We've reached a point in familiarity with online communities where their recognizability and existence are now thankfully becoming more of a societal norm. From the early days of newsgroup forums, to dial-up chat rooms, to today's social networks, there are gatherings of like-minded people that form around various interests from the everyday to the obscure. Yet within these digital communities, there is a large group of individuals, global in their size and reach, who still has to contend with misperceptions: the exponentially growing world of livestream gaming enthusiasts.
Depending on your degree of exposure, you may have only heard of Twitch as it was referenced when Amazon purchased the video streaming platform in 2014. What you may not know about this portal, dedicated in most part to the gaming world, is that with tens of millions of registered users, each averaging hundreds of logged hours of viewing, is that within their digital borders, a close-knit and supportive community has formed. Friends made, careers forged, independent businesses emerged, relationships and families formed, all stemming at its simplest form from an interest in watching someone else play a game. If this seems in any way unusual to you, or difficult to believe, that is an indication of the barrier this segment of modern society still has to face. And as such, it's why we here on IDO want to deepen our understanding, step over such obstacles, and encourage our listeners to do the same.
We're not exaggerating when we say this could be the most important election in our lifetimes. A lot hangs in the balance. This election will decide control of the White House, the Senate, and the balance of the Supreme Court for decades to come. If you care about LGBTQ rights, marriage equality, reproductive rights, global warming, social justice and inequality -- they're all at stake.
Without a doubt, this election cycle has been exhausting. It's easy to feel like it's time to push back from the table and be done with it. But with so much in the balance, we want to remind you about why you can't be discouraged and why you (and everyone) must turn out to vote on November 8th.
Joined by musician and activist Paul DeGeorge (of Harry and the Potters, and the #NerdsForHer organization), we discuss how the geek communities are rallying everyone to GET OUT THE VOTE!