August 18, 2006

The High Cost of Political Posturing

$510,528.64 plus, in this instance.

Go read Beydler.

8 Comments:

At 8/18/2006 11:27 AM, Blogger demgorilla said...

John Beydler's piece should be revised to, "The high cost of letting the video game industry pollute our kids' minds"

Gimme a break. This is the same industry that has the audacity to profit from selling games that exploit the assassination of the late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy? You don't think that the video game industry should step up to the plate and take some responsibility? You don't think those games lead to the de-sensitizing of QC kids?

Just because the Illinois Retail Merchants Association has the megabucks to take this to court -- and they do -- doesn't take away from the real need to accomplish something like our QC legislators tried to accomplish. Hurray for them. Shame on the video industry, whose values undermine the society in which our kids live.

 
At 8/18/2006 1:58 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Gorilla,

I suggest you take a few deep breaths. The entier video industry is not profiting from one particularly offensive video game, which you and others insist on throwing up to defend this unconstitutional action.

They're not passing the video games you find objectionable out to school children. It requires an adult to purchase them, and they're not cheap by any means.

Just how in the hell do you figure that young kids are all going to be sitting around the living room trying to kill Kennedy?

Please... give ME a break.

Your comment is a perfect example of the sort of BS that assaults the public from the political class trying to distract them from actual problems which would require some actual thought and leadership.

If you A. Think there's some epidemic of twisted kids out there, and B. that videos are to blame, then I suggest you're in error.

It's preposterous to think that passing draconian measures banning video games is going to have any effect whatsoever on the REAL social problems in society which are the true cause of crime and disaffection among some kids.

You're wasting our time and avoiding the real issues by trying to play on people's outrage over one video game.

 
At 8/18/2006 2:38 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

Mr. Dope, I respectfully and earnestly beg to differ on this one.

The video game industry is profiting from selling highly violent video games to our kids.
There are studies that show the de-sensitizing of the youth's sensibilities are tied directly to the onslaught of video and movie violence. I am one parent who has a deep concern about the effects these have on our young kids in the QCs.

Don't throw up that stuff about this being a distraction from "real issues." This is a "real issue" because it focuses on the quality of life for our kids; it focuses on giving hard-working parents some help in protecting their kids; it focuses on trying to send a message to the video game industry that there should be some sense of civic responsibility along with a keen interest in profits.

If you're not a parent, perhaps you don't understand the myriad ways violent and graphic sexually explicit TV, movies and videos hit our kids earlier and earlier.

I remember when Tipper Gore mentioned album lyrics and everyone attacked her. Well, I'm here to tell you, now that I'm a dad I do think this is a serious issue.

By the way, there is a video game that tests our QC kid's ability to assassinate the late President Kennedy on the video screen. Great, fantastic, whatever it takes to make a buck.

I care about our culture and our kids. I don't need a lecture about what's an issue and what's not. And I'm a progressive Democrat.

 
At 8/18/2006 3:05 PM, Blogger Huck Finn said...

My beef with it is that if they are going to decide it's something they want to legislate (for whatever reason), they should do it effectively and not squander their efforts on a law that's DOA.

 
At 8/18/2006 3:17 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

It is absoultely a bogus, ridiculous proposal to a bogus and politically expedient issue.

There won't be ONE BIT of difference if we ban violent video's or if we don't.

It's a bullshit issue, ginned up because it's got immediate emotional appeal to people, the politicians can thump their chests about supposedly protecting kids, and in the mean time, it DOESN'T ACCOMPLISH A THING.

It's just a BSN political trick no better than flag burning or some other ridiculous and goofy ideas.

 
At 8/20/2006 7:20 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

Dope, I guess you don't care about how the excessive violence in our video world is desensitizing our youth at amazingly early ages.
That's a shame. Anyone who says this issue doesn't merit our attention is truly not on the same page as this Moline parent.

Just because judges overrule it doesn't make it wrong. And just because David Vite claims victory, doesn't mean the private sector shouldn't step up to the plate and be more responsible.

 
At 8/20/2006 9:26 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Dem gorilla,

You prove my point by your continued demogogueing of this issue with trite and distorted exagerations and appeals to emotion.

There's nothing in my opinion on the matter that suggests that I don't care about the desensitizing effects of violent video games on kids.

I don't believe for a second that it's the epidemic you'd have us believe though, nor do I think it contributes directly to violent crime and there's simply no evidence whatsoever that it does.

In light of those facts as well as the fact that yes, it DOES make it wrong when judge rules something unconstitutional, unless of course you think the constitution doesn't matter, (which I suggest is a dangerous way to think), the fact remains that this issue is a dummy issue jumped on by politicians as a no work, no brain, politically expedient way to score points with the public.

A little examination whoever reveals it to be stupid from the beginning, and ineffective and worthless even if it were put into effect.

Since as a "moline parent" you obviously are concerned about your kids, could I humbly suggest then that you DON'T BUY THEM ANY VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES?????

Or does that just make too much sense?

 
At 8/20/2006 9:34 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Dem gorilla,

You prove my point by your continued demogogueing of this issue with trite and distorted exagerations and appeals to emotion.

There's nothing in my opinion on the matter that suggests that I don't care about the desensitizing effects of violent video games on kids.

I don't believe for a second that it's the epidemic you'd have us believe though, nor do I think it contributes directly to violent crime and there's simply no evidence whatsoever that it does.

In light of those facts as well as the fact that yes, it DOES make it wrong when judge rules something unconstitutional, unless of course you think the constitution doesn't matter, (which I suggest is a dangerous way to think), the fact remains that this issue is a dummy issue jumped on by politicians as a no work, no brain, politically expedient way to score points with the public.

All it takes is a little thought and examination however to see that it was stupid to propose and vote for in the beginning, and ineffective and worthless even if it were put into effect.

Since as a "moline parent" you obviously are concerned about your kids, could I humbly suggest then that you DON'T BUY THEM ANY VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES?????

Or does that just make too much sense?

But of course you're more concerned with OTHER people's kids.

But you can't seriously tell me or anyone with any intelligence that you actually believe that this measure, if it ever did pass, would have the SLIGHTEST effect on reducing violence by kids.

Everyone knows that it won't make ANY difference whatsoever, so why do it?

Simple. Just so politicians can thump their chests and have something to put in their mailings.

It's a misguided idea made even moreso by the fact that it's clearly unconstitutional.

 

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