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[DRAFT] A Pat On The Cheek

Postby Daarwyrth » Sun Jun 13, 2021 7:05 am

[Title] A Pat On The Cheek

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[Description] A new wing of the @@CAPITAL@@ University Library has been named after you, and naturally you attended its opening ceremony as the guest of honour. After the momentous occasion, a group of well-wishers gathered outside sought to personally congratulate you on this achievement, and a few cordial but brief handshakes later everyone was feeling rather pumped until... until a pleasant-looking young man slapped you in the face! And to add insult to injury, you were told the entire affair had been televised.

[Option 1] "This wasn't a mere assault on another person, this was an assault on @@NAME@@ itself!" proclaims feverishly patriotic TV host @@RANDOMNAME@@ while footage of the offending ordeal is examined by @@HIS@@ guests frame-by-frame among indignant gasps. "It's high treason, and I say off with the traitor's hands, and anyone's limbs that are risen against our proud @@TYPE@@, literally or figuratively!"

[Effect 1] the number of evil tongues has been drastically cut down recently

[Option 2] "And where were those lousy goons of the security detail, huh? Drinking tea on the veranda?!" fumes retired General @@RANDOMNAME@@, one of the guests at the table. "They should have stopped that despicable little face-slapping toad from even so much as looking at @@LEADER@@ with those traitorous little eyes of his! No, relying on the security service for protection was a gross mistake, as only our proud citizens in uniform can be entrusted with that responsibility!"

[Effect 2] @@LEADER@@'s security convoy is often mistaken for a foreign military invasion

[Option 3] "Dude, why you acting so cringe, man? I just wanted to show that you're sus the way you run things," sulks the offender in question, after having been thrown face-first into a cell. "Isn't that our right, or something? And writing petitions is for dweebs that live in their mommy's basements and have no life. The based citizens of @@NAME@@ get to voice their opinion any way they like! Now, let me go you noob!"

[Effect 3] throwing rotten tomatoes at cinema screens has once again come into fashion

[Option 4] "Y'all went soft, ya weak sacks of meat!" shouts former farmhand Billy Bob @@RANDOMLASTNAME@@ while spitting in a bowl. "Back in my day, anyone who packed us a punched, we punched back twice as hard! Enough with the 'no violence' crap you've been running in this country. Learn to punch like a man, you wuss! Come on, hit 'em back!"

[Effect 4] the state's monopoly on violence ended violently
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Postby Daarwyrth » Sun Jun 13, 2021 7:05 am

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Postby Ioavollr » Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:27 am

Hi,
I like the writing in this one, particularly the punch lines. I think they deliver well. I fear that Option 3, though it's clearly referencing current trending language, will age poorly. I some more robust slang might strengthen this issue.

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Postby Daarwyrth » Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:35 am

Ioavollr wrote:Hi,
I like the writing in this one, particularly the punch lines. I think they deliver well. I fear that Option 3, though it's clearly referencing current trending language, will age poorly. I some more robust slang might strengthen this issue.

Thank you! When writing it I did have the same thought, that the specific slang might fall out of use in the future and therefore have its meaning lost. I was contemplating changing the speaker in this option in a future draft, and I think I'll do so for the next one. Thanks! :)
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Postby Australian rePublic » Sun Jun 20, 2021 3:48 am

Free speech does not equal the right to physically assaults. There are plenty of issues about whether nation should have free speech. It's been done. Instead, this should be an issue about whether or not slapping someone counts as free speech
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Postby Daarwyrth » Sun Jun 20, 2021 4:39 am

Australian rePublic wrote:Free speech does not equal the right to physically assaults. There are plenty of issues about whether nation should have free speech. It's been done. Instead, this should be an issue about whether or not slapping someone counts as free speech

But, that's what the issue premise already does? Free speech isn't mentioned in the premise, and the options steer it into the direction of "how to respond to a physical assault of @@LEADER@@". It's not about free speech, only option 3 makes a reference to it, but that's just 1 option, not the entire issue premise.
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Postby Bears Armed » Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:34 am

Australian rePublic wrote:Free speech does not equal the right to physically assaults. There are plenty of issues about whether nation should have free speech. It's been done. Instead, this should be an issue about whether or not slapping someone counts as free speech

But then we've already got an issue about whether terrorists causing explosions counts as free speech, anyhows....
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Postby Daarwyrth » Wed Jun 23, 2021 1:31 pm

New comments or ideas on this draft? :)
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Postby Fauxia » Wed Jun 23, 2021 9:49 pm

Thanks for option 3 I hate it.

Anyway, I don't really think this would be appropriate for nations with high law enforcement, and maybe high patriotism as well. The latter for obvious reasons. The former because there are a lot of countries where even if this could happen, the offender would just get shot at that point.
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