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14. Re: Op Ed Jan 17, 2013, 17:50 Asmo
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 16, 2013, 22:42:
And so obviously everything else must be a result of violent cartoons, TV and film for all the decades prior to that right? And I suppose violent books before that right back to Gutenberg including the bible? And I suppose any oral tradition preceeding that when people would sit around in festhalls and taverns and talk about the battles of old, right?

Holy fuck, give me a break. It's a violent universe. We're a violent species. Some of us just plain broken and do crazy shit like go on shooting sprees. Yet, somehow the 99.9% rest of us all manage to get up, go to work, pay our taxes and NOT go on a murderous rampage when we're pissed off. So much for the theory of violent media turning us all into murderous lunatics.

Umm... You didn't actually read the article did you..?

Did anyone?

That's what video games are: They are emulators for the systemic violence inherent in our culture. They allow us to hurt a lot of people, to feel that we are effective problem solvers and prolific distributors of sacred punches, all without actually harming anybody. Yes, that's pretty fucking sick. But so are human beings in general. Video games are just a symptom, not a cause. The cause is that basic, nasty little idea: "Heroes hurt bad guys."

That's the problem.

I certainly don't agree with all of his conclusions etc but his core point, that the games (media, music etc) we enjoy tells us a lot about who we are as people, is spot on.

His suggested solution ("become a nation of pussies") is, imo, impossible because the violence is human nature, not just glorification of fixing problems with violence. The US does tend to take it to the nth degree though with it's soldiers/nationalism.
 
 
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