Upvoted: Polygon’s Colin Campbell cites discredited UN report as “evidence” that women are 27 times more likely to be ‘harassed’ than men [Ethics] via /r/KotakuInAction


Polygon’s Colin Campbell cites discredited UN report as “evidence” that women are 27 times more likely to be ‘harassed’ than men [Ethics]

You may not remember the name of the unethical journalist Colin Campbell, but this is the guy who refused to play the game Rock Band 4 at an event dedicated to the game and talked about Filipino politics instead. This is a games journalist who supported a ban on GTA V. As you might expect from a Polygon writer, he is not very interested in facts, but very dedicated in pushing his narrative.

This week, he took his lunacy to a whole new level. In his article on the "20 biggest video game stories of 2015", he cites a notorious and discredited "UN Broadband Commission" report on "cyberviolence".

A report published later in the year found that women are 27 times more likely to face online abuse than men. Presenting the report at the United Nations, the Broadband Commission Working Group on Gender invited leading feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian to speak.

You will probably recall it as the report that described Pokemon as a "killing game for toddlers" and had references to the author's C-drive. It is the same report the organization had to apologize for publishing. It has been withdrawn and is in 'revision'… supposedly. This is one of the things the report claimed:

Recent research on how violent video games are turning children, mostly boys, into ‘killing zombies’ are also a part of mainstreaming violence. And while the presentation and analysis of this research is beyond the scope of this paper, the links to the core roots of the problem are very much in evidence and cannot be overlooked.

The source for this claim was this article by a LaRouche-supporter. What's even funnier is that if you click on the link Campbell uses, it says the following: "This report is currently in revision and will be re-posted as soon as all relevant inputs have been taken onboard." He did not even bother to check the link he used to advance his narrative.

I did not think it possible, but Colin Campbell and Polygon have disgraced themselves even further. This is not journalism, this is advocacy.

Submitted December 27, 2015 at 10:02AM by AntonioOfVenice
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