Friday, April 22, 2016

Violence in Video Games

Video games are violent. Literally undeniable. Here's some evidence..

But here's the rub: Does violence in video games make you violent? I asked 14 classmates what they thought. Here were the responses.

  5 said "Yes"
  9 said "No"
  1 said "Unsure"

    As a relitivly stable minded individual who's spent a good portion of his life playing video games I can safely say that I am a highly non-violent person. To me there's a disassociation with reality and fiction that most functioning people posses.

However, does this mean that video games do not cause violence?

Ehh, no.. Video games do have some correlation with school shootings, planned murders, etc. So what's the deal?! Why would a fictitious virtual simulation make you, the player, violent? Well, if you're normal, it shouldn't. Video games many times act as wish fulfillment, breaking the barrier between reality and fiction to give the player unrealistic power or control. Those with extremely  low self worth might gravitate towards this enticing prospect but for most the idea of replicating actions performed in a game seems silly. Even with many modern emersive  games such as "Skyrim" and "Dark Souls" graphically drawing a thin line between reality and fiction for all except the desperate 1% who have their brains all whacked up. Maybe violent video games can make anyone a killer with constant exposure but I say that video games would be the trigger, not the source.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Suits and ties.

    For the first time in a long time I'm going to go with the grain on something. While I find myself to be culturally sensitive I very rarely censor anything I feel or say unless it's highly inappropriate. For instance I'm not going to make a knock knock joke at a funeral. However, just a few minutes ago, I realized something. There is a line. A very fine, maluable line, that cannot be crossed with authoritative figures. Recently, I said that my teacher looked like "an ice cream cone." I think he did, but that's not the point. He seemed upset. Like I insulted his kid or something. I don't think the cultural singnificance of  his hairstyle was the issue. Nor do I think he was even self concious about his appearance. When I called him an ice cream cone I undoubtedly deminished his status in the eyes of the class. He talked to me outside. He brought up a point I never thought of before. He implied that he, on the merit of being a teacher, must be beyond reproach to his student. I really never thought about it before. We should respect teachers BECAUSE they're teachers. Not because if they're good or bad or work in prison or what. The deal is that because they worked and grinded to achieve the credentials to teach a room full of students that it is their (our) role to respect them. Now, I'm not a firm believer in censorship or, even more importantly, entitlement to merits congenitally. Respect must be earned. But, like it or not, teachers, doctors, lawyers, all that crap. They've all worked to achieve a higher eschelon of respect in society by those who work under them. There's a big difference between a Wal-Mart worker and a scientist. I've learned there must be a reservation when speaking to those of higher status. I never thought of it, but when I did just 30 minutes ago, hit me like a RPG. Maybe because I've always been used to teachers being pushovers or slaves to their classes that I've always talked to them colloquially. I've learned that needs to stop. It makes me look like a tone-deaf idiot. I might be a lot of things, but I'm no idiot. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Should Drugs Be Legal?

Matthew Loucas

Should drugs be legal?

In order to answer that question we need to dive into the semantics of what is actually being asked.

Should all drugs (recreational and illegal) be legalized?  My answer is "yes."

Alright let's calm down. I'm aware of the detrimental effects of many "hard drugs" on the human body. Even some of the tamest drugs can melt the flesh off your bone. Horrible horrible stuff.

But, honestly, what is bad about "hard drugs"?

Well, they kill people. But so does every other drug.

"Well they kill people way more painfully in some cases."
This isn't a basis to make something inaccessible considering the precidence of other legal drugs such as cigarettes having undeniable correlation with lung cancer.

So, why are drugs illegal? Because they're bad for you! Seriously. The prohibition act was because alcohol was seen (correctly) as a threat to friends and family. But even so, the enormous backlash that Americans put up along with the formation of the mafia and underground drug rings lead to the intense whiplash of the re-legalization of alcohol.

The primary difference between alcohol and upper echelon splinter cell drugs is that an ice cold beer is a staple of American tradition. However, weed and crack simply don't stack up in the practicality department. It's not sold in normal stores and it's certainly hard to find.

The only way to propagate the use of upper class (threat) drugs is to properly mainstream them through government regulation.

The next time someone asks "why are drugs illegal?" The answer is simply "Because they are" Now this sounds good on paper but honestly, as an American, I should be able to make the choice to kill myself and others around me.

It's just the American way, ya feel?