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Violence – 1 August 2007

Today I am revisiting the topic of “violence.” In order to capture the attention of viewers/consumers, it seems as though companies are trying to outdo each other with violent images in their TV advertisements. Although these ads are supposed to be humorous, they are violent nonetheless: a woman angrily throwing a rock through a house window, washing machines ejected out of rooftops amid angry yelling, et cetera.

This is a vicious cycle: businesses must attract customers and apparently violence sells. How much more violent can these ads become, as viewers, accustomed to each previous level of mayhem, require more to make them react? Where will it all end?

Last August I wrote these two articles concerning violence. In only a year, it appears to have increased. Please read them:

The Escalation of Violence 

Violent Video Games 

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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