriety when it welcomed #GamerGaters who had been banned by 4chan for violating that site's "no personal information/raids/calls to invasion" rule.
A number of #GamerGate supporters and 8chan users have been accused of anonymously harassing their ideological adversaries and, in particular, issuing threats of violence, rape and the release of sensitive documents against women who call their cause into question.
They have been referred to by some as "trolls."
Chen's story followed the creator of 8chan and several regular posters at the site as they went to a strip club in Queens last Friday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of 8chan. During the evening, Chen snapped a picture of the group.
This is that picture:
That, again, is a picture of some #GamerGaters and other 8chan users.
We hope this has been informative.