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A lot of great points in here. I guess I why would ask why we don’t still have gladiatorial combat. Why don’t people fight to the death anymore? Is it because certain rational object? Or is it because of sentimentality? Has society evolved, or have we replaced it with fiction?

I’m glad you brought up Inglorious Basterds, because when it comes out on video I know I’ll have to address it.


Yeah, tons of points that we need answers too. My demon, that we will address later, is gangster films. I love’em but they don’t make sense when you think about it. They describe a life dedicated to enforcing will through violence or power. Yet, critics love these films and I believe the Godfather, Godfather Part II and Goodfellas are fantastic.

I know a comment with no answers but there it is.


Well Matt, you preempted the article I was going to write, but mine was going to focus on video games. All the same principles and questions raised above still apply though.


Will I would still love to hear what you have to say about video games because they are a vice of mine as well. I frequently tell people that I was spending my time saving the universe playing Halo when it really means killing tons of simulated aliens.


@Eric: That’s a great question. I think our fiction satiates our bloodlust enough to prevent actual mortal combat. But also, a sport to the death is considered barbaric, yet one to incapacitation (which may lead to permanent damage or death) is considered a badass sport.

@Will: Do it. I want to hear whether Grand Theft Auto makes teens more or less violent. On one hand it allows them to take out their aggression on fictional beings so they don’t explode onto real people and on the other they’re learning violent tendencies.

@Michael: Simulated aliens I have no problems with killing. They don’t bleed red so how can I get the same satisfaction from killing them?


Lol at padge’s last comment, because it was what I was thinking.