Thursday, June 24, 2010

Singers Can Be Stupid

I'm probably going to go too far with this statement, but here it goes. It is a sure sign of stupidity when you blame a media outlet for pre-existing issues in society.

Some singer by the name of M.I.A.(I think she's trying to be like the singer Mya without making it too obvious), has decided to blame video games for violence in the world, because that's what all of the cool people do. She was born in Shri Lanaka and has been around a lot of internal conflict. But now she believes that today's kids are being heavily influenced by video game violence:

"I don't know which is worse. The fact that I saw it in my life has maybe given me lots of issues, but there's a whole generation of American kids seeing violence on their computer screens and then getting shipped off to Afghanistan.

"They feel like they know the violence when they don't. Not having a proper understanding of violence, especially what it's like on the receiving end of it, just makes you interpret it wrong and makes inflicting violence easier."

 So here's the thing. She grew up in a country that was having daily conflict and, by all accounts, could be considered a third world country. I think it would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, for most citizens of that country to have obtained a video game. So how do you explain the violence you saw in your home, M.I.A.? If you're making the claim that American children are being shipped overseas with video games on the brain acting as their behavior module, they why are there other countries with just as many violent tendencies when they have no access to any violent movies, television, or video games? People who pretend to be smart annoy me. Don't take a stance if you don't have the facts to back up your claims. 

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