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5-13-2008 @ 3:05PM
Heh. Ironically I just reported someone with the name Rosaparks and the guild name "stole my bus seat" just a few days ago.I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds this offensive.
5-13-2008 @ 4:40PM
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George OrwellCan mere offense constitute racism, harassment, or hate? As tasteless as I find the name, that is not sufficient grounds for the name to be forbidden. Just because we disagree with or are offended by something does not mean we should seek prohibition of it. Institutionalized systemic racism is one thing, an individual’s personal opinion is quiet another. The first is fair game for regulation by the people; the later can never be regulated in any legitimate free society.Before we form up a thought police and seek to regulate right and wrong, perhaps we should consider the virtues of our current system. For all its flaws, an open and anonymous internet has its merits as well. For every racist, there is a political dissident; for every sexist, an informer; for every lunatic, an intelligent blogger. We cannot have an open and free internet, or society, without being occasionally offended. Ultimately, we gain far more than we lose in this transaction and while the cost is regrettable, it is one I am easily willing to pay. I can ignore morons for the ability to express and share any idea with any fellow human near instantaneously across the globe. WoW is Blizzard’s property, and as such they can do what they will and regulate what they see fit. But it would be a grave mistake on the part of Blizzard, or this community, to seek to silence those we disagree with or are offended by.
5-14-2008 @ 2:25PM
Boo hoo. OMG someone made fun of a historical event..get over yourselves. Having a team name "Rosa Parks stole my bus seat" is off color sure, but its along the same lines as "George Washington got my cherry tree". Its just a joke, stop trying to be so politically correct and tight arsed. If it offends you that much, cry a little tear to yourself and snuggle your teddybear for a bit, that should make you feel better.
5-13-2008 @ 5:03PM
You know what kills me about the comments on this is that there's no room in most people's minds for a middle ground. Most of the comments that follow either want the offenders burned at the stake or think that people like myself are trying to bring about the reign of Big Brother. Am I offended by the name? Yeah, a bit. Do I want the perpetrators to be perma-banned from the game and their computers confiscated. No.I understand that for the most part names like this are made just to get a rise out of people. I just really don't care to see stuff like this in the game I pay $15 a month for. Also, since it's against Blizzard's naming policy, I feel perfectly justified in reporting it. If I wanted political or social commentary, there's a slew of websites out there that cater to that need.
5-13-2008 @ 5:30PM
Come to think of it Rosa Parks would fight for the free speech to have such an arena team name.I may not like what you say but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.
5-13-2008 @ 7:37PM
Durwathi,Quoting George Orwell is all well and good I guess - after all, Hitler/Goebbels-style mass-hate demonstrations are all well and good in the name of free speech and right of expression if you happen to be a member of the majority. I'm not so sure jews, slavs, blacks and so on in 30s Germany were too keen on cheering on the nazis' right to hatemonger and beat people up, trashing their property and even killing them.However, WoW is NOT an arena for debate, OR free expression. It's a commercial venture, and freedom of whatever don't apply there so just forget about pointing at the US constitution/bill of rights etc. Rather, Blizzard themselves sets the rules, and rightfully so. The game is meant to be safe and enjoyable for everybody, including minorities that are often targetted by slurs - or worse - in society at large.If you disagree with this basic standpoint you're always at liberty to quit giving Actizzard your monthly tithe... :P
5-15-2008 @ 1:30AM
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" - VoltaireRegardless of how unfortunate and distasteful the team name I don't think simply banning the name will eliminate the problem. The team name is a manifestation of racism or simply insensitivity, not the other way around.
5-17-2008 @ 7:36AM
Faar, are you really comparing the right to free speech with the "right to beat people up, trash their property and even kill them."? I fail to see how those are the same.
6-06-2008 @ 4:38PM
Hey, it's Blizzard's policy, and I happen to agree with it.I'm perfectly fine helping them enforce it, even though I did do a nervous laugh upon reading it the first time.(BTW, you're right to free speech is trumped by Blizzard's right to run their software/company how they want)
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