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The other side of the argument

In any good debate there are at least three sides, the two that are arguing and then the truth which lies somewhere in the middle.  In order to discover the truth to the desensitization to societal events, one must dance along the fine line between the arguing sides to discover the truths.  This short article and many others like it describe the idea that fictional violence shows anyone that real violence is acceptable.  The focus of the article is soldiers and military but the same notes can be applied to anyone.  As the author says, “From the moment you step off the bus you are physically and verbally abused: countless pushups, endless hours at attention or running with heavy loads, while carefully trained professionals take turns screaming at you. Your head is shaved, you are herded together naked and dressed alike, losing all individuality”.  It is almost scary how effective this technique is.  To argue that this is desensitizing people, this is hard proof of an extreme situation working.  The question to ask is, what level of pressure and violence has to be put onto a person to desensitize them?  Does watching one TV show a week with violence cause someone to be violent?  Or does it not have an effect at all.




One thought on “The other side of the argument

  1. That’s an interesting way of putting it. Definitely reminiscent of Bogost’s introduction. He also wants to step out of the line of fire and just talk about the battle (‘the battle’ being what you call truth). Or like Galloway’s rhetorical break down that wants to understand the unique nature of video games as an immersive medium. On a cultural scale, I agree that the argument over right and wrong can be a bit ridiculous. Each side is composed of many different incompatible perspectives that hardly make for the the bipartisan war that’s represented with pro-violence/anti-violence.

    Posted by chasecon | June 23, 2013, 7:01 pm

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