Chuuuuck wrote:I am well aware you know all of their players didn't go to TOFU because it isn't true. But I am trying to pay a compliment to the ones that are being put down here, as well as point out the false statements for the casual passer-by so there aren't those out there that talk about Empire and then say "I heard all of their best players bailed after losing to The Pack." Your clan's jokes and fun nature don't bother me any, but it is pretty sad when you all have to make your jokes at the expense of someone else. Sounds like a group that never got over middle school.
EXACTLY. Great post, Chuck.
Good-natured joking and competitive trash talking is fine, but it's problematic when you twist the truth and use it to make yourself look good, and another clan look bad. You may think that the bullshit you spew is all in good fun, and many agree with you... but others do not. Furthermore, there is the problem of historical representation and discursive violence. By continually spinning the truth, you create and perpetuate a biased version of history, one that leaves out certain key facts. Say anything enough times, even something irrational, and it will ingrain itself in the conscious and subconscious thoughts of others. At some point, it's not a joke anymore, no matter how strongly you believe it is... it's just your perverted, twisted version of events. The line between competitive trash-talking and shameless propaganda isn't always clear, but it's clearly been crossed in this case.
Another example of this is Owenshooter's portrayal of THOTA as a group of perpetual cheaters. Of course, I'm extremely biased in that case, but I would like to imagine there are some who agree with me, despite the unfortunate fact that very few choose to do so publicly.
I believe that we as a community should put our foot down in cases like these, where past events are deliberately distorted and portrayed in a malicious, negative light... and then repeated over and over and over again, under the guise of "trash-talking," or, worse yet, "joking." When you leave out key historical facts, yet still structure your argument as if you're presenting the whole picture and know all the facts, you're committing an offense far more destructive and morally reprehensible than by merely lying outright.