Saturday, July 16, 2005

Clinton Positions Herself

I'm going out to dinner, and then I have a certain book to read, so this'll probably be it for me tonight. Hillary Clinton is calling for a probe on Rockstar Games (in)famous Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game. The already controversial game has re-entered the spotlight after an internet download allowed players to simulate sex acts with characters on-screen.

Clinton, in my opinion, is playing this exactly right. She is loudly condemning the explicit content of games as "spiraling out of control," while simultanously limiting the probe only to the question of whether the modification unlocks hidden code written by Rockstar, or, as Rockstar claims, "is the result of hackers disassembling and then combining, recompiling and altering the game's source code." This is an important distinction, as it determines whether Rockstar can be morally/legally liable. But this is unimportant on the political level, where Clinton will score points with the married white women who will be critical if she is to have a chance in 2008.

6 comments:

Karasoth said...

How well did that work for Al Gore in 88....

and Al Gore was going up against offical industry content, not mod content done by hackers ont he side

N.S.T said...

Married white women aren't gonna like the way Hillary played falsey all American house wife as first lady just to position herself for a political career...

flaime said...

NST...
A male student is going to be such an expert on what Married White Women like.

Clinton is positioning herself. If you don't like her, don't vote for her. But don't presume to say what a group you aren't a member of will do. Because, being male, you are likely to be wrong.

N.S.T said...

I'm not one who likes to be shoddy in his postings. Everyone, of course, makes baseless or unsupported claims at some point, but I prefer to keep mine to a minimum. Thus, being male...I'm likely to have consulted with the opposite sex before making my statement, yes? I have, in fact, based the claim on actual conversations. I'd have to see how the polls stack up, to see how the larger demographic responds. My only crime, then, flaime, is making an anecdotally based statement. I certainly regret not having pointed out this before, but I could rattle off the names of scores of opinion columnists who make a living with anecdotal evidence, so I'm in good company with my logical fallacy.

jack said...

Our Puritan culture is so backwards sometimes. Consider:
1. This game and its prequals have been in the market for years.
2. The games include drug use, complete disregard for the rule of law and casual mass murder.
3.Only now Hilary Clinton objects to the game and only on the grounds that there is some hidden pornography.

I don't know how much media affects the health of our culture but I can't see how a little bit of secret nudity and sex could possible be more devastating to the psyche of a child then gunning down pedestrians and throwing grenades at police officers.

N.S.T said...

record these words, they certainly aren't seen very often. I agree completely with you, Jack Noble.