- Jan 15, 2013
- United Kingdom
She's not presenting an academic paper, though, is she? She's an online pundit, like hundreds of others. I don't see anyone complaining about the lack of rigour or objectivity in Arlo's videos about Pikmin, Thunderf00t, or that "Doctor reacts!" guy. Because usually, people recognise they're just watching online vids. That's all. The only difference here is that what Sarkeesian said rubbed a bunch of people up the wrong way. And as a result we're still hearing about how terrible she is, eight years later.In the context of academic writing it would mean presenting an argument based on reasoning, rather than feelings and opinions, trying to look at a subject from different perspectives rather than purely your own, and so on.
I was in the middle of an English degree when I first became aware of Sarkeesian and watched her videos. My essays would have been ripped to pieces by the tutors if I tried to do what she does.
It's worth remembering as well that she stated that she wanted her videos to be used as educational tools, so really they should meet academic standards.