- Dec 28, 2017
Twitch Removes 'Blind Playthrough' Tag After Disability Criticism
Since 2018, Twitch has had a tag system that allows streamers to categorize their broadcasts according to their content’s contents and give viewers an at-a-glance idea of what they’re about. Tags also tie into Twitch’s still-rudimentary (but increasingly prominent) recommendation system. Until...
You have to be kidding me right? Is this a poorly timed April fools joke?
Using the term Blind playthrough is ablest, and is incredible harmful to those who suffer from a real disability (probably blindness), though how this could offend anyone as a tag on twitch is crazy to me because the people to be that could possibly be offended (by any stretch) can't see the tag anyway (HA zing).
“‘Blind playthrough’ or ‘going in blind’ can easily be replaced by saying ‘No spoilers playthrough’ or ‘Undiscovered’ or ‘first’ (if it is your first). A blind playthrough would be to turn your monitor off, and that’s not what most mean,”
Things like "going in blind" are terms that are more than just related to video games. It applied to any activity of job you are about to attempt without any prior knowledge of know-how to complete said task. It's been part of the slang phrases people have used forever. Are we really getting offended about anything and everything these days? Where do we draw the line? Because I was under the impression that censoring speech was a bad thing. I mean racist terms, fine, probably don't use those in a public setting...but terms and things like this are rather innocuous. This is trying too hard to nit pick language at this point right?
“Just as we used to say ‘gay’ when something was bad, using disability terms as an alternate word for a negative situation or feeling is common in today’s language. But just as we stopped saying gay to mean bad, we can stop saying these words too. Think about the words you choose.”
Well "gay" also used to mean happy, remember "have a gay ol' time?" from the Flintstones. "Fag's" are still cigarettes in the UK I believe, or at least they definitely used to be. These terms have been manipulated into negative connotations and we've reasonably moved on from using them in that context....mostly.
When has blind ever been used as a hateful label upon anyone or anything. So the censoring of it is simply nonsense.
From the Dictionary, here are other uses of the word.
Blind - adjective lacking perception, awareness, or discernment.
verb deprive (someone) of understanding, judgment, or perception.
noun a screen for a window, especially one on a roller or made of slats.
Are so going to rename our window screens now?