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Op Ed

CNET Australia - Anders Breivik, video games and the militarisation of society.
Both critics and supporters of games and gaming, it seems, are unable or unwilling to address the big picture: that Western societies are undergoing a process of militarisation.

Militarisation is the social process through which societies are organised in ways that allow for the production of violence. According to the feminist writer Cynthia Enloe, militarisation describes a process through which individuals come to view militaristic ideas and military needs as being significant and the norm.

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25. Re: Op Ed Apr 30, 2012, 19:57 jdreyer
 
Wow, great comments in this thread, esp Flatline, Cutter, and Eunichron.

People have always had a military fascination. Look at how popular Westerns and WW II movies and novels were in the 60s and 70s, and how popular Rambo and Arnold and Delta Force were in the 80s. When I was a kid we played soldier, had bb gun wars, and built model tanks and battleships. The interest is the same today, just the medium has changed.

A big influence on the current US militarization is the government and megacorporations. Gov't plays the fear card in order to consolidate power, while corporations lobby and buy influence to be able to sell more weapons. We spend as much now or more on the military than we did during the cold war, yet the USSR was a much more formidable opponent than Al Queda.

Also, the author missed a big opportunity to look at empirical data. This chart shows that conflicts between countries are on the rise, yet the number of deaths from those conflicts is falling. What to make of that? What to make of a poll (I can't find the link right now) that showed Americans are much more in favor of using torture than Iranians? Games don't even involve torture, so where did this attitude come from? Obviously, this is a huge subject to delve into with a wide variety of vectors to consider, but I just don't think it's really that different than the past.
 
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  1. Apr 30, 10:01 Re: Op Ed avianflu
  8. Apr 30, 11:58  Re: Op Ed WarpCrow
  16. Apr 30, 15:22  Re: Op Ed Darks
  20. Apr 30, 16:06  Re: Op Ed Yosemite Sam
  24. Apr 30, 19:36   Re: Op Ed Prez
  26. Apr 30, 20:03  Re: Op Ed Asmo
  2. Apr 30, 10:37 Re: Op Ed Ozmodan
  3. Apr 30, 10:41  Re: Op Ed InBlack
  4. Apr 30, 10:52 According to the feminist writer Cynthia Enloe eRe4s3r
  6. Apr 30, 11:05  Re: According to the feminist writer Cynthia Enloe Lord Tea
  7. Apr 30, 11:57   Re: According to the feminist writer Cynthia Enloe PHJF
  9. Apr 30, 12:04   Re: According to the feminist writer Cynthia Enloe Stanly Manly
  10. Apr 30, 12:35    Re: According to the feminist writer Cynthia Enloe Prez
  5. Apr 30, 11:04 Re: Op Ed Cutter
  11. Apr 30, 12:40  Re: Op Ed LittleMe
  12. Apr 30, 13:18   Re: Op Ed Cutter
  13. Apr 30, 13:41   Re: Op Ed WarpCrow
  14. Apr 30, 14:00   Re: Op Ed Draugr
  19. Apr 30, 16:02  Re: Op Ed Flatline
  21. Apr 30, 16:11   Re: Op Ed eunichron
  15. Apr 30, 14:01 Causes yonder
  17. Apr 30, 15:48 Re: Op Ed eunichron
  18. Apr 30, 15:55  Re: Op Ed killer_roach
  22. Apr 30, 17:12 Re: Op Ed Cutter
  23. Apr 30, 19:30 Re: Op Ed Ruffiana
>> 25. Apr 30, 19:57 Re: Op Ed jdreyer
  27. Apr 30, 20:25  Re: Op Ed eunichron
  28. Apr 30, 21:13   Re: Op Ed Draugr
  31. Apr 30, 22:13    Re: Op Ed eunichron
  32. Apr 30, 22:34     Re: Op Ed Draugr
  33. May 1, 07:54      Re: Op Ed TheVocalMinority
  29. Apr 30, 21:49 Re: Op Ed jacobvandy
  30. Apr 30, 22:08 Re: Op Ed Cutter
  34. May 1, 10:17 Re: Op Ed avianflu
  35. May 1, 12:57 Re: Op Ed space captain


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