These type of articles have been found on the internet a lot this weekend, so before I continue, I must pay my respects to the 12 people who lost their lives in the Colorado shootings and I wish the other 50+ people with injuries well… not that I expect them to read this; I'm sure they have more important worries.
Over here in the UK, I've been watching a channel called SkyNews. They've ran a story where a comic book expert claims that perhaps it was the Batman comics itself that could have influenced James Holmes to kill 12 people in a cinema in Colorado. In one of the comic books, the villain goes into the cinema and kills 3 people. Now I'm not being funny, but exactly how many issues of Batman has been released over it's run? In one of those comics, you're bound to get a shootout strip of some kind, probably a lot at that. And it was probably just coincidence it was in a cinema in that very issue too; I've not read any of the Batman comics, but let's be honest here. So if James Holmes chose to go to the midnight screening of the final Twilight film to do the shootout instead of The Dark Knight Rises, what would be blamed there? The author of the books? The characters?
This is what's wrong with the media these days. They try to find a justifiable way to blame things on other media; television shows, movies, books, comic books, internet mini-series, sometimes even radio shows. Yet once they've gone home after blaming it on them, they sit on their asses and probably watch the next episode of CSI.
So if there's a zombie apocalypse one day, are you going to blame it on whoever began the apocalypse (if any) or are you going to blame it on The Walking Dead/Resident Evil? If aliens came to invade, are you going to blame it on Star Trek, or are you going to blame whoever tried to invite them here? What about racing? If there's an accident with two cars racing each other, are you going to blame the drivers or are you going to blame the Fast and the Furious franchise? See this is how the media gets their money. They like to play the blame game, and despite all the hate they get from it, they still manage to get that big fat check of theirs that they so do not deserve.
Shouldn't the main thing of the shootings be that they try to understands the reasons as to why James Holmes decided to go on a shooting spree rather than make claims that probably aren't even true? If James does say "Oh I wanted to be that villain in that comic", then OK, the media has won a point. But before we can even begin to understand, can we just not make these stupid accusations that it's all to do (mostly) with TV, Film and Comics? Violence like this happened way before TV/Film/Comics were even around. What about all those World Wars and the American Revolution? Was media to blame for that, or was it someone just trying to play god?
Without the media which people like to claim is at fault here, if it wasn't FOR the media, they probably wouldn't have jobs any more; life would be dull. A lot of jobs now revolve around working in the media industry somehow or someway. Remember this…
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