Questioning the contribution of violent video games to the U.S.’s culture of violence, Michael Helms suggests that “we have gotten to a point in our society where violence is not only packaged and sold; it is celebrated as welcomed entertainment.”
As our nation engages in a time of self-reflection following this tragedy, Helms encourages us to consider three important questions:
- “How do we as a society become less obsessed with violence?”
- “How do we replace this obsession with an obsession to help others, even when there is great cost to us personally?”
- “How do we take technology and use it to teach our children to do something loving and kind instead of doing something violent and destructive?”
This is a helpful contribution to the discussion of contributing factors to the United State’s culture of violence that should be reflected upon in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.
The full-text of Helm’s column can be found on his website: http://johnmichaelhelms.com/?p=1743