I apologize in advance for the extremely long post
It's not secret, even to the strongest skeptics of government conspiracies that the government to this day continues several propaganda programs, in
their attempt to rally the American people to specific causes. Whether these programs are benign or immoral, is another story.
We have all seem commercials, billboards, movies, etc. A campaign commercial on TV, for example, is an obvious example of propaganda. No one is immune
My personal experience has been with things I've come to observe as a gamer. I'm a strong gamer, PC and console, and I try to stay informed on
current and future game development.
There's a game that has been out for a while, called "America's Army". For those of you who don't know much about this game, it is a First Person
Shooter that was developed by DARPA with the help of several military officials, to be used by the U.S. Army as a recruitment tool.
While this in itself may seem as a pretty innocent attempt to simply recruit more soldiers for the US Army, as a gamer, I communicate a lot with other
gamers, and have gotten a very clear picture of the "mindset" of a lot of gamers, and in fact, I even know a few gamers who have been and currently
are in the US Armed Services, including myself.
The idea of using weapons, putting aside the moral implications of this, is HIGHLY glorified in the gaming industry. Talk of routinely "owning
noobs" is pretty normal. For those that have come to enjoy games such as "Counterstrike Source", "Call of Duty 4", and many other titles, this
enjoyment can eventually serve to absorb you into a "cannonfodder" type of mindset. Those gamers I know that serve in the military are obviously
desensitized to the morality of what it is they are dealing with, which boiled down is basically the killing of other human beings.
In a podcast I was recently listening to, a gamer was able to directly contact a DARPA official, in order to pitch an idea that DARPA should fund a
certain type of Star Trek game, to which this official was very receptive, and in fact hinted to the fact that DARPA routinely involves itself in
I admint it shouldn't have, but I was shocked by this. Do we want an advanced military research bureau, such as DARPA, to help develop videogames
that will basically help form the minds of future America? Considering that most, if not all, young Americans play some videogames on a consistent
basis, does this not point a sad picture for the future of America (considering the nature of the games being developed? Ex. America's Army)?
Have you had a similar experience with something a specific government agency has involved itself with, specifically, in how it molds the opinion of
individuals, both mature and young people?
[edit on 24-4-2008 by PX Iceman]