Tuesday, April 05, 2005

violence in our society

Referring back to Douglas Coupland's book "Hey Nostradamus!", it seemed crazy to make a columbian like story happen in Vancouver. Vancouver is supposed to be a place where nothing bad happens....but this is not true. After we were shown many newpaper aritcles we KNOW this theory is not true. What I want to ask you is, is our society becoming more violent as we read a greater amount of stories about killings, high speed car chases and even the dragging of a gas attendant, or are we just more aware of what is happening because of the technology today?

Today technology is so advanced that we can read about or watch on the news what happened only hours ago. We are so hooked up with these modern technologies that we crave to see the action as soon as it happens. Nowadays if you don't know what's happening in the world around you people wonder WHY?
But what about in the 1800's? We wouldn't know what happened in our own country, yet along the rest of the world. If we were to find out it wouldn't be to months later. Kidnappings, killings and other natural disasters happened back then but people just didn't hear about them everyday.
Is the world getting worse? Horrible events have been happening for centuries....what makes today's events different? What about slavery in the 1700-early 1900's, the World Wars, the Holocaust, to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the columbian shooting and to the gas attendant that was dragged behind a stolen car. Are we just becoming more aware of these events now?

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funny thing is, is that we are totally aware of world events due to technology but we still don't do anything about it. Due to our knowledge things should get better. I'm not sure if I would say that things have gotten totally worse, or same but I wouldn't say it's getting better.

10:51 PM, April 06, 2005  

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