Another good article about this whole mess, aimed towards the people who think the gamergate issue is actually about "ethics" and trying to explain that no it's totally not, that's just the smokescreen to make it seem legitimate: http://www.haywiremag.com/?p=4060
"Aimed towards the people who THINK..."
Who is this person? I've SEEN it with my eyes. I've been there from the start.
You don't need people TELLING you what the people behind gamergate think complete with quotes picked to fit their narrative. There is no "smokescreen." That word implies that people are hiding.
They're not. 4chan is open to everyone. They are the ones "orchestrating" gamergate. You can go there and see for yourself. You might be surprised at what you find, if all you ever hear about 4chan is that they are the internet's big bad boogeyman.
You are hearing about these things through an unnecessary filter. This whole thing plays like the worst game of telephone ever.
Anyway, interesting article.
No, the entire thing was tainted from the start due to how it began. There may be a legitimate discussion about ethics within gaming journalism, but it's not about journalists and the people they are covering having interpersonal relationships. That just how journalism as a whole, and humanity as a whole, works. People who have similar interests and work regularly with one another create connections outside of that work. An actual ethics concern would be how many gaming news sites are paid for in part by ads from the companies they are covering, or instances of business concerns overriding journalistic integrity like the one that culminated in the creation of this website we are now posting on.
"Gamergate" isn't talking about any of that, because it started after the reaction to all the harassment coming out of all that personal information being leaked, in an attempt to legitimize the concerns of the "concerned".
Also now isn't really the time to talk about it. In the wake of the horrific personal attacks and intrusions people have been experiencing, gamergate essentially says "yeah that sucks but look over here at the REAL problem." At best it's callous and diminishes the horrible stuff some people have been put through, at worst it's a deliberate attempt at misdirection. A website maybe giving a game a slightly more favorable review because they like the developer is not more important than actual people's lives being ruined.