Politicians, here’s some free advice, before you go around spouting that video games are a bad influence on people, maybe you should check that you’re not saying things that would be found on a 4Chan imageboard. In the midst of the Busboys and Poets’ Peace Ball in Washington, Ralph Nader declared that video games were “Electronic child molesters” during a speech that criticized the Obama administration.
He goes on by saying: “We are in the peak of [violence in entertainment]. Television program violence? Unbelievable. Video game violence? Unprecedented…”
It’s really hard to take Nader seriously when in the same speech, he said that he would watch “another rendition of political bullsh-t by the newly reelected president…” which sounds like a status message from a pseudo-politico friend on Facebook. The whole speech seemed to take on that theme, but it seemed like he had to make a wild stab at a current issue to stay relavent.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard wild accusations against new media. It’s the same play, but different actors. We’ve heard the same arguments against books, movies, and rock and roll, and time and time again, research shows that this is simply not the case.
Speaking of research, Nader shouldn’t be so hasty in choosing which issues to discuss when criticizing the Obama administration, the president recently called for research to be done to figure out whether or not video games can cause violent tendencies in people. So Nader may have to think twice before acusing the Obama administration of doing nothing.