No matter what the statistics, the research, or the weight of public opinion say, Atkinson has his feet firmly planted in concrete when it comes to classification reform. His position is based on his personal opinions, not facts. What do you do to fight that? Today we're wondering, would it be best to stop paying him any attention?
On Monday's Good Game, as covered earlier here, he expressed his personal fear that his family is in greater danger from gamers than from outlawed bikie gangs. That gamers have stalked outside his home, slipping threatening notes under his door late at night.
It's hard to deny the unfortunate idiots who might be doing such things. But idiots are idiots, and that's got nothing to do with the pros and cons of classification reform.
Right now it seems there is no argument that could sway him, with statements that show he is pre-judging the nature of the discussion paper submissions and what the final slant of comments will be.
I'm wondering if ongoing attention simply strokes his ego, stokes the fires of his crusade, and makes him feel like the centre of the conservative universe? I doubt we would choose to do such a thing, but what do you think? Would it be better to encourage people to ignore him until he goes away?