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10-31-2010 @ 7:58PM
"so I just kept my mouth shut and acted as an elected official should""Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion." -Edmund Burke
10-31-2010 @ 8:11PM
Not a bad perspective, but also a slippery slope. In an ideal world elected officials should serve as representatives of the people who elect them, and both the people and the representatives should keep in mind what is good for the whole. It is the role of the judiciary to decide what is right and wrong for the people, not representatives. Even a white knight can falter.Sorry to anyone reading who doesn't like politics in their WoW. It happens. =o
10-31-2010 @ 8:32PM
And the world is a much different place now.I was hesitant to post such a thing here, but I thought I'd present another perspective. :)
10-31-2010 @ 8:41PM
I always appreciate seeing how truly diverse WoW players can be in their locations, backgrounds, and ideologies. It's nothing to be ashamed of, even if there are a few people who will harp on you for bringing the real world into their game. It's a social game, so it's bound to happen.
10-31-2010 @ 8:53PM
No, the Judiciary's job has nothing, not a thing, to do with 'right and wrong.' It has to do with the law. Period. If a law is 'wrong,' but legal (which only has meaning if there's a set of rules beyond what the legislature promulgates), it's the legislature's job to get rid of, or repair it.A representative's job is to do what they believe is best for the people who elected them, regardless of how much they like what he does. It doesn't mean you keep the job; when your electorate disagrees with you strongly enough, or loses confidence in you (not always the same thing, mind) it's likewise their job to replace you next time you come up for election.Regardless, it's kind of a red herring, since the WoW Insider gig isn't an elected position. The powers that be at WoW Insider gave you the space to share your ideas about priest healing.
10-31-2010 @ 9:16PM
Right and wrong is probably a poor word choice. Talking strictly American politics, right and wrong is basically what is and isn't legal in accordance to our constitution. The judiciary interprets laws and decides if they are right (legal) or wrong (illegal) by the Constitution.In response to the use of the original analogy though -- You're right, I was selected, not elected. But I look at my position with a certain degree of journalistic responsibility. It's opinion blogging, but I have my own little code of ethics that I try to maintain and I feel obligated to not be off in my own little elitist world of priesting as much as I can. If 99% of priests think Chakra is clunky but I don't think it is and thus never mention it, I'm not really doing my job to my readers.Today I suspected my post was going to deviate from the majority opinion, despite how much I advocate my own side, so I tried to make that transparent by explaining how I got to this point. It can take some effort sometimes to find the right balance between objective, subjective, corporate tool, atypical weirdo, elitist, casual, and every other angle I have the option of taking. Today was particularly one sided so I used that analogy to explain why I felt torn on mentioning how I've actually felt about the Chakra changes before now. That's all =)
10-31-2010 @ 9:20PM
Is there a particular balance of community reporting, editorializing, etc. expected of WoW Insider writers, or is it up to the writer to decide?I'm just curious how things work behind-the-scenes. :P
10-31-2010 @ 9:59PM
It's up to us to decide for the most part. Every writer on the site has his or her own unique voice and style with the editors dictating mostly what we should cover (this patch, that change, this boss, etc) but not how.
11-01-2010 @ 3:12AM
Depends on what you mean by right and wrong. It's not the judiciary's job to make a moral stand on issues, but it is their job to ensure that the law is written and enforced in a way that upholds certain standards, because those standards will exist elsewhere within the legal system. An obvious example is consistency of treatment between one law or case and another. The law is such a complex framework of ethical codes that in a lot of cases it does come down to subjective interpretation of issues, which is similar to making a moral judgement and legislating based on that judgement.
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