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Halo In Church Points Out ESRB Flaws

JayDot Re:ESRB should be used by parents. (185 comments)

We seem to be discussing two very different understandings of what the ESRB is and what role it should fill. I have advocated the use of the ESRB and other rating mechanisms as tools for use in effective parenting, placing the onus and responsibility on the parent to research both what the item was rated and why. You appear to consider the ratings boards as a replacement for parent's critical thinking and a censorship apparatus.

Laying the censorship issue to the side for a moment (I'll come back to it), the ratings boards could fit either model of parenting, both responsible or irresponsible. However, the question you should ask is whether the ESRB and the like should be done away with because some parents will use it inappropriately. Should we get rid of genre designations in the local library because some parent may decide that anything that looks "cartoony" must be okay for kids? To reverse the question, should responsible parents be forced to deal with the morass of entertainment and media options for their children? Is it going to do more good or more harm to remove this tool?

Returning to this idea that ratings are a form of censorship, I must point out that ESRB rating do not, I repeat, do not effect whether or not you can write a game. Assuming you have the means (a computer and familiarity with a programming language) you can write anything you like. However, the simple fact of the matter is that, for the most part, entertainment is a business venture. Businesses that take on the expense of publishing games want to see those games sold to the largest audience possible. PG-13 movies regularly out-earn movies that are rated R (http://www.allbusiness.com/services/amusement-recreation-services/4729717-1.html); this just makes sense, as more teens and families are likely to go to a PG-13 show. Writing an edgy or controversial game does not fit the format of maximizing earnings. You can write it. But no business is required to sell it. And no consumer is required to buy it. That's just the way the market works.

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JayDot JayDot writes  |  more than 8 years ago This entry comes as a result of this story, to which I made this post. I was then directed to this journal entry. I have decided to repond to that journal entry.

I would like to start by thanking toiletsalmon (whom I will hereafter refer to as TS) for being willing to engage in this sort of discussion. I have had many different responses from various types of people when attempting to engage in discussion on this topic, but few have been as direct and to-the-point as in the journal entry linked above. I will attempt to answer the points raised in order, with the understanding that the aforementioned journal entry was originally a reply to a different post so some may not apply to my own post.

On the initial assumptions, I must confess that I am in fact a "white boy" and I do live in the US. I mention this because much of TS's writing is based on these assumptions; had they been false, I would have had an easy "out" and could have ignored the writting with the excuse that it "didn't apply". However, it does, so some answer must be given. Also, in TS's initial response to my post, he asked if I "think 40 years is a long time?". I must answer honestly. Since I have only been alive for two decades, a span twice as long does indeed seem long to me. My parents are only in their mid-forties. I must confess then that I am but a young idealist, and my writing apparently reflects that more then I had intended.

In my original post I had tried to maintain a racially neutral tone (which I admit is difficult for someone lacking in experience of both sides). The concept that I was trying to promote was not to ignore racism or deny its existence. I know from observation that racism does still occur. But that does not mean that every white person is racist. It doesn't even mean that a majority of white people are racist. I was taught from an early age the value of all people, no matter what the color of their skin happened to be. To quote a song, "Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight." That's what we believed, and that's how we behaved. Why, then, am I saddled with the guilt of generations past? Looking through my family tree, I can find no reference to a slaveholding ancestor (though I recognize the possibility). I do not understand why am I blamed for racism that I do have.

I don't even make the assumptions that TS described. My dislike for certain individuals is based on their words, not their color. It is based on their actions, not the family they come from. The reason I have fewer black friends then white is because I have historically been unwelcome to the black kids. The exception to this general rule is the sports teams that I have been on. By working with my teammates to improve our game, I was finally able to just be another guy, instead of a white guy. That's the kind of attitude I wish more people would have from the start: simple acceptance as another member of the group.

As to the question about cricket and lacrosse, I must confess that I find the question somewhat funny. When I think of cricket, I think of England or India. Not Englishmen or Indians, but the nations of England and India. So, unless TS spoke with an British accent using British phrases, I would have no reason to assume TS cared about cricket any more or less then I do.

Finally, I would like to ask a pointed question. TS, why do you consider yourself black? I myself am part Cherokee, along with some Irish and German. All of those groups faced racism at some point in the history of the US. But I don't identify myself by the hardships faced by those who came before me. I get sick and tired of people selling themselves and the US short. People who claim that they can't succeed or won't succeed because of something outside of themselves. If something keeps you from succeeding in the United States of America, it is because you have allowed it to. You look at just three black Senators in 100 years, I see three individuals who said "Forget the conventional wisdom. Forget what they say I can and can't do. I am going to run and I'm not going to stop till I win." That's why I want people to stop playing a racism card. Because the only reason that anybody has for not achieving what they want is that they did not have the determination to see it through. Feel free to call me a dreamer. You can even call me delusional, for all I care. But I refuse to allow what happened in the past to define what I am supposed to be today. And neither should anyone else.

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Liberal lean on /.

JayDot JayDot writes  |  more than 8 years ago I've noticed that many comment posters on /., and many moderators as well, tend to have a liberal, or at least libertarian view of the world. I don't mind that. As far as I'm concerned you can have whatever views you want. The problem I see is when people get moderator points and mod up politicaly-charged posts that they agree with or mod down those that they don't. I'd rather see those types of posts only moderated for something that is truly Insightful or Flamebait. I think that Interesting and Troll are overused to try to push the moderators agenda without a reason based in the content of the post. Just my gut feeling on this.

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