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86. The United States of Violence
Edited on Fri Nov-13-09 10:32 AM by Orwellian_Ghost

Days after the November 2004 election, while U.S. troops again moved into Fallujah for the slaughter, a dispatch from that city reported on the front page of the New York Times: Nothing here makes sense, but the Americans superior training and firepower eventually seem to prevail.

Superior violence, according to countless scripts, was righteous and viscerally satisfying. Television and movies, ever since childhood, presented greater violence as the ultimate weapon and final fix, uniquely able to put an end to conflict. Leaving menace for dead you couldnt beat that. But at home in the USA and far away, the practical and moral failures of violence became irrefutable. In Iraq, sources of unauthorized violence met with escalating American violence. In the United States, war opponents met with presidential contempt.

In a short story, published one hundred years ago, William Dean Howells wrote: What a thing it is to have a country that cant be wrong, but if it is, is right, anyway!
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  - Boy, am I in the wrong business.  tblue   Nov-12-09 12:27 PM   #1 
  - i don't know about that...  freakydeeky   Nov-12-09 03:45 PM   #52 
  - What recession?  cbdo2007   Nov-12-09 12:33 PM   #2 
  - 60 bucks a pop and winable within 15 hours.  YOY   Nov-12-09 12:37 PM   #3 
  - I had CoD 4 and it was fantastic, but over way too soon.  dorkulon   Nov-12-09 12:39 PM   #4 
  - The multiplayer value expands that time quite a bit  Hippo_Tron   Nov-12-09 12:44 PM   #6 
  - I'm kind of the opposite...I will play a few Multiplayer but I prefer to game solo.  YOY   Nov-12-09 12:46 PM   #7 
  - Dragon Age does have promise...  TCJ70   Nov-12-09 12:55 PM   #10 
  - It's got more than promise.  YOY   Nov-12-09 02:04 PM   #29 
  - As soon as I can justify spending the cash on it...  TCJ70   Nov-12-09 02:05 PM   #30 
  - Cover doesn't work right in DA. Archers shoot me through walls. nt  Romulox   Nov-12-09 03:28 PM   #40 
     - Inventory system blows does looting.  YOY   Nov-12-09 03:33 PM   #42 
        - Nod. $7 for a short romp + a storage chest is a rip off too...  Romulox   Nov-12-09 03:44 PM   #51 
  - Dragon Age is an amazing game - my favorite of the past few years  TornadoTN   Nov-12-09 03:25 PM   #39 
     - I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that DA is the best game of its type, ever.  Romulox   Nov-12-09 03:36 PM   #43 
  - I'm playing Dragon Age too!  Arkana   Nov-12-09 12:57 PM   #13 
  - Makes me feel better about my Tiger Woods 2010 (wii) purchase. I've put LOTS of time  cbdo2007   Nov-12-09 12:59 PM   #16 
  - Dragon Age is a return to form for Bioware  Mike Daniels   Nov-12-09 01:12 PM   #20 
  - The ambient conversations between players are hilarious  Arkana   Nov-12-09 01:28 PM   #25 
     - Wait until you get Oghren.  YOY   Nov-12-09 02:01 PM   #27 
     - He likes to watch.  Arkana   Nov-12-09 02:24 PM   #31 
        - He and Morrigan have some great conversations.  YOY   Nov-12-09 03:42 PM   #50 
     - Matching Allistair w/ Morrigan in a group generates some interesting conversations  Mike Daniels   Nov-12-09 03:02 PM   #35 
        - And Zevran with anyone.  Arkana   Nov-12-09 07:48 PM   #72 
           - He is, how you say...not picky.  YOY   Nov-13-09 09:37 AM   #73 
  - That's my only beef with storyline-shooters  NeedleCast   Nov-12-09 03:39 PM   #47 
  - nonsense, no life?  freakydeeky   Nov-12-09 03:47 PM   #54 
     - Oh I've got a life and a career.  YOY   Nov-12-09 03:54 PM   #58 
  - A friend of mine was just telling me about this.  shadowknows69   Nov-12-09 12:39 PM   #5 
  - Consider that the last one had a mission where you crawl out of a helicoper post nucleur explosion.  YOY   Nov-12-09 12:48 PM   #8 
  - Our society glorifies violence...  Nuclear Unicorn   Nov-12-09 12:50 PM   #9 
  - Thanks Jack.  YOY   Nov-12-09 02:03 PM   #28 
  - It does indeed. And if these figures are correct, it will only glorify it more  Lorien   Nov-12-09 03:49 PM   #55 
  - wah wah wah....  freakydeeky   Nov-12-09 03:50 PM   #56 
  - Are you suggesting...  Nuclear Unicorn   Nov-12-09 05:30 PM   #59 
     - lol thats right..  freakydeeky   Nov-12-09 05:42 PM   #61 
