Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Soap Box, part 54

I don't believe in censorship, in burning books or running over CDs with a steamroller because the content is objectionable. I don't want to give up access to adult-themed television because there are parents who are unable to regulate their children's viewing habits and are too lazy to use parental control features. Yet I can't help but believe there is a link between committing violence and the easy violence in video games. When you've lived the fantasy of picking off your enemies with the power of a weapon you control, how much of a stretch is it to feel that power again, when the weapon is real? Why else would soldiers practice with video games, if they didn't simulate the real sense of detachment they must have in order to fulfill their mission of killing? I don't believe in censorship. I want to live in a world where there are violent video games, offensive rap lyrics, and terrifying slasher films, but nobody cares to play, sing, or watch them.


Blogger madabandon said...

I could not agree more. It is amazing, though, how otherwise sensible people argue against this point of view.

5:03 PM  

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