a reply to: openyourmind1262
Let me point something out openyourmind1262.
I watched all manner of crazy stuff when I was a kid. Martial arts movies, war movies from multiple eras, action films, read comic books depicting
badasses doing badass things...
How many people do you think I have killed? I am going to give you a hint, its less than one.
I never had PTSD as a result of a film I saw, nor did any film or television show, or other piece of media I have been exposed to, change my
behaviour in the slightest. You know what did? Schooling. Being placed in a building full of vindictive and sociopathic individuals for the day, for
twelve years solid. That made a mess of me, and it took time to correct the damage from that.
I would suggest, that movies and video games do NOT have an affect on what a youth thinks is appropriate.
I would also point out that mass carnage events pre-date significantly graphically violent media as a phenomenon, by approximately thirty years.
Simply put, the things that drive people to do crazy things are not movies, television shows, or any other bloody similar visual media input. The
thing that drives people to do insane things, in nearly every single case, is an unresolved traumatic experience. For some, its the realisation that
the wife is cheating on them, but being unable to voice a concern on the matter because the emotions involved are so terrible, that one cannot
actually utter them without either falling apart or lashing out. For others, its unresolved issues with ones father figure, stemming from childhood,
all the way through adult hood, as it was with the UT Tower Sniper.
Eventually, what drove this man to do what he did WILL out. It always does, and I am willing to bet that it had nothing to do with the release of the
Terminator movies, John Wick, Rambo or any other character from popular media, but a damned sight more to do with an interpersonal problem he could
not solve, or, and this is so common that I cannot understand why people have not mentioned it more, he might just have been a total psychopath, born
that way, dyed in the wool and invisible to the naked eye.
I am exposed to violent media all the time. My favourite movies have explosions, carnage, total chaos and damnation all around. My favourite music is
just audiological violence at the best of times, and I have all manner of reasons to be furious with the world and next to every damned thing in it,
and yet...I understand that violence other than in defence of the self and ones community, is wrong, and have no desire to partake in it.
If I, with all the violent input that my life has had, have no desire or compulsion to cause harm to innocent people for any reason, if I would
rather die myself than do so, then its unlikely that the drivers you mention there have much, if anything at all to do with the matter.