Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:10 PM
RetroGamer1971 (177 posts)
Which Liberal Activist Judge Kept Republicans From Banning Violent Video Games?
Which flaming liberal activist judge led the court in this tightly-contested, Holly-weird-protecting ruling?
"Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for five justices in the majority in the video games decision, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, No. 08-1448, said video games were subject to full First Amendment protection.
“Like the protected books, plays and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas — and even social messages — through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot and music) and through features distinctive to the medium (such as the player’s interaction with the virtual world),” Justice Scalia wrote. “That suffices to confer First Amendment protection.”
Depictions of violence, Justice Scalia added, have never been subject to government regulation. “Grimm’s Fairy Tales, for example, are grim indeed,” he wrote, recounting the gory plots of “Snow White,” “Cinderella” and “Hansel and Gretel.” High school reading lists and Saturday morning cartoons, too, he said, are riddled with violence.
That’s the same commie pinko Justice Scalia who also ruled that it’s constitutional for the U.S. Government to regulate firearms. Oops."
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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:36 PM
Posteritatis (18,807 posts)
2. Kind of sad that that ruling was close at all
"Does this medium warrant First Amendment protection" really ought to generally be 9-0 "Yes" by default.
On the other hand, every new medium of expression's run into a few decades of "but this one doesn't count" sorts of legislation and court rulings. It wasn't until 1952 that film finally received First Amendment protection, for instance (overturning a unanimous 1915 ruling saying they didn't!). I'm glad there isn't another forty-year blight of "this can't qualify as speech of expression, so censor away" with games.