shooting up their enemies -
this life is madness
This haiku is philosophical. I’ve been thinking about video games too, but for different reasons than Kelly. Years ago, when a friend enlightened me to the updated world of home video games I got to experience military-style combat. These games were going for a high sense of realism with optimal violence. The entire point of the game was to shoot and kill your enemies and lots of ‘em. Sometimes the enemies were Nazis. Sometimes they were cops or innocent bystanders. Whoever it was the game designed you to kill, a high level of adrenaline surfaces for the video game shooter! I guess some would call it mindless entertainment. Others might call it intoxicating.
There are many studies that support the theory that violent video games cause aggressive behavior. I wonder how many studies have been done to decipher how children with personality disorders such as narcissism or psychosis absorb video games? I wonder what playing seven hours of target shooting and then watching Batman Returns does to the human psyche, particularly to those who are already vulnerable?
I’m not saying that guns do not cause violence. Personally, I do not understand the sort of gun that can kill many within seconds and I’m not sure why in many states gun ownership is easier than getting a driver’s license. But I’m surprised that many liberal-minded friends do not see a correlation between violence and the media. Good art is powerful and can elevate the human soul. If this is true, than what can bad art do? Do highly realistic, violent, negative, soulless images have their own sort of power? I’d love it if those who support gun reform would begin to discuss this too. Or is the artist, even the bad artist, never wrong?