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A Little Annoyed: Age Racist

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avatar Greytopher
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Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
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Hi guys, Greytopher here with a blog. I know, it's been quite a while! I've had exams and all that jazz for a while now, and I will be done this week with all that good stuff. But today, I'm here to talk about the term of being "age racist", and why it's grammatically incorrect, why the term is used all the time in the wrong way, and why using that term only worsens your situation.

It seems a lot of people missed the point of this blog: "AGE RACISM" ISN'T A THING. THIS IS A BLOG ON WHY USING THAT TERM JUST MAKES YOU LOOK STUPID. AND YES, AGE DISCRIMINATION IS A BAD THING.



Being "Age Racist" Isn't a Thing...


I, along with a few other members (like Snowylips and Dingousa) have become more... recently annoyed with the trend of people calling others "age racist". Now you must be thinking to yourselves: Why? Just... why? Well, to answer that, I don't really know why people are deciding to use this term, but, I think I help everyone here by saying to NOT say that.

Some people, on the forums specifically, have been discussing people being "age racist". In this context, they mean that people frown upon the younger people of PMC. Now while you can understand where they're coming from on this, it's hard to take it seriously when you're saying "OMG, you're being age racist!"

If you're being racist, you're discriminating/being harmful to a certain race of people (African, European, etc.). You can't be age racist since being an age isn't a 'race'. If you want to use the correct term, if anything, you would be talking about AGEISM: is stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups because of their age. It's hard to win an argument when you're using a term that doesn't exist.


You're Only Making Yourself Look Bad...

In all seriousness, I can't take you seriously with your 'age racist' comments. I mean, look at yourself! It only makes your argument less appealing with using a term that isn't existent. Using terms like that is also the reason why people are saying these things, it always circles around back onto itself.

For example, if you're being mean to me because I'm 10 years old and I call you 'age racist' on the forums, then you'll only laugh at me even more. It makes my desire to get revenge or justice even greater, thus calling more people 'age racist'. It's an ongoing circle that BOTH parties participate in, it's never a one sided thing.

You just have to remember on why this person is making this mistake, maybe you'll make the active choice on helping the person understand the correct usage of the term, end the argument there, and move on with your lives. But there are too many things going on, such as in the forums, that prevents people from stopping where they are and moving on with themselves.


What Has Caused This Monstrosity?


There can be a variety of reasons why people are being 'age racist' to one another. It's not uncommon for someone to look down on another for being younger than that person, and then feel like they have more power over them. I know PMC has a continuing and growing problem of being harmful to our younger audience, since we want to also keep this site family friendly.

It will probably be a never ending thing: but as I made with my bullying blog, it may be never ending, but we want to try and make a difference by making this more aware, and hopefully recognizing and stopping it before it ever happens. We try our best to help others, but it can prove to be difficult BECAUSE of their age. I know it's harder to communicate with a younger audience based on ban appeals and other things, so sometimes I too lose my temper.

It also contributes to the ageist ideas that when younger children type in a certain way, maybe not correctly, they get made fun of. This contributes to the never ending cycle of the younger dispising the older, and the older looking down on the younger. It's sad to see, really. But the main point of this is, if you want to stop something in it's tracks, you have to know your info first. Don't talk about something that you're not too hot on.

Sometimes, it's hard to treat someone older than their age. It's hard to find a 10 year old who acts older than they are, because usually their immature. It's not your fault that your as old as you are, but it all depends on how you will act on a situation. Especially on the forums; you have tons of time to think before you speak, so be sure to read over what you say before you say it. It may just help you out in the long run.






