i never understood why people get hung up on this issue. it is utterly academic to me at this point
if i watched 10 days straight of ultraviolent movies straight, then went out and punched someone, it would be my fault
if wacked off for 10 days straight to hardcore rape porn then went out and raped a woman, it would be my fault
if i played 10 days straight of ultraviolent videogames, then went out and shot someone, it would be my fault
no grey area WHATSOEVER
if it comes out of my mouth, or my hand, it is MY RESPONSIBILITY
"the devil made me do it" is a blame game, an attempt to avoid guilt, and it is a mode of defense as old as rape and murder (which never needed porn, videogames, or movies to happen going backt to he dawn of time)
if you play GTA, and then kill a cop in the EXACT same scenario as GTA, GTA BEARS NO RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER
because YOU were the fucked up person to do that, not GTA. if you never played GTA, some other stupid pursuit would give an idea to do something incredibly retarded, get it? YOU ARE THE GUILTY PARTY, AND YOU ALONE
media cannot enable the well-balanced to commit crimes, media can only enable the previously fucked up to commir crimes, and even then, putting retstraints on media means nothing: the previously fucked up will be set off by some other factor you have no control over! so the point is you lay blame where blame is 100% due: THE FUCKED UP ASSHOLE WHO COMMITTED THE CRIME
if i am psychologically well-balanced, NONE OF THIS MEDIA WILL SO MUCH BREACH THE TINIEST BIT OF MY SENSE OF RIGHT AND WRONG
in fact, in the mid-1990s, when i was quite young, i might add, i must have played hours and hours of doom for weeks on end
and i'm a rabid anti-gun nut
how's that work? it works just fine! in me and 99.99999% of the rest of the well-adjusted population on questions of simple right and wrong... dylan klebold is the fucked up asshole, NOT DOOM!
now, the most amazing thing to me is how the people pushing for controls on videogames, porn, movies: these are the same social conservatives who talk so highly, with such vigor and passion, about the concept of personal responsibility
and yet they defile it with their censorship attempts
THEY DON'T FUCKING GET IT
in fact, i propose we have MORE access to porn, violent movies, and violent videogames
because i in fact suscribe to the theory of the safety release valve: violence we are complicit to on a video screen is violence we would not have committed in real life
in fact i would wager, if such a study would ever done, that rape and violence is static across all time and history... to think that it is increasing over time is hystorically myopic of you. really
in fact, i might wager violence has gone DOWN slightly over the course of recent history as ou access to more realistic media, and would go down even MORE, if people were exposed to more violent and sexual media, and would go down even MORE if our media gets MORE violent and MORE VR full immersion realistic
i really believe that 100%!
do you want people to be more peaceful? well people are inherently violent and sexual, so beam all of those pressures up on a screen in front of them, and voila: release
not that i'm going all clockwork orange on y'all and tying people down and prying their eyes open and force them to watch violence and sex, but at least stop trying to PREVENT people from pursing violent and sexual media as a natural instinctual desire to release that which if did not get released harmlessly on videoscreen, would build up and be released in real life
in other words, it all depends upon how you view human nature:
are we born pure unadulterated innocent snowflakes, and our environment corrupts us?
or are we born with the full range of sleaze and pathology seething within us, and our environment and society caps that, and teaches us to control our impulses, and mitigates our sexual and violent desires into more responsible and peaceful channels
yes, we are given natural qualities of empathy: those are peopel, just like me out there, who have feelings and rights just like i do. this is the seed of morality. and this grows us into responsible adults. it's not all nature=violence, nurture=placation. nurture can fuck someone up, but it must be repetitive and it must come from a constant adult source or in the absence of any adult source and some internal naturally fucked up psychology. anything that corrodes our ability to empathize is nurture gone bad. but for the most part, empathy is natural and easily fostered and grown for the vast majority of us. we are not sitting on a razors edge
at the same time, guess what fools, we're fucking mammals
we've been raping our women and braining our neighbors since way before we ever became homo sapiens
and cave art wasn't reponsible for that!
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.