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My Line On: Violent Media & Censorship

As part of the rebirth of a long dead idea of Masochist Mondays (though I don’t intend to use the title, just the label), I’m continuing my current trend of writing about something about myself every Monday that I can declare as my line in the sand. Right now, if I follow my schedule right and keep ahead of it, this will be part of a routine that I will call the digital mullet: serious in the front, party in the back (Smartass Fridays?).

But for right now, as it is Monday, I continue to draw my lines in the sand and today’s line is going to be on:

Violence in the Media

It wasn’t very long ago that I wrote a similarly themed postabout what I think our responsibilities, as creators, is to the public. In that post I addressed the fact that no one could predict any lunatic could have taken “inspiration” in someone’s work and put the responsibility of what those people did onto the shoulders of the assholes who did it. But at the time, I didn’t really clarify how I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t our responsibility. And, really, I only addressed whether it was our responsibility, not whether or not the depiction itself was right.

The fact I’ve argued creators are exempt from responsibility for these things shows at least a good part of what I believe. But in terms of how other people interact with it, I think it goes much further. Not only do I think that violence in our media is acceptable – I think it’s necessary.

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“Father’s” Day

Usually when I come to write a blog post I’m hoping to be somewhat entertaining or informative. I usually feel like trying to make something more happen than “me” (and sometimes fail). A couple times I’ve come to the blog with something to get off my chest. This, unfortunately, may be one of those times.

Today’s Father’s Day and a recent string of events has reminded me that the word “father” is a heavy word. What exactly defines a father in today’s society? In my opinion, it’s not as simple as people think it is.

Over the years I’ve realized that being considered a child’s father isn’t something that should just be given from the moment of birth, it’s something you earn. When I was born my dad was in the navy and he was gone a lot for the first couple years of my life. A lot of the stages of my early life were spent around my mother and grandmother. But eventually, he left the navy and came home.

Closest representation of dad possible since he takes no photos(not exaggerating much either)

 

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Masochist Mondays (almost Tuesday): Autism and Vaccines

After a couple weeks of being AWOL (I’m sure you’ve all missed me) I return today to show you what I was working on and to let you know that I’ve actually paid attention to who reads what. To my surprise, people enjoy it when I get into topics that could be controversial like religion, politics and society. No one comments (bad readers!) but the traffic shows me that those articles get more views than any others. So how do I respond to this? Well, obviously, the first thing to come to mind is to do more of it. I shall call it…Masochist Mondays.

Why masochist? Because eventually I know someone’s going to try to take a swing at me, and to that I have my new policy declaration:

So, what do I address for the first installment of this new ongoing series of posts? Well, after some deliberation I’ve decided on… Autism!

Yeah, I know, playing with fire.

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