Sam Riesco REMIX PROJECT – NOV 2 2010

I have REMIXED a slightly older article from the Vancouver Sun (October 19th, 2010) titled “Exposure to Violence Desensitizes Teens: TV and video games can make young people more accepting of violent acts,” by Carmen Chai, Post Media News.**

This article caught my attention for several reasons. First, it was placed directly under an article about the trial and conviction of the infamous Colonel Russell Williams.

Second, I have always wondered about the psychological effects of video games and with the recent and shocking death of 18 year old Kimberly Proctor in Victoria who had been raped and murdered by two younger boys, I began to wonder…what motivation was behind this act?

Thirdly, I am also taking a course in Sociology this term. George Herbert Mead theorized that a child’s sense of self develops by engaging in imitation, play, and games. These stages help an individual become a well-adjusted adult member of society (Macionis and Gerber 110). Obviously, those boys missed out!

Finally, I was struck by the truth contained in a quote from Lynda Barry’s book “What It Is,” where she states “It seems that human beings everywhere understand that a child who is never allowed to play will eventually go mad” (40), and how important play really is in the development of a person*.

Sam Riesco

*Play referring to social interaction in a living environment, and not something that is electronically generated.

**http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Exposure+violence+desensitizes+teens/3692215/story.html

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