In a Dark Dark Web (and other stories)

Whether you’re too young to remember, or the hyper-speed news cycle has rendered your long-term memory functionally obsolete, you may find it difficult to recall the tumultuous 1990s discussions about broad multimedia censorship.

Image result for pewdiepieThere have been violent video games since the 1970s, but the 90s really drove home the visceral content both figuratively and literally. Video game creators were generating some of the most “realistic” gore-fests audience have seen, and games like Mortal Kombat and Doom were selling like hotcakes on home consoles and computers.

Shit really hit the fan in 1999 when Democrats found out that the Columbine school shooters played violent video games and listened to anti-social music. Turgid leaders from both the Democrat (Both Clintons, Lieberman, Gore, etc) and Republican (basically just Newt Gingrich) sides demanded action to investigate the impact of violent video games; and look into measures to ban media content deemed anti-social or “dangerous.”

In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled against California’s desire to place sales restrictions on certain video games. Conservative Justice Scalia argued in favor of studies that showed no correlation between video game violence and real world violence in any greater degree than any other media not being called into question, and that restrictions would be an affront to the First Amendment.

Thankfully, the federal government is notoriously incompetent, and the penultimate legislation we got from this time was a largely irrelevant rating system for TV shows, Records, and Video Games.

Democrats throughout the 2000s, in conjunction with their desire to decrease or eliminate the sale of firearms, still sought to investigate the responsibility video games had for real world violence. Seizing and opportunity to shield against a 2nd Amendment onslaught, the NRA and various Republicans began to raise concerns about the inundation of young people by violence in video games and various media.

President Obama and Joe Biden called for a complete investigation into video games and video game developers in hopes of getting broad-based support for their plan to ban firearms.

Activist groups called on video game developers to stop working with gun manufacturers to license real gun designs and brands in realistic wartime video game franchises.

Somehow, now that President Trump is discussing the content of violent video games, the media is calling it a right-wing distraction from the “real discussion” of banning firearms. Many on the Left now assert that there is absolutely no link between violent video games and real violence, completely ignoring their previous platitudes, because now that argument has become a distraction from their anti-gun agenda.

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting and textThe war against accountability is being waged on all fronts. But one thing is becoming increasingly clear: alienation and increasing rates of autism diagnoses (almost entirely amongst young males) are turning people (read: boys) inward, isolated, and creating a breeding ground for anti-social behavior.

While the average psychologically healthy male can play hours of video games, watch gory movies, and engage with internet pornography, it isn’t difficult to imagine the impact on all of these habitual behaviors constantly drilling into the consciousness of the unhealthy mind.

Young males have broadly been experiencing an increase in unhealthy desensitization toward violent and sexual behaviors. Does that mean it creates an increase in a normal male’s desire or conscious ability to commit violence? Of course not; however it undoubtedly exacerbates the likelihood of this behavior in the abnormal, anti-social male brain.

Our culture chooses to ignore the laissez-faire attitudes we’ve created toward media, thus generating a complete lack of conversation and allowing real issues to fester while we pretend to rally against “bullying”, “systemic oppression”, and other scapegoat concepts.

Companies like Facebook and Twitter create algorithms to weed out bad words and offensive speech because they feel it is their moral obligation to control content on their platforms. Yet, somehow, they free themselves from all liability when a sociopath uses their platforms to live-stream a killing spree, rape, or torture.

Image may contain: 1 person, textMedia outlets across the globe, with a complete and total lack of self-awareness, focus in on the irreverent behavior of young people on Tik Tok, Twitch or YouTube who flock to entertaining characters like PewDiePie, flaunting objectionable language and politically incorrect memes, while lambasting and further alienating the very people who flood those platforms yearning to speak freely.

In all aspects of life, more freedom means less violence. More speech and open dialogue means fewer people being made to feel like their voices aren’t heard. When you marginalize voters, they stop being honest in polls. When you threaten the removal of religious freedoms, freedom of speech, or freedom to defend against tyranny, you create a cultural mindset of being hunted down.

Then, the media literally hunts you down, doxxes you, creates public demand to shut you down. In a free society, and probably in any society, a calculated attempt to make an entire population socially and politically voiceless will have serious psychological implications. When that “population” is the entirety of historic and modern western culture and civilization, those implications can be severe and unpredictable.

