This is a talk I was lucky enough to see live about a month ago. It’s delivered by Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist game theorist whose academic analysis of cultural shifts in the video gaming industry has led to harassment and death threats beyond imagining. This talk was her first public appearance after she fled her house due to said death threats. She is a brave human being and her talk is very worth watching.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah8mhDW6Shs)
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