     - You realize the Nazis burned books they found degenerate, right?  HiFructosePronSyrup   Nov-12-09 07:09 PM   #67 
  - Our society glorifies dipshittery...  HiFructosePronSyrup   Nov-12-09 05:42 PM   #60 
  - All societies glorify violence.  dorkulon   Nov-12-09 07:07 PM   #66 
  - You're right  spoony   Nov-13-09 09:46 AM   #75 
     - It's not "blowing people away" because there are no people. There are pixels. That's all.  SemiCharmedQuark   Nov-13-09 10:02 AM   #78 
  - The only reason to play these COD type games is for the online multiplayer.  4lbs   Nov-12-09 12:56 PM   #11 
  - Yeah, they shouldn't mix the two...  TCJ70   Nov-12-09 12:58 PM   #15 
  - Agreed on all counts. n/t  Greyhound   Nov-12-09 01:36 PM   #26 
  - Bingo  trumad   Nov-12-09 02:50 PM   #32 
  - They mix pc/console multiplayer games??  CRF450   Nov-12-09 03:05 PM   #36 
  - I'm getting it on Steam right now.  Arkana   Nov-12-09 12:57 PM   #12 
  - My download just finished - it took forever  TornadoTN   Nov-12-09 03:32 PM   #41 
  - Seen this?  WilliamPitt   Nov-12-09 12:58 PM   #14 
  - I liked the tag at the bottom that says...  TCJ70   Nov-12-09 01:01 PM   #17 
  - I HIGHLY doubt these numbers  taught_me_patience   Nov-12-09 01:07 PM   #18 
  - You're probably right. The real number is probably 4.5 mm units but they just rounded up to 4.7  cbdo2007   Nov-12-09 01:11 PM   #19 
  - Full disclosure  taught_me_patience   Nov-12-09 01:16 PM   #22 
  - If you do the math, the numbers jibe.  4lbs   Nov-12-09 01:25 PM   #24 
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  - I'm sure they all called in sick or are only playing during their lunch breaks.  cbdo2007   Nov-12-09 01:20 PM   #23 
  - lol kinda noticed the sick list was heavy today, might explain it..  vadawg   Nov-12-09 06:47 PM   #65 
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  - hey, could be worse... twilight  freakydeeky   Nov-12-09 03:51 PM   #57 
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  - I happen to know one of those guys, and he did several tours in Iraq  The Straight Story   Nov-12-09 03:23 PM   #38 
  - Right...  chrisa   Nov-12-09 03:41 PM   #49 
  - It's a GAME.  Forkboy   Nov-12-09 03:45 PM   #53 
  - I dunno. My husband bought Left 4 Dead and now he supports a Zombie Apocalypse  SemiCharmedQuark   Nov-13-09 09:58 AM   #77 
  - Wasn't your kid at Abu Ghraib?  HiFructosePronSyrup   Nov-12-09 05:43 PM   #62 
  - I love these games, and I hate war.  dorkulon   Nov-12-09 07:09 PM   #68 
  - That's your prerogative then.  Arkana   Nov-12-09 07:17 PM   #69 
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  - This post is nonsensical. People who support the wars should be forced to ship out, period.  Romulox   Nov-13-09 10:19 AM   #83 
  - The New and Improved Opiates of the Masses...  LanternWaste   Nov-12-09 03:15 PM   #37 
  - Yeah, No Fun Allowed!  NeedleCast   Nov-12-09 03:38 PM   #45 
  - All sacred cows it would seem.  LanternWaste   Nov-12-09 05:54 PM   #63 
     - Dog, meet manger .nt  anigbrowl   Nov-12-09 07:39 PM   #71 
     - Luckily we have you, arbiter of the masses  NeedleCast   Nov-13-09 09:41 AM   #74 
     - It's always gratifying when someone one strongly disagrees with makes so little sense! nt  Romulox   Nov-13-09 10:16 AM   #81 
  - Yet some of us find time to better our community. I guess we can handle our 'opiate' well.  YOY   Nov-12-09 03:39 PM   #48 
     - I imagine that happened as well with both...  LanternWaste   Nov-13-09 09:55 AM   #76 
  - I have to wait until Saturday  NeedleCast   Nov-12-09 03:36 PM   #44 
  - Great game.  chrisa   Nov-12-09 03:38 PM   #46 
  - Hmm...watching a walkthrough of the airport mission...  MilesColtrane   Nov-12-09 06:45 PM   #64 
  - It's very cool and we love our buddies at Infinity Ward, but we're gonna sweep the GOTY awards  whatchamacallit   Nov-13-09 10:09 AM   #79 
  - That game is face-melting awesomeness.  SemiCharmedQuark   Nov-13-09 10:13 AM   #80 
     - Thanks SemiCharmedQuark! n/t  whatchamacallit   Nov-13-09 10:22 AM   #84 
  - All this negative controversy kinda makes me want this game...  Romulox   Nov-13-09 10:18 AM   #82 
  - Just beat this on "Hardened."  chrisa   Nov-13-09 10:24 AM   #85 
  - The United States of Violence  Orwellian_Ghost   Nov-13-09 10:31 AM   #86 

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