Image may contain: 1 person, textThe acts of violence that get the most international media attention are not as common as they seem; far less common than the acts of violence we see examined solely on local news. But we are made to feel we are in the midst of a great civil war, an ultimate Armageddon, and things are only getting worse. And maybe, mentally, we aren’t far off.

The simple truth is that there are easy and practical ways to combat aggression and anti-social behavior. And that’s through more speech. We need real conversations with those who spend a majority of their lives plugged in to forum sites and games; conversations that don’t end in their vilification or alienation. We need cultural discussions about the impact of certain attitudes and behaviors in music, movies and other media–and about how, while art often reflects life, we need to know how to mentally separate the two.

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The Red Herring and the Rise of Hate

We’ve all heard about the massive outbreak of hate crimes after, and surrounding, the election of Donald Trump. We’ve heard about them…but have we seen them? Supposedly these white anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-black homophobic, Islamophobic, racist bigots are floating to the surface. But where are they? Have we seen examples flooding the mainstream media…the social media? Have we seen one?

2Meanwhile, we’re hearing about brazen KKK marches that never happened; Muslim women who were never attacked; gay men who were never beaten; and a myriad of other hoaxes, lies, fabrications that both the mainstream media and social media are happy to foam at the mouth over, and quietly distance themselves from when they are discovered to be egregiously inaccurate.

Swastikas and hateful messages were scrawled on parks, public property and private businesses; historic black churches set on fire…in the name of Trump and White Power, or so they would seem; until it is found out that these were corrosive acts by people desperate to make it look like the Deplorables were out in abundance, spreading fear and hate.

But maybe their prophecy of the rise in hate crimes was accurate. We certainly seem to be seeing a lot of anti-white, anti-Trump crimes being committed on a widespread basis. The central message is terror and physical punishment for those whose race or political view is somehow in conflict with the perpetrators.

3And now we have the story of Brittany Herring, the ring-leader of this under-reported and under-valued kidnapping of a reportedly disabled young white man by four young black men and women in Chicago. The victim was missing for 48 hours; his torture and humiliation being live-streamed via Facebook.

The monsters responsible chanted familiar Black Lives Matter catchphrases like “Fuck White People” and “Fuck Donald Trump” as they forced their victim to crawl around, drink from a toilet, beg for mercy, and endure beatings and partial scalping. All social media has worked tirelessly to remove any footage of these actions from the public narrative, of course.

While I’ve grown skeptical of these types of events, the attacks perpetrated against white supposed Trump supporters or conservatives have been almost metaphysically reliable. And while the term “hate crime” should probably be eliminated from legal processes, it remains a complicated issue and should not be reserved for so-called “protected groups.”

1It can’t be understated, even if it is played out ad infinitum ad nauseam, that we would be seeing a very different reaction from the media and general public if the races were reversed; and that’s terrifying. The fact that we can’t universally concern ourselves with violent behavior is truly problematic. That’s not to say white people should be flipping cars or burning Chicago to the ground (which is undoubtedly what would occur if the racial roles were reversed). No one should be causing violence and destruction over a perverse act of violence or destruction. It’s simply counter-intuitive to any cause for justice or peace.

But this is not just troubling as an act of horrifically casual violence from some animals in the already putrid and vile shit-hole of Chicago, IL. It’s a continuation in a series of terrorist acts of intimidation toward an entire group of individuals in this country.

Political threats, ideologically-motivated violence; can we fix this scourge, or even mend the wounds at this point?

Fuck…we’d settle for it being accurately portrayed on the news.


Talking Nerdy, Ep. 204: Float Like a Butterfree, Sting Like a Beedrill


Joe browns out in Baltimore, Maryland / Pokemon Go! takes over everyone’s life, with as many daily users as Twitter / The Ghostbusters reviews are in, and they’re not good / Twitter teams up with Black Lives Matter giving credit to terrorists and cop killers / Bad cops are just bad people / Obama’s search for an identity / The government calls Hillary Clinton an idiot / Checking in on Michael Ray Bower.


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