My Fear

‘Chiu on this’ is a regular short opinion blast.

Recently BBC published an article about sexism in CS:GO. It was a terrible article all around with less than zero effort put into research (it’s clear not even a google search). This is just the most example of when mainstream media does esports coverage. While they’re not all bad, a lot of them are terrible in the worst possible sense.

As someone who writes in the space, my fear is becoming someone like this. I don’t know who the author is, but I assume it had to be a journalist. In order to be a journalist and be good enough to write for a mainstream outlet. Yet they went into a space they knew nothing about and made a horrendous job of everything. Then they published it. It takes a very arrogant and dismissive mindset to do this sort of piece. The fear is that at some point in life, people stop taking in and examining new foreign areas of ideas or people or scenes seriously.

The brain is a muscle that never stops growing, but like any muscle it needs vigorous exercise to stay in shape. But unlike say your bicep or your stomach, you can’t see any physical development of your brain. You can never pinpoint when your muscle is atrophied from lack of use. Because of that I’m constantly thinking and rethinking everything I know, but everyone that gets older has this sort of blind spot. Maybe I already have it, I just don’t know because I’m blind to it.

Oh an additional note. The article is even more disappointing because it’s a serious topic and you could have done an interesting and engaging piece even with just basic fundamental knowledge of the esports scene.

Slingshot senior columnist. StarCraft and CS:GO expert who pushes narratives over numbers. You can reach him at Stephen@Slingshotesports.com

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