As people do better, they start voting like Republicans – unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing. -Karl Rove
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Should we toss Cheney in the Cooler? Sounds sort of like a cooking experiment…



So, we all know that the Bush Administration made some “questionable” decisions when they ran things.  You can’t really blame them. People knocked some of our buildings down and killed our citizens.  Somebody had to get shot after that.  But, the question of torture keeps popping its amazingly ugly head up.  Was there a better way to get the information that we needed?  Did we have to threaten the raping of mothers (which happened), or pretend that people were getting shot (which happened), or did we have to waterboard people (which simulates drowning without the dying), or torture people to death (which happened, too).  I mean, can’t we all just get along?  Yeah, I know.  We can’t.  Torture for everyone!  Let’s hear your thoughts…

Splinter Cell: Conviction and the Question of Torture

I’ve been thinking a bit too much about “Nerd-Culture” lately, about the entertainment I enjoy and why I enjoy it.  One of the things that interest me and bother me the most is the idea of violence and the roll I take in the violence.  What does it say about me if I enjoy it?  And I do.  I really do enjoy it.  The reason I’m thinking about this now is the upcoming game, Splinter Cell: Conviction and the beating scene at the beginning of the game.  When the game starts, the games hero (and my hero, Mr. Sam Fisher) walks into bathroom and starts beating the tar out of a guy, looking for information on the person who killed his daughter.  Sam Fisher punches the guy’s head through a porcelain sink.  He punches his head through a wooden door, knees him until the door breaks behind the guy, smashes his head into a mirror and so on.  Sam says, “This doesn’t stop until you tell me.”  And this is gameplay.  The player will be making Sam do different violent acts in order to gain information from the thug.  I, the gamer, will beat a guy, a virtual guy but still a guy, until I get information that I need to get what I want.  Is that torture?  And is that ok?  Are we crossing a line?

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