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Society Must Be Defended: Online Quality of Life, a Foucauldian Case Study of Gamergate

Citation
Lindsay S (2017) Society Must Be Defended: Online Quality of Life, a Foucauldian Case Study of Gamergate, Spark: Stirling International Journal of Postgraduate Research (3), pp. 42-53.

Abstract
The activity of real-life trolls and the psychological impact on their victims has been the subject matter of recent television drama, such as Channel 4’s Cyberbully (2015), and horror films with a supernatural twist, such as Unfriended (2015). However, this article explores a key transition in the construction of online social power, from its direct, brutal enforcement by the figure of the troll, to a particular example of the online, biopolitical regulation of quality of life using the device of Vivian James: the fictional character, mascot, and figurehead of the Gamergate protest movement.

Keywords
online quality of life; videogaming; videogaming culture; online culture; gamergate; feminism

StatusPublished
AuthorsLindsay Stuart
Publication date2017
Date accepted by journal12/01/2017
URLhttp://spark.wordpress.stir.ac.uk/…-be-Defended.pdf
PublisherUniversity of Stirling
ISSN 2399-6366
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Spark: Stirling International Journal of Postgraduate Research, Issue 3

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