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2012: When Dreams Died

ericynot Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 12:46 PM
Macro, As much as I hate "shooter" video games, I don't think you're going to find any definitive studies with regard to them causing, or not causing, violence in real life. There are those who believe strongly that pornography encourages sexual assaults. And yet despite the much higher availability of porn over the past decade than the one before (thanks to the internet), the number of rapes in this country DROPPED by almost 10% between 2003 and 2010. And the per capita rape rate dropped by more than 15%. So, is easier access to pornography actually causing a decrease in sexual assaults? Who knows?
ericynot Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 2:30 PM

I think comparing with older rape stats makes sense. Do you have a reliable source for such? I'm afraid I do not.
Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 1:24 PM
That's a very narrow sociological window to be measuring by. Why not go back about 60 years or more and evaluate the consequences against a society that did NOT have such easy access to the stuff nor the tendency to indulge in it?

Additionally, sexual assaults are simply one barometer to measure the effects. There are more significant variables society needs to look at to evaluate the assets or liabilities of a debased sexual culture.

The year 2012 saw the triumph of cold reality over pie-in-the-sky dreams.

Barack Obama in 2008 won an election on an upbeat message of change in the hope that the first black president would mark a redemptive moment in American history. Four years later, the fantasies are gone. In continuing dismal economic times, Obama ran for re-election neither on his first-term achievements -- Obamacare, bailouts, financial stimuli and Keynesian mega-deficits -- nor on more utopian promises.

Instead, Obama's campaign systematically reduced his rival, Wall Street financier Mitt Romney, to a conniving, felonious financial pirate who did dastardly things, from letting the...