How one magazine avoided the wrath of GamerGate and anti-GamerGate

Not sure if you've heard of GamerGate but it seems to be the current online feud of note. Regarding it, I found the following in an article entitled How to End Gamergate: A divide-and-conquer plan for dissolving a toxic online movement:

One site, the Escapist, did issue new ethics policies and allowed civil discussion of Gamergate early after the start of the controversy, and Gamergate members, shockingly, seemed satisfied, as the Escapist did not make the Gamergate community’s boycott list, even after the Escapist subsequently ran 10 interviews with anonymous female game developers, many of whom were sharply critical of Gamergate.

What the Escapist seems to have done is to have accepted criticism to the extent it was legitimate. Not too surprisingly this defused tension against them. In consequence it then gave them a more effective platform from which they could address negatives associated with the same movement.

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Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn is probably best known as a Russian critic of the Soviet system, a system under which where his writings were suppressed and he was eventually expelled from the country. He wasn't exactly uncritical of the West though. Here's a bit of a commencement speech he gave at Harvard in 1978:

Without any censorship, in the West fashionable trends of thought and ideas are carefully separated from those which are not fashionable; nothing is forbidden, but what is not fashionable will hardly ever find its way into periodicals or books or be heard in colleges. Legally your researchers are free, but they are conditioned by the fashion of the day. There is no open violence such as in the East; however, a selection dictated by fashion and the need to match mass standards frequently prevent independent-minded people giving their contribution to public life. There is a dangerous tendency to flock together and shut off successful development. I have received letters in America from highly intelligent persons, maybe a teacher in a faraway small college who could do much for the renewal and salvation of his country, but his country cannot hear him because the media are not interested in him. This gives birth to strong mass prejudices, to blindness, which is most dangerous in our dynamic era. There is, for instance, a self-deluding interpretation of the contemporary world situation. It works as a sort of a petrified armor around people's minds. Human voices from 17 countries of Eastern Europe and Eastern Asia cannot pierce it. It will only be broken by the pitiless crowbar of events.
... I hope that no one present will suspect me of offering my personal criticism of the Western system to present socialism as an alternative. Having experienced -- Having experienced applied socialism in a country where the alternative has been realized, I certainly will not speak for it. ... But should someone ask me whether I would indicate the West such as it is today as a model to my country, frankly I would have to answer negatively.

Are the Western societies of today better or worse off than in 1978?

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