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#1 Edited by RenegadeMike (71 posts) -

Since some people like to learn things, here are my words of the day!

bigotry

noun big·ot·ry \ˈbi-gə-trē\

: bigoted acts or beliefs

pluralbig·ot·ries

Full Definition of BIGOTRY

1: the state of mind of a bigot2: acts or beliefs characteristic of a bigot

Examples of BIGOTRY

  1. <a deeply ingrained bigotry prevented her from even considering the counterarguments>

bigot

noun big·ot \ˈbi-gət\

: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)

Full Definition of BIGOT

: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic groups, gender, or sexual orientations ect.) with hatred and or intolerance— big·ot·ed \-gə-təd\ adjectivebig·ot·ed·lyadverbSee bigot defined for English-language learners See bigot defined for kids

Examples of BIGOT

  1. He was labeled a bigot after making some offensive comments.
  2. <an incorrigible bigot who hasn't entertained a new thought in years>
  3. “It's scandalous,” he said, in the tones once used by Colonel Blimp, Britain's best-loved bigot, who adorned the pages of the Evening Standard throughout the 1930s. —Nicholas Fraser, Harper's, September 1996
  4. [+]more

Origin of BIGOT

French, hypocrite, bigot

First Known Use: 1660

Source

http://www.merriam-webster.com/

Fun facts huh?

#3 Posted by RenegadeMike (71 posts) -

@cobsohn: I disagree that it is an "either or" situation. Increasing diversity brings multiple benefits simultaneously. Yes, it increases sources of revenue. Yet, for large media or consumer goods corporations that is not the only impetus for diversity in their ads. For less revenue focused businesses the other effects of diversity are felt largely among its employee base. Morale among employees increases when they feel integrated into the corporate structure, diversity at the top reflects down to the general workforce and therefore employees feel more invested in the company. I included sources that explain many of the benefits that come with the increased diversity. If you would like to learn more about the beneficial effects of a diversified workforce there are many peer-reviewed studies Google Scholar has for free and many websites have discussed this recently due to the increased focus on diversity.

#5 Edited by RenegadeMike (71 posts) -

@hunter5024: It is weird, isn't it? I guess you never feel it until you notice that you as an individual is not like everyone you see around you or doing the thing you're doing. Until you feel that dreadful sense of isolation and alienation for yourself, it's hard to explain why diversity is important.

@aetheldod: No one is saying that things made by "caucasian" people are any less valuable, we just would like to see things made by people of all backgrounds. While one may not be holding a gun in order to prevent someone from creating something, someone with a bigoted point of view could be in a position to prevent someone from being hired to a job because of "Race" or Gender.

#6 Edited by RenegadeMike (71 posts) -

We have heard the discussion around diversity in the gaming industry, and there is also a thread about why Dudes should care about sexism in games. Yet, I want to gather thoughts on why diversity is important to people as gamers?

My answer is simple, because when I see someone who looks like me doing things I like to do, I feel included. Also, when I see someone who looks like me doing and talking about the things I like, I feel like its ok for me to like those things too. So it helps my self esteem overall and I feel more comfortable sharing my interests with others.

I can understand how people have a hard time understanding why diversity is important for people. Because as a guy, until recently I was unaware of many of the little misogynistic things that our male driven society has developed and ingrained in the culture. I was always a feminist, but I was simply missing most of the small sexist things in society until it was highlighted for me. Now I have a greater appreciation for diversity awareness, not just for people of color, but also for women, and people with different sexualities as well. I am an empathetic person by nature so when I see someone being excluded in something, it affects me in a way that makes me want to do something about it. If I can’t directly include them in something myself, then I feel like fighting for their inclusion to solve the problem. It’s obviously a character flaw. JK

Also, by allowing people to be exposed to people of different cultural experiences and backgrounds, it has been shown to help the younger generations be more accepting of people who may be different to them. Diversity is good for Humanity in more ways than one. It not only helped Human survival by allowing for better genetic variances and transmission of beneficial genetic traits, but it also allows for a better understanding of our fellow Terran.

So, why is diversity important to you? Do you have a story that helped you understand why diversity is important? Please share your thoughts.

(Extra Credit)

Just for informational purposes here are some studies on why diversity in media is not just politically correct but good for businesses as well. There have been many independent studies to demonstrate this. It is no longer theory, it is being supported and practiced by many large profitable corporations. There is even a FCC provision that mandates diversity in commercials, which many large multinational corporations endorse and subscribe to willingly due to the obvious monetary benefits, like diverse revenue streams from multiple social demographics.

Efforts to increase diversity came about for a reason. Affirmative Action, while not perfect, was aimed to solve the problem of institutionalized discrimination, which still exists. So while people may point out the flaws with Affirmative Action they tend to lose sight of the original intention of creating a counteracting force against institutionalized discrimination, of both a sexist and racist nature.

