The More Things Change | Cheshire Cat Studios Webcomic #8
They say that “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it”.
This comic was largely inspired by the retweet of Christina Hoff Sommers‘s “Are Video Games Sexist?” video by evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins and his own Twitter followers, who made the startling comparison between the tactics employed by the modern feminist movement and religious fanatics. The utter demonization that Christina Hoff Sommers was subjected to by the gaming press when she, a feminist and professor, spoke out against the illogical aspects of the modern feminist movement was nothing short of shocking and borderline libelous.
Like Dawkins and his followers, it also amazes us how some controversial figures in “game blogging” (ie: “game journalism” is fucking DEAD) are so attached to their ideologies that –even in the face of skepticism, reason and an outpouring of Egalitarianism by gamers– these bloggers and figureheads have effectively turned their opinions into nothing short of religious fanaticism. “Do not refute them, for they serve a higher cause!”
What? Some educated women simply don’t want to drink your Kool-Aid and want to think for themselves? Some women don’t want to be your shield so you can get more clicks on an article designed to start a shit-storm? Someone is refuting the data that you’re providing?
The logical conclusion by bloggers: She must be brainwashed by the very same ultimate evil that we (the bloggers) had originally set out to conquer! Get the torches lit, it’s time for a “good ‘ol fashioned” witch hunt! You know, the totally “fair” kind where they throw an innocent woman into a lake or river, and if she DOESN’T drown it proves that she’s a witch.
Are you seeing the parallels yet?
However, as history has also shown us, a good ideological controversy is less about convictions and an “Almighty”, and more about the “All Mighty Dollar” (see ‘clickbait‘).
Perhaps some prefer the Winston Churchill saying: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste”
P.S. Any similarity between the characters depicted in this webcomic and real-life Internet #Messiahs is entirely intentional. :3
Original Art by Inverted Mind Inc