Posts Tagged ‘violence’

The Amazing Jimmy Carter

March 26, 2014

488px-JimmyCarterPortrait2The first time I saw President Jimmy Carter was when, in the 1960s, I covered a 3rd District Democratic Party convention at Americus, Georgia.  He immediately stood out as he walked down the aisle of the Rylander Theater auditorium where the convention was held.  His hair style reminded me of President John F. Kennedy’s, as did his radiant smile.  I said to myself at the time, that man is going to make  news politically.  Sometimes I get it right.

He still has that hair and that radiant smile and , at age 89, is still making news.  His advanced years have not stopped him from writing books and going on national TV to promote them.  David Letterman devoted a lot of his Monday night show to interviewing President Carter about world events and Carter’s latest book A Call to Action. 

The book is about the worldwide abuse and violence against women, and how religion has been and is being used to subjugate them. In the book he writes that the depravation of women and girls is the most serious and unaddressed worldwide challenge.  He says it is “largely caused by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare, unfortunately following the example set during my lifetime by the United States.”

To be able to do what he does at his age is quite impressive.  His energy level and ability to  entertain as well as inform was as high as anyone I have seen on the Letterman show. His performance should be an inspiration to senior citizens everywhere.

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Are Video Games Bad for Your Health?

May 17, 2010

BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE AT STAKE SINCE MORE PEOPLE NOW BUY  GAMES THAN GO TO THE MOVIES OR BUY DVDs.  SOME BELIEVE THERE IS A LOT MORE AT STAKE THAN THAT.

Matt Hanes, Engineering teacher at Northside High School, Columbus, GA

Matt Hanes, teacher of engineering at Northside High School,  explained to members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Columbus the big battle between those who say the games cause kids to be desensitized to violence and to become more violent themselves and those who don’t agree.  That one still hasn’t been resolved. But, one thing he made clear was that parents should never just go out and buy a game a kid asks for. He or she should always check first to make sure they are age appropriate.

All this made me reflect when I played “war” or “cowboys and indians” when I was a kid.  There were no computers.  High tech then was a teletype machine. Yes we “killed” the enemy with our toy guns.  Did that make us more violent?  I don’t think so. We knew that it was playing.  We knew the difference between fantasy and reality.  Also, I think it was better than video games because we were actually playing with other real kids.  We were socializing and doing it outdoors.  Today, too many kids aren’t getting outdoors and playing with other kids enough; they are sitting at computers and game consoles instead.  

Bottom line: parents should control what video games kids play and the amount of time they play them.  Of course, many of today’s parents are addicted to the games themselves.  Who’s going to discipline them?

Now I can get back to my favorite video game: Freecell.

Why was the 2010 BCS National Championship the Most Watched TV Show in a Year?

January 9, 2010

IS VIOLENCE MORE APPEALING TO AUDIENCES THAN SEX NOW?

Not only Alabama won big Thursday night, but so did ABC.  According to By the Numbers,  the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Bowl not only got more viewers than all the other major networks combined during the same time period,  it won the largest TV audience in a year’s time.  By the Numbers says  30,800,000 people watched.

Why? Well, it had almost everything: violence, action, combat, conflict, tragedy, joy, comedy, pathos, music, and a tremendous amount of suspense.  What it didn’t have was romantic sex. 

Maybe violence is a greater attraction than sex now.  The last few times I have been in a movie theater the endless previews of coming attractions showed one violent movie trailer after another, every one of them with that resounding, too-loud, electronic crashing sound and frantic music that accents every violent action.  I thought they really went too far when they ran that effect with a guy putting on his hat.  Ever hear of a hat making that kind of sound when you put it on?