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by Zachary Fredell
How does a man get busted for a childhood enthusiasm for My Little Ponies and criminal thought patterns in adulthood all at once? His mother is on facebook. Herein we examine how acting on behaviors learned on-screen affect Americas youth, both young and old, and take a slight interest in keeping our moms disconnected from what’s really going on in our heads.
I am definitely a person who likes to put in my two cents whenever I think they will get me a ride on the proverbial pony, whether literally at the grocery store on the kids ride and figuratively. So when I saw my friend discussing how watching My Little Ponies (MLP) was being re-popularized by a show called “Bronies“, and how its moral value was < (greater than) the violent criminal insanity of Grand Theft Auto 5 I found myself weighing in for the latter. Of course my mother immediately caught me for being a former MLP fan as a child. I saw the makings of a perfectly disastrous metaphor. I saw my childhood flash before my eyes, and I was left only wondering shamefully how I’d become such a violent narcissist.
It was a perfect day in the basement for Americas youth: school was over and My Little Ponies (MLP) was playing on the TV set. Parents always ask you what you learned in school today but that response had become automatic, what was more important was TV cartoon lessons. The world was made up of animals that talked, rainbows, shimmering streams, and magical adventure. We knew that had to be the case. Fast forward us 15 years and things have changed. The TV is interactive and moms not checking to see what’s on it anymore, the ponies are prostitutes and the adventure is murdering them. Some would say this is the natural progression from childhood to adulthood, but I‘m not convinced.
This weekend talking with an old friend I realized Grand Theft Auto (GTA) has rewritten our subconscious minds. We had probably never imagined that we would think of or consider any of these criminal and felony behaviors seriously, but there we sat, talking as if these acts had become commonplace in our daily thoughts. So what happened to our magical dreams of yesteryear? ‘Merica has the answer.
We can’t even realistically be held accountable for all of this complex criminal activity. These thoughts have become like archetypes of our generation, every group in the world is operating as a mafias of various size. Our own government already transmitting to the world en masse a message of drugs, free sex, and endless war. The truth about how the screens were writing our subconscious minds had become self-evident in what we were willing to accept.
The average 12 year old now knows what meth is, and that if you want to rob a bank you need a gunman, a hacker, and a getaway driver with sufficient skills on your team because he played that mission in the single player campaign. “I’m in love with a stripper” was a hit with fourth graders in its hayday, and kids were carrying pistols and shooting up schools. So how is all of this relevant you might ask?
As Americans have consistently lost more control of their childrens media consumption we have all come to live in a world where thinking about these things is commonplace, and desensitization to horrid acts is the norm. What used to pass as completely unacceptable to be showing: sex, violence, negative and improper behaviours in public, these things had become the fabric of so much of what the media pumps out. Most peoples personalities are not strongly individuated in most groups, and they are imprinted strongly by these images.
Now what do statistics show? Gun violence is down in countries where GTA is played regularly. I’m not one to directly correlate something that abstract because many other factors could be involved, but I leave room for the possibility. Maybe the human condition is that we all have these violent thoughts, and our answer has become acting them out in a fantasy world. We know that occasionally random acts of dramatic violence claim multiple lives in tragic sagas that no one seems capable of stopping. And what is the American majority’s answer to that? More guns! So they may be onto something, maybe its true that doing the opposite of what seems logical can be the smart way…….wait which way did that ball fall, up? Anyone who will tell you that constantly subjecting a small child to video sequences of mass shootings will be likely to help him avoid acting those out in real life is living in a world without gravity.
Of course everything I’m writing about depends on parents, right? Not really, as we all know if its out there children will get into it, find it, experience it somehow. And yet I am not an advocate of a censorship society, moreso I want to focus on what our media output and consumption means about our society as a whole. If the most enjoyable thing at the end of the day for adults aged 8-35 is to commit virtual felonies in an armed free-for-all doesn’t that mean we have some pent up angst, depression, suppressed rage, or societal discontent?
This constant controlled grind we live in is a fantasy created by the temporary domination of a violent empire. We’ve been taught more than anything that might makes right firstly and secondly that if it makes money its ok. That the armed free-for-all is our natural state of existence in a “civilized“ world, and that war is the normal state of affairs.
Something in us senses that the control fear has over our minds must be relinquished, and if not even for a short time, chaos must again rule the streets before the real global criminals: the banksters, the military gangsters, and the corrupt governments learn that they can‘t control a people whos have realized that they want their innocence back. That they won’t accept a world filled with crime for their childrens eyes and ears. Revolution is really be to live in a world where everyone could put down the gun, and genuinely try to heal these sickness, mental, environmental, and physical