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The Sarkeesian Effect

Peering Inside the World of Social Justice Warriors

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About

Jordan Owen is a writer, musician, and blogger.  As a self-identified Left Libertarian he speaks regularly on matters relating to personal liberty, the arts, and various cultural interests.  

His first novel, Eros Empire, was published in 2012 by BearManor Fiction and his band Leaving Babylon released it's debut in 2014.  He is the creator and operator of www.youtube.com/jordanowen42.  He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

Davis Aurini was born and raised in Hamilton, Onatrio before moving to Airdrie, Alberta in the late-eighties.  After High School he travelled back and forth across the country, spent seven years serving as an infantry soldier in Canada's military reserve, and studied History at McMaster University.

He currently lives in Calgary and contributes to the Alternative Right blogosphere at www.staresattheworld.com.  His first novel, As I Walk These Broken Roads, is now available.

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Overview
The Sarkeesian Effect will be a feature-length documentary covering an ongoing phenomenon in video game and tech circles, culminating in the recent outrage known as #GamerGate: the progressive infiltration by disingenuous “Social Justice Warriors” – individuals who claim high minded ideals while operating unethically.

The goal of this film will be three-fold:
1. To introduce #GamerGate to a wider audience of non-gamers.
2. To give a voice to those who have been victimized by the Social Justice “moral authority”.
3. To fully expose the depths of this corruption.

What is the Sarkeesian Effect?

The methodology of Social Justice has a chilling effect on the culture: by demanding perfect diversity, they ensure that true diversity will never be allowed.  By celebrating victims-and-only-victims, the conversation is controlled by the voices that complain the loudest; seldom are these the voices those who have actually been hurt.  As a result, the culture winds up being directed by those who are most unscrupulous.  Creators, gamers, and actual victims are excluded from the conversation.

The documentary will start with, but not be limited to, the eponymous Anita Sarkeesian, the face of Feminist Frequency, and one of the most well-known voices of Social Justice.  By analyzing the specifics of her methodology, we will create a framework which allows the audience to identify the actions of other profiteers; by exposing the unethical behaviour behind all of these people, we will demonstrate the inevitable thugishness of Social Justice, an ideology which exploits the very victims it claims to represent.

What is Social Justice?
Based upon the works of the philosopher John Rawls, Social Justice focuses upon achieving equality of outcome, rather than equitable treatment.  Rather than focusing on things which are easily measured and quantifiable (Contract Law, Property Law, et cetera), Rawl's Social Justice emphasizes the importance of subjective feelings; dignity, self-worth, and self-actualization.  In practice this results in a suppression of Liberty to attempt to achieve a chimerical Equality.

"Social Justice Warrior" (SJW) came about as a pejorative term to refer to a person who berates other internet users over matters of political correctness, but has since evolved to refer to a specific movement within tech and gaming culture that is based around professional victimhood, intimidation, and the proliferation of falsehoods.

How is this different from #GamerGate?
GamerGate, being a grassroots movement, has distinct strengths and weaknesses.  One of its strengths is that the members are committed, and largely unassailable by the powers that be.  One of its weaknesses, however, is the nature of the very thing it is protesting:

GamerGate's number one issue is with a gaming media which is almost entirely controlled by a small number of people, with a single ideology and a single agenda... but pointing this out is a Catch-22: by definition, anything reported on the Internet is hearsay, and only media reports are reputable.

Which is why everybody is upset in the first place.

By creating a feature-length documentary we up the level of discussion on our side; we force them to acknowledge us.  It is our hope that The Sarkeesian Effect will be a good accompaniment to the #GamerGate outrage, while also taking a broader scope, encompassing tech fields in general - after all, this isn't just about video games.

This is a methodology used throughout both the media and the academic institutions to consolidate power amongst a conspiratorial few, at the expense of not only the culture at large, but even the very followers who they claim to be representing.  Thanks to GamerGate, the extent of their collusion and control is beginning to be revealed to those who are paying attention; we are going to use this documentary to expose them on the world stage.

Why does this movie need to be made? Don't you already have popular YouTube channels?
The Social Justice Warriors have come to dominate the discussion to such a degree that the mainstream media will only acknowledge their side of the story.  The official story as reported by mainstream news outlets is that a small group of brave activists (Ms. Sarkeesian outstanding among them) have been targeted with death threats, rape threats, cyberbullying, misogyny, racism,  and other mistreatment for daring speak out against the white-male dominated gaming community.  

