Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

January 13, 2011 -

In Niall O'Dowd's latest Periscope column he takes a crack at pinning Jared Loughner's senseless act of violence on the influence of violent films and video games. Of course, there is no evidence connecting Loughner to either, but why let the facts get in the way of commentary, right?

O'Dowd opens his column by saying that "other factors" are lost in the discussion of whether or not political rhetoric influenced or inspired the Tucson killer. What influences does he speak of? The culture of violent media that the youth of America are so immersed in, of course. The first target is movies:

Lost in all the hate mongering over the Gabbie Gifford shooting and killings are other factors that likely caused the crazed killer to go off.

I'm not talking about the political stands offs but rather what the youth of America are surrounding themselves with every day.

That is violent images.

When was the last time you saw a Hollywood movie without significant violence?

Just look at the box office at the moment, 'True Grit', 'Season of the Witch' 'The Fighter', 'Tron Legacy , all at or near the top are violence pocked movies which make a virtue out of killing and maiming.

Next, he blames video games:

Then don't even mention the video games kids play. The law of the games is to kill or be killed and if you haven't accumulated a hundred or so bodies by the end of the game, then you have been a waste of space.

Maybe it is as the ancient Romans believed that man is made to fight, first and foremost, over women, power, land whatever, hardwired for ever to seek combat and triumph

Maybe what we witnessed on Saturday last with the shooting was the natural outreach of that.

One thing for sure, we will find that the killer was desensitized to violence by movies and video games that proclaim it is cool and worth watching.

He goes on to compare video games to the NRA:

Likewise, those major corporations who manufacture the video games and pretend, like the NRA they have nothing to do with the spread of violence in this country. They too need to look in the mirror if they dare to .

I won't hold my breath, but every time I think of that little nine year old girl killed in Arizona I ask myself if these games are just harmless fun as the movie makers and manufacturers would have us believe.

I think not. Like the NRA the makers know in their hearts that they too had a role in background to the deaths last weekend.

His point, facts be damned, is that violent media is the cause of Loughner's shooting rampage and that blame lies at the feet of Hollywood and the video game industry.

You can read the whole thing here. Expect to see more editorials like this as more and more information about Loughner's odd behavior prior to the shooting comes to light.


Comments

Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

Last I checked, the NRA doesn't make guns, so...  His point is what exactly?

Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

And I come to this as "The same old song and dance" came on my net radio. Beautiful.

I wonder how long before, no, I don't want to invoke HIS name.

Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

love how they treat this stuff every time like violence in society is a new thing.. despite its been there since the beginning and continues on today unchanged in anything but method and accused reason.

 

welcome to life folks, where we're not picture perfect, and the globalization of media has just made it far to easy to fear monger people into believing that violence is on the rise!

i miss localized news broadcasts.. when my local news station mostly only covered the local 100 miles or so and not half the damned country and whining about people i'll never know or care about like i should have some ounce of concern. I've seen and heard it all before, why is this important now?

Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

If I ever go on a rampage, I will blame the blaming editorials.

Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

The notion that movies and video games have desensitized us is rather laughable.

I mean, it's not like violence was invented in the 20th century... or was it?

Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

"One thing for sure, we will find that the killer was desensitized to violence by movies and video games"

You're not a betting man, I take it?

Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

Sounds like this Irishman had a bit too much of the sauce before writing his "article".

Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

Given how obessive Loughner was about grammer and language... maybe we should think about new restrictions on how english is taught in schools?

Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

I blame Jared Loughner for the act of violence he perpetrated.  In my opinion, he's responsible for his actions - no one and nothing else.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

The vultures are many, and they want to feed....

Apparent the solution to pointing fingers is to point fingers.

Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

You knew it was coming. I'm surprised it took this long. As soon as I heard about the shooting, I'm like, "Just wait; they're going to blame games."


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Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

Here I will make it easier for you, humanity is to blame lets kill all humans!!


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Arrrgghhh!!! I am with you, Zippy! For the Zombie Nation!!! Kill all humans!!! *shuffle shuffle shuffle*

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