Prez wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 12:37:
The real problem activist journalists in gaming media have is that games aren't political in the specific way they want them to be. Hence goofy, pointless articles like this are written every few months as the subject arises in one way or another.
This is spot on.
One of the things that tends to happen in this conversation is that "political" tends to get confused with "propaganda". It is correct that politics does bleed into everything and every act has a political dimension. Good art will acknowledge this and engage with it in a way that is interesting and thought provoking. Propaganda is an attempted cultural and psychological hijack to convince the audience of some political position, and I think it is this that annoys people - particularly when it is done badly.
By confusing the two you get to claim that everything is political, thus propaganda and should therefore be the "correct" sort of propaganda.
Yes there is a blurry line between them and there are also other things going on here as well, such as preaching to the converted "virtue signalling". I'm also not sure how well it applies to the article in question because I didn't read it particularly closely (but this usually doesn't stop a good internet rant, and it isn't going to stop me!).