Re:JCSpringWhile I agree that people should limit exposure to
violence, there are many countries where people view and play the same games and
movies without the incidence of violence exhibited in our country. Perpetrators
can be copy cats of others' violent acts. They can be victims of bullying.
They can be extremists---holding rigid extreme idealogical
viewpoints--"holy warriors," in their minds, fighting against an enemy
to their viewpoints. These extremists can be fed by media sources which engage
in lying, demonization and fear mongering--ramping up the paranoia. I am appalled sometimes at the things i hear from otherwise reasonable senior
citizens these days. Just yesterday as i was leaving the church, talking to a
couple, I mentioned a family member was having hip replacement surgey today.
They told me that Obama wants to stop chemotherapy for people over the age of
65, and that he didn't want his own grandmother to have hip surgery after
she broke her hip! Seriously, where are people hearing this junk?DN
should stop the constant "us" against "them" articles as can be
seen in the daily "religion under attack." Hope, peace, love, looking
for common ground should be the message.
"Indeed, no reasonable person can deny that violent incidents are increasing
in society as movies become more violent and sexually explicit."Lets say, for the sake of discussion, that you are correct. What
do you propose?
I sympathize with all the family members of the victims. I don't understand
the sensationalized news, not the heart ache. I am more concerned about my wife
and kids if I die than me dieing.
Terrorists goals are often revenge, response (provoke a reponse) and fame. The
news coverage amply supplies the attention and fame these seekers want. I wish
these tragic events could be covered in a way that denies the perps the
attention. For example, not posting any pictures showing their faces, certainly
not showing any manifestos or video messages they made (Virginia Tech). The
major news networks, cable channels and newspapers should evaluate how they
cover these tragic events.
It will not take long for modern Hollywood to produce films that glorify those
responsible for this violent and senseless action. Indeed, no reasonable person
can deny that violent incidents are increasing in society as movies become more
violent and sexually explicit. It is time for the masses to realize that they
cannot have both a peaceful society and violent entertainment at the same time.
How many more innocent people must die before the public finally turns its back
on violent trash such as Django Unchained?
Mr. Rogers was a true American hero.
Thank you, Mr. Sherman, for helping to put this tragedy in the most positive
light possible. Gandhi's quote was especially applicable. The
news media glamorizes tragedy and glorifies perpetrators, making the world seem
like a very dangerous place. Your article puts these events into their true and