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10/24/2013 6:18 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Narwhal
KaylaIsaBunneh
Yes, the age group of 10-13 is a bit immature, about 75% of the group is immature, the others try there best to just act mature and cover up their age because lets be honest, its pretty embarrassing to see people your age acting the way they do. :/ One of the down sides of being a young gamer(13). Also one of the reasons why I don't skype, people can't take me seriously and it really grinds my gears.
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11/02/2013 12:55 am
Level 28 : Expert Architect
Dogz9221
I can agree. I'm 13 and really Mature for my Age, but the thing is that as soon as they hear my voice, they start discriminating and cyber bullying.
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08/26/2013 1:08 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Warrior
dudefish3
I may seem age racist, but I'm only 11 myself. What really bugs me is when I find kids about my age, and they can't even spell "fight" correctly. I feel it's just wrong for someone to be talking like this "omg u r rlly kool". It's only the whiny, Illiterate, and annoying peers that annoy me.
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07/12/2013 11:33 pm
Level 22 : Expert Dragonborn
creeperyoungling
I in fact am very tired of my age group acting the way they do. It constantly gets me picked on for doing nothing. I dont find many people who take me seriously, unless i kill them in some weird pvp fight and when i do win if i win i get called a hacker. I've always been called a hacker just because of a plugin always glitching for me.
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07/06/2013 4:15 am
Level 46 : Master Princess
Whoever01
Hm, never heard someone say "Age Racist" before?
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06/20/2013 3:27 am
Level 38 : Artisan uwu
Woodstockk
i honestly didn't know how to spell ageist until i read this blog, which is why avoided those forums and such xD
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06/15/2013 11:29 am
Level 16 : Journeyman Dragon
JackOrmel
You always know how to carry across a point, Grey. Keep up the fantastic work!

~Jack
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06/15/2013 7:08 am
Level 40 : Master Dragonborn
Purpaw
As a 12/13 year old kid, I try my best being a person that's comfortable to have a conversation with.
A lot of other kids around my age are immature, which really irritates me because the immature kidsÃ
get our age a bad image and then it's hard for someone to take you seriously. When starting a conversation with someone new on the internet for example, I don't really like talking about my age in the beginning. Later on, when they know me a little better, I reveal my age, which mostly doesn't matter for that person anymore because they've seen my personality.

(Also, sorry for my huge grammar mistakes :3)

- Purpaw
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06/13/2013 9:28 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Grump
iminer978
*in the most annoying voice you can imagine*
Huh lul u r a fag roblx is c0ol st0p im sv3n tats liek adult basecly so cun do wutevr i wunt lol
#swagggggggggg

God. Never again. I seriously think I felt brain cells die as I typed that. Everyone, please stop. Just stop.
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06/20/2013 3:28 am
Level 38 : Artisan uwu
Woodstockk
thats age-recist <3<3 jks X3
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06/20/2013 11:00 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Grump
iminer978
Heh. Ah god I played Minecraft with a bunch of ten-eleven year olds the other day. Basically the entire time:
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Sometimes age discrimination is justified.
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06/13/2013 2:08 pm
Level 29 : Expert Lumberjack
dudeguy71598
If kids used proper grammar, or at least tried, I'd be perfectly fine. Aaand maybe if they stopped, took a look at what they were about to post.
"Hm, this skin is just Steve with random red pixels. Is this original, creative or good in any way?"
"Is posting a txture pack that does nothing except scribble on the mobs to make them look funny even ALLOWED?
"Should I type 'u' or 'you'? I mean, it's not that hard to type 3 letters instead of 1."
I rest my case.
Also, I am a stupid 14 year old who has no idea what he's talking about.
Good day.
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06/13/2013 6:56 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Dolphin
notnobody
I don't care if kids talk in perfect english, I do because of a habit.
They could join my server like

"hey reach, sup (namehere)"

I don't care, if they talk like

"dud minedcraft is bestt roblox is gayy"

Then that's when I sort of lose it.
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06/13/2013 5:09 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Pony
Tman12lbs
Speaking of grammar, here's a joke about grammar: 'She wrote plz because it's shorter than please, so I wrote no, because it's shorter than yes.'
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06/13/2013 11:26 pm
Level 45 : Master Architect
SilentNoises
Sir, You had my curiosity, but now you have my respect.
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06/13/2013 11:45 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Pony
Tman12lbs
What did I do to earn your respect, my good sir?
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06/13/2013 11:46 pm
Level 45 : Master Architect
SilentNoises
plz, u no exactly y :P
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06/14/2013 12:12 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Pony
Tman12lbs
No, actually I do not. Please, expand on this idea.
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06/13/2013 1:21 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Explorer
ToonTaco
Me finds it funny that... old people are 50+, and that I doubt there's hundreds of old people on this site, yet there are still hundreds of idiots going around insulting people who are only 4 years younger. LIKELOLOLOL.
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06/13/2013 9:22 am
Level 26 : Expert Ninja
Knyghtfalcon
I do find i lose my temper dealing with the younger people of the internet and in life in general. Here are my few points as to why:

1: They tend to be immature
The younger population tend to make a lot of senseless, sometimes offensive and sometimes horrible jokes. They sometimes will try and swear to try and be like the "Adults" and make inappropriate comments they may or may not understand themselves.Ã I was a younger kid once, and i always tried to do as my older cousins did, which was not my best choice in life.

