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2-01-2012 @ 3:19PM
I used to write, as well. I also wrote and gave speeches. So I completely agree with the idea that words are powerful tools.I also agree with the *personal concept* that we can choose to be offended or not. But I am seeing far too many people who are willing to use that as a shield to hide their own decision to be an obnoxious ass. "You're choosing to be offended, and it doesn't matter what I do" is a very convenient cover.There is a critical component missing from MMOs that permits a collective group to apply standards of behavior on its members. There is no way to effectively consequate actions by an individual. You can put a toon on /ignore, but it won't stop the person behind it from rerolling, or using a different account to continue being a dbag. Blizzard could be effective, but they've taken the very understandable position that they won't be heavy-handed, so it takes a fairly substantial amount of poor behavior (language or otherwise) to get the ban-hammer to fall.In short: my choosing to not feel offended does not remove an individual's fault when they choose to be offensive. And to the author's final question: we *do* have that power, but it's a collective power that must exercised consciously with awareness. The power to allow a word to become negative requires the opposite.
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