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How do we call selective blindness regarding the 3ds? A handicap or autism?



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People get way too worked up over stuff like this. Go on and say whatever you want no one is stopping you but that doesn't give you an excuse to be a prick and it's wise to actually think about what you say instead of throwing out words like gay and autistic like you're an edgy 6th grader



VGPolyglot said:
super_etecoon said:
When I first came to VGC is was a great group of people. Really classy kids that wanted to talk about videogams and sales. There were certainly the occasional trolls riling things up just to get a rise out of people. Something happened along the way. I think many of them left, maybe for Facebook, maybe for real life, maybe for other forums, but they definitely left. I think some of them lurk. But what has replaced them is sad. People who wrap themselves in "freedom of speech" and the freedom to be jerks for their own personal comfort. Thanks, curl, for continuously being an example of what VGC once was. I support you and this thread.

You know what, for how much people criticize ResetEra here, I think the alternative, what we have here, seems to be worse.

I think both ends are equally annoying in their own way. The other day a guy in another forum shared an ERA thread where the folks complained about the appearance of an Indian taxi driver (which seems to be a stereotype) in Cyperpunk 2077's trailer. I didn't say anything, but... ugh, worrying too much about every single stereotype that appears in media... Not a fan of that, and while I understand their concerns, I'd rather just conform with the fact that I don't think certain people have to inherently be associated with a certain pre-conception. 

ANYWAY, that was very off-topic. If you're asking for decency, you can get it from me. While the vast majority of people don't really have malicious intentions while using adjectives like retarded or autistic, I don't use them at all because I think it's tasteless. We already have proper adjectives to point out people who simply can't make use of sense for a moment or the whole time, like idiot or stupid, and even those I try to avoide, because, well, I lose more than what I gain by using them. 



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Ka-pi96 said:
Dark_Lord_2008 said:

If we live in a democratic country we should be entitled to voice our opinions. Back in the good old days we used to have freedom and democracy. It now looks like we are living in a dystopian totalitarian world as predicted in  George Orwell's 1984.

What about people's freedom not to be insulted or mocked?

Doesn't exist. Harassment is illegal in most places though. 



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VGPolyglot said:
HomokHarcos said:

People should say they want to. I don't agree with limiting speech on forums. Banning people from using insults is not likely to change their opinion.

Don't agree with limiting speech? What about giving out other people's personal information?

Sharing personal information puts individuals at potential risk.

 

Describing someone who is acting autistic as "dripping with autism" does not.



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Respect each other and how they feel or respect each others right to be an asshole? That's really not a tough choice.

The fact that some people intentionally choose to be an asshole rather than being considerate baffles me. It's also intellectually lazy. Out of two dozen synonyms for a given idea, you can only think of the one that's derogatory or mocking?



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Azuren said:
VGPolyglot said:

Don't agree with limiting speech? What about giving out other people's personal information?

Sharing personal information puts individuals at potential risk.

 

Describing someone who is acting autistic as "dripping with autism" does not.

So, you're already acknowledging that there should be limits though. And what is "acting autistic"? Can't you use something that is less ambiguous anyway?



VGPolyglot said:
HomokHarcos said:

People should say they want to. I don't agree with limiting speech on forums. Banning people from using insults is not likely to change their opinion.

Don't agree with limiting speech? What about giving out other people's personal information?

Remember Judge Judy's comparison. Insults are nasty, handing out personal information is dangerous.



HomokHarcos said:
VGPolyglot said:

Don't agree with limiting speech? What about giving out other people's personal information?

Remember Judge Judy's comparison. Insults are nasty, handing out personal information is dangerous.

But the question is whether or not there should be limits to speech.



Calling someone autistic is not even a good insult, many autists are high functioning individuals. So, calling someone autistic just shows what a moron the name-caller is.

On the other hand, the reactions toward the usage of the words fag and retard are a bit over the top, in my opinion. I've used those in my circle of friends for over 10 years, and nobody is actually insulted. I agree that they shouldn't be used as offensive insults towards strangers, but I see no harm in them being used jokingly.
There is that Bill Burr bit about the usage of "fag" amongst friends, but I have no clue how to embed YT clips.