If you're like many people, you've been doing your best to know as little as possible about GamerGate, the hashtag movement that is either—depending on who you ask—a consumer revolt against corruption in the videogame media or a harassment campaign targeting women in the videogame world. Who wants to get embroiled in a two-month-long Internet drama over videogames? But this story is not nearly as frivolous as might seem. One reason it won't die is that it's a battlefield in a larger culture war over issues ranging from gender politics to media bias to social libertarianism versus left-wing moralism.
Cathy Young writes that only a few journalists in the national media, such as Slate.com's David Auerbach, have acknowledged that serious harassment, including threats and "doxxing"—posting a person's private information online—have happened on both sides of GamerGate.