lets imagine I produce a video game. Now the purpose of the video game is to go around a city raping and beating women and children where you get more points for each attack. Would you ban the game or not? Why would you need to if the media alone doesn’t affect an individual’s character?
i would ban the game. WHY?
as i said computer games are a part of it all, not the only factor but a part.
if someone plays a game that makes raping (and i am assuming graphicly, rather than cartoonishly) cool, exciting, or fun. then they are one notch closer to thinking its normal.
that alone in a good upbringing is not a huge issue. however you add on.
1)A movie like Gummo, Kent Park, The Butterfly effect… (a hole heap i probably don’t know of)
daily talk show with a rapist
a magazine section that talks about men being far superior to women, and women being objects.
graphic violent porn, S&M, pain, torture…
and various other things, you get a Violent cocktail. each in their own right not a real issue. but in a group and concentrated they can normalise, justify or provoke ones actions.
just as right wing politics is not an issue, when it becomes right wing extremism then it is an issue, the KKK for example. or left wing politics as well, in normal life it is fine but the extremists such as the abortion protestors that killed the doctor, this is where it becomes dangerous.
a game revolving around killing, raping, toturing etc… can only help push some people one direction, but its not the only cause as i say a lot. so it is not totally a bad thing.
and i must say that its societies role to choose where a line is drawn. IMO that line should be none blood/gore violence. cartoon killing IMO is ok. but i don’t much enjoy bloody games.
note that since the culture has been changing, video-games, Tv movies that are violent, major motion pictures that are violent. we have been progressivly getting more violent as a culture. more killings, more media focus on killings, more immortalisation of people who kill.
people who are violent become more famous than those who help, or are nice. and they become famous more quickly.
at some point it will NEED TO turn around, and morals/values will need to be re-instilled, as has happened with fast food (McD’s is now selling good food) because of obesity, things will change because society is self destructing.
it is a swinging balance, that will occur.
Video games are a part of it.
so is blender
so is ten pin bowling