Who or what are we letting into our homes on these gaming consoles? Our children are connected to a dangerous world unfiltered and unprotected.
Telefon, a 1977 movie starring Charles Bronson Lee
Remick. In it “A Russian officer
is sent to USA to try and stop sleeper agents who will mindlessly attack
government entities when they hear certain coded words.” As I remembered it, the unsuspecting,
hypnotically induced agent hears a phrase “after receiving a phone call go out and
destroy key American military installations… they were part of an operation
called TELEFON that involved recruiting young agents and then brainwashing them
into believing that they are Americans. They would assume the identity of an
American who died a long time ago and who would be their age now. They would be
situated in a city that is near or where a key U.S. military installation is
located. They were also programmed to destroy upon receiving the command
phrase. They have been fortunate that they have never had to send them on their
missions. But they believe that Dalchimsky stole the book that lists all the TELEFON
agents and is now sending them out on their suicide missions.” IMDB.com
Believe it or not, there was a time when we were not on the
best of terms with the USSR & China.
There were people called KGB agents from Russia, and the USSR wanted our
destruction. Now, we see a former KGB
agent as one of our celebrities, bare-chested riding on a horse. A person we can be a lot more flexible with
after the election. As to China, there
was a time when they didn’t subsidize our spending for everything under the
sun, and we had an unfortunate incident called the Korean War.
Before the peaceful, carefree world we live in now, the CIA
started various experiments that involved mind control, brain-washing, etc. in
response to the Chinese & the Soviets.
We stopped in the 70’s & the activities were published in the NY
Times. ( Do your own research on it)
Since we are now friendly with China & Russia, I am sure they
stopped, but what if rogue segments or people, who do not want to give up on
the Cold War, didn’t stop?
This is the odd thought that I came up with after the mass
shootings where the gunman turned the gun on himself without shooting it out
with authorities.(Dead men tell no tales)
I blame Hollywood & growing up with the threat of nuclear war with
the Soviets that brought me to this latest “paranoia”. Stories about destroying hard drives and then
similar attacks in China with knives suggested that the techniques by the
unknown forces tested it out on others before the final run. I blame “Telefon”, “Capricorn One”, “Bourne
Identity”, James Bond, the “Manchurian
Candidate” starring Frank Sinatra, Tom Clancy, etc. for these crazy, misguided
thoughts. Also, throw in Aldous Huxley
& George Orwell.
But where’s the motive?
If I spelled it all out, then you would stop reading. Start researching yourself about a massacre
in 1996 at a school in Scotland that resulted in private citizens losing their
gun ownership rights in the UK…
I dismissed the above thoughts because it is just too out
there. It is the result of despair over
losing the innocent to senselessness.
Trying to figure out why such atrocities occur. It is the thought of the loss of a sense of
security or how things used to be, which may have been just an illusion.
How does this relate to video games? These violent video
games with military simulations reward the players with kill streaks, weapons,
headshots, final kill cams, challenges, contracts, etc. The idea is to kill the most people possible
within 7 to 10 minutes. The game console
is hooked up to the internet, and you can play with people from around the
world. A player from Australia just
played 5 days straight. It is addicting
much like casino gambling & slot machines. You can play with a headset, and
talk to anyone under the sun.
Many parents played video games when they were young and
might not know the advances, or do not have time to consider the pitfalls and
dangers. I believe that reasonable
regulation of domestic/foreign corporations that broadcast into your home and
occupy your children’s time is a good idea.
There was a time when the government was concerned with subliminal
advertising. They can’t pass a budget,
so I doubt they are able to monitor, in a responsible fashion, every game
console coming into the home. Neither
Good government does have a role setting ratings, warnings
and educating the public on the dangers of these “games”, especially for
military level simulations or “games” that involve shooting at the police. Government does have a role to monitor
domestic & foreign corporations selling & broadcasting in the US. Can these games, consoles get hacked? Can nefarious types get to our children or
the weakest among us for their evil purposes?
If the answer is “yes”, then there is no limit to what they can expose
your children to while they are locked in their room for hours without true
My generic advice to parents: DO NOT cave in to your child’s
wishes & buy any of these games this Christmas, or any time. Your children will be better behaved, and
will do better in school. You will sleep
better at night knowing that you did the right thing, and that you did your job
as a parent. You protected your child.
Please pray for the innocent victims and their families.