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Im watching C-SPANs coverage of the Senate subcommittee hearings on violence in video games Apparently another kook opening fire on his high school has given the mind police an opportunity to rationalize restricting the ways were allowed to fantasize and engage in escapism As I listen to Senator Sam Brownback R-Kansas express his complete ignorance on the subject of modern youth culture from the significance of Doom to what Goths stand for I cant help but feel my gorge rise I wonder Could the Senators accusations that violent games are causing the cultural pollution of our youth possibly be more damaging to young people than his televised display of disregard for structured rational thought I see it regularly in the press but it bothers me when our government starts engaging in selective interpretation of cause and effect Lets begin with the premise these guys want you to believe The psycho teenager liked playing Doom therefore Doom was partially contributory to him opening fire on his schoolmates Hello Everybody plays Doom Ill bet the kid has a nose too and you know theres a high correlation between having a nose and committing murder I grew up in Alaska where close to 1 in 5 natives under the age of 21 was blown away by a shotgun They didnt have Doom to scapegoat then so the blame was placed on alcohol and the availability of firearms And before those were available people bashed one anothers heads in with clubs even when there were plenty of resources available and no anthropological reasons to do so But back to games Violent games are available to anyone who wants to play them So why do boys predominantly choose them Is it because advertisers are targeting males or because the games capture an element of fantasy that naturally appeals to men Why do our government representatives want to blame adolescent males partiality toward these games
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