We intend to shed light on the truth: that the SJWs have been the ones using manipulation and intimidation to push their agenda forward and that the mainstream media has accepted their story uncritically.  Constructive criticism is not harassment.  Pointing out that someone is factually wrong is not misogyny.  Finding fault with a person's unethical behavior is not stalking.  There are two sides to every story and we intend for the mainstream media to finally acknowledge ours.

What is your agenda?
The two of us differ substantially on our politics; one of us is right-leaning, the other is left-leaning.  Our goal is to return to a world where honest debate is possible, rather than one where debate is manufactured and co-opted for the benefit of the few.  With that in mind, we will strive to leave all political baggage at the door and simply report the truth as we find it.  Our goal is to expose cynical manipulators, not to advance our own agenda.

Are you guys just doing this to harass Anita Sarkeesian?
No.  Anita Sarkeesian and her campaign of misinformation will be central to our film but everything we do will be safe, professional, and above all, legal.  The lie that Ms. Sarkeesian has perpetuated is that there is no legitimate criticism of her views whatsoever and that anyone who disagrees with her is harassing her.  This, among many other falsehoods, will be debunked in our film.

What are you going to do?
We are going to create a completely professional and insightful feature length documentary film. We intend for there to be a theatrical release, DVD and Blu-Ray, and streaming media such as Netflix.

Your contribution will allow us to finance this project and produce a high quality result comparable to the best current documentary films.

How will you be spending the budget?
Our goal is to make a professional-quality film, and that involves not only ourselves and airfare, but crew, experts and consultants, as well as many other incidental expenses.  This is going to be a challenging film to make, and we will be going up against entrenched interests.  We will be keeping you updated with monthly progress videos, as well as our conversations with you on the forums.

REWARDS:

All rewards have a "one-time" and "monthly sustainer" amount.  Please understand that you will have to maintain your monthly contribution throughout the film's production cycle (estimated to be 5 months) to collect your reward. 

Here's a simple breakdown (each higher tier includes all of the rewards of the previous tiers).

Note1: following this summary, the reward tiers are not listed in order):
Note 2: Patreon isn't set up to take one-time donations, so if you if you donate one-time, ensure that you cancel the further payments AFTER the payment goes through (which will be when we achieve our first goal)!  See the Patreon FAQ for details: http://www.patreon.com/faq

Tier 1 - Community
$5 or $1/month
Help support this film, and be part of the creative process on our message board.
Tier 2 - Silver Membership
$10 or $2/month
An enhanced version of Tier 1.
Tier 3 - Digital Movie
$20 or $5/month
Receive a download link for a copy of the movie upon completion.
Tier 4 - Digtial Movie & MP3s
$50 or $15/month
In addition to the digital copy of the film, receive a copy of the soundtrack, composed by Jordan Owen.
Tier 5 - Digital Movie & CD, signed
$75 or $25/month
In addition to the above, receive a signed CD of the soundtrack.
Tier 6 - DVD & CD, signed
$100 or $35/month
Receive signed copies of the CD and the DVD of the film.
Tier 7 - Gold Membership & Thank You
$200 or $65/month
In addition to the above, receive Gold Membership in the forums, and a personalized "Thank You" in the end credits.
Tier 8 - Face picture in Thank Yous
$1000 or $250/month
The above, as well as a picture of yourself in the end credits.
Tier 9 - Attend the Premier+2
$5000 or $1000/month
All of the above, and bring two guests to the premier (details below).
Tier 10 - Vegas Weekend+2
$10,000 or $2000/month
All of the above, and bring two guests to Las Vegas (details below).

Attend the Premiere and After Party in Atlanta, GA.*

You'll attend the Sarkeesian Effect premiere event in Atlanta, GA which will consist of:
-Film showing at one of Atlanta's fine cinemas with your choice of priority seating and a walk down the red carpet
-Q&A with Jordan Owen and Davis Aurini
-After party (with paid club admission) to enjoy the best Atlanta nightlife with Owen and Aurini and the best live music Atlanta has to offer.

*Airfare covered for North America, Lodging covered. Other travel expenses not covered.

The Vegas Weekend!*

In addition to attending the premiere, you'll get to party in Vegas with Owen and Aurini.  This package includes:
-Three nights in Vegas at a luxurious hotel and casino
-Sightseeing around historic Las Vegas, Nevada

*Airfare covered for North America. Food, drinks, and gambling not included.

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