activist Jack Thompson under investigation
(thanks Mike Martinez) reports on the
latest bits of insanity from the world of Jack Thomson, Crusading Attorney™,
saying his shenanigans are subjecting him to the type of scrutiny he seems so
eager to focus on the actions of others. Here's a bit on the aftermath of the
whole modest proposal/Penny Arcade (story
threats then escalated. Jack then faxed a
letter to the
Seattle Police Department claiming that Penny Arcade was "criminally harassing"
him, and urging the arrest of "this little extortion factory".
At this point, the nerds swung into action. Penny Arcade forum members wrote,
edited and sent letters and faxes to the Florida Bar Association detailing
Thompson's activities and urging the review of his license to practice law. Jack
Thompson has already received a reprimand by the FBA for his antics in 1998, and
according to a spokesperson, the letters and faxes have been
received and forwarded to the disciplinary committee.
Already, other activists against video game violence are starting to distance
themselves from Jack Thompson. Earlier this month, the National Institute on
Media and the Family
wrote a letter
to Jack, asking him to remove the link to their organization from his web site.
While Mr. Thompson's fifteen minutes of fame may be waning, the issue of
violence in video games remains a hot topic.