Other than trying to act older than they are, they make a lot of grammatical errors, and sometimes they misspell things because they think its cool to do. Why talk like this? Wh3n 1 caan talkh liek dis? Another thing, and im just going to say it. Any kid who says "Budder" I will backhand, spit on, and never talk to again other than to yell obscenities and rude comments directed towards them and their mothers.

2: Younger kids can get very hostile if you restrict what they can do because of their age

I
also tend to find younger people generally get hostile if you mention
anything to do with their young age, or "Age discriminate" for a good
purpose.

If i were to say "Sorry, I'm afraid i can't let you
handle website building or taking in money from buyers and donators.
Your just a bit young to be handling this, and it is very important. I
can't afford to take risks while dealing with other peoples money, or
something as important as our webpage."

Is that rude? Is that being "A jerk" or being "Ageist"? I think its a perfectly good
explanation for why i would like to leave the jobs to people a bit older
and more experienced. Does anyone else agree/Disagree?

3: We tend to get along with others who are closer to our own age. Also, personal preference.

I always set an age limit along the lines of "14 years old and up only."
Its a personal preference. People who are around my age (16), tend to
see a lot of the same things, grew up around the same time, and i find
they have a better chance of getting along and behaving correctly.
Nothing really against younger members, but i find a lot of them DO
happen to be immature and unbearable to be around. Many of them crack
horrible, non-witty and sometimes insensitive jokes at the expense of
others. However, if someone i know cracks a joke about something most people our age know about. Its hilarious and entertaining, because we get it and it makes sense.

Does anyone else want to argue or agree with me?
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11/14/2014 1:53 pm
Level 24 : Expert Network
Swag Lord
I think you're making an overgeneralization based on children/adolescents under the age of 14. Not all people are the same, y'know? And, second, I'm VERY sick and tired of people whining about "bad words" when they mean the exact same things as the "appropriate" words! >:(
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06/13/2013 2:14 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Ninja
Discostu97
Well done , I completely agree with you ,sir.
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06/13/2013 1:11 pm
Level 29 : Expert Ranger
Xeno_Stryker
The simple fact that you lose your temper means that you are very alike the people of my age group.And just because one rotten apple appears,it doesn't necessarily mean that the whole bunch is spoiled.
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06/13/2013 2:55 am
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Narwhal
Whale_
Lolol. :)
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06/13/2013 12:31 am
Level 32 : Artisan Dolphin
lauren121902
When i first saw the title of this I was like, "Ok what the heck does that mean??"
lol the funny thing is that when some is telling me I'm too young for a server, they usualy use like realy bad curse words, and I'm like " well if I realy am that young, you shouldn't be swearing like that" (cuz they usualy call me 5, lol, I'm at least double that, and 5 yr olds can't read, usauly) so yeah, this is a realy problem, using the term, and age discrimination
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06/12/2013 10:42 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Miner
helicfire777
Well, the title was sure misleading on the pop reel, I tought "oh, it's just another rant about that" but i'ts more a rant about people using the term "age racist" where the correct term would be ageism. This happens mainly because people who does'nt have much vocabulary have to crete a term because they don't have a word for "age discrimination"
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06/12/2013 7:30 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Baconator
DARKDUELIST
this is funny...
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06/12/2013 6:40 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Miner
Zorbloxian
You could`ve just said it was ageism, not age racism...
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06/12/2013 7:58 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
I can tell you read the blog.
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06/23/2013 12:40 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Miner
Zorbloxian
Whoops, I directed that to the wrong person didn`t I? Oh well.
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06/12/2013 5:35 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Pirate
Tomandgreen
Hahaha, so many people are treating this as either pro-age discrimination or anti-age discrimination when it's just about grammar! Not to be age racist buuuuut.... maybe they're 10? JK
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06/12/2013 3:39 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Engineer
Elitesniper USA
I'm 13, and a lot of people won't play with me when i use my mic, because I sound like I'm ten, and i find this absurd. Thank you for addressing this issue.
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06/12/2013 2:39 pm
Level 46 : Master Fish
Terrab1ter4
True. Most people nowadays don't even know what discrimination or racism really means. In fact, we ALL discriminate and were all being a racist. All of us. No exceptions.
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06/12/2013 12:12 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Miner
SlipB
lol. Dis blog is age racist!
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06/12/2013 11:10 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Network
kottonkandy8
I personally find "age racism" quite stupid, I always see young players that are good at what they are doing and may have more subscribers then a older PMC member and sometimes they get quite mad
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06/12/2013 11:05 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Vampire
UnoWild
I personally dont mind people making mistakes like this by using made up phrases that are incorrect because it helps me decern the ignorants. Less work for me honestly, ha ha

