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I think calling Jack Thompson a hero is a bit of a stretch. Now I am going to preface this next bit by saying I no way to I support or condone Jack Thompson or his actions and I fully support freedom of speech, however let's clear up just a few things:

1) There is nothing wrong inherently with wanting to censor certain media from exposure to kids. This is a far cry from saying let's completely censor all media from everyone. Should we allow all kids to grow up watching snuff films? I myself think that stricter measures to limit the sale of certain games to kids is not at all a bad thing. What is the detriment to forcing someone to show ID for games containing excessive violence or adult content? Where does that 'actually' infringe on constitutional rights? You have to show ID to buy alcohol and cigarrettes. You have to be 18 or older to buy other adult products, or go see a rated R movie. So let's not say Jack Thompson is crazy or should be penalized for trying to push this through. Stick your arguments and hate to certain methods of trying to get this through and you are fine.

2) Showing the pornographic media during certain court cases, while not appropriate, is not the first time lawyers have brought other causes into cases simply to draw attention to them or try to create precedent. Look at all the attempts to bring in precedent for abortion cases, gay rights, civil equality, etc. I will not villify Jack Thompson for attempting something that has been allowed before.

3) By saying his beliefs are insane, you are being a hypocrite yourself. Why should his beliefs be insane, but yours are totally valid? Does he, himself, not also have freedom of speech?

Now, saying that, I believe that how he has gone about attacking individuals and game companies is a bit unethical at times. Introducing things into court cases for the purpose of precedent and pushing for legislation to limit or restrict the sale of certain materials to kids is fine. Suing companies for selling materials to kids is also fine, after all what is good for the goose is good for the gander. I think his attempts are mostly fruitless, but perhaps he realizes that in today's society you have to go to extreme measures in order to get the real compromise you are looking for. I think he has caused trouble, I think he has gone over the top, and I don't agree with all of his practices, but neither would I villify him and call him 'evil'.
post #22 of 24
I agree with much of what is said here, but I'd also like to point out that most of the hate we give Thompson is in jest. We don't love the guy, nor do we really like him at all, but we don't honestly wish that Thompson would cease to be among the living - just out of our hair.

On second thought, if he weren't in our hair, we wouldn't enjoy bashing him as we do.
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Its all fun, I have made fun of the guy quite a bit myself. It's just sometimes people go a little overboard and start actually believing some of the crap they start spewing, I like to put things back in perspective once in awhile. As much as we may hate people that act like Jack Thompson, sometimes we need that kind of persona to get people to look at the issues. The real issue is just how violent do we let games get before we start considering the ramifications to our children. Imho, it's not that games 'will lead' to violence, its that, constant violent content will desensitize children and they will be more apathic to real violence.

As for the good ole JT, well since he is a douche, he is the perfect guy to clean out the gaming 'V'. You know that bitter salty crap you spray up in there every once in awhile that is so bad, it actually helps clean out all the really vile stuff so you can feel nice and clean.
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Jack Thompson is the myg0t of the gaming industry.
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