Here's an interesting article by Arthur Chu comparing #gamergate to the anti-disco rebellion of the seventies. I actually came of age during the seventies, didn't much care for (or about) disco, and have no recollection of the frenzy of violence that was triggered by an ill-advised White Sox promotional stunt (burning disco albums in front of a crowd of hysterical rock "purists"). I guess I was too busy listening to the music I did like (Neil Young and other folk-rockers; the taste for punk came later).
In making the analogy, however, Chu makes an interesting and important point that applies equally well to the "manosphere" and the MRM: The people who embrace these reactionary movements are always, almost exclusively, white guys who perceive themselves as victims.
"Our various “culture wars” tend to boil down to one specific
culture war, the one about men wanting to feel like Real Men and lashing
out at the women who won’t let them. Whenever men feel like masculinity
is under attack, men get dangerous. Because that’s exactly what
masculinity teaches you to do, what masculinity is about. Defending
yourself with disproportionate force against any loss of power? That’s
what masculinity is... I’m afraid of masculinity, and
privilege, of the male sense of “honor” they combine to create, and the
incredible reservoir of madness that “honor” can unleash when it’s
threatened. Of how incredibly petty the offense can be and how insanely
disproportionate the retaliation can be."
Chu points out, the ugliness of their rhetorical chest-thumping and behavior (doxxing, threatening, harassing) is in direct proportion to their desperation. They know they can't win. They know they're on the wrong side of history.