|[PEOPLE] spend countless hours exposed to incredible violence through TV, video games and movies. "I'm not surprised at all that the very same people who've grown up on a steady diet of observing and playing violence are then intrigued to watch it when they see it in person. ... There was a large number of people for whom this was a spectacle, an event to be observed and maybe laughed at and to participate in very, very minor ways in these activities," he said. |
Their behaviour was "entirely consistent" with how they're expected to react to violence on TV or in video games, he said.
FOR FUCKS SAKE THEY WERE JUST WATCHING A GOD DAMN LIVE ICE HOCKEY MATCH AND HE BLAMES TV AND VIDEOGAMES!?!?!?
Seriously, people are going push their agendas despite all the overwhelming evidence against them, so what's the point in asking about anything, any more?
Every weekend, sports are played.
Every weekend, teams lose.
Every weekend, fights occur because of this. Often, these fights turn into riots.
And yet it's the first impulse of a psychologist when asked about how this can arise is to blame violent TV, movies and videogames?
Not the fact that people become so invested in that sport because they've got nothing else in their lives to be passionate about?
Not the fact that commercialism and competition have devolved so much that we can no longer enjoy a game of sport, but rather have to become so heavily invested in watching a team that we feel negatively when they lose - something we as fans and viewers have absolutely no control over - in other words the classic human dilemma of feeling hopeless in the face of an uncaring environment?