Congressman Plays League of Legends, Backs Riot Games' SOPA Opposition

ThunderCavalier

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While I honestly respect the man and wish him all good fortune for opposing the popular vote to both speak his mind as a Congressman and a gamer, I must invoke my "Hope for the best, expect the worse." thoughts here.

I mean, I'm sure he's a great guy, but I doubt his position is popular at all with anyone else, so unless this guy can dig up some great evidence and get a lot of supporters on his side, I doubt he'll make a dent in the ignorant Congress heads.

One guy's progress, but we'll need more than one guy to get anywhere here.
 

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Tzekelkan said:
He can't be real. He must be a publicity stunt to... erm, by... that is to say he's surely a...

Oh I can't joke about this IT'S SO GREAT TO HEAR THERE ARE STILL REASONABLE PEOPLE IN CHARGE!
I thought this was ripped from the Onion when I first saw it.
It would be quite nice if more individuals like him could get elected in this country.
 

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OniaPL said:
Haha, it's funny how a politician can easily manipulate a group of people and score points with them just by admitting that he likes something or does something similar as them.
Just like it is with 98% of human relationships! Incredible!
 

MorganL4

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Neverhoodian said:
Korten12 said:
I saw this earlier. Why can't we get more congressman's like him? More congressmans/womens need to play Video Gamez.
Sylveria said:
Well that's one representative who isn't a a total scumbag. Hopefully we'll get more like him someday.
Don't worry, I think we're going to see more and more of this in the future. Most of the legal/political opposition to gaming and free speech on the internet come from the "old guard." They don't understand such things because they come from a bygone age, before such devices and forms of communication existed. They have not learned to adapt to the changing times, nor do they wish to. They are afraid of such changes, thus they lash out against it by supporting things like SOPA.

As they grow old and step down from office, the younger generations that grew up around such things will take their place. They will take a more measured, reasonable approach because it's familiar to them.

If we can just weather out another few decades, Congressmen like Jared Polis will end up being the norm rather than the exception.
I wish I could share your optimism, but when you look back at history the hippies from the sixties argued basically the same thing, and you know what........ That's them in office now.

case and point: Anne Coulter is a self proclaimed deadhead.
 

Gunner 51

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I get the feeling that SOPA will go down in flames, with all these companies jumpin' ship and now with Congressmen starting to oppose it - it's only a matter of time until SOPA is consigned to the dustbin where it belongs.
 

Strazdas

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A nerd congressmen? Why this is our lucky break!

Gunner 51 said:
I get the feeling that SOPA will go down in flames, with all these companies jumpin' ship and now with Congressmen starting to oppose it - it's only a matter of time until SOPA is consigned to the dustbin where it belongs.
That would only be true if we had democracy. Instead, we have the companies rule, which will make sure SOPA doesnt fail.
 

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While he sounds like a cool guy willing to stand up for what he believes in, I can't say I hold out much hope that anyone who matters will listen to him. Why should they?

We're the internet. They've been told that we're nothing but hateful trolls, Anonymous hackers, bloodthirsty players of "murder simulators" and child-porn fanatics. If you'd been taught that the internet is a hotbed of evil, would you listen to anything we have to say?
 

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Greg Tito said:
"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," Polis said.
That's the problem with our world. Things that require both theoretical and practical knowledge are often managed by people that know jack sh*t about them. :(

I vote for <link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meritocracy>Meritocracy to become one and only way to handle things !
 

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SonicWaffle said:
If you'd been taught that the internet is a hotbed of evil, would you listen to anything we have to say?
Once you realize the fact that that hotbed of evil is making your state money hand over fist, yes.


On a side note, 0 new SOPA supporters, 2 new against. The total is still lopsided at 81 for to(a slightly higher)29 against.