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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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30. Re: Op Ed Apr 30, 2012, 22:08 Cutter
 
Hey, plenty of countries around the world still have mandatory 2 year conscription - or 2 years of some sort of public service. I personally don't think that's a bad thing in of itself if it makes citizens more aware of their personal responsibilities in their own country.

The down side is, of course, what happens when you don't agree with the current adminsitration's goals? As a hypothetical, would you have gone to Iraq or Afghanistan as a conscript - as opposed to a volunteer. I know I certainly wouldn't have. Which is why, so long as people have the option of doing domestic public service as an alternative I'd be ok with a draft.

Overall, I get where the authour was coming from. He's simply concened about the put-your-fist-in-it-if-you-don't-understand-it mentality. Let's face it, the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan should have never happened in the first place. Yes, you know the public is going to be reactionary after something like 9-11, but we all recall that there were massive protests - in the US and all over the globe - opposing it even as the US was ramping up for it. That's what's always bothered me about the whole "support the troops" mentality where it's you're either for them or against them sort of thing. To my way of thinking supporting the troops has always meant putting them in harms way only if there is no other alternative. And we should be grateful for that many people still feel that way or we would have likely eneded up in WWIII with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Good lord, can you imagine if someone like Dubya had been president then instead of JFK? *shudder*

Edit: I just wanted to say it's nice when we can have an intelligent, civil discourse about this sort of stuff around here. Well done, gents.
 
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