Originally Posted by Vid Electricz
Yes, it's true that video games, music and movies have long been the perfect scapegoat for parents and teachers. The fact of the matter is, these violent games, while they might not be exactly hurting anyone per se, they sure aren't helping anyone either. Some people are more violent than others (always have been, always will be), but out society doesn't need the unnecessary encouragement, in my opinion. How many school shooting do you think there were in the 1950's?
What encouragement? Where in these games and movies does it encourage people to be racist/sexist/violent? I'm sure they all have disclaimers saying that they have no intent to influence the audience's minds. You can say that that's an easy way to brush off the flack the creators get but the creators know well that when people take their fiction too seriously, then they can't be at fault. The creators know that what they create is nothing to be taken seriously but when one person decides to take it too far, the creators get all the blame and none is put on the person that's really responsible.
It isn't the creators' fault that people can't separate reality from fiction.