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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.
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