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Games vs news

Recently I was sitting in a living room and a very young girl started to play a ‘game’ on IBOX. I know nothing about these games and had never watched one before. ‘Nuketown’ was definitely the right name, since the next thing I know, she is using a virtual semi-automatic machine gun to shoot soldiers dressed in military fatigues and helmets along with what appeared to be civilians.  Needless to say, I was shocked that a young child would even be allowed to play a game like this. Her mother was lying on the couch while all this was going on.

But the real shocker was yet to come.

Later in the day, the mother told me that she wouldn’t allow this same little girl to watch the news because it was ‘too violent’.  Really.

I am at a loss for words to explain the many reasons why this is so wrong, however, I bet your readers would have some thought-provoking input.

Marsha Andrews


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