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."


Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

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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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Re: Opinion: Violent Media Culpable in Arizona Tragedy

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

--------- James Fletcher, member of ECA Canada

 
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Wonderkarpcause it gets parroted around and is used by people to harm gaming like Jack Thompsons did with Violence. http://www.themarysue.com/pokemon-oras-sexism/ here's the article.11/20/2014 - 4:28pm
Andrew EisenNo idea why such an opinion would upset or irk you so I'd be interested in reading it. Got a link?11/20/2014 - 4:13pm
Wonderkarplook deep for it....reaching much. those kinds of people are what urk me.11/20/2014 - 4:07pm
WonderkarpI got upset the other day when a known feminist blog wrote a large article on how the demo to Pokemon Omega Ruby was Sexist cause you couldnt play as a girl. It was a Demo....who cares? but they went off on how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta11/20/2014 - 4:06pm
Andrew EisenHere's the panel that Sarkeesian quote from earlier comes from. Amazing what the proper context does, isn't it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0qxtKz2vZw11/20/2014 - 3:32pm
NeenekoSomething to keep in mind, we tend to look at physics as 'hard', but math and physics are trivial compared to soc/psych (I have worked in both), but FEELS like it should be simplier.11/20/2014 - 3:17pm
NeenekoI think what tends to make discussing sexism in games difficult is scale, the issues tend to be systemic in nature, but bite sized examples are not... and the systemic part ties into a lot of dry academic stuff requiring domain knowledge not everyone has.11/20/2014 - 3:16pm
Wonderkarpand I jumped for joy when the Cogs went multigendered in GOW. but I also like male protagonists like Kratos or Nathan Drake or Link.11/20/2014 - 2:58pm
Wonderkarp..it needs female options. thats why I prefer biowares games. My Shepard was female(Jennifer Hale <3) and my skyrim player was female. I prefer female characters. But I dont think its a sexism issue. More and more females are coming.11/20/2014 - 2:55pm
WonderkarpMonte, I would argue that with Tomb Raiders sales....remember me though....personally I like games with character customization. I was one of those people miffed at ACUnity over no female assassins. if you give us customization, unless its a sports game..11/20/2014 - 2:53pm
Matthew WilsonI argue it hass less to do with femalw lead, and more to do with marketing and game quality. remember me did not sell bad becouse of a female lead, it was a bad game.11/20/2014 - 2:48pm
MonteWonderKarp, Games with female protgonists have a much harder time. Many publishers shy away from them because they don't think they will sell and many games that do get greenlit wind up getting less marketting or downplay the females in their marketting.11/20/2014 - 2:44pm
Andrew EisenUnfortunately, Thompson is so intertwined with our beat that when he shows up in another story that's right in our wheelhouse, we kinda have to cover him, despite how over him a lot of our readership may be. Anything else you consider "tabloidish"?11/20/2014 - 2:40pm
Wonderkarpand they just did!11/20/2014 - 2:24pm
WonderkarpMy Amiibos Shipped!!! Now Amazon needs to mark my Smash Bros as Shipped11/20/2014 - 2:24pm
WonderkarpI do a lot of streaming and eventually I'll be doing some lets plays. (my cohost lives a while from me but hopefully I'll be moving soon). I will say I keep my lets plays and streams 100% free of any of my political views.11/20/2014 - 2:22pm
WonderkarpBut I'm a Gamer before a GPer :P anywho. I think I'd like to see less stories that seem tabloidish that repeat themselves. Unless like, something serious happened, I dont need to hear about (Example) Jack Thompson on a tv show saying the same thing he did11/20/2014 - 2:13pm
NeenekoI align with wonderkarp on this issue, I may disagree and complain, but things are professional and polite enough here that it seems worth being disagreeable ^_^11/20/2014 - 2:12pm
james_fudgeBesides, you're a GPer first and a GGer second ;)11/20/2014 - 2:06pm
james_fudgeIf we all agreed the world would be a boring place11/20/2014 - 2:05pm
 

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