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What Will Amanda Marcotte Say?

Posted on | April 13, 2023 | 1 Comment

Remember how feminist Amanda Marcotte wrote an entire book claiming that the basic reason Trump got elected was because of #GamerGate? That crossed my mind the other day when it was revealed that the FBI’s glossary of terrorist-related terminology included such Internet slang as “red-pilled” and “based.” The idea that you’re some kind of dangerous extremist merely because you disagree with liberals — the uniting theme of both the FBI’s slang glossary and Marcotte’s obsession with #GamerGate — has metastasized over the past six or seven years to such an extent that it seems to inform everything from news media coverage to university curricula. This idée fixe will probably be further exacerbated by the latest news:

Federal authorities have identified and arrested the suspected source of the Pentagon documents leak, Jack Teixeira, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard who was the creator of a Discord chat group where the classified documents were originally shared. . . .
Around 2 p.m. on Thursday, the 21-year-old Teixeira was arrested outside his family home in southeastern Massachusetts . . .
Soon after, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that Teixeira was arrested for “unauthorized removal, retention and transmission of classified national defense information,” which is a violation of the Espionage Act. He will be arraigned later Thursday.
Teixeira is the creator of Thug Shaker Central, an online gaming community on Discord where the classified documents were originally published, according to the New York Times. The publication was able to link Teixeira to the group via his online gaming profile, as well as match up photos of his childhood home, shared on social media, with details visible in the margins of the photographed intelligence documents posted to Discord. . . .
According to members of the Discord group who spoke with the Times, the group of 20 to 30 online friends conversed over their fondness for guns and video games and also liked to share racist memes. Months ago, one of the Thug Shaker Central users began uploading hundreds of pages of intelligence briefings for the chat to parse over; the person lectured his friends on “the importances of staying abreast of world events,” per the Times. . . .

Classified leaks are bad. Much worse, however, a young white male videogame hobbyist turns out to be a genuine national security threat? We’ll never hear the end of this from Amanda Marcotte.




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