Lack of diversity is a national problem, not just in one industry, it’s everywhere. In this post we are obviously talking about the Video Game industry, but everything said here could be applied to any other industry.

The debate over diversity in games is a symptom of the maturing of the industry, now that Video Games are more profitable than Movies the conversation over what is and isn't acceptable in the media must happen. Just as it has been happening in movies for decades. We need diversity not only in the creation of games, but in the surrounding industries that support the Video Game industry like journalism and every job in between.

This is CBS's own site on its diversity program. http://diversity.cbscorporation.com/

Amctheatres.com,. 'Diversity And Inclusion - Our Commitment To Diversity - AMC Theatres'. N.p., 2015. Web. 24 Jan. 2015. <https://www.amctheatres.com/corporate/diversity-inclusion >

DeFife Ph.D., Jared. 'Diversity In Entertainment - Why It Matters'. Psychology Today. N.p., 2015. Web. 24 Jan. 2015. < https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-shrink-tank/200906/diversity-in-entertainment-why-it-matters >

Jackson, Daren. 'The Case For Diversity In Entertainment | Water Cooler Convos'.Watercoolerconvos.com. N.p., 2015. Web. 24 Jan. 2015. < http://watercoolerconvos.com/2013/12/04/the-case-for-diversity-in-entertainment/ >

Lee, Cynthia. 'Study Finds TV Shows With Ethnically Diverse Casts, Writers Have Higher Ratings | UCLA'. Newsroom.ucla.edu. N.p., 2013. Web. 24 Jan. 2015. < http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/study-finds-that-tv-shows-with-248757 >

Sonypictures.com,. 'Onboarding :: Diversity & Inclusion'. N.p., 2015. Web. 24 Jan. 2015. < http://www.sonypictures.com/onboarding/about-sony-pictures-entertainment/whats-important-to-us/diversity-and-inclusion.php >

#7 Edited by RenegadeMike (71 posts) -

@nophilip: I didn't mean to give that perception at all. I apologize again. My point was to only rebuke the original point of why people aren't complaining about Kotaku. My post reads more vitriolic than I intended.

Thanks everyone for participating. You may now close this thread.

Take a knee to the gods and get horse shit

Wanna live for the thrill? They'll arrange it

Got a bevy of imps to spit hatred

Shit'll get in your head and cause panic

Have you desperately begging to get famous

Get your dignity dirty and left orphaned

Sanity on the fringe of distorted

Who are they to just take shit and hoard it?

Who am I that I don't get my portion?

The most impressionable minds get molested and informed by manipulating forces

Don't fret little man, don't cry

They can never take the energy inside you were born with

Knowing that, understand you could never be poor

You already won the war, you were born rich

You can only take the energy you had going back to the realm or the home where your lord is

Whoever whatever that lord is couldn't give a fuck if you ever made fortunes

Fuck anyone ever trying to run that bum shit

Send 'em to the flames where the orcs live

Them and the lost minds thinking they're smarter than us don't understand love's importance

And we can weaponize that, bring 'em back to the truth where the ashes and dust got formed in

#8 Posted by RenegadeMike (71 posts) -

@chaser324: I didnt mean to insult the moderators. You are not a monolith and I apologize for the phrasing.

#9 Posted by RenegadeMike (71 posts) -

GiBoMeFo DiAtGiBo (Giant Bomb Members For Diversity AtGiant Bomb)

We need a place that is a free and safe place for likeminded people to talk freely and exchange ideas without the threat of trolls or punishment from moderators.

People say things like "I don't see people complaining that Kotaku hired another white guy" but that is missing the point that GB has been the site known for, and even called out on MSNBC by name for their lack of diversity. Not Kotaku.

So I wanted to create this thread to enable an exchange of ideas for solutions.

One thing that I personally would like to see at GB are guests on UPF and other video features to increase visual inclusivity at GB. Since they have not been able to hire someone until now, if they put more effort into asking guests to come and play games on UPF and other videos it would go a long way to send a gesture of goodwill to the people who want more diversity. It would definitely enhance the gesture if they replaced Patrick with someone diverse.

Also, from outward appearances, GBEast will need help with their new studio, Vinny and Alex Can't run the stream while hosting the QLs forever. I hope they are able to hire for the East Coast studio. If they are able, this would be another opportunity to solve the diversity problem.

All we are asking for is inclusivity, not to "sex it up" or to be "Politically Correct". We just want to feel included.

If you feel the same way say so here. If you have ideas for possible solutions to help increase inclusivity please post them here as well. Please do not be afraid to speak your mind.

#10 Posted by RenegadeMike (71 posts) -

@courage_wolf: I wish that were the case, but it does not seem to work out that way. As you mentioned all of the social progress movements are separated by cause. If we could get it all under one system maybe we would get more traction.