The online firestorm known as #GamerGate has made headlines across all forms of media. It has made me embarrassed to call myself a gamer. Just this past week, game developer Brianna Wu and critic Anita Sarkeesian were forced to leave their home and cancel a major university appearance, respectively, because of the avalanche of death threats they received. I'm not too old for cartoons, or gaming. But I'm probably too old for wishing death upon someone because we have different opinions on a video game.
Someone who speaks out against the idea of an interracial couple on YouTube comments isn't just dabbling in racism; they're not summering in bigotry. That's how they feel, 24/7, and the internet gives them the false sense of power and anonymity that lets them get it out of their system, and then walk around in public knowing damn well they'd never be able to say those things to another human face. This mentality is known as the Online Disinhibition Effect, and it bleeds into our everyday lives with shocking ease.