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I get that phrase a lot, that and "over react much?" whenever I bring up ANY issue, be it from a video game, politics, or whatever. There seems to be a lot of people who just don't wanna talk about anything at all, and would much rather these discussions just not exist so they can get on with their lives.

You'll be unsurprised to learn that I don't agree with that wisdom. In my books, if you don't do anything, nothing is going to happen. If there's an injustice in the world somewhere and you stay silent, that injustice isn't going to fix itself. It will just keep happening. That, my friends, is complacency.

Then of course there are those people who don't believe that the world will ever change, therefor there's no reason to try, and actively try to stop anyone who dares to stand up for something. I can't begin to describe how annoying that mindset is to me. It's almost sadistic in it's very nature, by actively trying to stop people from making the world a better place by being dismissive and passive aggressive.

And here's the worse part about all this... nothing will harm you from having a discussion about a topic. Talking about women's rights in video games, for example, isn't going to cause your games to be taken away from you. Talking about violence in the media isn't going to get your movies and TV shows censored. Having opinions and being free to discuss them isn't a BAD thing, so I don't know why there are so many people who actively want to STOP it from even happening.

There's nothing wrong with talking about issues. That's the only way we're ever going to affect any sort of change in the world. You wanna know "why we're talking about this?" Because that's how change happens. That's how we improve life. That's how we see eye to eye. Doing nothing is just that: Doing nothing. Nothing will happen if you don't DO something.
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llirbwerdnadivad Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
What I wonder is why these are even issues...Many of these would be easy to solve if people just got along...
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DTJB Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Either people don't want this place to be turned into deviantPOLITICS, or some just feel YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT I LIKE YOUR OPINIONS ARE DIFFERENT THAN MINE I'M NOT LISTENING JUST SHUT UP LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!
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MoonDarter Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Those who write in response to some comment, "Why are we talking about this?" are.... talking about it. Odd, eh?
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Midnari Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Actually, I agree with you here. Considering the last Journal I had a moment of vehement indignation, and the one before that, I just kind of disagreed with the view... Here? Oh yes, I completely agree, everyone has a right to say their peace. Whether a person agrees, or not, doesn't matter. And sometimes talk DOES work... Sometimes. I still think actions are much better than words, but yeah, if enough people support an ideal then you will see a change. 

Not sure I agree about attempting to change how an artist, writer, or developer does something but that's more along my ideals of 'Shut the fuck up and let me do what I want with my creations.' Which is my own little belief. 

Regardless, yeah, at the same time you'll have to expect people to disagree, and do so with a gusto. All it shows is people ARE paying attention to what you're saying, and that they'll do the same as you preach while showing some hypocrisy in doing so. It's human nature. 
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PainfulElegy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
>Talking about violence in the media isn't going to get your movies and TV shows censored.


Discussion of 'morality' involving sex, violence, and drugs in media set back the comics industry like 30 years and we're barely starting to recover from that. These 'discussions' about those subjects in video games aren't about creating a more aware nation, they're about censorship of what people find 'distasteful'. You get the right person involved and you'll end up with another situation like the Comics Code Authority, and video games AREN'T going to be able to weather that.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Not true anymore. Thanks to a supreme court decision, comics and video games are under the same privileges that books and movies are. They can't be censored any longer.

What's being asked of now is people to stop supporting bad content through peaceful protests and discussions. The exact opposite of censoring.
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PainfulElegy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, the GOVERNMENT can't regulate video games under the First Ammendment, however this doesn't cover internal Regulation (AKA what things like the Comics Code Authority was). Federal lobbying involving subjects such as violence in video games may not be able to result in Regulation by government policy, but it does not prevent strong-arming by the government and public to instate institutions akin to the Comics Code Authority in media. It is somewhat roundabout, but you can achieve effective censorship through the right channels.


And when you say 'people to stop supporting bad content', what it really means is 'instituting methodologies to eradicate bad content from the public sphere'. Honestly, if you really think social justice movements of today are simply about awareness of so called 'bad content', rather than the systematic elimination of content they deem bad, then you lack an understanding of the last few centuries of human history.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Dude, there's a BIG difference between being aware of negative content and consciously avoiding it because it's offensive, and trying to outright ban and censor content. The comics code authority was created because the threat of censorship to the media was very real and they needed to self censor to prevent it from getting worse. But those days are over, and we don't have to worry about government action being taken against our media, which is what censorship actually MEANS. Unless someone is actively FORCING you to not have that content (ie: the government bans it) it's not censorship.
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PainfulElegy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
>Dude, there's a BIG difference between being aware of negative content and consciously avoiding it because it's offensive, and trying to outright ban and censor content.
Yeh, there is a big difference, and most social justice groups want the latter. They aren't about being 'aware of bad content', they are of the stance that 'content we deem bad is unsuitable for others, and as such should not be viewed by others'. The only real difference between that and actual direct censorship is because the former requires more pressuring than the latter to eliminate a concept.


>The comics code authority was created because the threat of censorship to the media was very real and they needed to self censor to prevent it from getting worse.
Yes, and similar can still happen. While it will not be direct, pressuring from agencies through monetary losses will be used to incentivize a similar situation.

>But those days are over, and we don't have to worry about government action being taken against our media, which is what censorship actually MEANS. Unless someone is actively FORCING you to not have that content (ie: the government bans it) it's not censorship.
"Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or inconvenient as determined by a government, media outlet or other controlling body. It can be done by governments and private organizations or by individuals who engage in self-censorship. It occurs in a variety of different contexts including speech, books, music, films, and other arts, the press, radio, television, and the Internet for a variety of reasons including national security, to control obscenity, child pornography, and hate speech, to protect children, to promote or restrict political or religious views, and to prevent slander and libel. It may or may not be legal. Many countries provide strong protections against censorship by law, but none of these protections are absolute and it is frequently necessary to balance conflicting rights in order to determine what can and cannot be censored."

Pressuring from groups (political, social or other) into the act of self-censorship is still censorship. Social pressure is just as much 'Forcing' as political mandate, the only real difference being the amount of pressure that needs to be applied by the group trying to incite the censorship to have it occur.
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GiantPurpleCat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
I whole-heartedly agree with you sir. :iconbravoplz:
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