A recent study found that naturally aggressive people feel inspired and determined when exposed to violent media, as opposed to non-aggressive men, who felt more nervous. The study could influence programs designed to reduce aggressive behavior in children.
Sean Penn's film Into the Wild rekindled the debate surrounding Christopher McCandless's dramatic departure from mainstream culture, and his tragic demise. It forces us to ask: how can we preserve “human community” without “returning to civilization?”
President Bush, lamenting the Virginia Tech dead, encouraged his citizens, mindful of further atrocities, to report "abnormal behavior." But what should count as sufficiently "abnormal," in America now, to warrant the attention of either doctors or the police? Can the children of struggling minorities in America's celebrity-obsessed cultic capitalism not be forgiven (or understood, at least) for following the call of Milton's Satan and imagining that it's "better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven"?
This week, Walmart came under fire for a “Let it Snow” Christmas sweater depicting Santa with lines of cocaine. Columbia is not merry about it.