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Destruction Porn.

Jun 6th 2014 new
America addicted to the other porn:

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Violent video games, violent movies. What does their popularity say about us?
Jun 6th 2014 new
(quote) Peter-449116 said: America addicted to the other porn:
http://tinyurl.com/njdlr74

Violent video games, violent movies. What does their popularity say about us?
I was appalled when my late wife's son, then about 11, acquired "Grand Theft Auto", in which one of the optional virtual fun activities was beating up prostitutes. So kewl!
Jun 7th 2014 new
(quote) Peter-449116 said: America addicted to the other porn:
http://tinyurl.com/njdlr74

Violent video games, violent movies. What does their popularity say about us?
Excellent point, Peter. If I remember right, one of the very recent college campus murderers said he watched a lot of that garbage. Also, still in the news, two 12yo Wisconsin girls stabbed another girl 19 times to impress some sinister virtual computer character.
Jun 7th 2014 new

This last paragraph is a good one:

"Wish fulfillment? Catharsis? Just good old entertainment? It really doesn't matter. While we're in the grips of whatever social psychosis is stoking this ravenous appetite for mayhem, Hollywood will be happy to oblige."

Has anyone read "A Canticle for Leibowitz?" The connection the article makes to the novel's premise is interesting. But it seems to me that the appetite for destruction is not quite the same as the appetite for blood and guts or for criminality, although they're certainly not unrelated.

Jun 8th 2014 new
(quote) Sean-693950 said:

This last paragraph is a good one:

"Wish fulfillment? Catharsis? Just good old entertainment? It really doesn't matter. While we're in the grips of whatever social psychosis is stoking this ravenous appetite for mayhem, Hollywood will be happy to oblige."

Has anyone read "A Canticle for Leibowitz?" The connection the article makes to the novel's premise is interesting. But it seems to me that the appetite for destruction is not quite the same as the appetite for blood and guts or for criminality, although they're certainly not unrelated.

Hi Sean,

" Canticle.... " was very interesting in the way the moral ideas were framed. Being very interested in space research and travel back in the day, I really liked the idea of the Church's response to disaster on earth.
Jun 8th 2014 new
I've been appalled by what passes as "entertainment" for decades -- well, at least the last two and a half. I used to walk out of movies and demand my money back. Now I just don't go to most movies. My friends and my son all know my feelings on this and will preface their cinematic recommendations with, "You should see this, there's no gratuitous sex and violence." I hate to think people think of me as I'm a delicate thing who can't go with the times, but I gave up on expecting films to not include these things as a matter of course. No one seems bothered, it all feels like latter Roman times redux, and I'm the weird one who can't and won't take it. Even this new Disney movie --"Malificent?" -- I've only seen the print ad, but my guess is its another shot, aimed straight into the heart of children to make evil seem good and good seem boring, using cute and appealing characters.



Jun 8th 2014 new
(quote) Peter-449116 said: America addicted to the other porn:
http://tinyurl.com/njdlr74

Violent video games, violent movies. What does their popularity say about us?

I can tell you one thing, hooking up the computer or game boy with addicting
games can be done without the violence of these current trends.

I remember we used to be addicted to Tetrus, a Russian-introduced game
that a Swedish friend of mine from the United Nations showed me way
back when. I used to play that game until I could not hold my head up
anymore just to score a higher level. Any game can become addictive.

Combining addictive games with filth, violence and porn brings these
games to another level, and that level may be very calculated by those
that want to bring the morality of our country down.


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