Congratulations, Jack Thompson, you are the first person to appear on the list of Things That Need To Die.
Though, it’s almost a staple of many internet hate groups to attack Jack Thompson. For those of you who do not know who he is, I’ll give you a little bit of background information.
Jack Thompson, a former Florida attorney, is an activist against the evils of society. However, he believes the evils of society include The Howard Stern Show, Rap music, Facebook, and, most prominently, video games. He’s submitted a number of ridiculous lawsuits against these things, and more often than not, he’s lost. He’s attacked various forms of free expression in the music industry, usually against the vulgarity therein, and has objected that video games are not protected by such free expression. Now, as we should see by now, Mr. Thompson is not the handiest tool in the shed, so this should come as no surprise.
In fact, Mr. Thompson has called video games “dangerous physical appliances that teach a kid how to kill efficiently and love it.” And after playing a few minutes or even hours of video games, you’ll know that this is absolute bologna. Unless you have a serious underlying mental condition, it does not occur to one that the stress-relieving properties of video games should ever be applied to the outside world. Which is why they are GAMES.
Anyway, Jack Thompson has been a major opponent to Rockstar Games and Take-Two Entertainment, makers of such games as Grand Theft Auto and Bully. As above, each game that was produced with qualities that Mr. Thompson found “unsavory” was acted against legally and compared to various asinine scenarios, such as GTA:IV being compared to indoctrination like the Hitler Youth.
Fortunately, in July 2008, Jack Thompson was disbarred by the Florida Bar due to malpractice. This did not stop his activism, however, and on Sepetember 29, 2009, he filed a lawsuit against Facebook for various groups that oppose the ideals of Mr. Thompson. Any action taken to the removal of such groups, however, is unlikely.
Now, my thoughts on this are that Mr. Thompson is the helicopter parent that everybody hates. He has such this idealistic view of society that can not be accomplished, and feels that it is the media’s fault, and not society in general, that hath corrupted us all. Then again, compare some of the most violent games or hostile songs you’ve ever heard to the content that is shared on the internet on a regular basis. There’s no contest that the Internet can do a great deal more corrupting. Mr. Thompson’s imposed ideals and general slowdown that he caused with legal proceedings are what will lead him to be remembered in great infamy among some circles.
If everything were butterflies and rainbows, life would be a lot less interesting.
Let Jack Thompson’s Idealistic View of Society and his Imposing Nature Die