Objectivity is a silly thing to strive for

I’ll just pop in the image to get things started…

objectivityJason Schreier is a news editor at Kotaku. The very same Kotaku that is refusing to change their ethics code as per GamerGate demands. And now we know why… The thing that bothers me is, what is your purpose then if you don’t at least strive for objectivity, even if you don’t always achieve it? Especially if you just say “fuck it” from the get go?

I’m just a (nobody) blogger, forum reviewer and while I might not always be objective, at least I strive for that. After all, when I write a hardware or game review, people usually want to know OBJECTIVE information about it based on my otherwise subjective experience. You can and always will mix in personal feelings and have some sort of bias towards it. Especially if the thing you were testing and using is a good product (in my case since I don’t have any connections with anyone). You tend to overlook the negatives when there are so many positive points about it. But as you are reviewing or describing your experience, after you write down all the positive things, you have to stop and just think about things that could be better or different. It’s not really a difficult thing to do you know. But is a lot hard to do, if you have the guts to say “Objectivity is a silly thing to strive for” as your basic rule as journalist of any sort, even if you just write tabloid grade stuff or a home-brewed blog project. Dude, what the hell were you thinking when you spewed out those words? That’s basically like saying I have zero credibility or interest for any kind of objectivity. Dear reader, what the fuck are you still doing here? That’s what my opinion would be reading your words Jason. And that’s exactly what I think.

I don’t know, but is it just me who thinks that gaming or computer industry in general has no place for yellow journalism? This stuff isn’t and shouldn’t be gossip crap tabloids throw out day after day, glorifying spoilt celebrities for the brainless masses to enjoy (somehow). When you’re looking for a game or piece of hardware to buy, information surrounding the computer and gaming industry as a whole, massive majority is interested in facts, not biased and bribed opinions. Before I buy a game I want to know if it’s really any good and what are its downsides. Not who fucked who to get it in the spotlight. Unless that is what brought it into the spotlight. And that’s why GamerGate is raging about ethics in gaming journalism. All the bias, corruption, under the table deals and lack of any kind of objectivity and ethics. Because if you’re doing this kind of stuff, it clearly shows you lack ethics.

Stop being a dick and be honest. Honesty is a highly valued virtue and people tend to forget that way too often. Especially those who work as journalists…


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