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Driven To Kill By Call Of Duty? Question Mark?

This is a discussion on Driven To Kill By Call Of Duty? Question Mark? within the General Chit-Chat forum, part of the Off Topic Chat; I have to say it tends to be generally less credible news sources that are doing this nowadays. This paper ...

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    I have to say it tends to be generally less credible news sources that are doing this nowadays. This paper is a trashy tabloid with little to no respect in the UK. I noticed ITV also reported it like this. The way the BBC reported it was "why did a guy with clear and documented mental health issues have a f***ing gun?"

    Of course there's always going to be a whipping boy for "the new thing". My dad had this reading comic books and listening to blues/jazz back in the 50's, now blues/jazz is considered posh & highbrow. The same went for theatre when that started. For now it's porn and video games, but I don't think it'll last long now.

    Journalists can be the kind of horrible scavengers who constantly hope for a shooting or terrorist attack so they can get more viewers. They blame video games because they are trying to avoid the overwhelming scientific evidence that says that the biggest "other" influence for these events (the main one being a dreadful and probably quite mad person) is the media themselves. They give people like this a huge amount of publicity, which is exactly what the killer wants. The best example of that would be Anders Brehvik, remember him? he played their game, knowing he would get this exposure. They spent weeks reporting on his case and spread his message for him. Their get-out was claiming that it was all because he played WoW and CoD

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    I wouldn't trust the credibility of any media company that can't spell word "tires" correctly.
    You're right not to trust The Mirror - it's complete arse gravy - but I think the tyres thing is a cross Atlantic thing (colour/color). Did you pick up the AR-15 thing? They can't even get that right.

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    Honestly, the tyres thing was because of my own ignorance. I had no clue that other people actually spelled it tyres. I thought tires was universal. Oh well.

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    I remember the funny times back when Marilyn Manson was to blame for everything, too. The mass media is a funny thing, and humans are ever so stupid and ignorant. Did anyone hear of the 8-year old boy who shot and killed his grandmother recently, and was reported to have been playing GTA before shooting her? I always wonder where these kids get the loaded handguns to carry out these acts in the first place?

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    It was action movies when I was younger. I suppose I did put a lot more effort into my Kung Fu and tried to climb walls after watching The Matrix.

    To be honest Marilyn Manson hasn't done himself any favours with some of the stunts he's pulled. I still get that for listening to heavy metal though. It's funny because I've found metalheads to be the nicest and usually most chilled out bunch, despite how violent and aggressive the music is. I guess it's because we have an outlet for it. All the music I listen to (rock, metal, jazz, blues) has at some point been vilified for being linked to the devil and a terrible influence on the youth. Funny really.

    I'd also note that blaming GTA for violence shows a deep misunderstanding on the media's part of what that game is about. I'm not the biggest fan of GTA but when I've played it I felt that it's satirising american gun culture and mocking it, not glorifying violence. Unlike the news with it's "check out our latest footage of this genocide folks!"

    Quote Originally Posted by effdeegee View Post
    Honestly, the tyres thing was because of my own ignorance. I had no clue that other people actually spelled it tyres. I thought tires was universal. Oh well.
    Wasn't having a go, just pointing it out.

    I don't know if anyone remembers this one, in the 90's there was a shooting in a school and the parents of the victims tried to sue the makers of a couple of action flicks because he liked them. They also sued Playboy because he read the magazines. Case got thrown out but it shows how these people think. It's "he loves this thing that I don't like and he did something terrible. It must be because of the thing I don't like." Great use of logic there.

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