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Video games - the origin of right-wing terror

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After a terror attack through a German neo nazi with two casualties last week, the responsible Interior Minister of Germany suggested correspondingly that the "video gamer's scene has to be monitored more thoroughly."

Yes, it is sufficiently documented that both German nationalism and anti-semitism in general were fueled by video games.

 

 

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I rest my case.

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A strong link between video games and excessive violence has been debunked many times over, but politicians feel the need to blame something, anything as long as it doesn't include sacred topics like guns, religion, and hate. It's gotta be the video games. Even porn. Why ever not.

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I think pockets of video game culture like online shooters have become cesspools of bigotry and  misogyny and rage, which is why I'm happy with our more civilized culture of night thievery and quiet murder and mayhem. But, yeah, it's not the gaming that's driving the rise of authoritarianism and all of that, and that cesspool is a symptom of other things going on which focusing on games is a convenient way to ignore.

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What do you see when you turn out the light? I can't tell you but I know that it's mine.

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The quality of those photos is so high. Good find.

 

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Quality.

"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

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Notice that "video games cause right wing terrorism" is the exact same argument as "the Koran causes Islamist terrorism". The only difference is the detail of which form of media is blamed for which kind of terrorism. But if you made such an argument about the Koran and demanded that it be regulated or banned, you would be considered an intolerant bigot (and rightly so).

However, when politicians make the exact same argument about Western media, based on the exact same correlation fallacy and the exact same lack of causal evidence, it's all perfectly fine. These politicians are as hypocritical as they are stupid.

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Guilt by association will spare no one in the end.


"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

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@OrbWeaver: Great post once again, which i don't have anything to add to. Just repeating the same old argument after any of such acts doesn't make it any more true. Enough said really.

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