Weekly Update 11.24.17
…that our political leaders don't let us line up for them because like the B&M Department Stores they too:
1) sell us tons of useless crap,
2) are at war with their competitors
3) Use false advertising
4) and hate the internet competition.
Great post Chris
When all you are shown is violence, then it becomes the tool you turn to in order to resolve a conflict. It's like when you spend time with people who swear a lot then you start swearing a lot. Most forms of entertainment have some system of violence built into them. Picture the cartoon kids games on the x-box or on television, watch how conflicts are resolved, and it's mostly though violence. Dora the explorer is fine, but pokemon is very violent. Lego games teach children to bash characters and destroy things to win. Minecraft puts a sword in the hand and sends you out to kill. These are the benign ones, the rest become a lot more darker. The walking dead is a rather horrific example.
Watch as well the passive forms of violence, where violence is outsourced but still forms the underlying structure of the relationships. It still teaches violence, perhaps submitting to authority. Procedural cop and lawyer shows. Where are the farming shows like Green Acres or Mr Ed.
You have generations now where this is how they were raised. If you want to predict how the younger generations behave, look at their tools for dealing with other people.
The state security apparatus is gradually increasing its violent repression of dissent so as to acclimate the citizenry to that being the new normal. It decreases the willingness to protest.
You might be surprised to find out that we have lots of Black Friday store sales on the other side of the world here in Mongolia. And yet at the same time very few people here know anything about the Thanksgiving holiday that it spun off from . Still, the experience doesn't really compare to what you see in America; here I only saw a small increase in numbers of shoppers, no lines waiting for stores to open, no fighting, and no mad stampede of pushing and shoving. Nothing more than the usual line-cutting, and since that's pretty standard here it's rare for anyone to get violent about it. The blatant commercialism aspect of these stores introducing the concept here is sure annoying, but at least I don't have to worry about getting trampled.
Just talking about violence in general, there is a difference here but it's hard to put a finger on it. Fights and such seem to be about as common as in the US, but if I had to guess I'd say the differences tend to be the reasons for fighting (alcohol probably the biggest factor here) and the level of violence doesn't escalate beyond fist-fights quite as often. Getting to see it from the outside, the culture in America seems to be increasingly all-or-nothing regarding violence. Either violence is "never the answer and is to be avoided at all costs" (nice sentiment but completely unrealistic) or it's taken to an extreme in order to 'get respect', teach someone a lesson, or simply because no one taught them when enough is enough or reasonable use of force. I'd have to say media is at least part of that equation, though (lack of) parenting is probably more of a culprit. It's likely that without decent parents or role models, the violence in media stops being a negligible or minor influence (which is what I think it is for the 'average' person) and becomes a major influence on people.
I am not a fan of the "Patriot Act," to say the least.
The Patriot Act has a LOT of pages. Funny how they got it together in lightning speed after 9/11. What would Orwell say. The war on terror is the most brilliantly simple and evil concept. It can be anyone anywhere anytime. And its a war, so no rules apply. And it will never end…….until the empire collapses