That kind of dismissive, this is the final word and you’re wrong if you think otherwise headline, tweeting and attitude surrounding the actual content is never going to change or go away. It’s intrinsic to the culture of Vice and also intrinsic to much of the neighborhood of Vice’s headquarters. It being pervasive in Waypoint is inevitable no matter how good the people there are and you can see that across a variety of the site’s articles.
Obviously it crosses a line here as this isn’t an “Actually, _____ game is good” or a “Remember _____ great game?” piece where in the actual piece the author mentions having never played the game, or a piece where the byline and promotional tweets brag about the author’s research only for the content to reveal a very narrow and US-centric view of the topic. Like plenty of folks in this thread have said you have the article promoted in a way that assumes transgender people are a monolith. And it’s unfortunate that the inherent crunch of running a site like this with three employees with this volume of content caused this to happen just a month after that fan-fiction was published the way it was.
I had no problem with the Danielle’s initial article though (it even got me to look into and play the game ), and I appreciate that there was a follow up to it. I don’t know, the way news and editorials are presented today in general I might be cynical but I stopped even fully reading a headlines/blurbs or following any site’s social media a long time ago. I just care about topic -> author and would rather follow the individuals writing this stuff and couldn’t care less about the house style or branding of what they work for.
With that in mind, I expect to always feel like I’m being talked down to for not [WARNING!! A HUGE MOOD - WALKER’S LAW - IS APPROACHING FAST!!] sufficiently worshiping our corporate masters due to how companies present their stuff online and that’s not going away. But that’s all marketing, when you get past that any editorial is still going to be one single person’s take on something, so I didn’t really get that sense of a sweeping proclamation from original article itself since it’s clearly Danielle’s personal reactions to the game and something she feels strongly about.
And, given the 24 hour nature and demands of any site like this, I’m not going to act like I have an answer or tell anyone at Waypoint how to do their job, but this is something I’d like to see this:
Instead of consistently laying a template this is how it is style promotion on almost everything, if Waypoint could take that extra two seconds to discern whether or not in doing so, they’re claiming to speak for a group of people or treating a group of people as monolith, that would be good. I know even that is relatively a lot to ask given Waypoint’s available resources and how it makes for a not as snappy tweet. But someone has to make the call on what Waypoint is supposed to be, and often I feel like it (inadvertently) shuts down more discussion than it starts with the exception of this forum.