Twittering Michigan Congressman Cops to Owning a Wii

April 16, 2009 -

Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) has, it would seem, something of an up-and-down relationship with digital technology.

GameCulture reports that Hoekstra visited a second-grade class in Holland, Michigan yesterday. While there, Hoekstra revealed that he owns a Wii:

After lofting Hoekstra a string of softballs, such as "Do you like your job?" "Have you, um, ever, like, gone to Hong Kong?" and "How old are you?" the shorties laid in with the bomb — "Do you own a Wii?"

After confessing that he was 55, "really old," Hoekstra broke down and conceded that, yes, he owns a Wii. He also let slip that he has a dog and a cat and that the two are friends.

Nice.

Also to his credit, Hoekstra is heavy Twitter user, although GamePolitics readers may recall that in February, Hoeksta spilled the beans about a top-secret congressional trip to Iraq by tweeting about it

During the Bush years, Hoekstra presided over a 2006 congressional hearing during which House Intelligence Committee members were told that a YouTube video featuring stock Battlefield 2 gameplay footage and a voice-over from Team America: World Police were products of an Al Qaeda propaganda campaign.


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Re: Twittering Michigan Congressman Cops to Owning a Wii

Regardless of one's opinion on the Wii, it really is impressive how Nintendo has made gaming more mainstream to casual crowds, even politicians.

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Re: Twittering Michigan Congressman Cops to Owning a Wii

Putting an end to the 'videogames made me do it!' defense, one step at a time!

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Re: Twittering Michigan Congressman Cops to Owning a Wii

I also don't understand why he would think it was a bad thing. Is he like against all video games, or is he afraid they'll impeach him for it?

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Re: Twittering Michigan Congressman Cops to Owning a Wii

What in the world are you talking about?  Where does it say in the article that Hoekstra thinks video games are bad?

"De minimus non curat lex"

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: Twittering Michigan Congressman Cops to Owning a Wii

"AE: I've snipped the rest of your post and the replies as they devolve into pointless and insult-laden bickering."

Thanks, Andrew. I snipped the rest, as I didn't want it kept.

Anyway, I meant that I failed to understand why he thought keeping a Wii was a bad thing. I was simply asking for clarification on the matter.

Also, hayabusa, in future, if you have a problem with how I post, bring it to Dennis and the mods and let them decide. It's not your place to say if someone's post is pointless, no more than it is mine, which is why I reserve PMing them for when I report Trolls, like Amen4u and Derovirus.

The same goes for you, Keddren, if you ever read this.

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"A Chrono Trigger is anything that unleashes its will or desire to change history!" -Gaspar

Re: Twittering Michigan Congressman Cops to Owning a Wii

Sorry, but I'm not bothering the mods or Dennis about this.  I would never dream of asking for you to be banned, which is the only reason I would go to the higher-ups about anything.  But you're mistaken if you think it's not my place to criticize you.  I can say what I want and so can you, it's called Freedom of Speech.  We may get our posts deleted, but I'm not going to let the possibility of that prevent me from saying what I want to say.

"De minimus non curat lex"

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: Twittering Michigan Congressman Cops to Owning a Wii

If you actually think you're supposed to reply to people and tell them off for making posts that either truly are pointless or whose point has flown clear over your head, then why don't you push for mod status? That would give you all the authority you need to criticize people's posting habits with the added bonus of having no one in a position to question you, save for Dennis.

Plus, if you're unwilling to get Dennis or the mods involved, then you either (A) are afraid they won't see it your way, and might give you the BanHammer, to which I recommend you grow a pair, or (B) should learn to keep your shit to yourself, since one day you might pull that and someone might see it and think you're Trolling, and then you have a better chance of getting the BanHammer than you do in Scenario A.

Either way, people more respectable than you (Mike Chandra, to name one) have seen this stream, even before Andrew snipped it at my request, and are disgusted that you hide behind the First Amendment as a source of immunity from Dennis and the mods. Speaking of Dennis and the mods, people don't have to deserve the BanHammer to need to be reported to them.

On a final note, Freedom Of Speech does not give you the right to act the way you do. It's why we have admins and mods. They have the authority to tell people off for how they post. You do not. If you want that authority, give Dennis a perfectly good reason to make you a mod.

The difference between people like you and admins/mods in this case is that if they tell me my post is pointless, I might consider editing to make my meaning clearer, whereas I don't have to if they say nothing while you call my posts vacuous, since you're not in a position to say "your post is pointless" while they are.

