If you happen to play video games, odds are you’ve heard of the Target Australia Grand Theft Auto 5 debacle. After being presented with a 40,000 signature petition accusing the game of encouraging violence against women, Target Australia pulled its copies of the game from store shelves.
For many gamers that lived through Jack Thompson’s moral panic-mongering of the 90’s, seeing such an effort succeed was a nightmare. To these people (and to me), Target’s decision amounted to censorship. But to others, it was a triumph of justice that “repugnant misogynistic garbage” was removed from store shelves. Those supporting Target’s decision claimed that it wasn’t censorship – just natural market forces at work.
I think that’s bullshit.