Entertainment is a powerful tool that can be both detrimental and beneficial to society; it can corrupt the human mind as well as the body, but under the correct circumstances it can bring out the best in individuals, allowing society to flourish. The fact of the matter however, is that the impact which any medium of entertainment – whether it be a radio broadcast dealing with politics or a video game about rainbow unicorns – has on a person is up to interpretation, I can go home and play Gears of War 3 for a few hours and then decide that it was a quality video game and leave it at that, while someone else may play that very same game for 30 minutes and decide that since it is a good game, and it has blood and gore, they should go out and shoot a couple of people, just for kicks. Would it be the game developer’s fault that this event occurred, or should the person who sold the shooter the game be blamed?
Think of the internet for a second, what do you picture, or simply, what came to your mind when you read the word “internet”? The first thought that might pop into one’s head is funny cat videos, or maybe funny dog videos, the first thought might even be videos of adolescent males being struck in their reproductive organs, unfortunately, these thoughts apply to more and more people as time goes by. Some may ask “Why is this?” well to put it simply it’s because when people are given the choice to search a nearly endless pool of knowledge, they refuse to dive into the pool, they simply observe that which lays on the surface of the pool, a vivid and shiny image of themselves, of that which they already know, already understand, but it entertains them, and in the end that seems to be all that matters. The sad thing is that humans allow themselves to be governed by this shiny reflection that is oh so attractive to them, people will literally sit at a computer for hours on their favorite blog, which could easily consist of nothing but...
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