For Discussion Purposes: Video Games, Movies, Guns.
The other day I posted this on Facebook. I'm curious to see what C99ers have to say about it since you/we are a different sort of crowd.
maybe it *is* the "video games". Along with other sick weirdnesses of our national culture. Yes, there's the availability of guns, obviously. But then...so I was at the Hawthorne Hideaway last night to see the Zags.
Before they came on I was in the table area which has big screen TVs. I spent a few minutes being horrified at the sight of Robert Redford participating in a manifestation of the collective id. When I got home and googled it I found it must have been Captain America. A fairly disgusting glorification of violence and destruction with absurd illogical special effects that give one the impression that you can be a killing machine with no bad effects to yourself.
I walked back to the music area but before getting there I encountered another TV showing a "different" movie where characters were making impossible twists through the air, landing and karate chopping other people, while strange aircraft hovered with thrusters blasting, and these characters were saying something about Ragnarok. It was pretty much identical with that Captain America horror. Different costumes, though.
These movies have made crazy amounts of money which means crazy numbers of people have seen them....and liked them! And I can see how these movies play into the minds of people on the brink. Lots of explosions (explosions are cool!), lots of killing (oh boy!), planes crashing (what fun!). In short, never having seen any of this before, I am now fairly depressed this morning about what's outside my little world.