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16 April 2010 @ 03:19 pm
Hate speech used in online gaming  

Hrm.

http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/plugged-in/racism-and-homophobia-in-gaming-hate-speech-corrodes-online-video-game-experiences/1396765

(Link from babykid528)

I can't help but feel that this is to be expected.  Hate speech carries an emotional weight these days that out-does more conventional forms of profanity.  So when you want to say something offensive right before you digitally cap a mofo, what do you say?

Curbing all aggressive impulses and outlawing these types of games is one solution, but not one I subscribe to.  There are societies in which aggression is strictly curbed from childhood on.  Ours isn't one of them -- on the continuum from pacifist to intensely warlike, I'd say we rest somewhere in the middle.  But strangely enough, we happen to be one of the more diverse societies in the world.  Combine our population's diversity with its level of aggression, most of which is expressed in legally-protected verbal form... and you're left with a whole heap of hate speech.

The more we demonize it, the more offensive and hence more powerful it becomes.

I say the general public at large should stop trying so hard to legitimize tamer forms of profanity.  Let the FCC do its thing, let it be even stricter about language.  Quit calling "arbitrary" and "stupid" over the arbitrary and stupid rules they impose, and let cussing in public be frowned upon.

I should note that I'm guilty of this myself; I tend to think profanity is funny more often than not, but the fact is, some portion of the language must be set aside as offensive talk, and I'd just as soon it be arbitrarily chosen nonsense words than a new wave of bigoted speech.

(Three hundred years from now, calling someone a "bigot" will be the filthiest, nastiest thing anybody can think of, but nobody will know the literal meaning of it anymore.)
 
 
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babykid528: CP: Annoyedbabykid528 on April 16th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
As I type this comment now, Matt is in his room screaming into his WoW headset at all the "fucking niggers," "spics," and "faggots" he's playing against...

It's been a fun year. :-P
Wiseacreewin on April 16th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Not to sound like an old southern woman, but there was a slight amount of racism in my family growing up, and I would STILL have gotten my ass whooped for that kind of talk.
babykid528: AY: Stern BBbabykid528 on April 16th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Is it counterproductive to say I really hate him for it?

He supposedly goes to classes and work, but he's home more often than not and whenever he is home he's doing this. He's told to shut up all the time and he doesn't care. I just can't wait until I'm not living with him anymore.

I adore Cait, but dating Matt is probably the dumbest thing she's ever done. She deserves so much better than this.
Wiseacreewin on April 16th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Ugh, roommate's bf, then? I hate that.

They make some really nice noise-cancelling earbuds these days.
babykid528: Heroes: Roof Broodingbabykid528 on April 16th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if he was just another roommate I would have lectured the hell out of him by now, but he's her boyfriend and that makes it weird for some reason.

I should have invested in those earbuds earlier in the year, really. I'm only going to be here for a month more, so I'll just keep doing what I've been doing: playing the TV or iTunes real loudly while imagining the many ways I could silence him for good. ;-)
Rainrain_herself on April 16th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
That's a really good point. I've always been against the stupid & arbitrary rules; I could never think of a good reason for them. But I think you might have one there.
Wiseacre: Grayling fuckewin on April 16th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
I'm almost tempted to form up an Obscenity Preservation League or something. KEEP OUR OFFENSIVENESS SCATOLOGICAL. MORE SHIT FOR ALL.

Alas, it seems mostly futile...
Tigresstigress666 on April 17th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
I dunno. All this "censorship" kinda makes me wonder if forcing people not to say offensive things really solves anything rather than mask the problem.

Yeah, I don't want to hear some asshole go off about how he wished Hitler was succesful (one example from the article). On the other hand, forcing him to keep quiet on his wish, does that do anything to make him more tolerant or less likely to actually have that attitude, or does it just mask to the rest of us that there are people out there who think like that (like his attitude is still there but it's hidden from the rest of us)?

I could maybe see an arguement if people start realizing saying that stuff is taboo that maybe it would also influence their own views on it. But I'm not sure that really would work. Or if it would just mean they'd still think the same but just know better about keeping it quiet around people they're not sure of's views.