Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Virtual and real deaths


Wikileaks released a U.S. Military video showing the killing of 16 civilians including two Reuters Photographers. Please note that the video is very disturbing and graphic (link). Why I write on it here? It looks and sounds VERY similar to the Call of Duty level "Death From Above" (game play video) which made it even more disturbing for me. I thought about why that might be the case.

I think the reason is that I felt guilty that I enjoyed playing the level. Back then I already had a bad feeling noticing the cold blooded commentaries and the unrealistic easy distinction between "good" and "bad" fighters as well as neutral civilians. But playing the level still was great fun. And that I felt that fun makes me feel sick now.

It might be interesting to use both videos when discussing media usage with young adults.

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