NBC Claims Gamers are Part of the Alt-Right Movement
by MishelAtaev on November 3, 2017 - 8:39pm
NBC has posted a video claiming that the alt-right movement is caused and consists of gamers. The rise of the Charlotsville incident in August of 2017 was started in a app called Discord which allows gamers and friends to build a community together and interact with each other. The rise in popularity of Discord has also been noticed by the alt-right movement that are gamers. Emma Vossen, a PhD candidate in University of Waterloo Games Institute, claims that the gaming community has always been racist and sexist and thanks to the rise of the internet this was starting to be exposed to the rest of the world. Emma studies Gamergate and found out that Gamergate has been a major contributor of the Alt-Right movement. She continues by saying how white supremacists are feeling opressed by other races who are just trying to be equal to them.
Personally, watching this I started remembering how news outlets hate video games and will always find a way to blame them for anything bad that happens. As someone who considers himself a gamer and someone who uses Discord quite a lot to talk to my friend I find this video to be insulting to not only me and other gamers but also to journalism. NBC is using hasty generalization about the fact that all gamers are part of the alt-right movement. There are more than 45 million of users on Discord and even more so play video games or categorize themselves as gamers. They use a student who is a PhD candidate for their research data instead of using someone who has years of experience in the field. Finally, as usual the mass media doesn't use complete factual information and instead assumes that gamers are part of the alt-right movement.
Should media be allowed to report on news without having factual information on the subject?
(2017). How Gamers are Facilitating the RIse of the Alt-RIght. NBC News. Accessed on November 3rd, 2017. Posted on October 27th 2017. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/video/how-discord-became-the-alt-right-s-f...