#Gamergate, as we know it now, is a hate group.
October 13, 2014 8:42 PM Subscribe
I do not say this to make the people of #Gamergate seem any more important, or effective, or powerful, or to give any sort of new credence to their ideas. Rather, this is just a structural designation: as immediately dismissible as their tactics and stances might be (at least to anyone who has not become victim to them), I believe it's important to note that group was formed like a hate group and functions like a hate group in every way.
Social researcher Jennifer Allaway examines the ways in which #GamerGate functions as a hate group
, using a 2004 study by Linda Woolf and Michale Hulsizer called Hate Groups for Dummies: How to Build a Successful Hate Group
as her framework. In it, she identifies four essential elements to any hate group:
- the leadership which originally inspired the movement,
- the recruitment strategy it uses to appeal to insecure and impressionable gamers,
- the social-psychological techniques by which it spreads its message and enflames its members' beliefs,
- and, finally, the process by which it dehumanizes its victims, and turns them into targets whose attacking earns group praise.