A Congressman stops by to post in your official forums
Coolest. Thing. Ever.
…Oh god. Our congressmen and women are becoming gamers, too? My world…it no longer makes sense.
Other way around, gamers are growing up to become congressmen and women.
TURN THIS WEB SITE INTO A WEBCOMIC OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN.
Another decade or two it will be far more common I think. I look at it this way, I’m 36 and been playing computer games all my life, the time where those like me are in the age bracket that normally fill congress, even presidency, isn’t that far off.
Sign #134 of the Decline and Fall of the American Empire: Instead of making laws, elected officials prefer to waste time on frivolous pleasures.
That’s a feature, not a bug. Frankly, I’d prefer they waste time playing games rather than making frivolous laws.
Given some of the outrageous and dangerous laws that your elected officials choose to make, such as SOPA / PIPA, we’d all be better off if they wasted MORE time on ‘frivolous pleasures’.
Is it bad for a congressman to have a hobby that might allow him to relate to regular people a bit better? Should we pop him back into his ivory tower and take away his internet access?
I’m also curious as to why you think elected officials’ main job is to pile on more and more laws, forever and ever, regardless of absurdity, and why that constitutes a “not falling” American Empire.
I’d consider the attempted destruction of free speech on the internet to be a stronger sign of the decline of the American Empire. Maybe it’s already on your list of signs and I just missed it; maybe around sign #10000?
Rep Jared Polis??United States Congress01-11-2012, 10:40 AMHi, this is Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado. As a member of the League of Legends community (partial to Anivia and Maokai), and as someone who made his living as an Internet entrepreneur before being elected to Congress, I’m greatly concerned about the future of the Internet and gaming if Congress doesn’t wake up. You may have heard that Congress is currently considering a bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. While SOPA has a ton of problems, there are some significant issues that I thought fellow gamers might want to know about. I’m particularly concerned that SOPA might stifle the kind of innovation that brings us games we love, such as LoL. The bill makes it far too easy for angry competitors to sue good law abiding companies out of existence. It threatens any company or website that depends on user-generated content, even companies like Riot. Instead of coming up with great ways to keep making games like LoL even better, companies will have to spend their money hiring lawyers. That’s why companies like Riot, who want to protect the games they create, are opposed to SOPA. I’ve been working on alternative legislation that would protect the games companies create while also fostering innovation. But we also need you to call your members of Congress and let them know of your opposition to SOPA. This bill has a very real chance of passing, and it is up to all of who want to protect the Internet to take action. More information is available at http://keepthewebopen.com/. Please make your voices heard in this debate! I will be happy to respond to your posts below, and will check back every few hours today and respond to as many as I can.[/quote]
Vetarnias is right. Instead of frivolous legislation like freedom of speech on the internet, congress should follow the lead of the Canadian parlaiment. When they resume business on January 30th they’ll have the second reading of the Canadian Flag Act.
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