Klepsacovic has a blog post today on miscommunication online. It’s a paper that was written a few years ago and it’s long. But the upshot is that if you’re trying to get a serious message across, irony and sarcasm are not so good. Regular readers to my blog will know that this is something that I do all the time, as are the emotional rants. It is my shtick, as you say. But it is extremely unrealistic of me to expect a first time reader to my blog to get that message, particularly on a subject such as representation in gaming, as opposed to lets say talking about the Defias messanger’s lunch box.
So I fucked up. I wrote an emotionally charged post on an emotional subject and all hell broke loose. And because of my writing style I was misunderstood. These are my mistakes. The best thing you can do in life is to learn from your mistakes, so in the future when commenting on a serious subject I will try to keep my language crisp and clear.
Mistakes have been made on the other side also. I think that my original intentions have been made quite transperent by now. I only ask that we leave the misinterpretation behind so as to move forward.
A lot of people have commented that they are sick of this argument, and I respect that. No more flogging a dead horse on pedantics. But to be honest, not a lot of bloggers are updating much at the moment. You either talk about Cataclysm, (which is like trying to talk about a future piece of bread whilst watching the baker kneed the dough), or you talk about your suana in your hotel room on your holiday. I think that this topic of representation in the gaming world is important, and this is the moment to talk about subjects like this. Come cataclysm we know where the discussion will be. Spinks has a very interesting post today on women in gaming which I have commented on, I encourage you to check it out.
I also ask people commenting on this blog to try and keep it on topic. If somebody arrives that has a different argument, state your objection to it and why and leave it at that. If somebody is obviously trolling, just let it go and trust me, I will deal with it. No matter which side of the fence you sit, being emotionally overblown is self-inhibiting, and casts you in a bad light to people sitting in the middle.