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100% Anti Censorship- Can It Be Justified.

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. Benjamin Franklin

I have always had a problem with censorship, ever since I read 1984 when I was a kid, I have squirmed about government interference in our lives. An argument for total non government interference would be arguing for anarchy, something I am also not comfortable with so I cannot say my stance on that issue is absolute but I have come to the conclusion that I am 100% against censorship.

You would think that would be a fairly easy decision to make and stick by but actually I have discovered that it is far more complicated than I at first gave it credit for. For example a big test of my resolve came with the recent news of a game from Japan that involved the raping of a woman and her two daughters. Yuck. I had to have a good think about that. Do I think people have the right to play this game? Through firmly gritted teeth, I have to say ‘yes I do’. Now before people start telling me what this means about my character let’s look at my reasons for this.

Do I support rape? Well clearly not. Neither do I support the killing of prostitutes to steal back your cash after you have slept with them. Or punching innocent people in the face or running them down in a car just for the fun of it. I am actually not even terribly keen on cheating at poker.

The two things we need to take into account when making our decision on this issue are: when you are playing a game you are not actually doing those things, it is not real. I have shouted this long and hard and as big a test of my belief as this nasty little game is, I cannot back down from that now. It is not real, it is playing, no one gets hurt.

The other thing is that I don’t have the right to inflict my moral judgements on others, who am I to say the line has been crossed? If we are not 100% anti censorship then whose hands do we put the decision making process in. I am afraid I just do not think that there is a safe enough pair of hands available. I may well be able to find someone who agrees with my morals entirely but who says my morals are exactly correct and where does it leave the rest of you?

I am sure this game will not be the only thing to test my resolve on this issue, some people have a funny idea (in my opinion) of what constitutes fun, but whatever comes along I am going to fight for the freedom for grown adults to play it if they wish to. Then (if it is bad enough) I will hope like hell that the majority of right minded people don’t want to play it and it fails miserably in the financial stakes.

That is the best I can do, I am afraid that in a straight out fight – liberty wins over security every time for me.

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March 21, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

7 Comments »

  1. Agreed, agreed, agreed.

    Another interesting point is that games like RapeLay may very well be safe outlets.

    Comment by Pawper | March 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. Oh, I also wanted to add– I like the blog.

    Comment by Pawper | March 22, 2009 | Reply

    • Cheers 🙂

      I do not know enough about the pyschology of a safe outlet to venture an opinion on that one but instinct tells me that no video game ever turned a normal person into a rapist.

      Comment by michellejbuss | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. That is a rather sick idea of fun imo, however I do think that what you said raises a lot of good points. Psychology has yet to test the correlation between this kind of game and violence out there on the street. Though things like correlation are really hard to tell. Some study was done with testing violent video games and violence levels but I don’t think it was very conclusive. The people who played the violent video games tended to be more violent, but it wasn’t by much. If that makes sense.
    Nice blog!

    Comment by spamwarrior | March 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks 🙂

      I am not sure any study has ever conclusively shown that video game players are even a little bit more violent. Not any study that has scientific merit anyway.

      If you are interested in this sort of thing you should read the byron review, it is very interesting.

      Comment by michellejbuss | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  4. “Lisa, if you don’t watch the gore, you’ll NEVER become desensitized to it!”….Bart Simpson

    Comment by Cincinnati Mike | March 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Ha ha love it!

      Comment by michellejbuss | March 23, 2009 | Reply


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