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A discourse on discord: Examining online toxicity

June 06, 2018 1 min read

I was browsing the internet one day and came across a fledgling YouTuber who wanted to promote his gaming videos. It was in a gaming forum, and he was asking players to give him critiques on his work. I took a quick look even though I knew I shouldn't have. My gut instinct was proven correct as I watched him keep referring to a character whose epithet was "The Black" as "The N****r." And no, that censored word isn't the South Park"Wheel of Fortune" answer.

Normal people recognize offensive jokes can be brilliantly done -- crass, yes, but hilarious all the same. That's the case today with Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, Bill Maher, or luminaries like Richard Pryor and George Carlin. Using the n-word though just seems like forcing something that's offensive in order to be edgy and agitate as many people as possible.

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