reply to post by semperfortis
Might I just say that last video you posted, was very enlightening and scary, where you reflect at the differences in society now and then.
If you're still answering questions I would like to know:
In your opinion, do you have any ideas as to what has influenced, or brought about this change over the years? the violence specifically (from fist
fights to knives and guns)?
Thank you in advance.
EDIT TO ADD MY OPINION: I'm pretty young relatively, I was being born when you started in the force, but it's something brought up quite often down
here as well (Australia).
Not just over dinner talk or whatever, but very often I have a chat with an old fella and they unequivocally always agree that people used to be much
more open especially with strangers, and during conflicts the violence never escalated more than the odd biff. Now, they explain, theirs no community,
nobody shares the open connection like they used to, and extreme violence is much more pervasive.
IMO I think it really has to do with the influences of kids, the violence and dividing nature of the things they watch or see. Anyone who's familiar
with my posts knows I'm completely against the control of media's and such, 'to protect children', but I do think they are exposed to terrible
I blame the kids parents and elders. Why? Well, in your day I'm sure you're parents would have kept you from seeing sex and violent material when
you were young. But nowadays, parents aren't active enough in raising their children. I know that's clearly a generalization, maybe, too many
parents aren't active enough
Let me put it this way, lets say little Jimmy and Sally go to Katie's place to play, they are all 6, now Katie's father, says come on kids I've got
something to show you, and flicks on X rated Porn. Now when Jimmy and Sally go home, their parents are outraged, social services take Katie away from
her father and charges are pressed.
Now imagine the same situation, but Katie's father hands them a video game.
I don't think parents take enough care to protect their children from content in new medias, (I don't know why, maybe because they are unfamiliar to
many), I think children are over exposed to deplorable content in video games and on the internet. I hate that often the blame goes to the video games
or the Internet themselves. That's like in the original hypothetical that the blame goes to DVDs, the blame should be on parents and their
However I wouldn't think it will continue getting worse, many young parents these days are much more IT savvy, and much more aware that video games
aren't just children's toys, and are aware of what we find online. I think because of this, things will get better (so long as the government
doesn't try to take our liberties!), and the next generation of cop might see our society from 'gone to hell' like you've found, back to something
more like the old days (finger crossed). I hope you can find inspiration and belief that things can get better, because with your experience and
passion you could be an amazing influence on even one good young cop on the street.
Cheers, (Whoa long edit)...
[edit on 16/3/10 by countercounterculture]