Lawless Londonon August 14, 2011 at 12:00 am
Right, so lets get to the proper end of this first. Today’s article is a response to the story written in the Evening Standard (a British newspaper) sometime last week about the London riots. The sub-headline read “Children as young as ten, inspired by video games, among the looters.“ Well, of course this got all kind of gaming news sites riled up about the affair! Pitchforks and torches raised by all! Pitorches in fact!
While this is based on a “claim” made by an officer, I’m a bit disappointed in the news media (ok, I shouldn’t be so surprised, but I thought foreign news was a bit more level headed) for just posting inflammatory nonsense. The fact of the matter is, videogames are the new scape goat of global society. The cause of all social ills. “What’s this? Civil unrest? Murders? Vandalism? Theft? Obviously this is a new development in global society! We were such civil people until these video games corrupted our youth!” Right, get over it media!
I will say this, the newspaper reprinted the edition with a new sub-headline “Children as young as ten hunted by police after riots across city.“ Guess outside pressure forced them to change (so says another article… see source). Good move, but the newspaper shouldn’t have to change its position because of community outrage. There shouldn’t be any outrage to begin with. How hard is it to be objective? Lol, I guess hard cause I can’t objectively read any news from any source. They spin so much BS into it. Ah well… still, I’m glad they had the good sense to retract that statement.
(I apologize in advance for the following statement) For the record, the original statement said GTA was to blame, though I think we all know what kind of game is more likely to cause rioting in the streets…
Ah… sorry bout that, please don’t hate! Also… I have no idea what British newscasters look like… just assumed they all have monocles. XD
OOOOOOOOOOOK! That’s that for this segment of Tooned News. Hope you’ve enjoyed. In my head, I’d take some hot headlines involving the new core direction of CC “gaming and geeking”, so along those lines. I was inspired by reading lots of news articles and having comic ideas popping into my head. So why not make a comic and toss in my 2 copper? Not really sure where to go with these… Maybe a weekly thing? More? Color? B&W? idk… What say you good people of the interweblands?