Thursday, July 28, 2005

Grand Theft Brain Cells: Hillary Clinton edition

Not to belabor a point I made two posts ago, but here we go again with adults all up in arms about what's happening to the children.

Luckily, Steven Johnson, author of the brilliant "Everything Bad is Good for You," is putting a posturing no-nothing politician in her place. (if you have a Variety subscription or are willing to sit through an ad, see my review of his book here)

The buffoon in this case is Hillary Clinton, who's extremely concerned about the hidden sex scene in "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" that you can unlock if you download a program (she's also concerned about the general level of violence in the game).

I've seen the video and it's about a minute of oral sex and straight up fucking. Maybe the level of a soft core porno and frankly not much that anyone old enough to figure out how to unlock the content hasn't seen before. (Judge for yourself by checking out a video of the "hot coffee" scene here)

In an L.A. Times op-ed today, Johnson issues a bitchslap to Hillary for her stupidity and suggests she call for a federal investigation of another violent game being played by millions of teenage boys: football.

Here is, as Andrew Sullivan would say, the money graf:

Kids have always played games. A hundred years ago they were playing stickball and kick the can; now they're playing "World of Warcraft," "Halo 2" and "Madden 2005." And parents have to drag their kids away from the games to get them to do their algebra homework, but parents have been dragging kids away from whatever the kids were into since the dawn of civilization.


And since the dawn of democracy, I suppose, politicians looking to score points with parents have called for investigations into the pop culture of the day when they could spend that money and energy to deal with actual violence in the real world.

As Glenn Reynolds would say, read the whole thing.

(For another recent example of Hillary Clinton's posturing buffoonery, check out my post on her and flag burning)

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