Update: For clarification,
Joystiq has no part in the Flowers for Jack campaign other than reporting its existence. We do not run it, nor do any of
our writers have a hand in the Flowers for Jack project.
It was late last month when we reported on a campaign to send flowers to anti-game activist Jack Thompson, and yet that post is still actively commented on, even by Mr. Thompson himself (who, among the more eccentric posts,
spammed asked "WHERE ARE THE
times in succession). This morning at 11:59AM, Jack Thompson notified
us that he had indeed received the flowers. Pixelante Nation has posted the letter, mailed out so as to arrive before
the bouquets, which can be viewed here.
The letter serves, as promised, as a "a letter of apology...to some extent...on behalf of the 'gaming community' for the generally juvenile behavior exhibited to your home and your persons as of late." The letter notes that those aggressors "have likely destroyed any chance we have of opening, much less maintaining, any respectful dialogue with you." The letter further goes on to praise the community donations for this floral project, noting that it demonstrates the community's willingness to "support a cause of civility and maturity."
The letter continues by asking Jack Thompson for his "main agenda, stated clearly," as well as thoroughly analyzing the etymology of the term 'Pixelante,' purported to be coined by Mr. Thompson himself. Other questions asked include:
- His current opinion of and/or relationship with the National Institute for Media and the Family.
- His plans--if any--for future forays into politics, including a rumored presidential run in 2008.
- The possibilities of a debate with Attorney Tom Buscaglia.
- To quote the letter, "What can we, as a community, do to maintain some kind of non-threatening open forum with you? Are there any people, mediums, or sources we may go through that will receive your earnest attention? If there is, I can assure you it will receive ours."
[Update: clarified that the letter was indeed not sent alongside the flowers. Jack has made no mention of the letter, so it is not certain whether he has received the letter or not.]