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January 26, 2015

Not Comics: Yet Another Horrifying Gaming-Related Post

Here. It's pretty self-explanatory. I don't follow that world very closely but that is just unacceptable, hateful idiocy, a parade of verbal sewage masquerading -- literally, almost no one uses their real name -- as righteous action. Good gravy. Even on the worst week ever by the TCJ message board, one of the notoriously hard-edged places for people talking on the Internet in the late 1990s through the early 2000s, 98 percent of these tweets as a single tweet would have immediately caused shouting at and banning of the dope perpetrating it.

I think it's good for people in comics to pay attention to fields with some overlap in cultural terms. It helps to know what something largely idiotic and hateful looks like so that it can better avoided closer to home. It doesn't make me feel god that this kind of thing has to happen anywhere, but I think a lot of folks than ever resolved this kind of direct harassment doesn't happen in comics, and I think that's good. Also, I'm not sure why angry speech directed at someone is treated in many cases as speech made just to be making it or in a non-confrontational context. How does that work? That seems dumb to me.
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