You Can't Beat a Good Murder

I just wanted to share some thoughts I had been having today on the subject of murder. Yikes I hear the cries, has he gone postal? Not at all, it is just that I have a few concerns over the way our society is going in regards to how we treat the subject of killing and murder.

Ooh I love a good crime drama 
                                                            - Random Evening TV Viewer

It has long been understood by most that the more you expose yourself to something the more you become accustomed to it, the more you accept it and see it as normal. This has been shown to be true in extreme cases such as those of feral children who just accept their lot as the norm, and the same is true of long serving veterans - the army life becomes the norm and adjusting to civilian life afterwards is one great uphill struggle. A lot of evenings during the week, on a huge multitude of channels, what are we seeing available to watch? Crime dramas and murder mysteries the likes of CSI, The BIll, Silent Witness etc etc I have never been a fan of these kinds of shows but a while ago the telly had been left on and one came on so I subsequently got drawn into it and I was horrified at what I was watching. The investigators were seeking out a killer who likes to take children under a certain age (very young) rape them, mutilate them and then dump them in a plastic bag in a sewer. The show detailed everything, painted a very vivid image of the events and went all the way up to almost showing the body but cut short there....and this is supposed to be entertainment.....Now, lets expand the view. In the newspaper and on the news all we hear about is murder and killings. On the TV we are surrounded by more murder and killings. We have computer games that have us play out in detail how to kill someone with a variety of easy to find day to day items (Manhunt) and we have hollywood blockbusters coming up with more and more elaborate methods of tantalising our need to watch something be mutilated and destroyed i.e the Saw movies.

I can't help but feel that all of this is combining into developing a society that is far too comfortable with murder and killing, a society that has been over-exposed and desensitised to the whole concept of destroying life. I also can't help but think that this cannot be a good thing at all. Is this the world we want to forge for our children, or for ourselves even? Do we really want to live in a world where almost all forms of media are surrounding us with just another form of death? The issue here is that we just don't care enough anymore. We are not mindful enough of what is going on in the world to even realise the effect all this is having. I would be interested to hear others thoughts on this, are we going too far or is 'just harmless media' just that...

SocietyDaniel Yates