Previous Technocracy columns have touched on all of the component pieces of the perfect storm of social engineering online. These include the phenomenon called by bed-wetting, fainting-couch-dwelling liberals, "microaggressions," the supposedly pervasive anti-female bias in the tech industry, "gamergate," progressive "social justice whiners" (or SJWs), and feminists. What all these phenomena have in common is that they exist solely online. In the fresh air of the real world, they collapse, expire and wither away. Never was this more obvious than in the case of one Brianna Wu, as typical a feminist and SJW as you are likely to find.
As discussed in this column last week, one of the loudest mouths among social justice activists online is Brianna Wu. Ms. Wu seems to spend 130 percent of her time on micro-blogging site Twitter. There, she wrings her hands over the "harassment" and "threats" she has received for being a bold, innovative, empowered woman who stands up to misogyny and microaggressive sexist mansplaining psychopaths, her hair blowing majestically in the wind as she stares with determination into the sunrise of gender equality that will somehow be facilitated by her "proven" video games (apps that look like something filmed for a machinima competition inside Second Life in 2008). If you tell someone like Wu that she is wrong, but you are a man, you are not correcting her; you are "mansplaining." If you say hello to someone like Wu on the street and she does not want you to say hello, you are not greeting her; you are catcalling her. If you criticize Wu's game, the games of her fellow feminist developers, or any of her opinions, you are "harassing" her.
Ironically, while Wu blathers on at length about how difficult it is to be a woman in the tech industry, she was not actually born a woman at all. Ms. Wu is transgendered and apparently has a history of concealing this fact from romantic partners, if Milo Yiannopoulos, writing for Breitbart, is correct. Mr. Yiannopoulos goes on to chronicle Wu's irrational grandiosity and self-importance, qualities expressed ad nauseam through Wu's frequent Twitter tirades.
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"Wu has published unhinged op-eds in a number of online outlets that are seemingly not fact-checked or even subjected to basic common sense examinations," writes Yiannopoulos. "The increasingly hysterical tone of her recent writing ... has led some concerned observers to speculate she may be a danger to herself or those around her. ..."
Most recently, the death threat on which Wu staked so much of her online presence (and which she leveraged to gain support for the awful games she develops, by loudly and repeatedly announcing that, due to "safety concerns," her employees would not be attending an upcoming game convention) turned out to be every bit as false as it first appeared to be. Ms. Wu claimed she was "risking her life" to stand up to the online "gamergate" movement, which evolved to challenge a lack of ethics in journalism related to game development and gaming industry commentary. You see, Ms. Wu, like so many of her fellow social justice activists, hates men, particularly white, heterosexual men. She sees them as elements of an industry that is not politically correct enough to suit her. They must be corrected and re-educated, their "privilege" challenged, their authority dismantled, in order to pave the way for a just and politically correct future populated solely by feminists and neutered male liberals.
The problem, for Wu, is that she claims she has a restraining order against "Jace Connors," who made multiple ludicrous YouTube videos threatening her. Connors was supposedly a key figure in the "gamergate" movement (allowing Wu and her supporters to smear all members of the movement as dangerously violent psychopaths). Whether Wu actually managed to file a restraining order against someone who does not exist – she repeated often, with innocently wide-eyed credulity, "Connors'" own claim that he crashed his mother's car on the way to her house, supposedly to murder her – is not clear. Certainly, she claimed she had, just as she moaned that the police were proving ineffective in dealing with the many death threats she says she has received. As it turns out, the police evidently took her, and the threats on her life, every bit as seriously as these should have been taken: The dangers were figments of her overactive imagination and her inflated ego, two qualities that are never lacking in social justice whiners.
"'Jace Connors' is in fact Jan Rankowski, a 20-year-old living in Maine who is affiliated with Million Dollar Extreme, a provocative cult comedy group based in Rhode Island," writes Buzzfeed's Joseph Bernstein. "[F]ar from being the archfiend of gamergate, Rankowski is himself now the subject of a campaign of harassment. ... 'Part of the humor of MDE is pushing the boundaries, but we've never encountered actually being afraid for our own safety,' Rankowski told BuzzFeed News. 'This has ruined my life.'"
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In their zeal to defend Wu's honor, it seems Wu's supporters tracked down Rankowski and started calling his former school and his employer. Forced to sign a contract at work that he would make no more hoax videos, he also received a threatening letter in the mail with his own yearbook photo attached. The lesson Rankowski has learned is twofold: Not only do social justice whiners have absolutely no sense of humor, but their power exists solely online (even though this sometimes spills over into the real world in the form of phone calls, letters and emails).
Online, Wu and her fellow travelers can block and censor those they defame. Online, SJWs can control the venues in which they voice their opinions, silencing all dissent. Online, people like Brianna Wu can claim any opinion they dislike is "harassment" and any criticism they receive is "threatening." Out in the real world, however, nobody is buying what the SJWs are selling. The police aren't impressed. Actual gamers don't want to buy poorly developed, politically correct game trash. And right-thinking people are tired of being told what to think by shrieking, overbearing feminists who were – or might as well have been – born male.
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