Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cartoon Violence in American Culture

The fantasy of the American "Old West" imagines a place where actions have no lasting physical or social consequences and lethal weapons are tools for solving interpersonal problems.

The desert as a metaphor means no society, a "deserted" place, and thus very much like the idea of "The Old West" it is a space in which there are no lasting consequences for violent or anti-social actions.

The rural farm historically means a site where power relationships between species are constructed so that one species has complete control over many others, where as George Orwell ironically put it, "some are more equal than others" and murder is institutionalized and routine.

The myth of the naturally aggressive male in our society creates a supposed inevitability of interpersonal violence, such that "boys will be boys", even as paradoxically the concept must be socially created and consistently reinforced by way of culture.

In America, more than half of all suicides are committed via guns. More than 60 percent of people in this country who die from guns die by suicide. Firearms are as much, if not more, tools of suicide as they are of homicide.
America has 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world. There have been more than 1,500 mass shootings since Sandy Hook. On average, there is more than one mass shooting for each day in America. States with more guns have more gun deaths. (Source)