Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing
ISBN: 0316265934
EAN13: 9780316265935
Language: English
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 6.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing

Book Overview
The author of the 400,000-copy bestseller On Killing reveals how violent video games have ushered in a new era of mass homicide--and what we must do about it. Paducah, Kentucky, 1997 a 14-year-old boy shoots eight students in a prayer circle at his school. Littleton, Colorado, 1999 two high school seniors kill a teacher, twelve other students, and then themselves. Utoya, Norway, 2011 a political extremist shoots and kills sixty-nine participants in a youth summer camp. Newtown, Connecticut, 2012 a troubled 20-year-old man kills 20 children and six adults at the elementary school he once attended. What links these and other horrific acts of mass murder? A young person's obsession with video games that teach to kill. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who in his perennial bestseller On Killingrevealed that most of us are not natural born killers - and who has spent decades training soldiers, police, and others who keep us secure to overcome the intrinsic human resistance to harming others and to use firearms responsibly when necessary - turns a laser focus on the threat posed to our society by violent video games. Drawing on crime statistics, cutting-edge social research, and scientific studies of the teenage brain, Col. Grossman shows how video games that depict antisocial, misanthropic, casually savage behavior can warp the mind - with potentially deadly results. His book will become the focus of a new national conversation about video games and the epidemic of mass murders that they have unleashed.