Hi everyone! I just wanted to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas. Whether it is with family or with friends I would like to wish you all the best.
So, "Merry Christmas and to all a Good Night". God Bless.
In this increasingly politically correct world that we live in, we are encouraged during this holiday season to say "Happy Holidays". This is to show respect to all cultures that are currently celebrating a holiday during this month and indeed there are many holidays. There is Kwanzaa, Eid, Hanukkah, etc., that currently share the same month as Christmas. So, why won't I say "Happy Holidays"? Don't I respect these other holidays? I do, I just don't believe that I should change what I'm saying to reflect someone's sensitivity. Let me explain.
Say I went to Saudi Arabia during the month of Ramadan and someone told me Happy Ramadan. Being a Christian, does this then mean that I have a right to be offended that he said this. No. It would be my problem since I decided to go to a predominately Muslim country, and so I would have to respect there culture and traditions that they have in their country. Its like going to Wendy's to expecting to buy a Whopper. It would be completely stupid on my part to be offended. But yet, it seems that I'm a bad guy for saying "Merry Christmas". I don't believe that I am.
In fact, I feel in many ways that saying "Happy Holidays" is even more disrespectful to everyone involved since it requires you to know absolutely nothing about someone's culture to say it. Lets face it, "Happy Holidays" is probably the blandest term that we could give this season of holidays. At lest, I believe it is. I would rather just say happy Eid or Hanukkah, etc. then to use the term "Happy Holidays". Then again, may be you disagree. In any case, I would like to hear from you. How do you feel about this subject?
If you have been coming around my blog recently you have probably noticed the lack of posting that has happened on this blog. The reason for that, is I've been playing allot more World of Warcraft, to get my character up to level 70 (which is the top level your character can reach. So as of last Monday, I reached that mark and am now working on getting my character geared up and ready for Kara (which is a 10 man raid instance in the game). So I apologize, to you and I do hope to get more of a steady posting pace in the coming weeks and into the new year.
This was the title of a resent article published by on the popular video game website IGN. In the article, they highlighted a recent study released by Hill & Knowlton which suggested that the majority of adults would like to see more government oversight as it comes to the sale of "Mature" video games.
This study was quickly shot down by the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) which stated that the study was incomplete. The ESA, then went on to talk about how they are helping to protect children and educate parents with there rating system, etc.. But they never really released any counter information to discredit the study, and so we are only left with nothing more than a PR statement.
Do I believe that the government should regulate video games? Yes I do. Why? Because we can't trust retailers to be responsible in respecting ESRB ratings. If I was a parent and my kid wanted Manhunt 2 or any similar game, I wouldn't buy it for him or her. But, if there is nothing stopping retailers from selling the game to my kids they might just run out and buy the game with out my permission. I know I would if I knew my parents wouldn't allow me to get a game I wanted. Do I believe that my child would become a murderer because he played violent video games. No, but I wouldn't want to subject my child to that type of content in case he ever became depressed or anger. One thing that I have personally noticed is that my friends that are easily angered (or bitter) seem to consume a lot of violent programming. I'm not sure if it is the violent movies or video games that have helped them to be more aggressive or if they are aggressive and so they consume so much violence. This being said, I don't want to learn the answer at my child's expense.
And so, I do support government oversight in this area. And it is fine if you disagree with me.