Compare and contrast the behavior of Kickstarter and Penny Arcade in these two blog entries that happened to come across my radar on the same day. First, Kickstarter apologizes for not acting quickly enough to shut down a project to write a seduction handbook:
On Wednesday morning Kickstarter was sent a blog post quoting disturbing material found on Reddit. The offensive material was part of a draft for a “seduction guide” that someone was using Kickstarter to publish. The posts offended a lot of people—us included—and many asked us to cancel the creator’s project. We didn’t.
We were wrong.
Fourth, today Kickstarter will donate $25,000 to an anti-sexual violence organization called RAINN. It’s an excellent organization that combats exactly the sort of problems our inaction may have encouraged.
And indie game developer Fullbright gives their reasons for deciding not to show their game “Gone Home” at PAX:
First there was the entire “Dickwolves” debacle, during which Mike said that it “felt pretty good” to “support rape culture.”
When critics recently raised objections about the over-the-top depiction of female characters in Dragon’s Crown, Jerry referred to opinions that differed from his own as “censorship.”
This isn’t intended to be a meaningful, apples-to-apples comparison. It just struck me that the reactions to these two situations—neither of which should have come about in the first place—were so different.