When Wu says she "calls on" you guys to make a statement, do you find that it comes off as more of a plea, or a demand? I don't really know how to read it, and I'd be interested to see how you guys interpret it, being the ones "called" into action.
That was really a miscommunication. We had talked about what happened to Brianna on the morning show, ahead of her interviews, and an article had been planned all weekend. Once she was aware what was happening, she apologized. It's all good. We probably should have talked about this sooner, but we were very careful about how we approached this. We're on good terms with all parties now. :)
When you say "all parties", to whom are you referring? Do you mean the big three in terms of women in gaming who have been targeted like this (Quinn, Sarkeesian, Wu)? Because there are people who you have featured on GB before who have also been targeted by "gamers" (Myers, Alexander, Allen, Simins I guess?) and they are very vocal in their condemnation of Giant Bomb, its staffers (including yourself and @alex, to name a few), and its users. They're saying this letter was too little and far too late, and just another example of you guys not understanding the problem at all because of your biases and life privileges (i.e., you're straight white dudes, so you can't just say "hey everyone, stop being dicks" because it doesn't work and that's not taking the most advantage of your privileges).
It's all very frustrating, because I love Giant Bomb, and while I don't know these women very well, it upsets me that they hate GB (and that's hardly hyperbole. They have all but come out and said they hate almost everyone who comes here because we are fueling the problem that GB refuses to try and fix) And yet even furthermore, I get what they're saying and think they have good points: GB easily could have come out swinging far earlier against bullshit like GamerGate.
I meant specifically in the case of Wu, sorry if that seemed broader than it should have been.
You're right that those people have been (and will continue to be) critical of the site. I invite that, as we can always do better. I don't have a problem with that. I wish everyone loved the site or saw things from our perspective, but you know what? That's not how it works, and people are going to disagree with your approach, people are going to offer differing perspectives, and it's important to listen to them. You might learn something. Disagreement will probably still be there, but that doesn't mean there isn't something to be offered in deep criticism.
Agreed. I just wish "there will always be disagreements" didn't usually escalate into "the people with power disagree with me, I disagree with those with power, but because I'm not as strong/am not afforded the same privileges as they are, I'm just going to be ignored and/or pushed out"
I mean, eventually these people will stop with the whole "I like/respect Patrick and Alex, I just dislike/don't respect the publication they work for" and move to "I don't respect GB including Patrick and Alex". I understand that no workplace, including gaming publications like GB, is perfect. But it feels like in terms of cordial discussions between people who disagree, when does it eventually turn into "Well I just won't listen to anything you have to say anymore"?
I know you've always pushed for the idea of "Making mistakes pave the way towards not making mistakes/learning from your mistakes, and being better than when you went in" but eventually the disappointment of someone turns to distrust and it boils over and becomes an active "you're not even worth listening to anymore". I mean, you can only say "we're trying to be better" so many times, even if you mean it, before people won't believe you anymore.
I'm glad that the relationships you have cultivated with people like Wu, Quinn, Sarkeesian, and others, have not gotten to that point I mentioned earlier (though it does seem that Sarkeesian is not pleased with the GB letter, according to her tweet about silence being complicity. Though of course there are multitudes, and she could both be saying "Yeah, that GB letter was alright" and also be saying "By the way, you need to be better about this next time"). I just worry about those who will end up vilifying "the good ones"
Sorry for rambling.