Not really. /r/gamerghazi is anti-GG. /r/kotakuinaction is pro-GG.
Yes, it is that cut and dry, no matter how you wish to spin it. Both make fun of the other side's lunacy. There's still a huge difference in speech when you go to each of them while posing as belonging to the opposite side. Saying it isn't so only makes me certain you don't actually pay attention to what the dialogue is on both subreddits.
Feel free to go to 8chan. Go there and post a thread advocating doxxing or death threats and see yourself get shouted down with enough force to split atoms. Try to advocate bullying and get told to take yourself somewhere else.
In case you missed the developments, there is an acknowledged 3rd side (maybe even more) trying to play both pro and anti GG against each other, namely the SA Goons. They've been causing no small amount of havok and both sides are taking hits.
If you want to be really honest, go see the rhetoric on the subreddits. It IS the best example of how both sides have their discourse.
I can suggest a pair. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/10/09/the_gender_games_sex_lies_and_videogames_124244.html and http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/10/21/the_gender_games_part_2_videogames_meet_feminism_124375.html
I do enjoy this reading things by this particular author and she manages to be fairly neutral in her analysis of GG.
Let's keep in mind that in the middle of all of this, the only unbiased places to read about GamerGate are KnowYourMeme (http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/gamergate) and... Enciclopedia Dramatica (https://encyclopediadramatica.es/GamerGate). Because Wikipedia has a horde of people purging any attempt at unbiasing the article on GamerGate to balance out all the SJW propaganda.
I remember playing Dota and League of Legends matches and coming out of the experience sweating and with elevated heart rate. The physical effort in an eSport may not be as high but it's certainly there. The mental effort is probably far greater than a more physically inclined sport. To give you an idea, and this is purely from Dota, you have ability cooldowns and effects, for about 6-7 heroes for yourself which you play regularly to be a pro and for every other hero in the game, because that's relevant for when you're trading hits on a 5 million dollar match, the item cooldowns and cost and effects for the position you play in (and many items can be dual or triple role items), there's the average gold earnings from killing a lane creep (there's 3 of those with different values), a neutral creep camp (there's a bit more than half a dozen of those).
But let's pick an even easier example to explain the mental strain that the game can put on you. One of the Dota heroes is called Invoker, who has 4 basic skills. 3 of them summon an orb of a certain kind (Quas, Wex, Exort) and Invoke, which summons a spell based on the combination of the 3 you have currently summoned which ends up in 10 spells that can be invoked. Pros can use combinations of up to 3 spells (maybe more, if they have enough mana for it and are fast on the button mashing). And every single one of these spells have a very different effect. YOU try doing that sort of mental juggling while worrying on whether you can initiate a fight, contest creep kills, dash towards a river rune, counter-initiate a fight, gank someone, snipe someone with Sunstrike and whatever else is left.
Face it, your definition of "sport" is older than it should be. Don't be "the guy" that imitates the idiots that said that chess wasn't a sport (officially it is and that's what matters).
People claiming that eSports aren't sports are the same breed of people that claim that video games aren't art. Because apparently movies never saw that kind of prejudice. Or some music genres. Or certain types of painting styles.
Old people can't help but try to be the "caretakers of good taste" to hilarious degrees.
Every comment you sound more and more like the proverbial old man yelling at the cloud. Just like the people that said chess was never going to be a sport. That said, if it's interesting to watch, competitive and people can make a living off of it (that includes network coverage actually providing profit), then why not a Go Fish tournament. Certainly beats baseball for me, I think it's the most boring ass "sport" there is.
On that note, I'd actually enjoy watching pankration come back to the Olympics. There's a certain allure to watching two people beat each other until one of them is KO'd, gives up or ends up dead (which results in the person living to lose). More interesting than boxing.
"Unlike some other nations, the United States does not monitor anyone’s communications in order to suppress criticism or to put people at a disadvantage based on their ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation or religion."
Wasn't the CIA/NSA/whatever agency intending on using what they collected to trash the reputation of certain targets? Or am I remembering incorrectly?
I've always been a big fan of "If you fuck up and it has a financial impact, you pay at least as much as that impact out of your own pocket.".
You embezzle a million, you pay at least that much back. Private or public.
"government entities are swiftly turning the former last resort -- a court battle -- into just another step in the public records process."
Not like they can... I don't know... classify the documents because terrorism and patriotic thingamajingies and spooky stuff. No court case exists if the NSA/CIA/FBI can fumble their way into the fray in exchange for some extra "help" (not that they need it, but... yeah).
If the Netflix/Hulu/Random Media Player started giving away free stuff in exchange for cryptocurrency mining, then the **AA and co. would start asking for a tax on those "coins", wouldn't they?
How deliciously ironic would it be for the police to follow through their threat only to be welcomed by "Living in America", "Born in the USA" or some other similar song to be used as BGM for the "raid"? On the upside, at least it isn't in the UK, where he'd have the police AND the royalties societies up his ass.
The proper response would probably be... "Everybody spies, but that doesn't mean they haven't earned a swift boot to the rear when they go overboard."
In which case, enough money would be spent on boots to make the military spending look like pocket change. Not that I'd mind, it would be glorious.
"When you think about these different responses, it suggests to me that the military justice system is not working," Davis said.
Next season, a new series emerges... Law & Order : U.S. Military. Where every case excuses killing and none excuses sending information to news organizations. Because "AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!"
"Finally, most apropro" I think you meant apropos.
Also, all this whistleblowing is certainly airing a rather moldy closet. Filled with cockroaches. And burned copies of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the US.