Family values idiot-paper, The Daily Telegraph, “The Daily Mail with more syllables”, has launched a fantastic attack on Tanya Byron, the ex-TV psychologist charged with compiling a government report on violent games and child internet use.
In an editorial titled ” Tanya Byron, splatting aliens and sociopaths”, Jim White writes, “I may not be a television psychologist, but it seems to me the issue here is a pretty simple one: legislate fiercely to ensure that the uglier, nastier, sadistic end of the games market cannot gain distribution and then step back and stop worrying about the rest.
“Ms Byron’s report has not yet been released, but it seems from pre-publication leaks that she takes a different approach, one that will involve nannying ourselves into a state of sustained alarm about the nature of these games.”
White then goes on to say that Byron’s possible recommendation that parents should be mindful of the games their children plan and only let them play games in places where they can view screens “is completely to misunderstand who plays computer games.
“They are overwhelmingly the preserve of adolescent boys who, thrilled with the idea that they have managed to purloin an 18 certificate, will simply find a way to sidestep the family screen, and slip off to the privacy of their darkened room in order to fiddle with their joystick.”
Hey, Jim. Loads of us are in our 30s and 40s. But you knew that, because you’re publishing editorial about videogames, right? Maybe you should have even the tiniest clue what you’re talking about before you put your name to words. You ridiculous, snotty twat.