Read More # 3
Steven, Kent, Anti-video
games tome misses its target widely , A failed attempt to find
roots of violence, by Steven Ken, MSNBC Contributor.
Stop Teaching Our Children to Kill, a new book
describing the dangers of video games by Lieutenant Colonel David Grossman, a
former Army Ranger who taught classes at West Point, is the intellectual
equivalent of the computer game Doom. Grossman spends most of the book running
around wildly shooting accusations at video games and the companies that make
them, never stopping to examine the full ramifications of what he is saying
and completely ignoring the facts when they get in his way.
of school shootings, 15 cases from 1996 until May 1999
Let's stop isolating
geek, Net culture, By Jon Katz, 30th April 1999
Of the thousands of e-mail messages I got this week (4,000
between Friday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 28, is my best guess), not one
advocated violence or supported assault, murder or revenge.
But the stories of physical, verbal, emotional and administrative abuse that
came pouring in were stunning, a scandal for an educational system that makes
much noise about wholesomeness and safety, but has turned a blind eye for
years to the persecution of individualistic and vulnerable students.
North-American School Looks Like a
Prison; Safety first - know also Dutch teenagers; Translated from
Wegener Dagbladen 11 december 1999
To the toilet during a class? This
is only permitted with a special pass, signed by the teacher and a validity
duration of merely some minutes. Schools in North-America are heavenly
secured. It is not possible to take a bit of fresh air during the pauses, nor
leaving your place in the canteen during the lunch.
Safety First, know Dutch teenagers who have been at a North-American
[...] "In the US, people are far more treated as a mass, as a herd. If
one of them might do something wrong, the whole group gets safety
rules. Here, in the Netherlands, we base ourselves more on each ones
individual responsibility. I hope this will remain as it is."
Some quotes from
those 4000 e-mail messages
Violent Media May Be
Helpful For Some Kids, June 28, 2000, source unknown
At 13 I was alone and afraid. Taught by my well-meaning,
progressive, English-teacher parents that violence was wrong, that rage was
something to be overcome and cooperation was always better than conflict, I
suffocated my deepest fears and desires under a nice-boy persona. [...]
"Fear, greed, power-hunger, rage: these are aspects of our selves that we
try not to experience in our lives but often want, even need, to experience
vicariously through stories of others," writes Melanie Moore, Ph.D., a
psychologist who works with urban teens. "Children need violent
entertainment in order to explore the inescapable feelings that they've been
taught to deny, and to reintegrate those feelings into a more whole, more
complex, more resilient selfhood."
Into the wilderness,
Homosexuality & the massacre, by Bill Andriette, From The Guide,
Nowhere else in the world do boys shoot up schools like in
America - not in South Africa, Pakistan, or the former Soviet Union - places
rife with social tension and awash in Kalishnikovs.
So far the school-shooters are all white boys. The mayhem they've wreaked has
become a Rorschach for middle-class America's anxieties - about the young, the
Internet, media violence, lax parents, teen culture. But with Littleton, that
other perennial anxiety - homosexuality - came to the fore.