Monday, June 09, 2008

I hate Big Media

In case you haven't heard, there was a tragedy in the Akihabara district of Japan. 7 people were killed and many injured when an individual with an unhealthy mind decided to go on a rampage. I really feel bad for those that have suffered.

What has got me a bit irritated this morning, is how it was covered in the New York Times. They have taken this horrible event and then applied a hatred for video games in it. Sigh, why do they feel the need to do this through a time of suffering for the people in that area of the world.

Offending article

He also wrote that he liked the popular video games Tales of Destiny, a fantasy role-playing series that employs the distinctive art style known as anime, in which adult characters often resemble children, and Gran Turismo, a car racing game in which the cars can crash and suffer damage but the focus is on racing rather than destruction and human figures are rarely visible.


James V Reagan said...

Repeat after me: it's never the perp's fault. He's the victim.

I'm surprised they didn't blame global warming.

The Really Sarcastic Weasel said...

NYT allows one of its political agendas infiltrate a non-editorial "news" story?


J. Heuer said...

Quite topical: I am reading a German book called "Why our kids turn into tyrants" (not yet available in English, I guess), that picks up on the trend of increasing dysfunctionality in kids and young adults.

The main premise: as a society, we tend to treat kids as adults way to early in their lives, and we treasure them beyond measure.

Reasons listed:
- destruction of the larger family unit, thus loneliness of the parents with the resulting desperate need to connect with the inmature child

- pressure to perform makes parents push kids harder than they can actually take

- lack of role models for healty parenting, both for parents and for kids

- misguided, romantic drive for freedom of mind and action, even in a 2 year old (the Flower Children are reaping a harvest they did not expect with their anti-authoritarian attitudes)

- lack of understanding of the healthy development steps of a forming mind

I have to say, this one puts the chill in me. I do see the issues, clearly, and the reasoning makes so much sense.

Evan reacts better when guided instead of hands-off. He responds to authority and structure in a very encouraging way. He actually needs it to feel happy and secure. Sure, he can pick what he wears in the morning, but he knows that he can only pick from the things we propose to him (appropriate for weather, context etc). That seems to be a good mix for him, and for us.

Go figure, how long certain events take to generate effects. I am worried that the tsunami of functionally inmature adults, not able to deal with frustration and thus -pushed- into conceptual worlds like video games, will take to heal and grow up. My lifetime??? Gosh!