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  •  Many good points. (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

    Especially tying violence to our foreign policy.  A friend reposted the part of the NRA's official statement dealing with movies and video games, and went on to say that changing our entertainment was the only way to change our culture.  I responded thus:

    I'd really like us to just stop being a militaristic world empire altogether. I think our inability to solve problems without violence at the geopolitical level legitimizes interpersonal violence more than any video game could ever hope to. Heck, most of the really bad video games these days are about our militaristic global empire. People can tell fantasy from reality, but the reality is our country has decided that killing people solves problems, and we're doing it all over the place. How can one be righteously indignant about a game or movie that apes our actual foreign policy without also opposing the foreign policy itself? What do you have to take to numb cognitive dissonance of that magnitude?
    I find it difficult to speak with Americans about these things, though.  I've spent several years overseas and witnessed some of our foreign policy debacles firsthand, and most of them have not.  And to say we're blinded by our own sense of self-importance is quite an understatement.  It all makes for a poor exchange of ideas, and a good deal of my contact with post-9/11 America has had a certain Scouring of the Shire vibe to it.

    "Forecast for tomorrow? A few sprinkles of genius with a chance of doom!" -Stewie Griffin

    by quillsinister on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:10:17 AM PST

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