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Gamergate’s Zoe Quinn on “crowd sourced” online abuse, plus: tensions rise in Catalonia and Kaepernick files a grievance against the NFL

Zoe Quinn, the target of the now-infamous Gamergate online harassment campaign, talks to Brian Edwards-Tiekert about what it was like to be bullied and abused online. Quinn explains the threats she faced, including threats of sexual violence, threats against her family and death threats.

Before that, contemporary Catalan and Spanish culture specialist Edgar Illas joins the show to discuss brewing tensions in Madrid. He contextualizes Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s decision to revoke autonomous rule in the Catalonia region.

Then, writer Michael Harriot breaks down Colin Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL, which alleges that the 32 teams of the NFL collectively colluded to prevent him from being employed by the league. Harriot and Cat Brooks also discuss the consequences of Kaepernick’s grievance and where Kaepernick’s actions fit in the history of Black athlete protests.

Guests:

  • Edgar Illas is the Director of Catalan and the Hispanic Literature Program at the University of Indiana and author of Thinking Barcelona, Ideologies of a Global City
  • Michael Harriot is a staff writer at The Root, host of The Black One podcast and editor-in-chief of the daily digital magazine NegusWhoRead.com
  • Zoe Quinn is an independent game developer and author of Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate
  • Don Casey

    I don’t think I heard a KPFA news report on the Donna Brazil story today? Why? I don’t think I heard KPFA criticizing Nancy Peloci for her wealth and corruption? Nope! Nothing about Diane Feinstein of Chuck Shumer? Infact, Nancy and Chuck are celebrated by KPFA News department as progressives. Why? No reporting on on-going corruption at DNC? Nope? Why?

    The morning programming at KPFA is 90% propaganda and mediocrity. KPFA is now our local fake-progressive station. It sucks. It’s disingenuous. And, it wants money for it? KPFA morning programs Cat Brooks and Brian Edwards-Tiekert is the worst. It’s like ‘The View’ meets MSNBC. Chris Welch is frighteningly ignorant, and often sounds medicated. Mitch, you have a great voice for radio, but that’s about it. You hang out with some great guests, but fail to ask the important question when it matters most -naïve, lacking courage. Why doesn’t KPFA have adult male voices? Everyone sound so purposely like children within the programming. KPFA used not sound like this. KPFA Berkeley doesn’t teach anymore, but instead wants to be liked. That’s a problem.
    Obviously there is some sort of conspiracy occurring with the programming director and some staff. It’s obvious to Alameda County’s older longtime listeners that KPFA is a propaganda platform now, and is attempting to misinform the left on political issues.
    Even Amy Goodman and her Democracy Now is appearing weak with it’s just: “Hate Trump” tactic, and messaging.
    Where are you KPFA with stories that are so apparent and important to your listeners, but not to you? KPFA seems to be a conspiracy in the happening.

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