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Thursday, March 24th, 2005
|JANE Q. PUBLIC: VIDEO GAMES, BART SIMPSON BEHIND SCHOOL SHOOTINGS ??
A reader of the Macon Telegraph named Lisa Gilbert wrote in to the paper, which printed her thoughts in today's edition. Now, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but Ms. Gilbert finds nothing but doom & gloom in modern youth culture:
We are an awfully long way from "Leave it to Beaver" and "Little House on the Prairie." Wally Cleaver or Laura Ingalls would never talk back to their parents like Bart Simpson often does....Even the music and video games peddled to our kids glorifies bodies over brains, murder over compromise and stealing over working.
I don't know. I'm old enough to remember Wally Cleaver, and I always thought he was kind of a dork. I wouldn't exactly categorize Bart Simpson as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, either. And I'm willing to bet that Ms. Gilbert's opinions on video games aren't formed by personal experience, but have been spoon-fed to her by politicians and other equally uninformed nay-sayers. She is correct about one thing, however, when she writes:
We allow them to listen to this garbage because we don't want to argue with a kid who will just sass back. And sometimes we just let them do what they want to so they won't like the other parent better. It is just easier to give in.
If there is a ten-year old kid out there - and there are surely many - playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas it is in almost every case because a parent "gave in," allowed them to play the game, and probably even bought the game for them.
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