This is a follow-on to the nearly two year old topic "Trouble at the Kool-Aid Point." The intention is to provide a place to discuss the unreasonable power social media trolls have over women and minorities, with a primary focus on video games (though other examples are certainly welcome).
By now, GamerGate may have already become a footnote, but the kind of people and attitudes that brought it about and allowed it to flourish are still very much active on various social media. In fact, it seems the primary impact GamerGate had was to raise awareness of the issues around internet trolling and incite increased mainstream media coverage of the phenomenon. An episode of Law and Order on the subject was aired. Anita Sarkeesian appeared on The Colbert Report.
If you haven't read it yet, please take the time to read the article that spurred me to create the original topic even after several GamerGate-related topics had gone into the weeds. Kathy Sierra, noted AI and programming genius and game developer, was bullied off of Twitter. She wrote about the debacle in Trouble at the Kool-Aid Point (mirror here). Her story is painfully enlightening, completely heartbreaking, and a textbook example of the kind of noxious power trolls still swing around in social media to this day.
Plenty of other examples of this phenomenon exist, for example, the whole Hugo award "Rabid Puppies" movement. A few positive outcomes have happened, too, for example, Twitter took away (one of) Milo Yiannopoulos' bullhorn(s).
Here's a great video from the PBS Idea Channel that discusses trolling. Definitely worth a watch. Thank you for sharing this, Kronen.