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Hate, lies and video games: Six ways #Gamergate poisoned gaming and ruined the online world for the rest of us

Gamergate: Literally prepared the way for fascism

By David Futrelle

I recently appeared on the Australian radio show Stop Everything to talk about the poisonous legacy of Gamergate. (You can listen to the archived episode here.) So I thought I would expand a little on some of the notes I made for myself before doing the show, and get into a little more detail on some issues I wasn’t able to talk about during the show itself.

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Donald Trump ticks all 14 boxes in Umberto Eco’s list of what makes a fascist a fascist

Donald Trump: The very model of a modern Ur Fascist?
Donald Trump: The very model of a modern Ur Fascist?

One of the most perceptive analyses of Trump and his followers was written more than two decades ago. I’m talking, of course, of Umberto Eco’s oft-discussed essay on what he calls Ur Fascism or Eternal Fascism, his attempt to set forth the central features that define Fascism. I reread it today for the umpteenth time, and was struck again by its eerie prescience.