So, we’re all settled in, right? We’re all here, reading my blog. Some of us might be regulars, arriving here through my consistently needy-sounding tweets; while some of us might have got here by googling the phrase “using dildos”. (I’m not judging.)
The main thing is that so far, dear reader, I’ve tried not to get too ranty. It’s a facet of my personality that bores friends, family and colleagues alike. I want to write in a way that displays a different side of me, something that will point at something cool and say “look! Something cool!”
Then I read about this.
Next Saturday night, volunteering residents of SouthingtonSOS, of a town near the location of a recent school shooting, are to hand out leisure and gift vouchers in exchange for “violent games, music and movies”, which will then – this is the best bit – “be broken and later incinerated by town employees”.
So, members of SouthingtonSOS, you’re going to take these games, these Satanic influences, these scourges of our society, and you’re going to set them on fire?
That’s a little bit completely unnecessary.Why not take them down Blockbuster? You’d get a few quid for them; you could spend that money on designing and building the most sanctimonious fucking statue you can get your chisels on.
I’m not even going to use a stupid phrase like “don’t get me wrong” because trying to justify myself wouldn’t come close to describing how physically sick I get when I hear about things like what happened in Newtown last month. It’s heart-breaking. But it doesn’t even feel like the last shots have rung out before people are breaking out their high horses to dish out some blame. This breaks my heart too.
This frankly fucking brilliant video from Charlie Brooker’s NewsWipe will explain the whole knee-jerk media thing better than I ever could. But I just need to know that these people realise the oddness of their gesture; fighting virtual fire with actual fire will not send out the message that they’re hoping for.
“[We think] there is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and Movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying. Social and political commentators, as well as elected officials including the president, are attributing violent crime to many factors including inadequate gun control laws, a culture of violence and a recreational culture of violence.”
Hmm. What do we reckon?