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"A Chrono Trigger is anything that unleashes its will or desire to change history!" -Gaspar

Re: Twittering Michigan Congressman Cops to Owning a Wii

AE: This is getting tiresome.  Everyone is allowed to post here and say what they want as long as it's kept civil and remains relatively on topic.  End of story.

Re: Twittering Michigan Congressman Cops to Owning a Wii

How is relaying your personal console "breaking down and admiting"? It's not a ****ing crime! This is how gaming advocates are treated. It's bad enough bashing us, but at least this guy seems to be trying to pull his head out of his butt. Let'em.

Re: Twittering Michigan Congressman Cops to Owning a Wii

It's called humor. You should try it sometime.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Twittering Michigan Congressman Cops to Owning a Wii

Sorry. When BS reigns in politics, it's hard to tell sometimes.
 
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Kronodebate. Becaus apparently people who only post on Reddit are supposed to police twitter before they're allowed to question anything about the people involved.09/18/2014 - 10:40pm
KronoI highly doubt many, if any are using journalistic integrity as a cover for harassment. The people harassing are essentially trolls. They aren't interested in subtle. More often it's othe other way around. People use "but X is being harassed" to shut down09/18/2014 - 10:38pm
Andrew EisenAnd exacerbating everything is the fact that all the cries of ethics violations have been obnoxious and easily proven false.09/18/2014 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenProblem is, I would imagine, the sheer number of people who are using journalistic integrity as a cover for their harassing actions or only bringing it up on the false pretense of journalistic integrity.09/18/2014 - 8:47pm
Andrew EisenHaving said that, I can certainly see how one would be frustrated if they truly just wanted to talk about journalistic integrity and someone said they were one of the people harassing Sarkeesian, Quinn and others (though I've seen no examples of that).09/18/2014 - 8:44pm
KronoThat's been the common refrain, that talk of journalism ethics is just an excuse to harass people.09/18/2014 - 8:44pm
KronoLines like "like a partial compromise with the howling trolls who’ve latched onto ‘ethics’ as the latest flag in their onslaught against evolution and inclusion." are taring everyone questioning the ethics as a harasser.09/18/2014 - 8:43pm
Andrew EisenKrono - Except, none of the articles were talking about gamers complaining about journalist ethics, let alone called them white male misogynists. They were talking about the gamers who were harassing others.09/18/2014 - 8:36pm
Kronomakes plenty of sense. It's rather hard to dismiss someone as a white guy running a sock puppet when they've posted proof they're a woman, or black, or another minority.09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
Kronothat any critics of journalists were white guys that hated women, and could be dismissed as such. It seems to have helped some. It's kind of difficult to maintain the white guy narrative in the face of a bunch of women and non-white guys. So the tag09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
Kronothat, someone vented on a #gamergate 4chan thread about being dismissed like that. The suggestion they got in return was to organize their own hashtag in response, with #NotYourShield being suggested. Thus the tag came into use to combat the undercurrent09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
Kronomuch more general problem. And while several of the articles were fairly tame, they spured a bunch of people to dismiss any critics of the journalism involved as misogynistic men. Usually with insults aimed at the geek stereotype. After about a week of09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - Not sure what that has to do with anything but yeah, the gender percentages differ depending on how the study defines what a gamer is.09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
KronoThe rhetoric pushed by the spearheading articles that the "gamers" complaining about journalist ethics were just angry white male misogynists, insulted a lot of people that were previously fairly neutral. It made it go from a Kotaku problem, to a09/18/2014 - 8:31pm
Krono@Andrew I'm not surprised overlap exists. I expect much of it is a rush to jump on the bandwagon, either by reporting on the original articles, or rushing out their own. The point is that was a major flashpoint, much bigger than the reddit mass deletion.09/18/2014 - 8:31pm
Sleaker@AE - well the gamer trend was described with stats on Factual Femenist. Only 1 in 7 males plays games 20+ hrs going into college vs 1 in 40 females. So gaming is definitely still male dominated despite fake stats trying to say otherwise.09/18/2014 - 8:30pm
Craig R.Do conspiracies ever make sense? The fact that people are now having to defend themselves against nutjob websites like Breitbart.com shows how far down into the rabbit hole we've all been forcibly dragged.09/18/2014 - 7:05pm
Michael ChandraBut when the mountain obviously exists...09/18/2014 - 5:49pm
Michael ChandraMind you, if someone makes a mountain out of a molehill with a secret agenda as motive, it'd be fine.09/18/2014 - 5:48pm
Andrew EisenOkay, so I guess I'm not making sense of #notyourshield because it doesn't make any sense.09/18/2014 - 5:28pm
 

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