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Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008 12:00 am
A brief history of moral panics

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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)

The simplistic argument is to say, I've played GTA, and I've never car-jacked anyone, so the game must be safe. And that's true. However, it's also true that whatever a nation consumes has an effect (however subtle) on who they are. If you're always consuming violence then I can't see how a nation could avoid a certain level of cynicism.

This is a freedom vs. order issue.

In an abstract sense, 100% freedom seems ideal. But if I lived in a country that had a certain amount of harmony, and that placed a real emphasis on virtuous living, I might be inclined to support some censorship in order to sustain this kind of environment. There's no doubt that the civility of Japan is partly tied up in the way things are presented to them. Marxy would have this changed, and, I think change Japan for the worse (that is, more toward what the US/UK are).


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The Queen of Overdub Kisses
Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)

Has anonymous played GTA?

I submit that JFK: Reloaded is the best educational game ever made, and playing it should be compulsory in all elementary schools.

I also submit that having the ability to act out the world's greatest atrocities in consequence-free virtual miniature is actually supportive of moral development.


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imomus
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imomus
Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)

Are you saying Marxy is a libertarian? I don't think that's the case -- he's written umpteen condemnations of Weekly Playboy's big-breasted, underage cover stars. But of course by my logic those articles actively sexualize underage girls, so maybe he is -- covertly -- on the side of "anything goes". Heaven knows!


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