But I do see your point ist ifs meant to attempt to further educate those that fell asleep in school. 8-)
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06/12/2013 10:14 am
Level 25 : Expert Scribe
FalloutNV4eva
There are two things I love about you Greytopher. You manage to continually make high-quality content and you have such a perfected sense of grammar. If this blog had been from anyone else, I wouldn't have bothered giving it more than a 10 second skim, simply because it would probably have been about "ErhMeGerdDuntYouDiscriminateYouAgeRacists". But not from Greytopher, no-no. You made a blog about not calling it the right thing, not the actual act of participating in age discrimination.

Love it. Left a diamond. Mentioned on Tumblr. Great work as always.
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06/12/2013 9:51 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Scapegoat
LightTwig
edit: apparently gifs don't work in comments. Lame.

But yeah, ageism is a dumb argument, only makes you look more like a 12 year old who is throwing a fit because your not allowed in a certain clan or server faction.
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06/12/2013 3:06 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
You said I was allowed into the elite squad quick snipers :c u hate me becuz I'm 11, rite?!?!?!
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06/12/2013 6:05 am
Level 42 : Master Modder
HyJaffa
It's called Ageism not age racist. You can't be age racist as racist/racism, Refers to your RACE
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06/12/2013 8:23 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Button Pusher
Ash
that's the whole point of the blog.
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06/12/2013 10:59 am
Level 42 : Master Modder
HyJaffa
Lol my comment came out wrong, I'm agreeing with you ^_^ Yelling at those noobs who think otherwise
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06/12/2013 12:23 am
Level 33 : Artisan Wolf Whisperer
SkyGeckoMC
Hey. I'm 11. Everyone seems to hate on 12 year olds, but I'm safe for another year :)

And OMG ROFL u r age racist LOL
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06/12/2013 2:43 am
Level 45 : Master Lad
Doggle
Down with the twelvies! The year 7 (age 12/13) at our school are really annoying. All other groups of year 7 haven't been, its just this one. But 12/13 is when you are becoming a teenager and think your cool and you overreact and do crazy things which everyone older and younger than you thinks is really stupid.
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06/15/2013 5:28 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Wolf Whisperer
SkyGeckoMC
Tell me about it. "Oh, YOLO SWAGGGGGG!" "Oh, I'm so swag!"
Someone wrote a poem about himself being swag.
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06/12/2013 6:49 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Network
rocketpro22
Hehehe so true! But, it was a fun year... We could do anything without getting in trouble.
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06/12/2013 12:09 am
Level 39 : Artisan Robot
Monkeyy
dis blogg is relly age racist
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06/11/2013 6:51 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Dragon
danielifico
Im 12 years old, but i always hide my age because of people that descriminates Q-Q
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06/12/2013 1:20 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Skinner
Star Storm
Lol, used to do the same thing when I was 12 :)
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06/11/2013 6:26 pm
Level 20 : Expert Farmer
goreae
If someone says something like "age racist", I think of them as a 8-year-old brat.

no offense (maybe)
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06/11/2013 5:22 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Warrior
poonjab1_0
Great blog as always.
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