#GamerGate's scary plan to wipe Gawker Media from the face of the Earth

One of the most fascinating things about #GamerGate, the purported attempt by gamers to raise issues of ethics in games journalism that has functionally turned out to primarily be about harassing women online, is the way that it has pointed out a bunch of underlying weaknesses in the online media model, weaknesses that future movements may exploit to even greater benefit.

These weaknesses may have been stumbled upon accidentally, but they reveal just how shaky the business model of online publishing still is. It's unlikely that #GamerGate will succeed at what it's trying to do, which is functionally cause Gawker Media to cease to exist as a company, but its strategy is something that has the potential to be incredibly destructive.

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