Saturday, March 01, 2008



Should Prince Harry campaign against land mines or help to kill Afghans?

Does the Pentagon work closely with people in Hollywood?

"Unadulterated Violence is now accepted on regular TV. Killing in the name of the mother government is praised... Sharp shooters, bombers, and assassin are worshipped if they... are in the military..." - Mass Mind Control Through Network Television

Why are kids so violent, particularly in the UK?

One of the main reasons is violent video games and films.

It is believed, by many, that the military is in favour of making people more violent by showing them more violence in the media.

A violent public is more likely to accept torture and war.

In the UK, Julian Brazier, a Conservative member of parliament, has failed in his attempt to increase censorship of video games and films containing extreme violence.

Brazier's plan would have allowed more appeals against British Board of Film Classification rulings.

Brazier believes standards had been "watered down" and explicit films and games were fuelling a "tide of violence".

The leaders of the UK Labour and Conservative parties opposed Brazier.

Brazier wanted MPs to have more of a say over the BBFC's membership and guidelines.

Brazier's plan would have allowed an independent jury to reverse a ruling, if 50 MPs signed a Commons motion - even after the film or game was released.

Brazier, quite rightly, was not keen on a particular film which "shows in voyeuristic detail women being tortured to death by SS camp guards."

Brazier told MPs: "The growth in violent offences is linked to the growing availability in the media of extremely violent and explicitly sexual material."

One MP reminded colleagues that the mother of murdered 14-year-old Stefan Pakeerah blamed his killer's obsession with the Manhunt video game.

The MP said video games were different from films because they were "interactive".

"When they play with these things they are able to interact, they can shoot people, they can kill people, they can rape women and that's what is so wrong about the situation we have at the moment," he said.

Stephen Pound MP said there was a danger that in extremely violent films "the sanctity of life becomes diluted", particularly when dealing with the young and impressionable.

Culture Minister Margaret Hodge (once linked to a child abuse scandal) said the BBFC, while not getting it right every time did an "extremely good job in incredibly difficult circumstances".

Hodge was still speaking as time ran out and the bill now stands no chance of becoming law.


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