Tina K. Russell

April 7, 2008

Stephen King shows us something truly frightening: the obivous

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Tina Russell @ 9:35 pm

Stephen King on videogames | Videogames | The Pop of King | News + Notes | Entertainment Weekly | 1

What really makes me insane is how eager politicians are to use the pop culture — not just videogames but TV, movies, even Harry Potter — as a whipping boy. It’s easy for them, even sort of fun, because the pop-cult always hollers nice and loud. … It was too easy for critics to claim — falsely, it turned out — that Cho Seung-Hui (the Virginia Tech killer) was a fan of Counter-Strike; I just wish to God that legislators were as eager to point out that this nutball had no problem obtaining a 9mm semiautomatic handgun.

Thank you. The moment we stop obsessing over videogame violence, we can start tackling the problem of the real violence that tears apart our communities. I don’t want to say videogames are blameless… I don’t really like hyper-glorification of violence in any form, and I think that violence is often a clichéd, easy crutch for videogame developers, the same way sex is for TV and movies. But politicians who authorize unilateral invasions of other countries at the expense of countless lives, who prefer three-strikes posturing to a realistic approach to solving our nation’s crime problem, who will not guarantee universal healthcare even for our children, who will not take the country’s gun lobby to task or point out that less gun crime requires tighter controls on guns (even if such legislation, as all legislation, would never be perfect), and who start pointing their fingers at videogames for our nation’s ills, are hypocrites in the absolute worst way.

America has a violence problem, and self-righteous moralizing will not solve it.

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