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Posted on 12/15/2012 1:47:13 PM PST by drewh
Drudge Report: Connecticut Killer Obviously Not Well, Suffered From Personality Disorder, Played Video Games Owen Good
Now that we've got the right name of the killer in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre yesterday, the media profiles are starting to emerge. To the Drudge Report, playing video games is a remarkable enough thing that it bears mentioning in a headline. An italicized headline. Oh, it's factual enough, but that typeface and those ellipses raise a suspicious eyebrow, or at least mutter a "Just sayin'." Good work, Matt.
Having worked a cops reporting beat at a large newspaper utterly obsessed with tragedy, I can tell you what is going on: Reporters have been told to gather every single detail they can on Adam Lanza. They are. There is a bottomless desire to know as much as possible about the person who caused this tragedy. And it's absolutely fair game to mention Adam Lanza enjoyed computer games if it's part of who he was. If I was in my old job, I would have no trouble putting that into a story, as the Associated Press didin the 16th paragraph, well below statements from investigators about Lanza's potential mental illness, and in obvious context of what Lanza was otherwise like as a person.
It's lazy to list that detail in a headline stack along with the more likely causes of a mass killing, such as having a personality disorder, or being "obviously not well." I'm sure parents of autistic children enjoy seeing the suggestion Adam Lanza was autistic, too.
So, what does "played video games dot-dot-dot" really mean? Stories say Lanza belonged to a high school technology club The game they played was not specified.
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Conservatives may play video games, but know that you’re supporting a particularly despicable, pornographic quasi-Marxist culture/industry. It’s just another kind of Hollywood. Let them take the hits they deserve.
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He played video games.........that was not the reason he murdered those people.
Yea, and so does drinking milk or going poop.
Millions upon millions of people play video games and only a very very very few commit crimes - there is no real correlation.
Adam played his last “video game” and many innocents died.
Kill your Xbox now!!!! Put down your spoon, it will make you fat.
And because of this, we need to get rid of the Second Amendment? I don't do drugs. How does this plan work?
Video games have replaced families for a lot of young men who see no point in getting married; it is a huge industry, and new game releases are starting to rival movie releases in terms of dollars.
It is an industry that is here to stay; it fills a niche that is constantly growing.
Only reason it’s a “common thread” is that like 90% of the people under 30 play them. Might as well blame the oxygen. The fact is nutters are nutters, scumbags are scumbags, and video games don’t make anybody either, and anybody saying otherwise is excuse mongering bad behavior with lies.
Anytime anyone suggests that violence in movies, or in video games desensitizes the culture towards violence, the Hollywood crowd leaps to defend their craft. First Amendment and all that.
But there exists a multi-trillion dollar worldwide industry that does influence behavior through the use of moving pictures, art, photographs, sound, and words.
It’s called advertising.
I can’t believe I’m seeing this stuff on here.
BINGO!!! I’d bet a milllion dollars that he was on those drugs......make that TWO MILLION!!
Chump change. I'd bet 3 mil.
'Course if I lose the bet, I'll have to owe it to you.
There's a number of people who have noticed a link between psychiatric or psychotropic drugs and numerous killings in the last thirty to forty years. I once lived with a woman who had mental problems and started taking psychiatric drugs under direction from some county counselor. She actually got worse the more drugs she took, and her behavior became more erratic and violent. Eventually I had to leave her after an incident with a butcher knife. That was enough for me. My own view was psychiatric medicine made her behavior worse than before she started taking them.
Since then I wondered how many people taking drugs for mental problems got worse. I'm sure there are people who claim that drugs have helped a lot of people with mental problems, but I wonder.
I think that it’s more of a ‘chicken or the egg’ thing. This is like blaming violence on drinking water. Everyone who’s ever committed murder has drank water.
We can blame the guns... every violent shooting has involved guns...
How about medications? Everyone who’s committed a murder spree has been on medications. (This one is probably closer to the truth.)
Almost everyone in the younger generation has played video games. Listens to similar music. Was raised on the same shows. It’s a generational thing.
The thing to remember is that violence has been with humanity for all time. I’ve been reading posts right here saying that we’ve NEVER slaughtered children before - as I’m watching a show about the Aztecs slaughtering thousands of men, women and children and committing cannibalism. They didn’t have video games. Nazis didn’t have video games.
We’re falling into the ‘blame’ trap. We’re trying to make sense of evil and we never will.
It’s only human nature, but it brings us to a bad place every time. (IE: the liberal’s ‘ban guns’ arguments)
Some of these drugs banish the mania. People begin to feel better and figure they no longer need the drugs. They go off them. They have rebound mania, which can include paranoia, hostility and anger.
I have seen this play out.