Deferring responsibility and video games – Who’s really to blame?

Deferring Responsibility and Video Games

Published: 21st February 2013

This is a guest post. Author: Leah Bevington

Deferring responsibility is in our culture, nobody wants to be blamed for anything any more, and it’s frighteningly easy.

People are accepting of whatever ludicrous reason a half-baked newspaper – written by half-wit journalists – can spew onto their pages, or equally, whatever any politician can concoct just so it looks like they know what they’re talking about.

And I think this is very true of video games.

The media creates a swirling cloud of anxiety around video games claiming that – in no uncertain terms – they are pretty much responsible for everything wrong with children nowadays. Obesity, violence, depression and even cancer.

People are quick to accept these wild statements – and why shouldn’t they?

It saves us from having to examine our own short-comings and behaviour, because it’s much easier to blame something or someone else for whatever tragic event happens to be in the news at that time, rather than asking the patently obvious weighty questions that are needing to be explored.

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Enough to make you turn vegetarian?

Fully concious - no stunning or pain killers - these pigs have had hooks shoved through their lower jaws. They're now waiting to be killed.

Fully conscious – no stunning or pain killers – these pigs have had hooks shoved through their lower jaws. They’re now waiting to be killed.

A fortnight ago I published a truly fascinating and thought provoking guest post to the Official R Pitcher blog, Why you may wish to reduce your meat consumption – even if you hate animals!, which was written by Andy Gosling, a dear friend and former work colleague of mine.

Today I bring you my follow-up scribbles to Andy’s article, and discuss the subject of animal slaughter from a meat eaters perspective. I’m a meat eater who has only recently taken the time to realise the true process that animals endure, and the scale of killing, all so that us humans can enjoy delicacies such as burgers, chicken nuggets and bacon sandwiches.

It’s rather fitting that I recently posted an article about both past and current incidents of human genocide, and the lacklustre approach that the international community choose to take when dealing with the government’s involved and perpetrators of these crimes. The same can be said about the vast majority of the human race who choose to turn a blind eye to the gross mistreatment and mass killing of not millions (like in the cases of human genocide), but billions of animals per year.

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Why you may wish to reduce your meat consumption – even if you hate animals!

Andy Gosling's Guest Post

Published: 4th February 2013

This is a guest post. Author: Andy Gosling

Andy and I have been friends for a number of years now, he is a former work colleague of mine. Every so often we’ll meet up and have a catch-up over coffee and and discuss politics, current affairs and the like. We’re just a pair of geeks really.


There are many reasons why people choose to cut out meat from their diet, but you may be shocked or confused to find out that this is not simply due to a love for animals. This guest blog is going to address the reasons for going meat free that have NOTHING to do with animals at all (well – the ones that we consider edible).

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Published: 3rd February 2013

Welcome to my very first (and well overdue, as we’re now in February) article of 2013 – posted to my personal blog at least – as I divulge deep into the very dark and devilish topic of genocide and the unethical manner in which the international community has previously, in practically all incidents of high volume slaughtering, has failed to live up to what the United Nations stands for and preaches.

Since the turn of the 20th century millions more people have lost their lives through genocide than that of war; however it is the latter topic that tends to make the front pages of the newspapers and reported with any clear conviction and fluidity by the worlds media.

I would certainly never suggest that either subject is of greater importance than that of the other – clearly both are very tragic. But I do believe that are plenty more preventive measures available to influential world leaders and the relevant bodies to help bring an end to mass genocide, whereas conflict and war will always be much tougher to govern and neutralise.

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